Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vancouver Outgoing SMTP Server

SkyHi @ Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shaw Server Names

For all residential email customers, we suggest you use the fully qualified server name (FQDN) when configuring your email program.

To find out your fully qualified server name, simply choose the city nearest you in the menu below and use the server name shown for the incoming and outgoing server names, also called POP3 and SMTP servers, when setting up your email program.

Vancouver (Greater) ===>


Telus Email Clients

You can use the server settings below to configure your 3rd party email client (e.g. Outlook Express). Step-by-step instructions are also provided below for the main ones.

For support of 3rd party email applications or complex emails solutions, please contact our Premium Care Team.

POP email settings:

  • Domain name:
  • Server type = POP3
  • Incoming (POP) server =
  • Outgoing (SMTP) server =

IMAP email settings:

  • Domain name:
  • Server type = IMAP
  • Incoming (IMAP) server =
  • Outgoing (SMTP) server =


  1. Outlook Express
  2. Outlook 2003
  3. Outlook 2007
  4. Apple Mail
  5. Windows Mail
  6. Windows Live Mail (Windows 7)


  1. Outlook Express

    1. From the Tools menu, click Accounts
    2. Click Add, and then click Mail to open the Internet Connection Wizard
    3. Type in your name as you would like it to appear on outgoing email messages and click Next
    4. Enter your TELUS email address and click Next
    5. Select IMAP as your incoming mail server type and fill in the incoming and outgoing mail server settings using the corresponding information below and click Next.

      Note: we recommend IMAP if you want better performance and plan to access your email from multiple computers or devices.

      IMAP email settings:
      • Server type = IMAP
      • Incoming (IMAP) server =
      • Outgoing (SMTP) server =
    6. Type in your account name and password and click Next and then Finish.

      Note: Make sure you do not check the Secure Password Authentication box.

  2. Outlook 2003

    1. From the Tools menu, select Email Accounts
    2. On the Email Accounts wizard window, select 'Add a New Email Account' and click Next.
    3. Select IMAP for your server type.
      Note: we recommend IMAP if you want better performance and plan to access your email from multiple computers or devices.
    4. On the Internet Email Settings window, fill in the following information, and click Next:
      • Name: Fill in a name that your would like to appear on all outgoing messages.
      • Email Address: e.g.
      • Username: Enter the username you were provided when you signed up.
      • Password: Enter the password you were provided when you signed up.
      • Incoming Mail Server: ''.
      • Outgoing Mail Server: ''.
      Note: Make sure you do not check the Secure Password Authentication box.
    5. Click Next then Finished.
  3. Outlook 2007

    1. From the Tools menu, select Account Settings.
    2. Select New from the Email tab.
    3. Click Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP, and click Next.
    4. Select 'Manually configure server settings or additional server types' and click Next
    5. Select 'Internet Email' and click Next
    6. On the Add New Email Account window, fill in the following information, and click Next:
      • Name: Fill in a name that you would like to appear on all outgoing messages.
      • Email Address: e.g.
      • Account Type: IMAP
      • Incoming Mail Server: ''.
      • Outgoing Mail Server: ''.
      • Username: Enter the username you were provided when you signed up.
      • Password: Enter the password you were provided when you signed up.
      Note: Make sure you do not check the Secure Password Authentication box.
    7. Click Next then Finished.
  4. Apple Mail

    1. From the Mail menu, click Preferences.
    2. Click on the Accounts icon.
    3. At the bottom in the left hand corner of the 'Accounts' screen, click on the '+' icon
    4. From the Account Type dropdown, select IMAP then fill in the following information:
      • Description: e.g. TELUS Email
      • Email Address: e.g.
      • Full Name: Fill in a name that you would like to appear on all outgoing messages.
      • Incoming Mail Server:
      • User Name: Enter the username you were provided when you signed up.
      • Password: Enter the password you were provided when you signed up.
    5. From the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) dropdown, select Add Server.
    6. In the Outgoing Mail Server field, enter '' and click OK (don't change any of the advanced settings).
    7. Click the red icon at the top left hand corner of 'Accounts' and click Save.
  5. Windows Mail

