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bio website android.stimulus.hk
location Hong Kong
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Linguist by talent, code-monkey by choice, corporate drone by necessity. French part-time wine trader and coder, living in Asia since the dark days of the [blink] tag. I used to code 8080 assembly by hand. Now, I stay a few layers above that. Craziness is for the young.

I do mostly custom code dev (desktop apps for SMEs, or middleware). Got interested recently in mobile apps, and despite my undying love for Blackberry phones (that's the corporate drone speaking), I code mostly in Phonegap for Android and sometimes iOS. I have a bunch of code on Google Code, which I guess I should move to GitHub – all the more so since git is my weapon of choice.

I do Java/C code only with a gun to my head – but Android is good at dragging me back in Java-land. Python preferred for non-critical apps. GUI apps mostly in RealStudio (and C glue code in dylibs). Erlang when I want to make my CPUs overheat and scream past the competition ;-)


Mar
24
revised Techniques for learning and retaining characters
grammar, oopsies
Jan
28
revised Usage of 師傅 in Mandarin
Spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Jan
28
suggested suggested edit on Usage of 師傅 in Mandarin
Dec
22
comment What does the word pronounced as “ma” in cantonese chinese mean in English?
Actually maa2 is possibly in tone sandhi configurations, like 麻麻地 maa4 maa4*2 dei6*2.
Dec
22
answered How to write “bei wu long” in Chinese and what is its origin?
Nov
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
7
comment Which Chinese dialect is it rewarding to learn?
Learning Mandarin while living in HK is about useless as A/ most natives have only a passing knowledge of it; B/ the Cantonese accent makes it hard to understand when they speak Mandarin; C/ You won't be able to practice on a daily basis in the city. Then again, if you learn Canto, you won't be able to practice much either, as locals refuse to speak Cantonese with non-natives.
Sep
7
comment Which Chinese dialect is it rewarding to learn?
Cantonese has 6 tones. I don't know where you get the "majority of residents speak English" part but it's widely optimistic. English fluency is probably at its lowest. It's definitely much worse today than 20 years ago.
Aug
12
revised Fast-written forms of 草书 characters
Spelling, grammar.
Aug
12
suggested suggested edit on Fast-written forms of 草书 characters
Aug
12
comment How does CJK Decomposition compare to the Wikimedia Commons Chinese characters decomposition data?
The "K" in CJK doesn't [only] refer to hangul but [also] to the Korean usage of Chinese characters.
Jun
23
revised Advantages and disadvantages of learning Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien for visiting Taiwan
spelling, grammar
Jun
22
suggested suggested edit on Advantages and disadvantages of learning Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien for visiting Taiwan
Jun
11
revised Do 和 and 及 refer to two different kinds of “ands?”
spelling, punctuation
Jun
11
suggested suggested edit on Do 和 and 及 refer to two different kinds of “ands?”
Jun
9
revised Is '明天你都六点起床不起床?' a correct question?
spelling, grammar.
Jun
9
suggested suggested edit on Is '明天你都六点起床不起床?' a correct question?
Jun
4
revised Can I use a rare character like 飂 in a name?
spelling, grammar
Jun
4
revised Can I use a rare character like 飂 in a name?
spelling, grammar
Jun
4
suggested suggested edit on Can I use a rare character like 飂 in a name?