Presentation on [email protected] PC Users Group

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Tokyo PC Users Group

Presentation on Blogging
Thursday, June 5

TPC's own Stuart Woodward will discuss web blogs in all its glorious detail. Please join us for the presentation and discussion afterwards.

Venue: Tokyo Union Church in Omotesando. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
meeting starts at 7:00, presentation begins at 7:45. TPC Members are free, guests are 1,000 yen.

Why isn't MovableType "open source"?

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I have been wondering why MovableType is not "open source". Six Apart announced TypePad, which is designed to capture more people who don't have their weblogs now, by offering user-friendly tools, according to the press release.

It seems to me that Six Apart expects more revenues from TypePad than MovableType. If so, making MovableType be open source to let others develop MT really makes more sense to me than making efforts on further development under supervision of Six Apart's very limited resources.

"Matrix Reloaded" breaks opening day record

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"Matrix Reloaded" just came out yesterday in the United States...

'Matrix Reloaded' Sets Opening Day Record (washingtonpost.com) Reuters Friday, May 16, 2003; 2:38 PM By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Matrix Reloaded," the movie produced by AOL Time Warner's Warner Bros. studio, raked in a record $42.5 million at domestic box offices in its first day, box office watchers said on Friday.

The science fiction thriller surpassed last year's smash hit "Spider-Man."


Technorati API released

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Technorati API 0.9 I'm proud to announce the first public release of the Technorati API, the application programming interface to Technorati's weblog index and search engine.

blogging, journalism, links and trackbacks

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As I quoted an article about NY Times' plagiarism, I was thinking about the difference in authority of between traditional news sources and the weblog. A couple of days later, I had a chance of having lunch with Joi Ito and Dan Gillmor. Joi was talking about the journalism and blogging and mentioning that traditional newspapers should be separated into two entities: journalism and printing. It led to a discussion how we create a better democratic system.

"Tawawa": Japan-focused English weblog by "normal" Japanese

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For those who want to know more about Japan, Japanese culture, or Japanese thought, visit tawawa. Led by an English teacherRudolf, Tawawa is a blog by a group of undergrads at Mie Univ who study English.

Unlike many Japan-focused weglogs by foreigners or bilinguals, tawawa is a weblog where "normal" Japanese people express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

Any Free Public Wireless Lan Project?

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wifi-logo.jpg
Understanding the potential vulnerability of Wi-Fi, I wondered if anyone develops the project that offers "Free W-LAN Network" using wireless access points installed in households.

I just checked out a couple of websites using google, but didn't find appropriate ones.

Hotspot-Locations may be one, but doesn't seem to me that's it. Do you have any idea?

Asian Cafe Cha-ka-ma

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Asian Cafe Cha-ka-maToday, I went to a limited-period Asian cafe Cha-ka-ma in Sasaduka, Shibuya-ku. There were two reasons to go there. The number one is to make over a book, a Japanese translated version of "Linked" by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, to hirosh, who produced this cafe.
The other, and the best, is to see two famous gadgeters, who blog gadgets a lot, meet.

The gadgeters are hirosh and minami, witnessed by me and yuki.

Trip memories with Lonely Planet Guidebooks

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Lonely Planets!I always bring a Lonely Planet guidebook with a Japanese guidebook when I make a trip.

Unlike Japanese ones which are full of neat photos, Lonely Planet books are packed with many letters with a few photos. However, LP really gives me interesting information, especially history, about the region I am visiting. Fun.

LPs in my bookshelf sometimes remind me of the past trips and let me take a photos of all LPs I brought except for books missing or given to local people.

Desktop Blog

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As I described in a previous entry (sorry only in Japanese), the screenshot left above is from my media server that is used to play music (full screen shot).

The screenshot is captured in every 10 seconds and copied to the server of this blog. In the screen, the weather forecast from TBS is located in the right and the news ticker from Nikkei Net in the bottom.

I am trying this for a chance of adding other messages on the desktop in the future.