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The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century cast total darkness for several minutes over China this morning. Shanghai was supposed to be the best place to view the eclipse, but due to the overcast...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/TvrW7f_7IrQ/
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If you’re interested in applying for a position, send your cover letter/resume directly to the contact person listed in the job posting. Please do not send resumes to me. If you’re interested in...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/wHA4w0kM2f8/
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I finally received an invite to Google Voice today after submitting an invitation request several months ago! Currently, Google Voice is available by invite only. If you’d like an invite, click here...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/r1cRtPA3S5k/
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I know this post is unrelated to the theme of this blog, but part of the living-in-China experience is reading about interesting news and giving outsiders a glimpse of “China.” Here’s a video of a...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/uca-CYy494c/
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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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CNN, BBC, and AFP reported from Tiananmen Square, Beijing, on the day of the 20th anniversary of an unnamed event, that undercover police officers in matching umbrellas and pants walked around...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/aX8Zj4KpdPE/
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As the anniversary of a particular unnamed event is coming up, the Great Firewall of China is becoming a popular destination for Websites like YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Blogspot, WordPress.com, Live,...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/EA3AqJ8cgZg/
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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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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/xoCBcIG20WY/
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The Business Insider came out with a chart showing the differences in Internet activities between China and the United States. China has about 300 million Internet users, surpassing the United States...

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Originally posted by Susan at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SHTechWriter/~3/4iV8df8_zpc/
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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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YouTube YouTube has been blocked in China for a few weeks now, yet another victim of the Great Firewall of China. Luckily, I have Witopia Personal VPN so I am able access YouTube along with all the other sites that are blocked in China.  If you’re in China and you can’t access YouTube, you can use YouTube Proxy to watch all the videos you’ve been missing out on.

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Originally posted by Susan at http://www.shanghaitechwriter.com/2009/04/26/accessing-youtube-in-china/
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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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As this year’s college graduates get ready to enter the work field, the slowing economy and soaring unemployment rate make finding a job even more difficult. New graduates are now competing with millions of other unemployed as many companies are laying off workers and/or not hiring. The job situation is even worse in China as 1.2 million college graduates compete for limited jobs, including selling pork.

What makes one candidate stand out among millions of job applicants? The following video from YouKu (China’s version of YouTube) demonstrates exactly that! Check out this guy’s video CV for a position related to video production.

Now that got me thinking about what makes a candidate stand out when we hire technical writers at National Instruments. I’m not involved with hiring so everything I write here is just my personal opinion, but from conversations with colleagues and managers, it’s not that hard to identify a talent when we see one. That’s not to say it’s easy to find a candidate like Ma Wen in the video above. 

For example, when we say that we’re looking for someone with interest in technology and writing, that means we are looking for a geek who is passionate about technology and has already demonstrated that passion in various projects, writing samples, previous job/experiences, etc… A colleague told me that during his interview, he mentioned something about being a geek (or nerd). He was hired. I’m sure he was hired for many other reasons as well, but the point is, NI hires the best and brightest people and we keep our eyes out for talents.

With that said, please don’t go and send resumes to me because I’m not involved with hiring. I don’t think we’re hiring right now either, but maybe if a candidate like Ma Wen jumps out from our pile of resumes, that might change.

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Originally posted by Susan at http://www.shanghaitechwriter.com/2009/04/13/competing-for-jobs-in-china/
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