三藩Wipro首马报告 --- My First Marathon (San Francisco Wipro Marathon 06/17/2013)

Posted on: Sat, 07/27/2013 - 02:40 By: yunyao

[前序]
我的同事中有不少人跑马的,他们也曾经鼓动我参加跑步运动,但是我一直觉得跑步很
无聊,跑马就更加不可想象了。但是今年一月底的时候,在LG的鼓动下,我们两个一年
跑过的距离加起来也不超过全马的的人居然报了六月三藩的全马。我的跑马的同事们都
说我们很疯狂。我其实报着舍命陪君子的态度,主要目的是让LG多多锻炼。

从二月开始,我们参加了为期16周的Run365的训练计划,同时也开始到跑版来潜水,仰
望各位牛人。我们工作都比较忙,除了一周勉强能参加两三次group run之外,基本没
有时间自己训练。中间度假和出差还错过了不少训练。不过感觉自己进步还是不小,从
一开始只能跑两三迈到后来跑十几迈也没问题。

[比赛前]
时间过得很快,一转眼六月份就到了。周六睡了一个大懒觉,吃过了午饭后开车到了三
藩,在旅馆check in之后走路到Hyatt (本次比赛的host hotel)坐shuttle去expo拿bib
和sweat bag。等到回到旅馆已到了吃晚饭的时候。 我和LG继续carbon-loading,各吃
了一大盘pasta。因为第二天一大早四点就要起床,把第二天比赛时需要穿的衣服都整
理好之后, 随便洗漱一番早早睡下 (我们本来报名的时候是Wave 4, 在Expo改到了Wave
3。出发时间是5:42am。不过其实从Run365的tent我们是可以随时加入任意一个Wave的
。)。

My First Encounter with Dirty Diaper

Posted on: Sun, 01/20/2013 - 08:02 By: yunyao

Today I have encountered dirty diaper for the very first time in my life and it is not pretty.  While doing routine cleaning of our guest bathroom, I was shocked to discover a stack of dirty diaper deposited in the trash can in our guest bathroom.  I am still struggling on how to get rid of the terrible smell of the trash can after dumping the diapers.

Free Airport Wi-Fi? ---- Don't Count on It in Europe (Update on 08/25/2013)

Posted on: Fri, 10/26/2012 - 19:28 By: yunyao

I was traveling in Europe last week. While I enjoyed the history, culture and food very much, I was not a big fan of the airports. Like many people, I would like to stay connected most of the time, at least be able to access my emails and the Web from time to time (say every 2-3 hours). Unfortunately, passing through the following three airports in Europe is almost like returning back to stone age, in  terms of connectivities.

Fixing Problems after Upgrading from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 01:28 By: Huahai

The IT department of my company has been urging us Mac users to upgrade OSX to Lion a long time ago. After getting a few papers submitted last week, I finally got around to upgrade the Snow Leopard for my Macbook Pro work machine. Since I couldn't find Lion on Apple Store any more, I decided to go straight to Mountain Lion. The download and installation went smoothly, and most things seemed to work after the upgrade. Here are a few things that broke and the fixes I found.

SSH with public key

Mountain Lion changed a few things that broke password-free SSH access to and from OSX using public/private key pairs.

SSH from Mountain Lion to older SSH severs:

High Resolution Image for Pdflatex

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2012 - 21:31 By: yunyao

While preparing the camera-ready version for our CIKM demo, my colleagues and I found that the screenshot included in our paper appeared to be fairly blurry in the pdf version, even though the original .jpg file looks fine.

I searched online to try to find the solutions. After a few trials and errors, adding the following two lines into the beginning of the latex files (before \begin{document}) did the trick.

\pdfpxdimen=1in

\divide\pdfpxdimen by 300

Screen Saver Option Disabled on Windows 7/XP

Posted on: Wed, 08/01/2012 - 18:07 By: yunyao

For unknown reason, my machines would suddenly disable their screen saver options (e.g. with the "on resume, display log on screen" check box grayed out). Whenever this happens, it would trigger the security alert and I will get a warning from the IT department to fix the issue.

I am tired of having to hunting down the answer every time and therefore I am recording it here.

The following method is what usually works for me.

1. Go to "Start" type in "regedit"

2. Go to

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Control Panel\Desktop]

Delete the "ScreenSaverIsSecure" value.

Machine Learning That Matters

Posted on: Thu, 07/26/2012 - 22:20 By: yunyao

I happen to come across this excellent article from this year's ICML on Machine Learning that Matters. I encourage everyone, especially computer science Ph.D students, to read it.

As an industrial researcher who draws a lot of job satisfaction by making both scientific and practical impact, I completely agree with the author on that we need to work on research "that matters",  not just for machine learning. Many of the challenges outlined by the author are applicable to many other areas in computer science as well. 

Baby Cloth Shoe - First Attempt

Posted on: Fri, 06/01/2012 - 01:50 By: yunyao

As a busy computer scientist, I don't really get to exercise my inner Martha too much. But I did somehow manage to make my first ever attempt on sewing projects --- baby cloth shoes (as gift for my niece).

Here is the result --- I added the handmade pompom for extra cuteness. :)

baby cloth shoe

baby cloth shoe

The detailed steps can be found from the following link

http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/blog/cloth_shoe.pdf

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