    1. From the Tools menu, click Accounts.
    2. Click Add.
    3. Enter your Name as you would like it to appear on outgoing messages and click Next.
    4. Enter your Email Address then click Next.
    5. On the Set up Email Servers window, fill in the following information, and click Next:
      • Incoming email server type: IMAP
      • Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server:
      • Outgoing email server (SMTP) name:
      Note: Make sure you do not check the 'Outgoing server requires authentication' box.
    6. Enter you Email Address and Password and click Next and then Finished.
  6. Windows Live Mail (Windows 7)

    1. Click on Add e-mail account
    2. On the e-mail account information window, fill in the following information:
      • E-mail address: e.g.
      • Password: Enter the password you were provided when you signed up
      • Display Name: Fill in a name that you would like to appear on all outgoing messages
    3. Make sure Manually configure server settings for e-mail account is checked
    4. Click Next
    5. On the e-mail server information window, fill in the following information:
      • My incoming mail server is: IMAP
      • Incoming server: ''
      • Outgoing server: ''
    6. Click Next


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SkyHi @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010

This is a collection of chinese proverbs (諺語 yànyŭ) and idioms (成語 chéngyŭ), given in and sorted by their pinyin transcription. Chinese proverbs and four and more character idioms are developed from the formulaic or social dialect/saying/expression (歇後語 in pinyin: xièhòuyŭ) and historical story in Chinese.

Some proverbs are literary, that is, from a written source. (See the historical written language or the more modern written language.) Others originated among families, street vendors and other commoners -- all walks of life.

  • ()(shǔi)(zhī)(ēn)(dāng)()(yǒng)(quán)(xiāng)(bào)
    • Literally: A drop of water shall be returned with a burst of spring.
    • Meaning: Even if it was just a little help from others, you should return the favor with all you can when others are in need.

  • ()(rén)(chī)(bǎo)(quán)(jiā)()()
    • Literally: If a single member of a family eats, the whole family will not feel hungry.
    • Meaning: The whole family consists of only one person, usually referring to the one not yet married
    • Common Misunderstanding: If one person in the family is happy, the whole family is happy.

  • ()()(chóng)(zhì), (huò)()(dān)(xíng)
    • Literally: A person is blessed once, but his troubles never come alone.
    • Meaning: There are never enough blessings, but there are too many troubles.

  • (bīng)(dòng)(sān)(chǐ)(fēi)()()(zhī)(hán)(ice+freeze+three+units(~feet),not+one+day's(7th and 8th)+chill)
    • Literally: A single day of sub-zero temperature is not enough to create 3 feet of ice.
    • Moral: Great things cannot be accomplished in a short period of time.
    • Compare: Rome was not built in a day (Roma non fu fatta in un giorno, Italian proverb).

  • ()(shuǐ)(chōng)(le)(lóng)(wáng)(miào)(big+water+poured over+finish+dragon+king+temple)
    • Literally: The Dragon-King's temple is flooded.
    • Moral: You can be harmed by the things you control.
    • Explanation: The Dragon-King is a mystical creature that lives underwater and controls the natural bodies of water. People visit the dragon-king temple to placate him and prevent floods, thus this proverb is ironic situationally (Sometimes this proverb is used as '大水冲了龙王庙,一家人不认一家人' (...yi1 jia1 ren2 bu4 ren4 yi1 jia1 ren2, or, One family member doesn't recognize another family member. The idiom might be used to resolve an embarrassing situation; Someone has a conflict with a stranger, only to find the stranger was a neighbor, or a sister's boyfriend, or any other person with some relation. The two might use this idiom to save face and make peace with each other, comparing the conflict to that of the flooded dragon-king's temple (dragon-king: rain god in some sense).

  • (kōng)(xué)(lái)(fēng)(wèi)()()(yīn)(empty+cave+come+wind+not+surely+not+cause)
    • Literally: If the wind comes from an empty cave, it's not without a reason.
    • Moral: There is no smoke without fire.

