Life in China | Dominik Mayer – Products, Asia, Productivity

In 2008 and 2009 I spent 1.5 years studying Chinese at Tongji University in Shanghai. This is my way to China, these are my experiences in Shanghai.

I arrive in China on page 15.



An autumn day at the Oktoberfest.


Mac OS X Concerns

There are two main concerns I have about Mac OS: It might not have more features than Linux and it’s a proprietary system.

Parking Space

First day of the new semester, over a thousand freshmen and I had no problem getting a parking space. Wow.

No Day for Movies

I tried to watch Six Days Seven Nights, The Mothman Prophecies and The Right Stuff but couldn’t focus for more than 30 minutes. I’m just not in the right mood for movies, not today.


Lunch was anything but delicious. I refused to eat it up. Others seemed to agree as my plate wasn’t the only one returned half full.

Until now the food has been quite good at the beginning of each academic year and got worse in the course of time. Seems to be no longer valid. We can only hope it’s the other way round now.

Starting Next Week

Stood up at 6:30, drove 40 kilometers (including traffic jam), found the auditorium at 8:10 and discovered that the business economists prefer to start their lecture next week. 🙄

Streamed Maths

A new episode of Where’s my lecture? Today I found out that they had changed room and time on short notice so that they could stream freshmen maths in our intended lecture hall.

First Snowflakes

First snowflakes were spotted in Cham. It’s high time to install my winter tires before I won’t be able to drive home anymore. So I’ll most likely miss the Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums) tomorrow. :-(


The latest version of Ubuntu Linux, called “Gutsy Gibbon”, was released this week. It features several improvements including the eye candy of Compiz Fusion. You should give it a try.

Mood Swings

Sylvester in Stockholm. We three had agreed on the flight and were about to book it when one decided she’d rather stay at home… and then there were two.

Swing Back

We’re three again and the flight is booked. Stockholm, we’re coming!

Not Abroad

An exam is scheduled for February 25th, five days after the projected start of the semester in China. The professor offered to send it to China so that I could write it there, supervised by a member of Tongji. Sounded like a great idea, but TUM won’t allow it.

The Mystery of the Black Hair

This morning, I found a long black hair on my bathroom floor. How on earth did it get there?