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August 2002 Archives

BlogStreet »

Sighted on WERBLOG BlogStreet is a database of blogs that lets you enter the URL for a blog and it finds other blogs in your "neighborhood". Cool idea, but not completely sure how useful it is. Or maybe it's just useful if your blog is famous and highly linked to and maybe I just don't understand the algorithm. When I entered my blog, mostly I just got a list of blogs that I link to on my top page. It ranked my blog 6479 out of 10259 blogs, which is probably not bad for a 2 month old blog, but...

Science in Action - Bruno Latour »

Finally finished reading this book. Mimi recommended it to me when I was trying to write my paper for Ars Electronica. Now I can't remember the context of her recommendation. Anyway... A dense book, but a great book. It approaches the process of the progress of science and the development of "facts" from the human and social perspective. Latour starts out the book by chronicling the discovery of DNA and the development of the Eclipse MV/8000 computer. He shows how "facts" are black boxes that become fact through a process of competition that involves building networks of references until...

NIRA-Doyukai Breakfast on Saving Japan »

Yet another breakfast about how to save Japan... This one is co-sponsored by The National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) and the Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai). The title of this project is called "The Action Plan for Reviving the Japanese Economy." The chair is Kanemaru-san, the CEO of Future System Consulting. This is the second breakfast. I presented my standard presentation at the last breakfast talking about the lack of a functioning market/risk-return model. Oe-san of Plantec is presenting today. He is talking about liquid space and communities. He is also talking about how speed is power......

SatireWire Ends »

SatireWire has closed down! Oh no! It was one of my favorite sites. In memory of SatireWire, which will stay online as an archive, here are a few of my favorites:SatireWireSTUDY FINDS YOU REALLY DON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE In Grand Scheme of Things, Your Hard Work, Diligence, Found to Mean Squat London, England (SatireWire.com) - In an unprecedented study, British and American researchers have concluded that despite what you've been told at work, you really don't make a difference, and are not remotely integral to your company's success. "In our research, we found that you've been encouraged to believe that...

Blueprint for Japan 2020 »

From 4:30pm at Hotel Okura was the press conference for the "Blueprint for Japan 2020" initiated by the World Economic Forum. The agenda fits well with what I am trying to do in "activating" the young leaders in Japan, but on the other hand, it sounds like a lot of work. I'm hoping that it will overlap with what we are doing at Keizaidoyukai. Klaus Schwab is good at getting press so maybe this initiative will provide some exposure of the core issues as well as get some support from outside of Japan to force change in Japan. Following are...

Rewriting the Consumer Protection Basic Law »

I am on the inquiry committee working on rewriting the basic consumer protection law. We are discussing enforcement. I mentioned the FTC action against MS Passport. We talked about how something like the FTC is essential in Japan. Currently the privacy bill being contemplated doesn't link with the consumer protection law and there is no body that can attack a problem like the MS Passport issue from the fair trade, consumer protection and privacy aspects as the FTC did in the US. I have 45 minutes left until the end of the meeting so if anyone has anything that...

The Family Business »

Last week my uncle Hiro visited from Iwate to let me know that he was turning 70 and that I should start preparing to take over the family business. The family business is not really a business, but a family foundation that runs schools. The main school is currently a school for nurses....

Some Koyasan Notes »

I just got back from Koyasan. It was an amazing experience. The day we arrived the head monk gave us a speech about the mandalas in the Kongobuji temple of Koyasan. There was a very impressive ceremony and dancing by women from the temple at the end. We all sat around inside the main temple room and listened. (I snuck around a bit and took pictures.) A magazine, AERA, is doing a story about me and the cameraman was also snooping around taking pictures of me taking pictures of stuff. Koyasan only has temples and no hotels, but many...

Going to Koyasan »

Engin01, the cultural non-profit that I helped start is having an offsite meeting at one of the most famous temples in Japan, Koyasan. There are no hotels to stay in, just temples. I will be staying in a temple with Mizuka, Yanai-san of Pia and his wife Makiko-san. I will be bringing my camera and computer, so I may be able to bring my blog with me, but if I am out of touch for a few days, sorry! I'll upload stuff when I get back....

Hackers Beg Boring People to Stop Encrypting Emails »

A pretty funny article in Satirewire. What is particularly amusing is that I sometimes think this. I know it is best practice to encrypt everything. (Otherwise it is obvious that encrypted messages are important.) But I've been having problems with PGP on my PC and sometimes I spend a great deal of effort to decrypt a message that just turns out to be some silly email that didn't NEED to be encrypted. ;-) Of course, this is exactly the wrong position to take. We really should encrypt everything. This is not meant as a message for people to stop sending...