  • (lǎo)()()(), (zhì)(zài)(qiān)()(old+thoroughbred+hidden+stable,determined+be+thousand+distance (unit))
    • Literally: The old horse in the stable still yearns to run 1000 li 1.
    • Moral: Everybody, no matter the inexperience, yearns to achieve great deeds. Another one is "The older the ginger the hotter the spice".
    • Note: 'stable' and 'li' rhyme in Mandarin
1 li: a Chinese unit of linear measure, corresponds to about 500 meters.

  • ()(yáo)(zhī)()(), ()( jiǔ)(jiàn)(rén)(xīn)
    • Literally: Over a long distance, you learn about the strength of your horse; over a long period of time, you get to know what's in a person's heart.
    • Moral: Character can be revealed by time.
    • Usage: This can be used positively to praise a true friend; or negatively to criticize friends that could not stand a test.

  • (rén)(yào)(liǎn), (shù)(yào)()
    • Literally: a person needs a face; a tree needs bark.
    • Meaning: Reputation is extremely important.
    • Note: Face here is used metaphorically as the face (social custom). The Chinese, especially in ancient times, value reputation highly, thus creating this proverb.
    • Usage: when someone behaves dishonorably (once or repeatedly), it can be said directly to that person as admonishment (as parents to a child).

  • (ròu)(bāo)(zi)()(gǒu) (meat+bun(2nd and 3rd)+hit+dog)
    • Literally: To hit a dog with a meat-bun.
    • Interpretation: Punishment with a reward never works.
    • Moral: Using the wrong method to approach a problem.

  • 世上无难事,只怕有心人 (pinyin: shì shàng wú nán shì, zhǐ pà yǒu xīn rén) (world+on+without+difficult+circumstances, only+fear+have+heart+people)
    • Literally: You must persevere to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.
    • Moral: Everything can be done with enough perseverance.
    • Compare: Where there's a will, there's a way.

  • 树倒猢狲散 (pinyin: shù dǎo hú sūn sàn)
    • Literally: When the tree falls, the monkeys scatter.
    • Usage: When a leader loses power, his followers become disorganized. This proverb is often used to describe fair-weather friends.

  • 死马当活马医 (si ma dang huo ma yi)
    • Literally: Try to save the dead horse as if it is still alive
    • Meaning: Do the impossible

  • 见风转舵 (jian feng zhuang duo)
    • Literally: See the wind, turn the rudder
    • Meaning: Change one's position when having difficulties.

  • 一代不如一代 (yi dai bu ru yi dai)
    • Literally: One generation is worse the one generation
    • Meaning: The next generation is worse the past generation (complain)

  • 富不过三代 (fu bu guo san dai)
    • Literally: Wealth does not pass three generations
    • Meaning: It's rare the wealth of a family can last for three generation (the 2nd may see the value of hard work, the 3rd, forget it)
    • Explanation: In business, the first generation works extremely hard, so that the second generation reaps the benefits. By the time the third generation arrives, the wealth is squandered.
  • 三十年河东三十年河西 (san shi nian he dong san shi nian he si)
    • Literally: Thirty years the east bank, thirty years the west bank
    • Meaning: One's luck and one's destiny will change over time.

  • 十年风水轮流转 (shi nian feng shui lun liu zhuang)
    • Literally: Luck will change in 10 years.
    • Meaning: Luck will turn around every ten years.

  • 窮则变,变则通 (qiong ze bian, bian ze tong)
    • Literally: If you're poor, change and you'll succeed.
    • Meaning: When out of means, seek change. Then opportunities will come.

  • 一颗老鼠屎坯了一锅粥 (yi ke lao shu shi huai le yi guo zhou)
    • Literally: One mouse dropping ruins the whole pot of rice porridge
    • Equivalent English saying: One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch
  • 防人之心不可无 (fang ren zhi xin bu ke wu)
    • Literally: Careful with others is a must have
    • Meaning: Be cautious of people that may hurt you intentionally

  • 害人之心不可有 (hai ren zhi xin bu ke you)
    • Literally: Do not harbour intentions to hurt others
    • Note: This is usually use after 防人之心不可无(see above)

  • 看天吃饭 (kan tian chi fan)
    • Literally: See sky eat rice
    • Meaning: Counting on mother nature for a harvest or not
    • Note: Usually meaning farmers

  • 以古讽今 (yi gu fen jin)
    • Literally: Joke about the present by referring to the past.
    • Meaning: The past may be better than the present.

