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Archive for July, 2006

going multilingual

As you can see, my website just went multilingual. There will be German and English at first. I want to add Chinese later on. I won’t translate my old entries, but the new ones will be in all languages. I’ll try to translate everything as similar as possible, but there will be some little differences for sure. Have fun reading!

travelling to the past

Einstein said, when you move faster than the light, you will see the time running backwards, making it possible to see the past. Well, I had a little different experience with seeing the happenings of the past.

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snowboarding in beijing

The Indoor Skiing hall in Beijing is called “Qiaobo Ice and Snow World”. The Hall is sperated into 2 slopes. One slope is twice as long as the other one, and a lot steeper on the upper half. The lower half of the longer slope is just like the other slope and has some little hills for jumping. There is a fun park on the short slope, but it was located way to high. You couldn’t get fast enough to do a jump over the jumping hill, so the short slope was pretty boring. The upper half of the long slope was closed some days ago, so I can’t tell you how that is. I did go a little further than allowed and rode maybe 1/3 of the steeper slope of the top. It was quite nice and you could get pretty fast. I think many people went to the top and had some problems getting back down safely, so they closed it. The snow is very nice on the lower half, in fact it was so smooth that when you fell from a jump, you could rode down to the bottom of the slope on your behind. I did it once and my behind is still feeling that fall. There is one lift on the short slope, a beginner lift, just like a escalator. On the long slope, there were 2 lifts, both very nice to ride and way faster than the Shanghai lift. The entry price is more expensive than in Shanghai. 180 RMB an hour on weekends. In Shanghai, I payed 109 RMB for the hole day! But in Beijing, they have a student price, which is 150 RMB for the hole day. I went there with my parents in the evening. It’s only 198 RMB in the evening for 4 hours of skiing. All the equipment are much nicer in Beijing than in Shanghai. But they don’t rent gloves in Beijing. I had a nice time there and it if they open the long slope completely again, it will be really nice.

annoying malware

I have seen a lot of viruses, spyware and malware around. Most of them use the same method to keep running, but today I found my computer infested with a new kind of malware I haven’t seen before. It was not listed in the system registry nor anywhere I know to keep it running. After some searching around and rebooting, I found out that the malware was located in c:\Windows\system32. The bad thing is that it starts itself as a DLL with rundll32.exe and even runs in “Safe Mode”. All malware I met before could be removed through going into “Safe Mode” and deleting the program, but not this time. But that wasn’t the only problem. Everytime you shut down Windows, it makes a copy of itself with a new random filename (and keeps a “guard.tmp” as some kind of protection). This way, you will not able to go through the disaster recovery console and delete it, because it changes its filename on every reboot. Of course you could unplug the power while it is still running, take out your harddisk and connect it to a different computer with XP installed and remove it from there. But I was to lazy to do that so I tried a different way.

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