Back from Donews Shanghai Meeting

I am back from Donews Shanghai Meeting. It is a successful event. Recently, I have to give up some very good habbit, including “camera-on-hand all-the-time”. I don’t have a photo of the event to share, because I spent the whole afternoon talk with all great people and got around 100 name cards.

Donews is an IT community with many active users in IT industry and IT related media. Around 600 people attended the event – a very big one.

Shanghai is lack of this kind of peer to peer gather. There are no such big event in my memory. Shanghai has transformed into a great platform for IT startups.

There is a long list of people I want to document the meeting but I guess to go to bed is a better choice for me. :-)



Credit: Donews

Back to Tong Ji Univ. with Jun

I am back to Tong Ji University again with Jun Tang, CEO of SANDA (NASDAQ:SNDA) and my old manager Hong-Wei Hua. This time, Jun presented his fantansitic experience in U.S. The students were so amazed by the presentation. The lecture ended about one hour later than expected because of students’ request to share more stories, and un-interruptable Q&A session. MC’s several attempt to stop Q&A failed many times. Meanwhile, a book named “Beyond” written by Miss Xie was release today. It is a book about Jun and Microsoft. There are some short paragraps about me in it. The book will hit the market tomorrow.


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Mao from UUZone created a portal specially for this book.

Shanghai Weather in Oct

We are going to enter October.

October is among the best weather in Shanghai (if not contain spring in April). Typically, it is not hot and not cold – just the best time for people to live and visit.

A T-shirt can do and a sweater is also OK. The autumn comes. As the old sayings put it, it is the time you can wear whatever you want – not so hot and not so cold.

The average temperature in Shanghai in Oct is 18°C (66°F). The average high temperature is 22°C (72°F) and average low temperature is 15°C (59°F), according to the previous 21 years of record

The reason I wrote about this topic is, I found there are many hits from Google to my site when searching for “Shanghai Weather in Oct

Comment System is OK Now

I felt strange that there were no new comment after I posted my last comment at 25, 2005 12:55 AM. I thought it may because of weekend. To my surprise, I found the site stopped accepting new comments after that.

The reason is, I put “…” into the banned world list of my MT-Blacklist tool. Three dot means to match any three chracters. Some readers may lose some comments that they spent much time to write. Sorry for that. The good news is, the system is back to normal…

Do You Believe in Living Cost Index?

The big difference between really living in a city and not is, you have better sense of the relative environment of a city.

There are many reports on living cost. Shanghai sometimes ranked very high in the list – in the top 10 most expensive cities. The recent 2005 report says, Shanghai is the 30th most expensive city in the world. One of the key factor is the change of RMB price.

What is the Standard

I don’t doubt that the report has been generated in a scientific way. However, I don’t know what the standard they are using. I didn’t check out the questionnaire, but I guess they may use a western standard. For example: the price of Hamburg. The price of a Golf course, the price of car, the price of apartment, the price of gym…

The problem is, there are many things like Golf and Gym that is not necessary in the life of Shanghai. The average cost of those rare activities is much more expensive than many cities, just like everywhere in the world. People in Shanghai can make good live with only several thousands RMB, while using the standard,, 10K USD may not be enough.

Living the Chinese Way

So my conclusion is, living the U.S. way in Shanghai is much more expensive than living the U.S. way in U.S., but to live in the Chinese way in Shanghai is much more cheaper than living the U.S. way in U.S.

100 Anniversary of Fudan

Today is 100 Anniversary of Fudan University. Big congratulations to this famous university in Shanghai.

Typically, the two best universities in Shanghai are:

Fudan University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

And people typically list the order with Fudan in the front.

100 Years of Fudan

Although China is an old country, there are not many old universities. SJTU past its 100 anniversary in 1996. Beijing University followed at 1998. Now, Fudan, and Tsinghua’s 100 anniversary will be held in 2011.

I have many good friends who graduated from Fudan. They are excellent. Fudan is more focused on literature and theoretical analysis. When I was in SJTU, students may be more fond of talking about Fudan’s higher rate of girls:boys ratio than SJTU…

Is this Water Safe to Drink?