Very funny banner ad parodies »

First sighted on Boing Boing Valley of the Geeks has a series of features of very funny banner ads. Here are some of my favorites......

Ministry's Efforts to Co-Opt Me? »

Japan has a process where they make boards and inquiry panels to discuss important issues with experts and the public. These inquiry panels are defined by law and are supposed to be an important part of the law making process, but in fact they are often used to diffuse public pressure and just act like they care. I am often asked to join such panels and I find I learn a lot about what is going on and can usually influence the direction ever so slightly. I usually feel this is better than not doing anything, but I am often...

The music industry's self-inflicted wounds »

This is EXACTLY the point I'm trying to make. Kenji Eno, my Japanese guest blogger and successful game creator wanted to become a musician, but became a game creator instead because there was more freedom in the game industry at the time. People who used to spend their money on CD's moved to spending money on the i-mode data packet bills. Creators and consumers / participants can switch formats. If the music industry continues to suck as a platform, I'm sure people will be happy to move on for awhile until it basically collapses. Music will never go away, but...

MOF Accidentally Leaks Information on Web? »

I just got a call from a Kyodo News reporter asking for a comment about the Ministry of Finance (MOF) leaking (accidentally?) financial metrics on their web page before the official annoucement date. They are apparently going to make some announcement about their mistake and he wanted a quote from me to run in the story. I can't seem to find anything on the web about this. Does anyone know anything? (I thought it was the FSA, but it was the MOF) Anyway, the comment I made was that comparing Nippon Ham vs. Worldcom the CFO of Worldcom is taken...

Recording Industry Attacks Internet to Stop Chinese Pirates »

This is scary in many ways. On the one hand, the Chinese are trying to "cleanse Yahoo". On the other hand, the RIAA is trying to cleanse the US of Chinese copyright pirates. The RIAA is attacking the Internet backbone. Andy Oram and I talked before about the idea that the Internet may break up into a bunch of networks, each with different rules and much less end-to-end connectivity. It feels like it is starting to happen. Maybe the great push for connectivity is going change to the great push for division. I guess alternative networks may emerge in the...

A Very Positive Note From Dan Gillmor »

A great positive article by Dan Gillmor in his column in the Mercury News. Says some good things. Although I quoted Jun saying this just yesterday, it is 30% easier to sound smart being negative. I think it is significant to try to point out some of the good things going on. I've been thinking and talking a lot about how consumers are waking up from their semi-conscious state where communication was through buying, voting and rioting to a state where customers could think, act and discuss. Here is a quote from Dan's article that makes this point.CUSTOMERS AWAKEN: Everyday...

PGP is Back! »

As I struggle to get gnupg working on my XP box, this is great news! Thanks for pointing this out Sen.The Register - PGP is back! By Andrew Orlowski in London Posted: 19/08/2002 at 13:20 GMT Phil Zimmermann's PGP is back in the hands of an independent company, after Network Associates agreed to sell the technology it mothballed back in March to a start-up specially created to market PGP. Jon Callas, the former PGP chief scientist, becomes the CTO of the new company, PGP Corporation. Will Price, former Director of Engineering at NAI, becomes VP of engineering....

Opencola Beta Available »

I just got the beta of opencola. (Thanks Howard!) On the surface, it looks like a bookmarking, meta-searching relevance tracking front end. Very useful just for meta-searching various search engines and news sources and filing your information. You have various folders for different topics and you mark the relevance of various documents and you can continue to search for more stuff similar to what you like. The cool thing is that you can add peers that can look at your public folders and share recommendations with. It is similar to a company we invested in that unfortunately didn't end up...

Focused or Unfocused Blogs »

I had dinner tonight with Barak, Michiel (who started today as an intern from Hitotsubashi Biz School) and 4 students from Stanford's ATI program. Michiel said that he thought that I was unfocused. (I've been called this before. Jun called me "scatterbrained" when asked about me after he first met me.) Michiel said he felt my blog was too unfocused. I guess that's true, but I thought it was a feature, not a problem. Michiel admitted that he was often negative. (Jun said the other day that he thought people sounded 30% smarter when they were negative.) Anyway, I had...

