Watch 2015 Chinese New Year Gala (Live)

Yes, the traditional Chinese New Year is coming, the year of Sheep. On this event, a very important live show is the annual Chinese New Year Gala hosted by China Central Television (CCTV), abbreviated in Chinese as Chunwan, shown on the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year.

It has become a ritual of Chinese people including overseas Chinese when celebrate the festival since 1983, when it was first televised live at home and abroad.

The gala usually starts at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and lasts about four hours Making it one of the premier television events of China, CCTV Chinese New Year Gala is the large-scale integrated party owning a largest audience. The Gala is in a variety of forms, often featuring musical, dance, comedy, and drama performances.

CCTV strives for the new high each year to cater to all audience’s tastes. 2015 CCTV Chinese New Year Gala is themed by “the family gets prosperous through union”, to concern about the family harmony.

Now you can watch the live show online outside of China for free.

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Click the play button above to watch 2015 Chinese New Year Gala (Live)

The easiest method to test speed of hard drive

When you want to check the read and write speed of your hard drive, no matter HDD or SSD, the easiest way is not searching and downloading software. The fastest method is using the built in command of Windows OS (there should be a lot in Mac OS and Linux): winsat.

First, run the CMD command as administrator by typing it into the command box (click the start button on the left down corner of your desktop, or press Windows logo key + R), then, e.g. if you would like to check C drive, type the command as follows,

winsat disk -drive c

And then hit the “enter” key to run the command. Wait for a moment, you will get the result of the drive just tested.

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How is the performance of your drive? Welcome to post it in the comment area. Mine is as follows:


> Disk  Sequential 64.0 Read                   454.58 MB/s          7.9
> Disk  Random 16.0 Read                       391.09 MB/s          7.9
> Responsiveness: Average IO Rate              0.62 ms/IO          7.9
> Responsiveness: Grouped IOs                  6.61 units          7.7
> Responsiveness: Long IOs                     1.28 units          7.9
> Responsiveness: Overall                      8.49 units          7.9
> Responsiveness: PenaltyFactor                0.0
> Disk  Sequential 64.0 Write                  343.20 MB/s          7.9
> Average Read Time with Sequential Writes     0.288 ms          7.9
> Latency: 95th Percentile                     1.519 ms          7.9
> Latency: Maximum                             2.847 ms          7.9
> Average Read Time with Random Writes         0.316 ms          7.9
> Total Run Time 00:01:02.38

Tips on how to rent accommodation in Sheffield

I recently moved to Sheffield, UK. The first challenge was renting a place to live. Below are some tips on how to find house to rent in Sheffield given by my boss (millions thanks), I think it is very helpful for new comers to Sheffield.

A couple of good places to look for accommodation are http://www.zoopla.co.uk/ and http://www.rightmove.co.uk/. You can search for things that are close to the postcode of your work place or any desired one, that is a good starting point.

Generally speaking, the postcode areas S1 (central), S3 (inner north), S6 (inner north-west), and S10 (inner west) are generally convenient.

S10 is a fairly student area, but with excellent public transport. S6 is a mix of students and families; a lot of the university staff live there, and the tram directly from there to the university is convenient too. S1 is the city centre, and has a few apartments.

S3 is an inner-city area which includes some very nice little bits close to the river, but also some less-good areas which may not be so desirable; the prices in that area can be lower, but it is recommended that you have a careful look around the specific neighbourhood close to an apartment in this area to make sure it is OK before agreeing to rent.

S11 (inner south/south-west) also has some nice houses at a good price, but the transport isn’t so easy, it involves either a bus plus a short walk, or quite a long walk. I don’t really know the neighbourhoods directly to the east of the city, but there are some big council/social housing areas in that part of the city.

If you want to read about what is happening in Sheffield, or see people’s comments on specific areas, search the http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/ website for the name of the street or the area.

I have rented from a couple of different agencies in Sheffield – the one who treated us well was Martin & Co, http://www.martinco.com/lettings-agents/sheffield-city. The one who treated us badly was Sheffield Residential (located on West Street). Another very large one in Sheffield is Blundells, who are in the West One building, http://www.blundells.com/toletoffice/centro/1796/ – some people say good things about them, others say less-good things.

Good luck.