Never stop moving

It’s been a year since I left Microsoft and moved to Japan to study Japanese at Yamasa. Now that my year-long studies have completed, I have moved to Tokyo (just this past Tuesday!) for a job doing IT design. In the spirit of change, my blog has also moved and can be found here: http://journal.nullschool.net/…

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IsNot patent

I can’t stand seeing my friends slammed on Slashdot yet again, so I’d like to say something about the “IsNot patent” fiasco. Paul, Amanda, and Corneliu are some of the nicest people I know, and I had the pleasure to work directly with them for several years. The “IsNot patent” is the result of a…

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Analyzing the aggregate music tastes of Mac, Windows, Linux users

Recently, a friend of mine introduced me to Audioscrobbler. Using an audio player plug-in, your music choices are collected and compiled into an overview of your musical taste, accessible from the Audioscrobbler website. The website also displays a list of neighbors–users with statistically close musical tastes. Friendster for music. Groups are another interesting feature of…

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Installing Japanese Keyboards on Windows XP

A little while back I bought a Japanese keyboard to use with my laptop while docked. It’s a Microsoft Basic Keyboard 1.0A, with 109 keys. Not only does it have more keys than a standard US keyboard, but the layout is slightly different (such as the location of the apostrophe ‘ and at-symbol @ keys)….

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I’m at war with the washing machine

I’m at war with the washing machine. No matter which countermeasures I take, this “home appliance” manages to stretch my clothes to extreme and unfair proportions. It is particularly brutal to t-shirts. I’m not the only one. Each apartment in my building has the same model. Every so often I spot a student, a fellow…

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Outsider’s Eyes

It may sound strange, but odd-numbered years always bring me better fortune than even-numbered years. Sorry, I won’t elucidate. I’ve returned to the United States for the holidays to visit family and friends. Having spent the previous 9 months living in Japan, I’ve wondered how this experience has changed my perception of the US. What…

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TechEdの参加レビュー

TechEdは火曜日に始まりましたが、授業があったので、私は水曜日に名古屋から行きました。初めに参加したセッション はVisual Basic 2005でした。Visual Basicを手伝って作ったので、発表会を見るのは楽しかったです。Visual C#セッションとVisual Basicセッションの出席者数は同じぐらいでした。Visual C#はもっと人気があると思ったから、びっくりしました。私はVBのほうが好きなので、ちょっと嬉しかったです。:) 木曜日、河端さんに招待してもらいましたから、INETAのComegaセッションに参加して話せました。何を言うか考えました。心配したけれども、大丈 夫でした。TechEdが終わったばかりです。たくさん優しい人に会いました。私は行けて嬉しいです。

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People to thank, blogs as an emergent social network

Meeting people and building social networks is what makes conferences like TechEd really valuable. Last week was no exception. I had the privilege of meeting and talking with quite a few nice people. Thanks to everyone on this list:   [伊藤由起子] Yukiko Ito, ZEST Inc. [宇田豊和] Toyokazu Uda, Fuji Xerox [柿沼雄一郎] Yuichiro Kakinuma, ITMedia [河端善博]…

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TechEd part 2: Comega and VB

Finished another day here at TechEd. Saw a presentation on Visual Studio Team System. Wow. No wonder the blogosphere is ablaze with Team System discussions. Where did they find the time to build all that stuff?   I was fortunate enough to be invited by INETA Japan to participate in a panel discussion on Cω, a “strongly typed, data…

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TechEd Impressions

I’ve finished my last session for the day here at TechEd. Right now I’m staring out over Yokohama Bay where the expansive Yokohama Bay Bridge dominates the view.   I attended the VB 2005 session this afternoon to see what the audience was like and what kind of topics were discussed. The room, which sits…

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