萬法唯心 – Impermanence

Sony Reader eBook – Chinese

January 30, 2009 4:49 pm

There aren’t many eBook readers to choose from in the UK that comes with e-Ink 2 display and Chinese support, and many like the Sony PRS-505 that doesn’t support Chinese ebooks. Since it’s a Linux based device like many others people have made patches to enable Chinese on this reader. Thanks to them you can add Chinese support to your eBook reader! Just google “PRS-505 中文” and you will find there are at least 3 methods out there now that will allow you to do that, some require flashing the reader and some doesn’t. I went for the one which require flashing the device since I don’t have to activate the patch everytime you reboot, but it’s safer not to have to flash the reader!

This eBook reader is quite ideal if you have a lot of ebooks ready to be put on. This works out quite well for me because all the Buddhist materials/books are for freely available online! There are many websites for Buddhist books and sutras, here is one that I often visit:

To read them on your ebook, you can either upload them to the reader as plain text or use a multi-platform software called “Calibre” to convert your (html) files into .lrf or .epub. Here is how I convert the ebooks.

  1. Pick a book you want to convert, e.g. 淨土十疑論
  2. In your browser, save page as html only
  3. Drag this html file into Calibre and click convert
  4. Upload to the ebook

Problems that I experienced:

  • Automatic table of content creation in Calibre – It will created the table of content but failing to link it to the right page! But it’s good enough!
  • Reader freeze on connecting USB to computer – need to reset to solve this problem, I believe it’s a problem with the Chinese interface that I’m using which is probably solved by now. But my advice is to use the original English interface!

Here are some photos of the eBook.

Sony eBook Chinese Sony eBook Chinese

LG Renoir – KC910

November 4, 2008 11:38 pm

My contract with Three UK ended 2 months ago, since I’m still quite happy with my K800i that I got 2 years ago, I thought I will just continue with the contract as what they’re charging me is quite reasonable (£10 per month). Last Sunday, they called me and asked if I want to upgrade my mobile, at the end I decided to get the LG Renoir. I surprised myself this time as I didn’t read any reviews before getting it, but since I am not intended to keep this phone for myself and they are charging me a one off £40 for it, I decided to get it.

The phone arrived today, it was packed in a very nice and a relatively small box, which is good because nowadays products tends to come with excessive packaging. My first thought was that this looks so much like the iPhone! I’m impressed by the phone, and here are some of the features that I like:

  • Wi-Fi – Can do without having a computer at home if all we need is checking email and some browsing…
  • GPS – Very useful for travelling especially when we are driving (not yet supported)
  • 8MP Camera – Since I’m using my K800i as my camera, this would be nice
  • 8GB SD card – Surprisingly it comes with that much memory, I can’t believe memory is getting so cheap nowadays!
  • Touch screen – I find touch screen a clever invention for human to interact with computers/machine, much more user friendly when implemented well.

There are also something that I think it can improve on:

  • GPS – only for geotagging at the moment, no software support for navigation
  • Speed – The interface can be slow at times
  • Touch screen – not quite sensitive enough, sometimes I’ve push it!
  • Application – As the phone is still quite new, many are not supported yet. The good thing is, most of the points mentioned here can be fixed in the next firmware.

All these features used to be what I want in a mobile, integrating everything that I need into one! It’s all nice to have, but none of these are necessary!

The world has changed so much, and our wanting never ends, so does our suffering. Often, we want something so much, and after much hard work, when we get it, how do we feel? Satisfy? Happy? May be for a moment, a very short moment! This phone remind me again that these materialistic things really doesn’t bring happiness, peace nor make us feel contented, all these are impermanence! After getting the object that we long wanted, moment later we often move on to wanting the next object, our wanting never ends! You may not agree with me, but try to ask yourself if these materialistic things give you long lasting happiness or does these wantings bring endless suffering.

On Sunday, I went to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery to join their Kathina ceremony this year. This is my third time attending this ceremony, the first time was in 2006. One of the points that I remember from the talk after the ceremony is that advertisements are decided to make us feel discontented! I found this very true myself, many advertisements often try to make us want more, make us feel unsatisfied and a feeling of lacking something, suggesting that buying their product would satisfy us.

Adverts are everywhere nowadays, even if we don’t watch TV, they are on websites, bus stops, train stations, you name it. Often we are not aware of what they are doing to us, no wonder why many of us always feel unsatisfy and wanting more all the time! I’m not blaming the companies for advertising here, it comes down to supply and demand again. If there is no demand, why would they advertise anymore. It’s ourself who is reasonable to watch our mind, as soon as we start blaming others, we are not doing ourself any good. I will share a quote from the Dhammapada (法句經):

 As a well covered house is not penetrated by a rain,  thus a well developed mind is not penetrated by passion.

如盖屋不密,必为雨漏浸,如是不修心,贪欲必漏入。

I still have a great interest in technology and it’s one of the things that I still do get affected by. I’ve to admit that I do like this phone, but I must watch my mind from wanting it! So I’ve decided to keep to my K800i as long as it lasts and not keeping the LG Renoir for myself. I still have much to work on!

Snow in Bracknell

October 29, 2008 10:15 pm

Took some photos on the way to walk today with my K800i.

