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I use SpeedTest.net often to check my Internet connection speed. You’d think that Internet connection should be the same if you paid for a specific bandwidth, but not so in China. I’ve seen my...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/sRY7oD7Ry0I/
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Working on a Sunday Today is Sunday and it’s a work day  here at the Shanghai office. Actually, only half the people are at the office today. Thursday was Dragon Boat Festival (holiday in...

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When I was in high school, two of my favorite computer games were SimCity Classic and SimCity 2000, by Maxis. Maxis is the same company that released SimTower, SimEarth, SimAnt, a few more versions...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/E-2wKCVJRHI/
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Gmail Gmail Lab came out with a new feature that helps you to suggest more people you might want to send an email to. When you send an email to a group of people, whether family, friends, or colleagues, it’s easy to forget someone if you don’t use an email distribution list. You’d have to enter each individual name in the To: field, if you remember every person you want to send the email to.

The “Suggest More Recipients” feature remembers your emailing pattern and suggests names/emails as you enter the To: field. Clicking on the suggested name(s) adds the contact(s) to the To: field automatically. 

Suggest Email Recipients

What a brilliant and useful feature! I often send emails to multiple recipients and am always trying to remember who I’m forgetting. With this feature, Gmail helps you to remember the people you might want to include in the emailing list. It’ll be so much easier sending emails to multiple recipients from now on!

To enable this feature, go to the Labs tab under Settings in Gmail. Scroll down the list to find and enable the Suggest More Recipients feature.

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Originally posted by Susan at http://www.shanghaitechwriter.com/2009/04/29/gmail-lab-suggest-email-recipients/
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image I sit with a group of technical writers at work. Every so often, we’d email or chat about funny English translations we’ve seen around Shanghai / China. It’s a great source of laughter and entertainment for an otherwise quiet and dull afternoon where everybody stares at the computer screen like a zombie digesting an earlier meal. Another source of good laughter for a comatose afternoon is Engrish.com.

One time, a colleague asked if we’ve ever heard of the song “Ken Lee” by Mariah Carey. I don’t listen to pop music so I wouldn’t know. It’s funny I should mention that the only pop concert I ever attended in my life was Mariah Carey’s first (and only) concert in Shanghai. Back in my teaching days, I often get invitations from parents to all sorts of events. One time, a parent gave me a set of Mariah Carey concert tickets. I wasn’t interested, but went anyway just to say I’ve been to a pop concert and saw Mariah Carey live.

The concert was very short and the tickets were ridiculously expensive. At least i didn’t pay for the tickets, but I was very surprised to see the stadium packed with so many Chinese fans. I don’t remember any of the songs Mariah sang during that concert, but I certainly don’t remember any songs called “Ken Lee.” So I was curious why my colleague asked about it. She told us to go home and YouTube the song. (One of these days, YouTube will be a verb in the official English dictionary.)

I looked up “Ken Lee” on YouTube and after watching it, my stomach was in pain from laughing too hard. I’ve posted the video below for your entertainment.

Note: If you live in China, YouTube is blocked and you won’t see anything. You can get your own personal VPN or use the YouTube proxy

http://www.youtube.com/v/_RgL2MKfWTo


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Originally posted by Susan at http://www.shanghaitechwriter.com/2009/04/20/ken-lee-lost-in-translation/
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I moved to China before Google introduced Google Suggest to its search engine. Since Google Suggest doesn’t work in China, I’ve never used or played with Google Suggest until recently when I subscribed to Witopia personal VPN service.

Google Suggest

I started typing random keywords to see what sort of suggested search terms Google Suggest comes up with. Some of them are quite funny. I wonder how Google Suggest comes up with these suggested terms. Either the people at Google are having lots of fun coming up with these suggested terms or people are really searching for some pretty crazy stuff!  

Let’s take a look at some of the suggested terms:

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This is way too much fun!

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Originally posted by Susan at http://www.shanghaitechwriter.com/2009/03/17/fun-with-google-suggest/
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