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Remembering 3/11 and Yurekuru

About 15 seconds into this video you'll hear an alarm from an iOS app called Yurekuru, which is a Japanese word that translates to a shake or sway is…

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Added by Christopher Kobayashi on March 11, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Remembering 3/11 and Twitter

I was sitting at my desk on the 6th floor with a fresh cup of coffee that I bought from Tully's downstairs. They're a bit pricey, but they smelled and tasted so good I could never resist. I usually got a hot cup of the daily special and did so that day.

Took a few sips and started a discussion with a colleague about the project that we were on.

The desk I was assigned to was in the corner with a window overlooking a major street and I could see down it all the way to Shimbashi…

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Added by Christopher Kobayashi on March 10, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Tokyo Observations: Coin-op Card Games



As a kid I loved playing coin-op games. Some of my favorites were: Space Invaders, Defender, Centipede, Galaxian and Galaga, Dig Dug, Tempest, Joust, Tempest, Spy Hunter, Tron, Robotron, and I must've spent a lot on Gauntlet.

My experiences with them were mostly at where ever I could find them. From liquor shops, bowling alleys, pizza parlors to if I…

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Added by Christopher Kobayashi on March 6, 2014 at 3:34pm — 4 Comments

Tokyo Observations: QR Codes

I took a short trip to Tokyo in October to visit family and friends. I've lived there for over eight years, so every time I go back I notice what's changed. And since I'm on the geekier side, I notice tech-related changes.

QR Codes to Search Boxes

When I moved to Tokyo in 2003 there was a trend to switch to camera phones. All the…

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Added by Christopher Kobayashi on November 29, 2013 at 5:18pm — 4 Comments

Start Free and then Scale

You have the latest and greatest idea for a web application. You tell your friends and colleagues, and put together a small team to get the idea rolling. Your programmer, a Ruby on Rails guy, develops a prototype of the web application that works on his machine. You want access to it to show it off, and put it in front of users to get feedback.

Even though you believe in your idea, there's a part of you that's not "all in". You…

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Added by Christopher Kobayashi on May 31, 2013 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Remembering 3/11

On March 11, 2011 a magnitude 9.03 earthquake rocked Japan, which resulted in a devastating 133 feet tsunami and a level 7 nuclear meltdown.

Out of this chaos good samaritans built and open sourced hardware to assist in recording radiation levels. The Make blog has an update on this project.

Remembering Japan – Contribute to a Fantastic…

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Added by Christopher Kobayashi on March 12, 2013 at 8:44pm — No Comments

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