Going the extra mile for Windows XP

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I’m just about ready to tag the Github repository with release-1-0, build an installer and finally, officially, really usher Zydeo 1.0 out the door. But while I’m waiting for the digital certificate (the very first I’ve ever owned) that I need to sign the installer, I’ve decided to do some last-minute dusting and testing. Caution: there be dragons in Windows XP’s cupboard.

TL;DR: Zydeo will run on Windows XP, and look nearly as good as on later versions.

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PC speak Chinese

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I’ve explored and collected a wealth of links to online resources as I was working on Zydeo. I hope you’ll find some of these pointers useful; I get the personal benefit of keeping them organized here for my own future reference.

This post contains relatively non-geeky stuff such as fonts, dictionaries and translated example sentences. Make sure you check out its follow-up, PC speak Chinese #2, where it gets more funky with character recognition, frequency lists, stroke order animations and creating new characters out of thin air.

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Of emoji, Hanzi and alchemy

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I hate emoji. You know, those colorful icons: smiley faces, sad faces, thumbs up and their countless friends that we use all the time in short text messages and email. It’s not that I’m a purist that thinks emoji spell the end of literacy, particularly among those horrible teenagers. No, quite the contrary: I know full well that language and culture have been in constant decline since at least the time of the ancient Greek; I don’t buy into this kind of stuff. I actually like icons in text.

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