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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 ;-)


Aug
31
comment pronunciation of 人 - regional or gender differences?
"I've also heard other speakers where a sound more like the English Y was more prominent." These could have been native Cantonese speakers, who are ill-equipped for Mandarin's /r/ and who natively pronounce it /y/.
Aug
31
suggested suggested edit on pronunciation of 人 - regional or gender differences?
Aug
30
comment Cantonese 咩 (me1) vs. 嗎 (maa1)
嘢 does have a meaning per se: thing. 乜嘢 means basically "what thing?"...
Aug
27
revised Can Chinese readers scan large amounts of text faster/more accurately than their alphabet-using counterparts?
spelling, punctuation
Aug
27
suggested suggested edit on Can Chinese readers scan large amounts of text faster/more accurately than their alphabet-using counterparts?
Aug
25
answered Techniques for learning and retaining characters
Aug
25
answered What is a good technique for remembering tones?
Aug
22
comment Are “我在哪里可以买火车票” and “我哪里可以买火车票” both correct sentences?
You put 2 identical sentences...
Aug
20
revised What's an appropriate conversational response to 这是什么?
English, punctuation
Aug
20
suggested suggested edit on What's an appropriate conversational response to 这是什么?
Aug
20
answered Visual puns and phrases
Aug
20
comment What dialect could this be? (Southern China)
It sounded more like a bilabial approximant.
Aug
19
revised What dialect could this be? (Southern China)
added 90 characters in body
Aug
19
comment What are the uses of 什会 and from which area?
Never seen this word in HK and Guangdong, nor 什烩, as suggested by Huang. (Then again, satay ain't exactly Chinese cuisine either...)
Aug
19
asked What dialect could this be? (Southern China)
Aug
17
comment Table-tennis table: 乒乓球桌, 乒乓球台 or 乒乓球案子?
兵乓波台 = bing1 bam1 bo1 toi4 (Yutping)
Aug
15
revised 国家 vs. 国, when can 国 be used alone?
spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Aug
15
suggested suggested edit on 国家 vs. 国, when can 国 be used alone?
Aug
14
awarded  Critic
Aug
13
revised Is there any website of where I can look up the origins of a Chinese character?
Spelling, grammar and punctuation.