· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · May
· · · · 14 (4 entries)

Asakusa · I just post­ed some old snaps of Japan’s #1 tourist at­trac­tion, and while I was dig­ging through the pix ran across the­se, of Asakusa, a Tokyo shop­ping dis­trict whose name writ­ten pho­net­i­cal­ly in English would be “Asaxa.” Ja­panese words tran­scribed in­to English con­tain many in­stances of the let­ter “u” which are not pro­nounced even though Ja­panese will in­sist fu­ri­ous­ly that they are there (a con­se­quence, I think, of us­ing syl­lab­ics for pho­net­ic read­ings). Asakusa is re­al­ly nice, a good place to shop, eat, and drink, and if you’ve ev­er seen anyone’s tourist snaps of Toky­o, you’ve prob­a­bly seen it; but per­haps not the­se. [Up­dat­ed: A note on Ja­panese pro­nun­ci­a­tion.] ...
DME on OS Choices · Dave Ed­mond­son says smart things about non-Microsoft OSes for ev­ery­body, us­ing an ev­ery­day prob­lem (gee, this PC has a nice screen, can I plug it in­to the Playsta­tion?) to fo­cus his think­ing.
LDW on WordPress · There’s an in­ter­est­ing write-up from Lau­ren on WordPress, in par­tic­u­lar some ob­vi­ous things that ev­ery soft­ware prod­uct ought to do but many don’t.
UBL 1.0 · On May 1st, UBL 1.0 hit the street­s; to­day, Jon Bosak is in Hong Kong launch­ing the mar­ket­ing push. UBL is a set of general-purpose XML-encoded busi­ness doc­u­ments: or­der­s, ac­knowl­edg­ments, pack­ing slip­s, in­voic­es, re­ceipt­s. I’m not a UBL ex­pert, but I have two good ar­gu­ments that say it’s like­ly to be im­por­tant and suc­cess­ful ...
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