Posts From February, 2010

Bye Bye Skype for Windows Mobile

Many websites are reporting that Skype for Windows Mobile has disappeared from skype website.

Skype says:

Unfortunately, Skype Lite – a version of Skype for your mobile phone – and Skype for Windows Mobile are no longer available for download from our site.

We’ve chosen to withdraw Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile because we want to offer our new customers an improved mobile experience – much like the version that has proved so popular on the iPhone, and which is now available on Symbian phones. Our focus is on providing a rich user experience that allows you to enjoy free Skype-to-Skype and low cost calls as easily on the move as you do at your desktop.

We felt that Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile were not offering the best possible Skype experience.

Maybe they saw that fring and nimbuzz are way better, using a more efficient network protocol?

But what if they fail to deliver the new version? What if the new version is not compatible with older Windows Mobile handsets? The old skype version was compatible with Windows Mobile 2003 onwards, i highly doubt that the new one will do the same.

What if you want to download it? Easy, the new website will help you!

Go here to download:

About respect

Today is valentine's day, it is all about love, so I give you this great thought about respecting others:

The audio is in English, but I provided closed captions, and, here is the transcript:

I believe in respecting others for who they are

My parents taught me how to be a polite person, when I was a little girl. I respected parents, teachers, relatives, friends and others in my life.

There was no doubt: my parents were the first teachers in my life. They told me, when you meet relatives in a party, you have to talk for first. For example, I said, “How are you?” for first instead that relatives said that. Moreover, you could not sit down until relatives sit down. When someone gave me a gift, I have to say, “Thank you”. When I made a mistake, I have to say “sorry”.

I remember once, I quarreled with my mother. My father said, “You can not speak loudly to your mother. Think what’s your mom took care of you for everything”. From then on, when I have troubles, I would like to talk with my parents. It would be an heart to heart talking. In addition, my father told me a famous Chinese story. The story is: “Long long time ago, His father has three children, a little boy is most smart. One day, his father bought one bag of pears to him and his brothers. His father gave him a big pear, The little boy said, “No, no. A big pears should give parents, I pick small one that would be fine”. I remember this story until now.
I respect friends. Over time, I made a friend who told me a secret. I never told her secrets to others, because I respected her and I respected her privacy. We kept relationships for twelve years. Once, I asked her a question. “Why have you told me many secrets?” She said, “I trust you”. She asked me, “Why did you never tell another person about my secrets?” I said, “I respect you”.

I respect old people, children, colleagues and customers. In China, taking a bus is very convenient for students as they go to school. When I saw old people and children in the bus, I would get out of my seat to give it them. I did a part time job in China. I respected my colleagues, when we did a good job in teamwork. In addition, I respected my customers. The manager said, “Customers are god”. I learnt to respect customers. They would feel that my service was good. Then they would buy stuff. We reached a win-win situation on business. Indeed, I respected others, others would respect me too.
I believe in respecting others for who they are.

The Cove

The Cove it's a documentary film that shows to the whole world the slaughter of thousands of dolphins by the food industry.

Set in Taiji, a small city near to Osaka, opens our eyes on the problems, filming with high-tech cameras camouflaged as rocks the biggest dolphin slaughtering organization in the world.

We, westerners, we all love Japan, beautiful scenery and suggestive culture, and when we read criticisms about Japan we tend to ignore them... but we cannot ignore this.

I love Japan, i teach Japanese every week, but I cannot tolerate a dolphinarium that offers dolphin-based treats and snacks to the visitors while watching the dolphin show!

The meat of the dolphins, highly toxic for the high mercury level, is eaten for "tradition", and it (was) also present in the school menu of the Taiji schools. (then removed after the documentary).

Luckily, things are changing, the demand for cetacean meat is falling, as for whale meat, that recently has become cheaper, due to low demand. Even if, some politicians very conservative has enacted a promotional campaign to make the population aware about whale meat. But about how good is for health that meat, by showing kids in primary schools, making future new consumers!

You can watch the documentary on Youku, by buying the dvd on, buying the digital download on iTunes, or "other ways"