A hot and noisy (熱鬧/rènào) atmosphere in my local neighborhood street markets this morning as people made their last-minute purchases in preparation for this evening’s Chinese New Year Eve feast. Plenty of fresh and succulent meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit to choose from in the busy stalls!
There’s nothing like bright blue skies and glorious sunshine to lighten the mood after what seems like an eternity of dark clouds and heavy rain. I hope this is an omen for the lunar year of the dog.
Whenever I first see the specs for a new edge computing system it never ceases to surprise me how much support we provide for legacy I/O standards like RS-232 that have long disappeared from the PC form factor.
One of the biggest new trends we are seeing this year is the growing demand for edge computing systems. The main reason for this is that it is much faster and cheaper to process and analyze data captured by sensors locally on the system rather than send it to the corporate network or cloud over expensive and often low-bandwidth wireless connections.
Shanghai. Check. Beijing. Check. Shenzhen. Check. Taipei. Check. Not to mention a few earthquakes thrown into the mix. Now that the Chinese New Year party season is finally over, I’m looking forward to the actual holiday!
It shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise that China has been so successful in building such a strong and efficient transportation and industrial infrastructure including – among many other marvels – the world’s largest highway and high-speed train networks. The ability to build and manage massive public works projects has been an integral part of the DNA of the ruling class and bureaucracy since at least 2000 BC when the legendary sage king Yu the Great is said to have created a network of dikes, dams, and canals to control the flooding that plagued the rich farmland around the Yellow River.
Not exactly the warmest of welcomes back to Taipei. I don’t think I can ever remember it being so cold and miserable here! And while I’ve experienced heavier earthquakes than the 5.8 one that hit the island last night, the tremors were more than enough to set my heart pounding and blood pumping a little too quickly for comfort.
Even after so many years of coming China, I still get a spring in my step whenever I arrive here. The economic growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty over the last forty years is the greatest achievement in all human history.
I’m heading off to China today for a whistle-stop tour of Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen for our company’s Chinese New Year parties known as “weiya”. There was a time when I used to enjoy knocking back cups of Maotaijiu (white spirit) as part of the celebrations, but these days I’m a lot more restrained. My body simply doesn’t have the powers of recovery that it once had.
I’ve swapped the stark fenland fields for the grey skies of Taipei. At least it’s a little warmer here.