Wendy and I was in a decent restaurant the other day. A well-dressed couple from Florida were seated next to us. We chatted a little bit when they seek for help to order the Chinese dishes.

After they completed the order, the lady pointed to the glass of water before her and asked: “BTW, is it safe to drink the water here?”

“Well. I think so”, I answered.

Safe or Not? What is the Standard

I know they just arrived in Shanghai and had started a short vacation in Shanghai. The whole route was arranged by a professional foreign tour agency, and they just want to grasp something to eat before the dinner arrives about 3 hours later. It seems we are the only persons to ask whether it is safe to drink water in Shanghai.

I can understand their questions. Just as I just landed in the U.S., I suspect the water is different from Shanghai and asked the question to myself. It is even so when they just arrived in a city in which the average water quality is not as good.

Don’t Drink Water directly from the Pipe

It is for sure that do not drink un-boiled water in Shanghai. Although it is still safe to drink the water (I think), it is not recommended.

In restaurants, I think it is pretty sure to assume the water in the glass is drinkable.

Not Perfect English is Fine, So does Correction

After I arrived to home, ate a banana, took a hot bath, and logged onto my home computer at around 11:00 PM, I was surprised to see hot argument in my previous entry: Removed my Email from Blog. I wasn’t able to checkout comments at day time yet.

The thread started by bob’s correction of a sentence in my English writing. Itself, to be honest, does NOT seem offensive to me.

Not So Perfect English is OK…

I know, that I am not writing perfect English. And I also know that recently (in the latest half year), the misspelling and grammar mistakes are worse. I didn’t always have time to read what I typed for the second time as I did before. And I didn’t always copy and paste the content from MovableType into Word for spelling checking. As you may notice, most of my entries were created around mid-night, the time my IQ for language is among the lowest. I guess fifteen minutes more sleep is more appreciated for a sleepyhead like me in mid-night.

However, I also remember that keeping the most basic spelling and grammar checking is also critical for a good blog (as stated in bulletin 10 of Writing Good Website Content).

… So does Correction

I admit I felt a little bit embarrassed whenever someone pointed out some errors on my blog. I felt even stronger when the erros are so obvious. I tried to correct the original version if the suggestion makes sense. Don’t worry. I am not discouraged at all for these cases.

I think I have built enough confidence after the three years of blogging. Being confident means to truly understand what one can do and what one cannot, and to accept imperfectness.

Peace, Please

I appreciate everyone’s encouragement to keep on blogging with the “creative spelling” (as Carroll put it in her privous comment. It does give me much courage. However, I felt not good for some later comments with some not-so-respectful tone toward bob. As I outlined in this article: Peace in Discussion, I cannot bear anyone writing flaming comment against my other readers, no matter what attitude he has toward me. Here are some points I selected from the article:

  • As you can see again, there is a comment system on this site. I value everyone’s post and it is part of the blog – actually, it is very large portion of this website.
  • The comment entries provide very informative and updated content to the readers. I have my principle on comments (check the My principle on comments section).
  • I cannot bear anyone writing flaming comment against my other readers
  • Thank you for your defense for me, but I just want to make it clear that I value any disagreement as much as those supporting comments.
  • I don’t think (helping me by flaming other commenters) hurts me as much as people’s attempt to discourage others from express their opinion.

I have hidden the comments with offensive comment to bob in that thread. I hope a peaceful environment for everyone to participate. Meanwhile, let me give blogging more time to correct those obvious grammar and spelling errors. :-)

Have a wonderful night – sleepyhead Jian Shuo is going to bed now.

Removed my Email from Blog

Today, I removed my email address signiture from every page of my blog.

Old footer of individual page in this blog

I put on my email into my blog from day one of blogging. I enjoy being interactive with my readers. When there is not so much traffic, it was very rare to get any email from reader. Later, after my monthly page view reached about 1 million, I got two or three emails everyday. Most people seek for help about Shanghai. The questions helped me to find good topics to write about Shanghai.