Addicted to Blogging »

So I've been blogging for 54 days now and I'm definitely addicted. I know I've said this before, but it is DEFINITELY different than just having a web page. As Frank warned me, all day long I think about things to blog. Everything I read on the web is potential blog material and I find I am reading much more and chasing all kinds of ideas a lot further than I used to. Also, since I have a Japanese section, I find I have started to try to read Japanese much more. (Even though I still suck.) I write...

Paying for Suicide »

Japan's suicide rate tops 30,000 / yr. Over 3X the 10,000 or so automobile related deaths. Most of the suicides are men in the 50's and 60's and often due to job related and financial stress. So, while many Silicon Valley ventures were built buy people who had lost their jobs in the defense industry. Japanese tend to commit suicide instead. Japan's suicide rate is among the top 10 in the world. It is said that Japanese mental health medicine is 30 years behind the US (Although Kurokawa-sensei is trying to do something about that.) So it makes sense that...

National ID Card Technology - Popular Science »

found on Slashdot An article in Popular Science about what a national ID would look like and contain. On the issue of social security numbers on ID card, they mention that even though social security numbers on ID cards have been rejected by the federal government, "it's a good guess the Department of Homeland Security would manage it". On smart card technology, they say:For example, an ER doctor could view medical information and enter data about treatment (if the card's data storage device is read-write capable), but could not see security-related data (such as a traveler's flight history, or...

NASA plans to read terrorist's minds at airports »

found on POLITECH. My comments in italics NASA plans to read terrorist's minds at airports By Frank J. Murray THE WASHINGTON TIMES Airport security screeners may soon try to read the minds of travelers to identify terrorists. Officials of the National Aeronautics and space Administration have told Northwest Airlines security specialists that the agency is developing brain-monitoring devices in cooperation with a commercial firm, which it did not identify. Space technology would be adapted to receive and analyze brain-wave and heartbeat patterns, then feed that data into computerized programs "to detect passengers who potentially might pose a threat," according to...

Kenji Eno's Favorite Web Page »

Kenji Eno ( Justin wrote about him ) is guest blogging on my Japanese blog. translated by me from Kenji Eno's entry In 1987 JALECO (which PCCW Japan reverse merged into) made a game called "Moero!! Pro Baseball" for the Nintendo Famicon. It was an amazing game. At the time, Namco had a very popular game called Famista which sold very well. Morero!! Pro Baseball tried to make a very realistic game to compete against the very popular, but rather game-like Famista. The graphics were the only part that was realistic. You could bunt home runs, the strike zone was...

MORE DELAYS: IRAQ NOW SAYS U.S. MUST PUBLISH "INTENT TO ATTACK" NOTICE IN BAGHDAD PAPER »

A Satirewire article for some comic relief...MORE DELAYS: IRAQ NOW SAYS U.S. MUST PUBLISH "INTENT TO ATTACK" NOTICE IN BAGHDAD PAPER U.S. Also Needs Invasion, Demolition, Military Housing Permits Washington, D.C. (SatireWire.com) Already frustrated by seemingly endless delays, U.S. officials today conceded a confusing knot of new Iraqi regulations that require "non-resident aggressors" to obtain hundreds of federal and provincial pre-invasion permits and licenses will further postpone any attack on Saddam Hussein. "I keep saying we haven't set a date for an attack on Iraq, and now I think you can all see why," complained U.S. President George W. Bush,...

Microsoft's grant has strings attached? »

First spotted on David Farber's IP List So it sounds like the 300 students who receive this grant have to take the MS C# class which replaces the C++ course. Pretty sleazy... There is a student site about this. Following is a quote from CNET and a link to the CNET article. Microsoft's grant has strings attached? By Margaret Kane Staff Writer, CNET News.com August 16, 2002, 9:59 AM PT update A collegiate grant from Microsoft has created an uproar after one of the recipients agreed to require a class in a Microsoft programming language as part of the deal....

Audit Shows More PCs At the IRS Are Missing »

So, does anybody still wonder why I'm protesting our National ID in Japan? It makes it SO much easier to collect random data from things like stolen PC's and aggregate them into a database if every record has a conveniently simple 11 digit ID number tagged onto it... Thanks for this link Sen! Audit Shows More PCs At the IRS Are Missing By Albert B. Crenshaw, Washington Post Aug 16 2002 6:40AM The Internal Revenue Service has lost to thieves or has misplaced another batch of computers, adding to the thousands already missing from that and other government agencies. In...

