Ten years old ID

My ID gqshen is ten years old today! Ten years ago, I created “gqshen” as my ID on a Sun Sparc 10 workstation shannon.en.polyu.edu.hk and I had my first UNIX account and email address. And since then on, I have been using this same ID everywhere, free email addresses, university ID, personal URI, etc. If you lost me one day, try to Google gqshen and most likely you will catch me at the first couple entries. :)

Spell the name

Spell the name using random pictures from flickr! Here’s an example.

Have a try of Yahoo! 360º

Currently Yahoo! 360º is still in beta and only users via invitation can sign up. Drop me a line if you want to try it out before it’s officially released.

Gmail drive shell extension

Now you can use your huge (2GB+ now and growing) Gmail mailbox as a remote hard disk to store your files (10MB size limit for single file). This is cool!

viksoe.dk – GMail Drive shell extension


BlogJet is a very handy blog client software enables you to post to almost all kinds of blogs. You can download a trial version from the homepage. I tried it and found it’s pretty good but the big drawback is its support of Chinese title is too bad. I tried with Blogger, Blogware and WordPress and ends up with no luck. :( If you only write English posts on your blog, you gotta try it.

Sunny weekend


I tried several weblogs powered by different blogwares and here is some of my experience.

WordPress: Very powerful if you have your web server supplied with PHP and MySQL database to run it. But I found very few free ones powered by WP and Blogsome is one of them. If you want to test drive or want to apply for a free account, try here.

Blogware: Very powerful and easy to configure. Myblogsie is the one provides free blogware based weblog service. I would highly recommend Blogware based weblogs because it’s as powerful as WordPress but you need more knowledge about HTML, CSS, etc to play around the latter very well. To edit the layout by drag and drop style, RSS headlines, web pages generation, and user management etc are very cool features come with Blogware.

Blogger (blogspot.com): Very easy to use but short at features. It’s suitalbe for entry level bloggers to warm up. The features I like include the possibility to edit template and publish blogs to external FTP server. And now you can post photos from your computer to blogger directly with Hello and blogger provides unlimited (?) image hosting space. This is very attractive to users who are seeking an easy way to establish their photoblogs.

Here is a very good blog about blog, How to Blog.

Traditional Chinese music

Attended a small traditional Chinese music concert tonight. Seven pieces of classical and one newly composed episodes were performed by Music from China Ensemble of New York. The artists performed very well by various musical instruments including erhu, yangqin, dizi, pipa and guzheng.

Seems our baby likes some of the pieces too. :)

Flickr slidershow on any web site

Flickr‘s slideshow is a neat feature to display photos of your selection and “tags” is another cool extra of Flickr. I found it’s a good way to combine tags and slideshow to show your selected photos on your own web site very flexibly because you can set any number of tags to a photo and to classify photos by tags. What you need to do is to put the following HTML code into your web page where you want to show the photos.

Replace “12345678@N00” with your user_id and “foo” with the tags of the photos you want to show. Other possible parameters are “nsid=“, “text=“, “tag_mode=“, “favorites=“, “group_id=“, “contacts=“、”frifam=“, “single=“, “firstIndex=” and “firstId=“.

Wonder horse by the wall