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Monday, August 31, 2009

You can see that from here!?

During our flight home from Japan, my wife noticed something odd from the window. Some of the pictures she took show what looks to be a large ship. We were very surprised that we were able to see it so well.

a big ship, seen from an airplane

More pictures and info below …


posted by Osugi Sakae at 15:47  

Monday, August 24, 2009

Switching from KDE to WinXP #3 : Other Apps


I just found this post in the drafts section and realized that even though I wrote it well over a year ago, I never posted it. Rather than leave it again, I am going to post it now and complete it with screenshots in the near future.

This post is a bit out of date because I am talking about MS WinXP and KDE 3.5.x even though MS Windows Vista has been out for a couple of years (and MS Windows 7 is currently RTM) and KDE is up to 4.3. However, I am still using KDE 3.5 and much of the MS Windows-using world decided to stay with MS WinXP, so this article is not as out of date as it may seem.

Also, I believe (but could be wrong, I admit) that the situation has not changed much with current MS Windows releases — they still don’t come with much useful software; the end user still has to purchase or otherwise acquire and install their day-to-day software on their own.

Further, most of the KDE software mentioned in this article is still in use in KDE 4.3, although possibly in slightly modified form.

More Observations on KDE & WinXP

This is the third in a series of articles chronicling my switch from KDE to WinXP at work. If you haven’t already, please read the first and second articles.

There was not a whole lot of good software included with WinXP. Almost none. There is no good text editor – just Wordpad and Notepad. No good image manipulation program. MS Paint is the graphics equivalent of Notepad. For someone used to Linux, such skimpy software offerings are strange. KDE comes with an impressive amount of software. MS WinXP doesn’t.


posted by Osugi Sakae at 01:13  

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Translation Party Insights

I just learned about Translation Party from this article on BBspot, so I went over to try it out.

Translation Party is an interesting idea and pretty cool to play with. The idea is to translate an English sentence into Japanese, take the resulting Japanese sentence and translate it back into English, and repeat this until the results “reach equilibrium”. Equilibrium is when the English in and English out match. It doesn’t have to be the original English, just any E1 -> J -> E2 where E1 and E2 are the same.


posted by Osugi Sakae at 22:40  

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Dell is going to discontinue 12-inch netbooks. After reading about it here and there on the net, I think two different stories are getting mixed up here. First is the overly fluid definition of “netbook” and which ones consumers want. The second story is the impact of titans like Intel and Microsoft on the market and on consumer choice.


posted by Osugi Sakae at 18:26  

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