· 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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