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The BS-Wrestling Pit / Is experience working in China valuable?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on December 23, 2018, 12:46:50 AM »
I think probably no.

Even inside China, any work you do is, at least as far as performance is concerned, essentially unmonitored. Potentially everything you do will be noted down by someone, but that's all about security (and theft), and likely none of those notes or records will be used in the more mundane transaction of work feedback. If you have your own metrics, you might be able to work out how well you're doing at your job, but if you wanted your boss to manage your performance and measure your progress, that is just never going to meaningfully happen. You will be chided for tardiness, you will be be blessed by the attendance of others but not by much of their attention, and for whatever role you take you might well never see any stated objectives.

In short, whatever you do here is so completely non-standard, there is no one who can ever say what it is you really did. No one can attest to your experience. No one can understand even your own report about you. Nothing you do here is real on a resume.

Is it different outside the realm of teaching? Has anyone found out how to translate Chinese work experience into achievement recognizable in the "real" world?

Imma still think it will be no, because why would it be yes?
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Merry Christmas Everyone!
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on December 22, 2018, 06:42:53 AM »
Merey Saxophones, one and all

Thinkpad T480 

i5-8250U + 8GB RAM + 128 GB SSD + 1T HDD + MX150 GPU + FHD + Win10 Home

8000 yuan

In the shop I forgot to talk about a backlit keyboard. (I was sorta under the impression they were standard now.) Given my use case I'd very rarely need it, but I was kinda looking forward to playing a bit but when I got home, no. Aww. (Why backlight? For when you don't have a direct light source on your keyboard like a desk lamp or overhead light...)

"Pro" tip - if the first thing you do with a new laptop is format the drives and install your own os, but you can't buy the thing without an os already installed, the difference between Win 10 Home and Pro is 1000 yuan  aoaoaoaoao
The Champagne Cabana / Merry Christmas Everyone!
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on December 21, 2018, 08:52:34 AM »
Have a Merry Christmas or a Happy Festivus or whatever it is you celebrate! ahahahahah

Hope everyone gets what they want from Santa this year.  I'm still waiting to find Gong Li waiting for me under my tree. ajajajajaj ajajajajaj ajajajajaj
Two modestly tweaky tools for making Windows 10 less hateful...

Disassembler0's Win 10 Intial Setup Script - for when you first run Windows 10 and want to do most of your settings tweaks and bloatware removal in one hit. It won't break anything, but it definitely changes things (for the better, imo). read up on what it changes before you run it.

Open Shell (a continuation of ClassicShell) - a start menu replacement that allows among other things the replacement of that weird touch screen-centric Win10 start menu with a very much more familiar Win7 Start menu.

In coming days I'll definitely use the Initial Script, but I might see if I can get used to the Win10 Start thing before getting too nostalgic for Win7.
Unexpected story development: I have elected to do purchase of my first real Thinkpad

All things being equal I will tomorrow take possession of a Thinkpad T480. It'll come crammed full of an eighth generation i5 processor, some 8 jigglebits of RAM, a single full-power NVIDIA MX150, and a pair of hard drives, one a freakish tiny square of an 128GB SSD in the WWAN slot, the other a traditional 5400rpm spinner measuring some 1 terrabytes of void shortly to be filled. It shall also have a full HD display.

At a little less than ticket price too.

The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Way to Move Money Out of China, With Least Fees?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on December 19, 2018, 02:21:19 AM »
Calach was just lamenting issues with moving cash here:


It really comes down to the amount of money.  If it's not too big, the bank should be able to assist with a transfer.  Western Union will also work.  The larger the amount, the more paperwork involved.  Make sure you've got pay receipts or something to that effect.

The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Way to Move Money Out of China, With Least Fees?
« Last post by Ivyman on December 18, 2018, 09:48:21 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I just want to send my RMB back to the US.  What is the most efficient way to do this?  I want to minimize fees, etc.

1.  Western Union?

2.  Using my Chinese bank account to transfer back to the US?

Anything else?
The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Cashing Out - the 2018 edition
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on December 18, 2018, 05:07:18 AM »
I think the best option for you is to move your money in smaller increments.  That eases the amount of paperwork needed.  If you wait until you've got a huge pile of cash to send back to your home country, things can get complicated.
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