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Scott Murphy's Blog – April 2009 Archive (4)

The things I don't like about Mixi

Mixi is the largest social network in Japan. With a lot of my friends in Japan, I can't help but use Mixi, but if I had a choice, I would convince my friends to switch to a different social networking platform like Facebook. Here is why.



Mixi Acitivity/Visited Log




Mixi has a feature that displays exactly who visited your page or blog. It sounds cool and you might think it encourages activity but to me, it's annoying because when I read my friend's blog, it leaves me… Continue

Added by Scott Murphy on April 17, 2009 at 1:22pm — 5 Comments

Indian Mathematics

A while ago, I watched a TV program on how incorporating Indian Mathematics in Japanese schools increased overall achievement in children. Indian Mathematics introduces cool shortcuts in math. The subject really interested me and I started to look into Indian Mathematics methods. Not all of them are easily explained but here are a few that I've learned.



Note: This post won't be of interested to those brilliant mathematicians and techies on TechHui who can solve 8 digit problems in… Continue

Added by Scott Murphy on April 15, 2009 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

New Web Addresses - Start of Domain Turf War?

I just read this post in USA today - New Web Address endings could be start of turf wars.



The article is talking about the possibility of opening Top Level Domains to anything from .a to .z. I could get scott.murphy. Or TechHui could change from TechHui.com to Tech.hui.



I'm not sure the benefits of an open TLD name space… Continue

Added by Scott Murphy on April 7, 2009 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Broken Heart Trash Can(shitsuren gomibako)

If you just got out of a long relationship and plan to burn all those photos of your partner, Recruit in Japan just released an AIR application to do just that. The program is called 失恋ゴミ箱 (Brokenhearted Trash Can).



After installing the AIR application, you select the photo you want to burn and the program will actually light the photo on fire. You watch it until the photo turns to ashes (w/ sad background music) and the program will… Continue

Added by Scott Murphy on April 6, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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