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Be happy

Elizabeth Smart has the kind of fame no one would want: In the summer of 2002, at the age of 14, she became one of the nation’s most famous kidnap victims when she was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, where she lived with her devout Mormon family. Smart was raped by him nearly every day, sometimes several times a day. The only other person in their camp was Mitchell’s wife, Wanda Barzee, who treated Smart like her slave

She’s now married, finishing work on her degree at Brigham Young University and the head of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

When she was asked about the best advice her mother gave her, she said:

My mom said to me, “Elizabeth, what this man has done to you, it’s terrible, there aren’t words strong enough to describe how wicked and evil he is. He has stolen nine months of your life from you that you will never get back. But the best punishment you could ever give him is to be happy, is to move forward with your life and to do exactly what you want to do. … The best thing you can do is move forward because by feeling sorry for yourself and holding on to what’s happened, that’s only allowing him more power and more control over your life, and he doesn’t deserve another second. So be happy.” … I’m not perfect at following her advice … but I do try to follow it every day.

Be happy!


Matias Quiet Pro black matte case mod

The thing I dislike the most about Matias keyboards is the glossy, fingerprint-magnetted case.

Now, just imagine the Matias Laptop Pro with black matte case. That’s the dream. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

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My must-have Cydia tweaks/apps

I thought iOS 7 has spoiled me to the point I don’t think I would need to jailbreak. I mean, there’re now Notification Center and Control Center which is a much better improvement (even though Control Center is not customizable). Turns out I was wrong. A few weeks with Cydia and I have found quite a few awesome apps/tweaks. Here’re some on the top of my must-have list.

f.lux

Have you ever beem waken up by your phone in the middle of the night and got blinded by how bright the screen was? Show your eyes some love and get this app.

SwipeSelection

It’s awesome. Text selection is so much easier with this tweak. There’s a Pro version that add several settings which you may like. If you don’t feel like paying, SwipeSelection is always free. Alternatively, there is SwipeShiftCaret (free) but you have to swipe on the text edit area instead of swiping on keyboard.

BytaFont 2

This app allows users to change the font system-wide. I personally in love with Source Sans Pro font.

Activator

Allows user to map many gestures for various different actions, toggles.

BiteSMS

Quick compose (with Automator), quick reply, theme, schedules, etc…

NoSlowAnimations

Animations are cool (at first). After awhile, it’s more of annoying than cool. I use this app to reduce the delay to 0.6 (default 1.0. 0 is instant) and it feels much more responsive.

I will add when i find more.

#HappyJailbreaking


Matias Ergo Pro

Want an ergonomic mechanical keyboard? This is about as good as it gets.

Matias has long been known for its excellent Matias Tactile Pro keyboard line and recently Matias Quiet Pro. I owned a Matias Tactile Pro 4 before and even though I later settled on the Happy Hacking Keyboard Pro 2, I still love the feeling of Matias ALPS switches.

Matias Ergo Pro keyboard

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GasMask keycap

Rather nice and (most importantly) not overpriced like ClickClack keycaps. Just grabbed one myself.

gasmask keycap topre

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Features vs. Benefits

When you’re trying to win customers, are you listing the attributes of the flower or describing how awesome it is to throw fireballs?


Google Nexus 5 review

Google Nexus 5

If I wasn’t getting an iPhone 5S, I would definitely buy this phone. It’s a beautiful device and Android is getting so much better since last I tried (Nexus S). Takes Google Now as an example. It is so good, too good that makes Siri look dumb.

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Phân tâm

Dạo này tôi chủ động không đọc tin tức buổi sáng, mặc dù có thói quen này từ rất lâu rồi.

Việc đọc báo cũng giống như 1 dạng nghiện thuốc vậy. Như trước đây, không đọc báo 1 ngày là cảm giác như là tôi đang bỏ qua rất nhiều chuyện đang xảy ra.

Nhưng … thực ra việc đọc báo 1 cách ngấu nghiến mới chính là cách làm cho tôi tốn thời gian vào những việc chẳng liên quan gì tới cuộc sống của tôi. Tôi thường hay cười những bài viết như “Diễn viên X lộ hàng”, “Dân mạng xôn xao XXX”, … là câu khách, giật tít. Nhưng tôi thỉnh thoảng vẫn nhấn vào những bài viết dạng đó thôi. Rốt cuộc, muốn các tờ báo đó thay đổi, chính tôi phải thay đổi trước đã.


Bật notifications trên điện thoại cũng vậy. Thay vì mỗi lần nghe/thấy có notifications, tôi đều cầm điện thoại lên ngay lập tức để kiểm tra. Việc này chẳng mang lại lợi ích gì mà chỉ khiến bản thân mất tập trung và giảm chất lượng cuộc sống mà thôi.

Việc tắt notifications đi khiến cuộc sống cảm giác nhẹ nhàng hơn rất nhiều. Candy Crush đã có thể chơi tiếp ư? Chờ nhé. Có người nhắn tin cho tôi trên Facebook? Chờ nhé. Cuộc sống thực sự có nhiều điều đáng ưu tiên hơn rất nhiều. Nếu việc đó thực sự quan trọng, họ sẽ liên lạc trực tiếp bằng điện thoại thay vì nhắn tin Facebook hoặc email cho tôi. Nếu họ không có số điện thoại của tôi thì họ cũng không thực sự quan trọng lắm trong cuộc sống của tôi và vẫn phải xếp hàng chờ như thường.


IntelliJ IDEA 13 released

IntelliJ IDEA is the reason I’m in love with Java again. Yeah, it’s that awesome!!!

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Who Needs Stored Procedures, Anyways? (2004 post)

Good read.

I personally dislike the idea of using stored procedures as it mixes the data and logic. The performance gains (!?) is not good enough.

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