  • 骑驴找马 (qi lv zhao ma)
    • Literally: Riding a mule while looking for a horse
    • Meaning: Settle for what you have while looking for something better
    • Note: Usually for job hunting

  • 三个和尚没水喝 (san ge he shang mei shui he)
    • Literally: Three monks have no water to drink
    • Meaning: Too many cooks spoil the broth.

  • 做一天和尚撞一天盅 (zhou yi tian he shang zhuang yi tian zhong)
    • Literally: one day a monk, beat the bell one day
    • Meaning: Do things only when one needs to.

  • 一厢情愿 (yi xiang qing yuan)
    • Literally: Enthusiastic, but unable to.
    • Meaning: The person wants to do it, but is unable to.

  • 剃头摊子一头热 (ti tou tan zi yi tou re)
    • Literally: Barber one side hot (old time, one side hot water, ...)
    • Meaning: If only one partner is willing while the other isn't, it will not work.

  • 水能载舟,亦能覆舟 (pinyin: shuǐ néng zài zhōu, yì néng fù zhōu)
    • Literally: Not only can water float a boat, it can sink it also.
    • Moral: Nature can help and harm you. The people(water) can raise someone(boat) to power, but can also take it away(sink).
    • Equivalent English saying: The knife cuts both ways.
  • 天下乌鸦一样黑 (pinyin: tiān xià wū yā yí yàng hēi)
    • Literally: All crows in the world are black.
    • Meanings: There are several possible interpretations:
      1. A natural interpretation: Some rules, like those natural forces of the Universe, are unbendable, regardless how much you may want it to change.
      2. A stereotypical interpretation: something or someone (bad) is no different from all the others (e.g., All government officials are corrupt, all lawyers are snakes, etc.).

  • 星星之火可以燎原 (pinyin: xīng xīng zhī huǒ kě yǐ liáo yuán)
    • Literally: A spark can start a fire that burns the entire prairie.
    • Moral: Don't underestimate the potential destructive power that a seemingly minor problem can cause.
    • Compare: A butterfly beating it wings in America can start a hurricane in China.

  • 熊瞎子摘苞米,摘一个丢一个 (pinyin: xióng xiā zi zhāi bāo mǐ, zhāi yí gè diū yí gè)
    • variant: 狗熊掰苞米 (pinyin: gǒu xióng ba bāo mǐ)
    • Literally: Blind bear picks corn, picks one and drops one.
    • Meaning: You will lose what you already have if you keep seeking for more.
    • Note: (Story) A bear (a bear, in Chinese culture, frequently symbolizes someone with little common sense) was picking corn and sticking the corn in his armpit. As he puts the next corn cob into his armpit, opening his arm, he drops the one he already had.
    • Compare: A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. (Benjamin Franklin - Poor Richard's Almanac)

  • 也要马儿好,也要马儿不吃草 (pinyin: yě yào mǎ ér hǎo, yě yào mǎ ér bù chī cǎo) (also+want+horse+good, also+want+horse+not+eat+hay)
    • Literally: Wants the horse to be good and at the same time want the horse not to eat hay.
    • Moral: Nothing is perfect. (English equivalent).
    • Example: Your boss wants you to work harder but doesn't want to pay you more.
    • Usage: someone has an unrealistic expectation.
    • Note: 'good' and 'hay' rhyme in Mandarin.

  • 有志者,事竟成 (pinyin: yǒu zhì zhe, shì jìng chéng)
    • Literally: If a person has ambition, things will be accomplished.
    • Moral: Where there is a will, there is a way (English equivalent).

  • 玉不琢不成器 (pinyin: yù bù zhuó bù chéng qì)
    • Literally: Jade must be chiseled before it can be considered a gem.
    • Moral: A person needs training and discipline to build character.