This March, after my job change, I find it very hard to follow the emails. Now when monthly page view mraches to about 2 million, I simply don’t have time to even read all the emails in my email box. It is very bad that someone put effort to write an email to me, waitted somewhere in the world, but I don’t have the ability to reply. So I decided to remove my email from this site. It is not easy to balance being “open” (by posting my email address), or being realistic (by realizing that I don’t have time for it), I finally choose the easy one – to keep my email to limited audience…

87 Entries Included in Google Blog Search

Google released Blog Search. Chedong used inurl to see how many entries are included in Google search. I tried and found Google indexed 87 blog entries out of my 1000+ entries. It takes some time to index all – if Google really index those older entries.

P.S. I created my sitemap file at to include all links.

Although I was surprised that I still can find time to work on these technical details, I still insist to have certain level of involvement into the new things on the Internet by MYSELF, instead of reading articles about “cool” new things.

Shanghai World Financial Center


World Financial Center under construction. Picture taken by Jian Shuo Wang

Yes. I can confirm it – the building, Shanghai World Financial Center, which was held during the Asia Economic Crisis, starts construnction again.

As you can see, the building is just a little bit higher than a bus yet, but it has much more potential to grow than a bus.

The picture above was taken at night from my taxi window. It may takes 3 years to complete. Then it will become the tallest building in the world. Below is a concepture picture of the building.


Image in courtesy of

China Internet Conference

I found one picture of the China Internet Conference in my camera. This picture was taken on Sept 1, 2005, in Beijing.


Photograph by Jian Shuo Wang

Let’s remember this hot season again – as many speaker repeated, the warmth felt in this conference is exactly like that in 2000 – the year before the big bubble bursted.

Tips to Get a Taxi

Taxi is becoming a headache in Shanghai. I remember about three years ago, taxi is was still abundant resource and I can could hire a taxi easily – empty taxis are were everywhere. (Update: Thanks Fang Fang to correct spelling of this paragraph)

However, recently, it is very hard to find a taxi. It is not rare to wait for half an hour in People’s Square area or Lujiazui area. There are no empty taxi at all and there are more than 20 passengers are waving their hands to call a taxi.

I chatted with a taxi driver on this and he laughed out loudly. He was very kind to share some tips and suggestions he has for passengers to get higher chance to call a taxi in rush hours.

1) Avoid Corners

Typically, if you wave your hand, and there are enough passengers the taxi driver can choose from, he will avoid those who stand at street corners since it will caught attention from police.

2) Avoid crowd

If there are many people standing together and all wave their hands, he suggests that you should stand about 3 meters behind those crowd. Most taxi drivers try to avoid stop before more than one person. It also happens that some one opens the front door and the other one grap the back door, and they start to argue who should take the taxi – it is not easy for any of them to give up after standing their and waving for 20 minutes – It means another half an hour of waiting …. Taxi drivers don’t want to get involved in this. They typically will choose someone who stand behind but also waving – just stop directly in front of one person so others don’t have a chance to catch up.

3) Keep Waving

According to the first rule, even though you think the taxi has slowed down for others, just keep waving. Some taxi drivers will keep moving until they see someone like you they feel comfortable to stop – to avoid conflict.

4) Go to Hotels

To go to hotel front door is a good idea since many taxi drops off passengers there.

It is very interesting tip!

Life in Shanghai is not Easy, isn’t it?

Everyone’s patience is a limited resource. After waiting for taxi for half hour, and there is no order (because everyone line up alone the long street), it seems the only reason to explain why some one get a taxi and others don’t is “good luck”. According to a happiness expert, “When people cannot control their lives and can only rely on luck, people feel unhappy”. That is one reason why people in Shanghai is not as happy as other cities.

eBay China Job Opening – Part II

After I posted job posting for one friend in eBay, it seems it worked and another friend asked me to post more for their organization. Besides posting to Kijiji, let me also try here. If you are interested in working in eBay, why not have a try?

