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SoftLayer Makes IBM Cloud

To some this is probably the deal of the year…..

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从德铁说开去 index 页 汽车租赁是大家熟悉的一门生意。在中国有按天,按周出租汽车的公司,近年还兴起到外国租车自驾游。这种生意在欧洲,尤其是德国,走得更远。 很早以前,许多德国的大城市就有所谓 “Car Sharing” 的业务:运营商在城市里有若干固定 resource pool(车站),一般是公共停车场的某些固定车位,那里可以取车还车。要使用这项服务,需要加入组织成为会员,并按月缴费。成为会员以后,可以凭埋有智能芯片的会员卡打开车门,按汽车使用的里程和时间计费结算。 使用汽车以前,必须通过网页或者电话预订汽车。有可能遇到附近 resource pool 里无车可用的情况。这种情况小城市里常见一些,大城市里,车多网点多,availability 一般不是问题。 车费每个月结算一次。 汽车共享公司会自动从用户入会时提供的银行帐号上扣除,或者给用户寄当月账单要求汇款。这跟移动电话服务的结算方式差不多。 2007 年我家刚刚搬到德国中北部小城 Hildesheim 的时候,曾经是 Car Sharing 的用户。 当时的费用大概是,单人的月费 6 欧元,家庭月费 9 欧元(不限人数,只要是家庭成员并且有驾照就可以)。 每分钟车资 0.27 欧元(年代久远,记不清楚了,但是基本上就是这个数量级),一次开车超过多少公里,还要每公里再交若干车资。 假如你要整日或者长途用车,用 Car Sharing 的汽车是很贵的。 到 Sixt,Avis,Herz 或者 Europacar 一类的租车行包日或者包周可能会便宜许多。这个车资的设计体现鼓励短途,短时段用车的原则,促使 Car Sharing 的汽车可以被充分共享。 当时我家附近只有一个 resource pool,那里只有一辆车,常常遇到想开车去购物却无车可用的情况,公交车又实在太少,所以后来还是买了一辆车。

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Feeling Proud of IBM

In September, the market capital value of IBM has exceeded Microsoft. It became the most valuable company in the IT service sector once again. This week, IBM is the 1st best-performing stock year-to-date among the Dow 30. In its 100 years of history, IBM has survived various crisis and thrived in every major IT revolution. […]

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an exciting task

Impressed by some work of mine, a friend asked me to build a website for her business. Last weekend, I traveled to her headquarter and we discussed about the concept. She and her husband have an already well established business, they’ve got impressive estates and a load of well trained staff. As energetic and ambitious […]

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Sniff: Beyond Java ? Recently I read a book called Beyond Java (the part before the detail of Ruby starts) by Bruce A. Tate. And days later I found this _very interesting_ discussion from theserverside.com. The discussion is much more interesting, insightful and informative than the book itself, just my opinion. It’s a loooong discussion […]

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