  • 斩草不除根,春风吹又生 (pinyin: zhǎn cǎo bù chú gēn, chūn fēng chuī yòu shēng)
    • Literally: If the roots are not removed during weeding, the weeds will grow again when the winds of Spring blows.
    • Moral:
1)It is essential to finish a task thoroughly or the effort would be wasted
2) To solve any problems, the source of the problem must also be dealt with.
    • Compare: A stitch in time saves nine (approximate English equivalent).
    • Compare: If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing properly

  • 知子莫若父 (pinyin: zhī zǐ mò rú fù)
    • Literally: No one knows a son better than the father.
    • Moral: Having spent decades with each other, family members know what type of persons each other are like. "Sons" and "fathers" also apply to the female equivalents.
    • Usage: Character witness in a trial. Despite his/her denial, an honest parent can tell if their children are capable of heinous crimes, like murder.

  • 我听见 我忘记; 我看见 我记住; 我做 我了解。 (pinyin: wǒ tīng jiàn wǒ wàng jì. wǒ kàn jiàn wǒ jì zhù. wǒ zuò wǒ liǎo jiě)
    • Literally: I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand.
    • Moral: You can only understand something by trying it yourself.
    • Revised: Telling me and I [will] forget. Showing me and I [will] remember. Involving me and I [will] understand.
    • Also: You can't understand until you walk a mile in someone else's shoes.

  • 虎父无犬子 (pinyin: hǔ fù wú quǎn zǐ)
    • Literally: A tiger father has no canine sons.
    • Moral: People that are closely related are similar
    • English Equivalent: A chip off the old block.
    • English Equivilant 2: An apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
  • 人算不如天算 (pinyin: rén suàn bù rú tiān suàn)
    • Literally: Man's schemes are inferior to those made by heaven.
    • Figuratively: Man proposes and God disposes.
    • Compare: The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.

  • 有錢能使鬼推磨 (pinyin: yǒu qián néng shǐ guǐ tuī mò)
    • Literally: If you have money you can make the devil push your grind stone.
    • Note: English equivalent:

When money talks, bullshit walks. Money makes the world go round.

    • Meaning: Money can make life better.

  • 八仙过海,各显神通 (pinyin: bā xiān guò hǎi gè xiǎn shén tōng)
    • Literally: like the Eight Immortals crossing the sea, each one displaying his/her special feats.
    • Moral: Everyone has his/her own powers.(In terms of talents)

  • 一言既出,驷马难追; (pinyin: yī yán jì chū, sì mǎ nán zhuī)
    • Literally: When something has been said, a team of four horses cannot overtake it. (Horses cannot chase back the words you have said).
    • 驷马: Four horse-drawn wagon, fastest land transportation at ancient time
    • Meaning: Once you have make a promise or say something, you cannot take it back.
    • Moral: People have to be responsible for what they say. Only speak after careful thought; do not speak without thinking of the consequences.

  • 八字没一撇 (pinyin: bā zì méi yì piě)
    • Literally: The character "eight" (八) does not consist of one stroke.
    • Figuratively: It takes two strokes to write the character "eight".
    • Moral: A particular thing hasn't even taken shape.

  • 不到黄河心不死 (pinyin: bù dào huáng hé xīn bù sǐ) (or 不见黄河不落泪)
    • Literally: Not having arrived at the Yellow River, the heart is not dead.
    • Figuratively: Feeling despair only when one arrives at the Yellow River.
    • Moral: Only when there is no road left does one finally feel despair.
    • Similarly: 不见棺材不掉泪, meaning no tears until one sees one's own coffin.

  • 一將功成萬骨枯 (yí jiàng gōng chéng wàn gǔ kū) (one+general+accomplishment+succeed+myriad+bones+dry up)
    • Literally: Tens of thousands of bones will become ashes when one general achieves his fame.
    • Meaning: A great person needs others to sacrifice themselves to build his success.
    • Moral: Before admiring someone's achievement, remember to look at the negative effects that he had delivered
    • Compare: To make an omelette you have to break eggs.

  • 十年樹木,百年樹人。(shí nián shù mù, bǎi nián shù rén)
    • Literally: Grow a tree for ten years; grow men for a hundred.
    • Meaning: Nurturing and educating human talent is the key to prosperity.