Technical Job Openings in eBay Shanghai office

Want to join a great team of professionals that built the largest e-commerce site in the world?

Sorry for posting long JD again. Last time cyhloi said “My god, it is too long.”. I hope he will have the same feedback again. :-)

1) Unix Technical Manager, Unix System Administration

(Please email your resume to

The manager of Unix System Admin reports to the General Manager of eBay China Operations Center at eBay Shanghai. This manager is responsible for leading a team of 5-10 highly skilled Unix System Administrators to support eBay’s dynamic, fast-paced environment QA & Production environment.This manager works closely with US SA teams on daily basis to ensure that projects are delivered on time, change requests are executed flawlessly, motivate and grow the team to be one of the top SA teams in the industry. This person also needs to work with eBay development, Program Management and Operational support organizations in China and US to develop and refine processes which will increase the efficiency and accuracy of teams work in order to provide world class services.


o Manage and coordinate the China Unix Admin team to ensure projects implementation are successful

o Ensure the best practice, the standards and processes of site operations are followed and enforced.

o Provide technical leadership in designing and implementing new initiatives.

o Manage escalations related to both QA & Productions in China.

o Establish performance and development objectives for the staff and perform regular review of those objectives

o Report weekly on progress, deliverables and metrics against plan

Job Requirements:

(Knowledge, skills, abilities, experience required to perform job)

Given the goals for this position, candidates must have:

o Strong Knowledge of host-based, networking technologies and understand complex relationships between components of a multi-tiered, distributed web site

o Worked as Unix System Admin Manager or Senior/Principle level System Admin for at least 3 years in the past.

o Has broad knowledge in the internet based technologies and infrastructure including Unix OS, SAN/NAS, Networking, load balancer, F5. CDN, DNS, SMTP).

o Experience in implementing a large-scale unix systems (preferably Oracle RDBMS on Sun OS)

o Ability to communicate complex technical concepts clearly to peers and management both in verbal and written Chinese and English

o Ability to multitasking under high pressure environment.

o Exhibits leadership qualities and strong procedural and architectural documentation skills, experience with related tools (such as visio)

o Bachelor or Master Degree in computer related fields or equivalent with minimum 5 years experiences in a Unix system administration environment and project management).

o Minimum 2 years of people management experience.

2) Sr. Unix Administrator

(Please email your resume to

Primary Job Responsibilities

(List and describe the essential responsibilities of the position for which the individual is held accountable)

o Participate as a member of a top UNIX Systems Administration team responsible for operationally excellent management and operation of the eBay servers required to keep eBay’s web properties running in a 24x7x52 environment.

o Build, maintain and upgrade hundreds of Sun and Linux systems.

o Requires ability to perform on-call duty on a rotational basis.

o Assess systems utilization to assist in troubleshooting and performance tuning

o Create scripts

o Act as a project member on various projects (supports, as a supporter or consultant in the RASCI model, either business or infrastructure projects in a variety of systems administrator tasks, including: configuring systems, installing software, providing guidance in technical meetings, defining standards, assisting with research for architectural issues, assisting/providing status updates, attending project meetings, and implementation of new features and tasks)

Job Requirements

(Knowledge, skills, abilities, experience required to perform job)

o Minimum five years Unix Systems Administration experience

o Proficiency with common Unix System administration tools

o Proven troubleshotting skills and ability to understand complex relationships between components of a multi-tiered, distributed web site

o End-user and configuration experience with Network Management and Enterprise Monitoring tools, especially within a network operations center environment

o Broad knowledge of common applications and technologies in Internet computing (web servers, proxies, load balancers, etc)

o Cross-platform unix/windows administration skills a plus

o Knowledge of host-based and network security tools and technologies

o Working expertise with at least one scripting langua e (perl, bourne shell, etc.)

o Experience with TIBCO messaging a plus

o Ability to provide reliable technical support and guidance on routine site issues in a high velocity, dynamic environment

o Exhibits leadership qualities and strong procedural and architectural documentation skills, experience with related tools (such as visio)

o Flexible, adaptable, and able to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

o Ability to communicate complex technical concepts clearly to peers and management

Expect at least 6 months of training or a solid understanding of eBay would be required.