Drovers Way - Martins Heron - Snow Snow - Roundabout - Bracknell Snow - Drovers Way - Martins Heron

Google Maps “My location” & Skype on K800i

July 14, 2008 7:50 pm

Google Maps Mobile – My location

If you want this function on K800i and found that it’s not supported after installing GMM, you will need to flash your phone with the latest firmware.

Google Mobile Maps (GMM) 2 recently introduce a new feature called “My location”, a function to find your current location using Mobile towers around for mobile without GPS. I’m surprise that my K800i from 2 years ago can run GMM, however to support this function the mobile need the latest firmware (at least not the one I have)!

I’ve version 2.2.0 installed and tried this function in Bracknell, I would say it’s not too bad. Most of the time it says it’s accurate to within 1.7km (probably better than it claims, I would say within 1km most of the time). However in places more urban the accuracy will be higher. I read somewhere that GMM uses data collected from mobiles with GPS, with increasing number of people using this function, it should get more accurate over time. The reason for finding out about this is mainly for travelling. GMM would be very useful in finding hostels, food and point of interests nearby…

Skype Mobile

Download the latest version from skype directly and it works fine on the K800i too but it’s not true VOIP. What it does is that it loaded up all the contacts and everything as expected, but when you make a call, it will dial a number (charged at local rate or deducted from inclusive minutes) to make that call. A bit like using a calling card I guess, but without entering the pins… So becasue of that I went on to searching for a true VOIP (SIP) client for K800i but couldn’t find one at this moment of time. However did found PennyTel which is slightly cheaper than skype and the good thing is, you can use any SIP phone or softphone like x-lite or ekiga in linux. Also the Skype that comes with 3’s X-series is actually a iSkoot, not Skype!

Three Roaming

Something that I only just found out, Three roaming is actually “free” with you are travelling in a country with a 3 sister network, ie. Austria, Australia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. “Free” means you can use your inclusive allowance to call or text standard UK number + data allowance! However if you call a local number aboard, it will be charged as a oversea calls just like how it would be if you make the call from the UK!

Useful Appications

Software mentioned here are data intensive, unlimited internet access is recommended on your mobile!

If you are also on Three UK, you will find that 3 includes many download links in the 3 Planet page, but they are usually not the latest version!

  • Google Maps Mobile – http://m.google.com/map/
  • Google Mail Mobile – http://m.google.com/mail/
  • Skype Mobile – http://www.skype.com/m/
  • Opera Mini – http://operamini.com/

Snow in April

April 14, 2008 7:35 pm

Took some photos a week ago on Sunday morning (06/04/08) from my window (Martins Heron), which is surprisingly the most I’ve seen this winter… Anyway some photos and a few blog posts to share.

Martins Heron - Snow Snow - Garden - Martins Heron Snow - Martins Heron

Review and Wish of the year

December 13, 2007 12:03 am

Still a bit early to review this year but why not. On the 1st of Jan this year, I said my aim was to 修行, what I was referring to was really 修心.

一切要從 [修心] 做起,並不是要學做學問,也不是要學練功夫,或是只執著在表相要多麼莊嚴、要背多少經書、比較念佛數量多寡、打坐多久、睡多少、吃多少、功課做多少等等有模有樣的花樣。

The first half wasn’t that great but slowly getting better. This up and down in life is usual and in a way the up and the down and much smaller now. As usual, there are a lot to learn and have learnt a lot this year, mainly referring to learning/practising on purifying the mind. That’s not a 10 minutes or half an hour session every night before we sleep, but a continuously being aware and observeing the mind, drop the “unnecessary” thoughts and for me will be concentrating on:

若有真正往正路走,即可四兩撥千斤,輕鬆自在,但若走到岔路就會如同身負千斤重擔。念佛修行,目的是在清除往六道走的習氣,達到清淨心念佛,沒有其他的花樣。修行不是在刻意修神通,亦不可當做是在修功夫。( [正] 的神通不是學來的,而是當我們因為修行而把執著、妄想等習氣的種子都去除了,那麼自己清淨心具足的功德,自然就會出來運用)。

Actions are pure with a pure mind, I believe that’s the starting point. + we should let our mind rests at least for a while everyday. Another year has passed! Getting older and older very quickly without realising it, the same feeling when I wrote the post on 當勤精進. My aim for the coming years will still be on 修心 and a wish:

願生西方淨土中,九品蓮花爲父母, 花開見佛悟無生,不退菩薩爲伴侶。

Today especially I feel things are very temporary (Impermanence)! Things that happens, feeling that arises, all very temporary! I have probably said too much, it’s still better to be quiet before I’m ready! In case you have the feeling that this posts is quite negative, I can only tell you it’s very positive for me! Went to HSBC just now and saw their advs, I’m sure many of you have seen, the one about how we all look at things in a different point of view and there is no reason why we should look at things the same way! What I want to say is, you may not agree, but it’s another point of view :). If you don’t like it, it’s another good choice to learn to be more accepting :D. May all of you who read this post be happy and free from suffering!

The quotes above are from 靜老說的話 靜老說的話 (thanks to 妙音居士).