[edit] Four and more characters in idioms

Wikipedia has an article on Four-character idioms These idioms are known as "成语" in Mandarin.

  • 爱屋及乌 (ai wu ji wu)
    • Translation: Love for house (pron. wu) extends to love for black (pron. wu)
    • Meaning: Love of a person cannot be partial.
  • 指鹿為馬 (zhǐ lù weí mǎ) (point+deer+as+horse)
    • Translation: Point at a deer and call it a horse
    • Meaning: Deliberately twisting the truth.
    • Source: Zhao Gao, the chief advisor of Emperor Qin Er Shi, was attempting to completely control the government. Thus, he devised a test of loyalty of the officials. Once, at a formal imperial gathering, he brought a deer in front of the stupid officials and called it a horse. Naturally, Qin Er Shi disagreed, but thought Zhao was joking. Some officials followed the emperor's lead, while some followed Zhao's lead. Zhao then took steps to eliminate the officials who refused to call the deer a horse as they were loyal to the king.

  • 指桑罵槐 (zhǐ sāng mà huái) (point+mulberry tree+blame+locust tree)
    • Translation: Reviling a locust tree when pointing at a mulberry tree.
    • Meaning: While one might appear to be criticizing someone or something, the intended criticism might refer to someone or something else completely.(Sarcasm)

  • 不耻下问 (bù chǐ xià wèn) (not+shame+down+inquire of)
    • Literally and morally: No shame in asking questions, even to people of lower status.

  • 骄兵必败 (jiaō bīng bì baì) (arrogant+soldier+certain+be defeated)
    • Literally: The arrogant army will lose the battle for sure.
    • Moral: anyone who is arrogant/over-confident about their own abilities will fail in life.
    • Compare: Pride comes before the fall.

  • 掩耳盗铃 (yán ěr daò líng) (conceal+ear+rob+bell)

  • 画蛇添足 (huà shě tiān zú) (draw+snake+add+foot)
    • Literally: Adding legs when painting a snake.
    • Moral: Don't overdo something.
    • English equivalent: to gild the lily.

  • 以毒攻毒/(yǐ dú gōng dú) (with+poison+attack+poison/)
    • Literally: Fight poison with poison.
    • Meaning: Using poison to defeat poison.(Usually used with medicine fighting bacteria)
    • Compare: Fight fire with fire

  • 以牙還牙 (yǐ yá huán yá) (with+teeth+return+teeth)
    • Literally: A tooth for a tooth.
    • Meaning: An eye for an eye; to seek revenge in a manner in which one was injured.

  • 自相矛盾 (zì xiāng maó dùn) (self+each other+spear+shield)
    • Literally: piercing one's shield with one's spear.
    • Meaning: Self-contradiction.
    • The story about this is that a man was selling shields and spears at a marketplace. He raised up one of his spears and shouted, "This spear can pierce through any shield!" Then, he raised up one of his shields and shouted, "This shield can deflect anything." When he was asked what would happen if he pierced his own shield with his own spear, he was speechless, since he had contradicted himself.

  • 三人成虎 (sān rén chéng hǔ) (three+people+become+tiger)
    • Literally: Three people can make up a tiger.
    • Meaning: If an unfounded premise or urban legend is mentioned and repeated by many individuals, the premise will be erroneously accepted as the truth; see Three men make a tiger.
    • See also: Appeal to the majority.

  • 萬念俱灰 (wàn niàn jù huī) (ten thousand+thought+are all+ashes)
    • Literally: the thousands of thoughts have turned into ashes.
    • Meaning: All is lost. A hopeless situation.

  • 千里之行,始于足下 (qiān lǐ zhī xíng, shǐ yú zú xià) --Tao Te Ching
    • Literally: A journey of a thousand miles began with a single step
    • Meaning: The longest journey begins with a single step
    • Variant: Even the longest journey must start from where you stand

  • 一炮而红 (yi pao er hong)
    • Literally: One bang famous
    • Meaning: To become famous overnight

  • 大鱼吃小鱼
    • Literally: Big fish eat small fish
    • English equivalent: A dog-eat-dog world.