3) NOC Unix Administrator

(Please email your resume to


The Systems Engineer is a key member of the operations staff with responsibility for proper functioning of all availability and performance of all components of the eBay production sites. As a member of a world-class Operations team, the Systems Engineer is responsible for operationally excellent management and operation of UNIX and Windows servers, supporting web properties running in a 24×7 environment. The Systems Engineer has primary responsibility for all monitoring and site tools as well as first and second tier resolution of production issues. Additionally, the successful candidate will work quickly under pressure to execute actions required to maintain site availability and performance.


o Manage and monitor systems to drive troubleshooting and tuning

o First and second tier resolution of production issues and alerts

o Understand all components of the eBay site infrastructure in order to analyze impact of alarms and other system messages

o Work with external teams to diagnose complex problems and drive resolution

o Utilize toolset to diagnose and resolve production issues

o Resolve errors and alarms quickly and provide timely escalation

o Complete tasks required to maintain service levels and availability of all site features and functions


o BS in technical field or equivalent experience

o Excellent verbal communications in both Chinese and English

o Minimum two years system administration experience

o Solid knowledge of operating system internals, file system structures, and machine architectures in a UNIX and Windows operating systems

o Experience with common system administration tools

o Working experience with scripting tools, Perl and UNIX shell scripting

o Knowledge of relational databases preferably Oracle

o Proven problem solving skills with an emphasis on quick problem resolution

o Ability to work on many tasks simultaneously in a high-pressure environment

o Basic LAN and WAN network knowledge

o Experience with web development technologies like HTML, XML, XSL, Java

o Be a good team player

4) NT Administrator (Several)

(Please email your resume to

Job Description:

– As a System administrator to execute site maintenance on large 7*24 environment

– Take quick actions to solve problem and escalating issues as appropriate

– Responsible for remedy collecting and recording

– You will be responsible for managing mission critical Windows NT servers.

Should have knowledge of Windows server operating systems (NT & 2000)

with a thorough understanding of NT Domains, Active Directory, WINS, DNS, and DHCP.


– Unix/Linux experience is preferred

– University degree or above majored in computer science or other disciplines

– NT/Win2K knowledge, MCSE knowledge

– Experience with TCP/IP protocol, solid knowledge of DNS

– scripting skills are a plus

– Be able to work under high pressure

– Warm-hearted and self-motivated

– Strong communication skills both in mandarin and English.

IMPORTANT: Please directly send your resume to, not me. Thanks.

Three Years of Blogging

This is the first day of the forth year of my blogging.

After three years (or 1095 days) of blogging, I thought this may be a bigger event for my life, but I didn’t feel it that way when this day come. This is a normal Sunday for me – Typhoon hits Shanghai again, and it starts to rain. The subtitle of Shanghai Oriental TV reminds people to stay in home and check windows and doors. Four year ago, on the same day, 9-11 event happened in New York (BTW, the most admirable exhibition I ever heard of is Here is New York). Maybe the rain brings more blue mood for me and an three year anniversary reminds me to look back to see what happened in the days before.

I’d like to invite everyone to visit my Archive Page. On this page, you will see a list of 1058 articles of the previous three years. All those marked with Bold font are hot topics with more than 10 comments. You can also click here to load the list into the search pane, making it easier to navigate through articles (IE only).

In the three years, my topics shifted a lot. From daily Shanghai life, to my travel record and to big news happening in Shanghai. Some times I intentionally ignore some hot news, and people will argue on that – why did you keep silient on this? It is the expectation.

Recently, the topic shifted a little bit from the city of Shanghai to culture and Internet, due to the shift of my own focus. I also started the Chinese version of my blog, and kept it in a pace of one article every week (It is just impossible for any one with a full time job to post two entries, one in Chinese and one in English every day).

