Monthly Archives: February 2008

Migrating to Tumblr

For a change.

Door to Japanese blogs

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Lessons to be learnt from the first week

OK, since there doesn’t seem to be many entries today to share with you, I decided to write about the lessons I learnt from the first week of my activity in Door to Japanese Blogs.

The only criterion I use in the selection of the blog entries is whether or not the entries offer any value to the community outside Japan. Obviously this is totally biased by myself, but there are cases where I can clearly exclude from my consideration. That is, the re-blog entries which introduce English entries in Japanese (sort of reverse of this blog). What I realised in the first week of my activity was that a large proportion of published blogs belong to this category. It was a little bit of surprise to me. I initially thought that there would be more, say, original posts, but that wasn’t the case so far. It makes my job easier, though.

There are several categories of posts I intentionally pickup in this blog. They are about the software development, discussions on Japanese society, opinions on foreign issues, and fun stuff. I believe that the development technologies some bloggers have in Japan is of high standard. Therefore, I’d like to share their effort with you. The second and third categories are kind of obvious but rarely published in English. There are as many crazy people in Japan as anywhere else, so I enjoy introducing some of the fun we have on the web.

It doesn’t take much to make the “Today’s elsewhere” entries because they are just a collection of bookmarks I make during the web surfing. The main entries tend to take about a half an hour. I try to limit myself not to spend much time so that I can have a long life.

Alright, that’s enough from me. Keep me posted any feedback on the blog.

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Today’s elsewhere

I bet mala is going to Baidu.

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Today’s elsewhere

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Fastladder, a lightning fast rss reader, is now in the MIT license

Fastladder.com is like Blogline; make an account and register RSS feeds. Today, Livedoor, the company behind Fastladder, decided to release the source code as an open-source software. This means that you can install the software as an RSS server in your local environment.

I think this is a great move from Livedoor, and deserves more attentions. I encourage everyone to try out the software if you subscribe to hundreds of RSS feeds. Fastladder is known to have excellent usability to handle a large number of RSS feeds without stress.

Fastladder.org

Original post: http://blog.livedoor.jp/staff_reader/archives/51181618.html

Official announcement: http://blog.fastladder.com/blog/2008/02/open-source-rss.html

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Today’s elsewhere

Hope you know what a love hotel is…

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Hate spam? Go to SNS

Due to the widespread culture (if I may call it) of anonymity in Japan, there has been a long and winding dispute between the pro-real name and anti-real name schools. The issue is relatively simple. The pro-real wants everyone on the web to identify themselves with the real-name (or an ID that can trace back to the person in some way), while the anti-real argues that the pro-real is missing the whole point of the Internet, it is the what (to be said) that matters, not the who. The anti-real also laughs at the unrealistic desire often expressed by the pro-real school (Everyone with real name? Yeah, right. That won’t happen).

Anyway, today, Yamada made an interesting proposal for those who are fed up with spams by anonymous cowards on the web.

Go to SNS

The whole argument is actually more complex than this. But, the point is the largest SNS in Japan, mixi, has got 13 millions users and it’s been reported that many of them use the real name. Surely the S/N ratio will decrease.

Original post: http://e0166.blog89.fc2.com/blog-entry-386.html

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