  • 杯弓蛇影 (bei1 gong1 she2 ying3)
    • Literally: See the reflection of a bow in the cup and think it's a snake
    • Meaning: To be overly suspicious.(Paranoid)

[edit] Unknown translation/origin requested


  • 'He who asks is a fool for five minutes. But he who does not ask remains a fool forever.'
  • Confucius

愚者不問,問者不愚。 The fool does not ask, he who asks is no fool

  • "The absence of proof is not the proof of absence."
    • Meaning: Just because there is no proof of something, this does not mean that it does not exist.

The above sentence is quoted in Michael Crichton's The Lost World, the Book, not the movie, probably (most certainly actually) not the source, but he might have quoted the source there.


  • "He who go to bed early, wake up early."
    • Literally: Anyone that goes to bed early, will wake up early.
    • Meaning: "The sooner anyone starts doing something, the sooner will finish it."
    • Early to bed, early to rise

早起的鸟儿有虫吃。 Early bird gets the worm

    • Meaning: "It's easy to do things that someone doesn't like only when that one is not present."


  • "The mountains are high and the emperor is far away" - used as in carefree (lawless)


  • “Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.”*
  • Confucius: near De Yue, far from making. (The Analects of Confucius)

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  • Chinese sayings and proverbs Largest collection of Chinese Proverbs translated to English.
  • One Chinese idiom a day (simplified and traditional characters) with pinyin transliteration and English translation.
  • Simple part-translation of Laozi's Dao De Jing - famous for sharing some of the wisest teachings known to man.
  • 108 Chinese Proverbs - "A collection of good sentences resembles a string of pearls."
  • Chinese Aesop Chinese proverbs, parables, fables, idioms and stories with illustrations.


a FTP account with permission to access multliple folders

SkyHi @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010
FTP itself does not set specific file access restrictions. When a virtual FTP user is created, they are jailed into a specific directory and its subdirectories. To provide access to different directories, you'll need to manually make links for them (as noted above).

To add an FTP account with access to public_html/folder1 public_html/folder2 and /public_html/index.html, first create a folder to use as the root for the FTP account. I'd suggest something like /home/{username}/{ftpusername} (replace {username} and {ftpusername} with the name of the cPanel account user and ftp account user, respectively).

Now to make your links. You'll need to use the 'ln -s' command from the command line as either the account user or as root to set up these links:

ln -s /home/{username}/public_html/index.html /home/{username}/{ftpusername}/index.html

ln -s /home/{username}/public_html/folder1 / /home/{username}/{ftpusername}/folder1

ln -s /home/{username}/public_html/folder2 /home/{username}/{ftpusername}/folder2

Now, when the FTP user logs in, they'll see:


Those will appear to be files but will actually be symbolic links to the real files.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Making Postfix listen to a secondary port

SkyHi @ Monday, January 25, 2010

Some ISPs that I use block outgoing SMTP traffic on port 25. As an example, my mobile operator  Telenor blocks outgoing traffic from my phone on TCP port 25 which means that I couldn’t connect my laptop through their network to send email using SSL-encrypted SMTP via my company’s SMTP server. I can understand their intention but they make it very difficult for people like myself to use external mail servers for outgoing mail. The standard solution to this is to use the submission port (TCP 587) and if there is a fully configurable firewall in front of the mail server it is normally straightforward to make the firewall send traffic on two external ports (25 & 587) to the same internal port.

However, in my case it wasn’t so easy. The firewall could route traffic to internal IP addresses but it couldn’t change the destination port.

After briefly consulting Google, many people talked about having Postfix listen to multiple ports but others warned about the risk of ending up with an open relay. Naturally I didn’t want that so I looked for an easier solution. And there is. Just use iptables to rewrite the port on incoming packets:

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 587 -j REDIRECT --to-ports 25

To make this stick when the server is rebooted, use iptables-save or similar and apply the rules when the network is activated. The nice thing with this setup is that Postfix is not touched and still only listens to port 25.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Install 64bit versions of Apache, PHP and MySQL on Windows 64bit

SkyHi @ Sunday, January 24, 2010

Currently no official 64bit versions of Apache and PHP exists for Microsoft Windows. Only MySQL supports officialy 64bit Windows. If you have a 64bit version of Windows (2003/XP/Vista) and want to keep your system pure 64bit here is the solution! In this guide I will show you how to install and set up Apache 2.2 x64 web server, PHP 5.2 x64 and MySQL 5.0/5.1 x64 on Windows 2003/XP/Vista 64bit using unofficial binaries. Althought this setup has been tested successfully on Windows Vista 64bit Home Premium, I am not responsible for any damages may occur to your computer by this guide. Proceed at your own risk.

