Archive for January, 2017

PWA appstore, anyone?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

There are lots of hypes about Progressive web apps (PWA). However, it may not fly for a few reasons:

1. There are no centralized app stores so users cannot find the apps, reviews, ratings, no. of  downloads etc. to guide them what apps to use

2. No centralized app stores to handle the security check so users are not willing to take the risks as PWAs do have access to users’ cameras etc. On the other hand, developers do not have the incentive to develop such apps as no one is promoting them in an appstore, developers do not want to handle the payments for a few dollars per app if no appstore can do that for them.

3. As a result, so far, no great PWA apps to use, and most of the PWAs are toy apps, free.

My question is, if Google is really serious about PWA, why not they also list PWAs in there play store the same way they treat native apps?

Great concept, but no one is really serious about it or executing it.

On the other isde of the world, WECHAT Xiaochengxu (small programs) is doing the similar things but it can only run on WeCHAT app, which itself is really cross-platform. You do not need to install/uninstall Xiaochengxu but developers and users take advanatge of wechat’s platform, the community, payment, users and groups etc.. It excited the Chinese IT community since it was relased on 1/9/2017 and will be more successful then  PWA I think. It is more like a Tencent’s OS running on top of JS scripts.

Having said that, I do see a PWA appstore at:

http://atlantaonlinegaragesale.ichinesenews.com/22-pwa-apps?orderby=reference&orderway=asc

一个下午的流水账

Monday, January 9th, 2017

一个下午的流水账


大概是年底的时候,或12月30号罢, 我觉得应该去给车子做保养了。上面换油的提示一直在那儿,如影随形,挥之不去,每次开车让你有深深的负罪感。


来美后,一直对车子没有深厚的感情,除了把它当代步工具,从来就不想碰车子。这次,不能再了,长假过去,马上上班,再不做保养实在说不过去。


不到迫不得已不到车行的另一个原因就是,和去医院看病一样,车行会给你找出一大堆毛病,然后就是无聊的等待。


那天,我要去两处地方,一是去做保养,让后去另一处调换前后的轮胎,好在两家靠得很近。

我几乎可以想象独自在车行等待,该是多么无聊。


去汽车经销商处做保养交待完毕,旋坐下,待要去取咖啡,打发这无聊的时光,却见有人喊我。如此荒僻乡野,又是节日度假期间,何人如此悠闲?回头一看,是同事A,也来给车做保养,因为另一处经销商态度不是很满意,今番想换一处试试,所以得以幸会。


A是山东济宁人,因我祖上曾有人在那儿做过官,也算造福一方,后迁山东民政厅长,话题就从此聊开。工作,家庭,兴趣,节假日旅行,不知不觉,车行工作人员告知,车已保养完毕,而且检查后没有发现其他问题,我可以提走了。


告别同事,开上被保养后被洗得几乎一尘不染的车,去专业轮胎行做轮胎前后互换的路上,兀自思忖着,想这下面的等待,该会是多么无聊呢。


到了轮胎行,把车交予工作人员,正想坐下来看手机以打发这无聊的冬季午后时光,手机突然想了起来。原来是高中同学G。 G在DC,正在办公室上班呢。我们也有好几个月没有联系了。我们聊了过去,聊了各自的生活,畅想着下次大家聚会的种种可能,等等,等我挂完电话,猛的发觉,轮胎行在一刻钟前给我打过电话,或是车早弄好了,而我却浑然不觉。


果然,车早已弄好,终于可以驾车回去了。外面有阳光,不觉心情大好。


如此无聊的车行等待,遇到同事,接到老同学电话,结果就是完全不同。感谢生命中的偶遇,感恩生活中友情的眷顾,它们,让我们每一天的生活,变得如此不同。