Again, every time I review what we have accumulated on this blog, I want to thank people who commented on this blog. On English blog, 1058 entries received 111924 comments. The ratio of comment to entry is 11.27. On Chinese blog, 87 entries received 1259 comments, making the ratio to be 14.47…

I hope in the forth year, I can still be able to keep my promise from day 1 – to report “Events (in Shanghai) that affect my life (and others’)” in a personalized way.

Wangjianshuo’s Blog Change Log

23:29 2006-7-31


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  • Chinese Blogger Conference

    Chinese Blogger Conference will be held in Shanghai on Nov 5 – 6, 2005 in Shanghai. It is a weekend.


    Image in courtesy of Blogger Conference Organizer

    I don’t know why, but I just have the mixed feeling of this event. I didn’t got any notification/invitation of this event yet. I am worrying about this event. I met Isaac and discussed my concerns: it is more like a conference of only some people, instead of the blogging world. BSPs like blogbus, bokee, blogcn, seem not involved yet, and many bloggers like me are not involved yet. The speakers are great persons but seem to be only in a small circle. Although many bloggers are encouraged to participate, but there is not good way to organize the participation. There are many pannel discussions, but I worry how to organize it if there are so many people – I don’t know what the pannel discussion will look like if it is 100 people conference…

    Image in courtesy of yining

    I will be a reporter, suppoter, and participant, but… I still worry a lot. Let’s wait and see what happens than.

    BTW, Barak, CEO of Six Apart will participant in this blogcon.

    Short Time Flight Ticket


    When I get to Shanghai Oct 10, I need to get a one-way flight to Chengdu on 13th. Will I be able to do that on the 10th or 11th? No web site that I can access in US permits reserving a one-way ticket. If you think trying to get a flight on 2-3 days notice is not realistic, could you suggest a travel agent located in Shanghai that might assist me. I love Shanghai and wish I had more time to spend this trip. Thanks for your help.


    Typically, if it is not the golden week (Oct 1 – Oct 7, May 1 – May 7 and Spring Festival Week), a good bet is that you can book flight on the same day when you travel. The air tickets works not the same in U.S. Typically, the cheapest air tickets are only available just few days before the departure. So typically, my suggestion is you go to the airport and buy the ticket at the counter – there are enough ticket counter at any airport of Shanghai (or other city).

    If you want to be safe and get lower price, making a reservation on CTRIP.COM is a good idea. They have English version of their website. Or try to call them at +86-21-34064888. They are really nice.

    My 17 “OR” Articles

    Chedong is my good friend and a search engine expert. He wrote an article on his blog named: 15 OR of Wang Jian Shuo (I found this is 976th article from him already)

    We discussed two topics I wrote: one is Enjoy Doing or Being Able to Do and Dislike Doing or Starting to Do. Then Chedong get back and used Google to get a list of 15 articles. I just searched and got 17 results (Maybe I changed to English interface?) The question I asked include:

    1. Where to Study Chinese, Beijing or Shanghai?
    2. Pudong or Puxi
    3. Mandarin or Shanghaiese?
    4. To Tip or Not to Tip
    5. To Focus or Not?
    6. Car or Bicycle?
    7. Sina, Sohu or Netease?
    8. To Continue or Not? Confusing in China Blogsphere
    9. Dislike Doing or Starting to Do
    10. Blog, to Host it or Not?
    11. House of Flying Daggers (or Shi Mian Mai Fu)
    12. Thinking in English or Chinese
    13. Enjoy Doing or Being Able to Do
    14. Media – Should I Love It or Hate It?
    15. To Host It or Not? Confusing in China Blogsphere
    16. Sina, Sohu or Netease?

    You will see how many questions (confusion) I have in the past three years. Further, I found Google intitle search is a great way to organize the articles by keywords. For example, you will find the following search result useful on the topics:

    taxi metro bus PVG maglev

    Chedong suggested me to add a “OR” tag on the article and finally we agreed that it is by no means can an author find out a “silly” tag like “OR” when he writes the article. It has to be some thing that is discovered after many articles.