Download needed software

Download unofficial binaries for Apache x64 from
Current version (November 2008):

Download PHP x64 from
Current version (September 2008): 5.2.5

Download latest official MySQL 64bit binaries for Windows:

Install Apache 64bit

Create a folder inside your C drive and named it something like apache64. Unzip the contents of the Apache zip package you previously downloaded to folder: C:/apache64.
Edit Apache configuration file C:/apache64/conf/httpd.conf and change paths to match your system.

ServerRoot "C:/apache64"
ServerName localhost:80
DocumentRoot "C:/apache64/htdocs"
<Directory "C:/apache64/htdocs">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.htm index.php
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ "C:/apache64/cgi-bin/"

If you want to set up virtual hosts uncomment (remove the "#" symbol) the line bellow and edit the hosts.conf file respectively. Setting up virtual hosts on Windows.
#Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

Uncomment the following line to load extension mod_rewite needed by Elxis SEO PRO. Also uncomment any other lines you wish to load the corresponding Apache extensions.
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/

Open the Windows command prompt (Start -> Run/Search -> cmd) and navigate to folder C:/apache64 (CD C:\apache64). Execute the following commands:

bin\httpd.exe -k install
bin\httpd.exe -k start

Your Apache should work. Open bin folder and double click the ApacheMonitor.exe file. An icon will be displayed in your Windows taskbar. From there you can start/stop/restart Apache easily. We set the Document root to C:/apache64/htdocs, so this is the folder where you should put your web files (Elxis CMS for example). Open your browser and go to to ensure Apache runs.

Install PHP 64bit

Create a folder inside your C drive and named it "php". Unzip the contents of the PHP zip package you previously downloaded and copy the contents of the "php-5.2.5 (x64)" (or what ever version you downloaded) to folder: C:/php. We will install PHP as an Apache module. Open your Apache configuration file (C:/apache64/conf/httpd.conf) to tell apache to load the PHP module. Under the existing LoadModule directives add the following:
LoadModule php5_module "C:/php/php5apache2_2.dll"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

Also add these lines to tell Apache where PHP is located:
# configure the path to php.ini
PHPIniDir "C:/php"

Copy the following files to your Widnows system folder (C:/Windows/system32):

Copy php.ini-dist to the same folder and rename it as php.ini. Open this file to edit PHP configuration parameters.
extension_dir = "C:/php/ext/"
allow_url_fopen = Off

Load at least the following PHP extesnions by removing the "#" symbol in front of each line:
(if you have Oracle database installed)
extension=php_pgsql.dll (if you have postgre database installed)

Set sendmail from e-mail address:
sendmail_from =

Some settings for MySQL:
mysql.default_port = 3306
mysql.default_host = localhost

Set the session save path to a writable (by anyone) folder in your computer. You can set this to any existing path you wish (For example C:/tmp).
session.save_path = "C:/tmp"

Restart Apache to test if your PHP is working properly.

Install MySQL 64bit

This is the easiest part of the overall procedure as we have downloaded an official 64bit msi package from MySQL. Just double click it to run the installer. Install MySQL as a service.


Nikos Timiopoulos reported us on February 14, 2009, that he had problems get connected to phpmyadmin. The solution for him was to copy libmysql.dll in C:/Windows/ directory. An alternative, and much more reccommended solution, is to use MySQL GUI tools (Query browser and Administrator).


Unless I forgotten something :-) your system is ready. You have a pure 64bit WAMP system, congratulations! You can now copy Elxis at C:/apache64/htdocs and run the Elxis installation wizard. If you wish to set up virtual hosts follow this guide: Setting up virtual hosts on Windows.