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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 ;-)


Jul
8
comment Can someone translate this charm?
Yeah it looks indeed like 笑, or at least a version made by someone who can't write Chinese.
Jul
8
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Jul
6
revised Dialects/Topolects: Tone Marks?
Spelling, grammar
Jul
6
comment Dialects/Topolects: Tone Marks?
Cantonese is not written in pinyin (well at least gwong2 dung1 waa2 is not pinyin, but jyutping, 粵拼).
Jul
6
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Jun
18
comment Is this book in simplified or traditional Chinese?
And also 兰 is simplified for 蘭.
Jun
4
comment How widespread is the use of 妳?
xh.5156edu.com/html3/6432.html 妳 in the 新華字典
Jun
4
comment How widespread is the use of 妳?
unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetUnihanData.pl?codepoint=511e unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetUnihanData.pl?codepoint=5b2d They exist :-)
Jun
4
comment Written Cantonese Pronunciation 2
You seem to know better, why bother asking, eh?
Jun
3
comment Written Cantonese Pronunciation 2
"I just don't get reading written Chinese in Cantonese." doesn't compute. You're apparently talking about 2 different things at the same time. Written Chinese can be read out loud in Mandarin, Hokkien, Canto, etc. It's not a spoken language, and thus not bound to a specific version of spoken Chinese. HK peeps, when reading a newspaper out loud for instance, will pronounce each character in the Cantonese pronunciation. Doesn't mean it's Cantonese. Or Mandarin.
May
31
revised What is considered to be the most difficult sound for native English speakers to pronounce?
Spelling and punctuation
May
31
revised Graceful ways to break away from a conversation
Spelling, grammar
May
31
comment What is considered to be the most difficult sound for native English speakers to pronounce?
To be fair, plenty of Chinese people don't differentiate s and sh, and Chongqing people pronounce 'r-' as a voiced 's-' (IPA's [z], not pinyin's z). 如果 = zu guo.
May
31
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May
31
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May
30
revised Written Cantonese Pronunciation 2
Spelling, grammar
May
30
revised Does ancient Chinese have tones (声调)?
Grammar, spelling.
May
30
answered Written Cantonese Pronunciation 2
May
30
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May
30
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