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:…


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…


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…


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]…


Happy Blog Birthday!

One year ago today/yesterday I created my first post, since then averaging one per month. I feel like I need some sort of excuse for my snail-like pace. Maybe it was all those clandestine operations in Liechtenstein.


Tokyo Trip Report: the Java-in-Japan question

Had a great time in Tokyo last week. Used Freespot to find some places with free wireless access, among them Cafe la Voie and Mixing Cafe. Also went to a meeting of the Tokyo PC Users Group where I heard an enjoyable presentation on the application of the electromagnetic spectrum to weapons technology. Spent some…