War on Iraq has Begun? »

It appears that the war on Iraq has already begun. According to the Israeli web site called DEBKAfile who claim, "We Start Where The Media Stop," the war has been slowly onfolding "salami style" in small slices. Where is the Western press coverage of this? I remember that warnings of terrorists attacks on US targets were rumored to have been written about in Israeli press before 9/11. Maybe I should start reading the Israeli underground press more for my military news! Attached is a quote from their web site. Thanks for this link MG. First US Military Steps 1. Tuesday...

Chinese government announces it's Linux initative »

First spotted on Slashdot. I once made a comment at a conference in Hong Kong that more than half of the Internet would soon be Chinese and that China may end up running Internet protocols before long. Everyone liked that comment (in China) and it ended up in the paper. ;-P In protesting the Japanese government's security weaknesses, we often talk about the issue of the government's love of Microsoft products. We often talked about China's push into open source and Linux. I think that from a security perspective and a "leap frog the West" perspective, making open source a...

Book Crossing »

Scott just sent me email about this site. This is very cool. It is a book club with 60,000 readers and 30,000 books. The idea is that when you finish reading a book, you tag it and leave it on a street corner, coffee shop or what ever and post it on the site and the next person can find it and read it. When you find books and read them, you add journal entries which become part of a huge database of over 10,000 reviews and recommendations. Sounds pretty cool to me. I'm going to sign up today. This...

ABA OPPOSES SECRET DETENTION OF FOREIGN NATIONALS »

From the Cato Daily Dispatch August 14, 2002 http://www.cato.org/ http://www.cato.org/dispatch/08-14-02d.html The American Bar Association voted yesterday to oppose the Bush administration's secret detention of foreign nationals after the Sept. 11 attacks, urging that their names be disclosed and they be given immediate access to lawyers and family members, Reuters reported. The nation's largest lawyers group joined civil libertarians and others who have criticized the government's policy of secret and prolonged detentions. In "Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Protecting Our Liberties While Fighting Terrorism," ( http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-443es.html ) Timothy Lynch, associate director of Cato's Center for Constitutional Studies, argues that government officials have...

Notes from Brainstorm by David Kirkpatrick »

David Kirkpatrick wrote some notes about a session that I participated in at the Fortune Brainstorm conference. I have interspersed my comments in italics. FAST FORWARD A Glimpse Inside Brainstorm Which is more important: democracy or human rights? At a recent FORTUNE conference, international panelists debate. 08/13/2002 By David Kirkpatrick Fortune.com The talk at FORTUNE's recent Brainstorm 2002 event got pretty darn interesting, as businesspeople mixed it up with experts and thinkers from other domains. In one part of the Brainstorm program, each FORTUNE editor or writer moderated an hour-long session of 8-10 randomly assigned participants, with no set topic....

US Justice Department to begin fingerprinting some foreign visitors on Sept. 11 »

Sounds like the beginning of the end. I definitely will begin to limit my travel to the US. I don't want my fingerprints in some database, I don't want to end up in some INS prison and I can't imagine how this racial profiling can get by all of those human rights advocates in the US. This is really incredible... Mon Aug 12, 9:46 PM ET By CHRISTOPHER NEWTON, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has chosen Sept. 11 as the starting date for a new program that will require tens of thousands of foreign visitors to be...

Just got my national ID # »

I got my national ID in the mail today. Setagaya-ku used an outside agency and we got ours later than other wards. Now I have to figure out what to do. I personally think that asking to change the number or sending it back sends a political message, and maybe I should do that, but for real change I have to push and lobby closer to where the decision are being made. Maybe I'll try to meet with the mayor of our ward and explain to him why I am unhappy. I wonder how open people will be about...

Mysterious caller pretending to be government official tries to steal National ID's »

Meanwhile, the Kanagawa Prefectural Government warned Tuesday that people should be wary of a mysterious caller who tries to get private information by pretending to be an official in charge the national resident registry network.Mainichi Interactive - Top News Thanks to gt for pointing this one out....

Dan Gillmor on Copyright »

Dan Gillmor blogs about the twisted logic and language that the entertainment industry is using to tilt the copyright debate in their favor. Dan Gillmor is a San Jose Mercury journalists and one of the first professional journalists with a blog. (Also, he'll be in Tokyo later this month...) If you can set the rules, you can win the contest. That's the major reason the entertainment cartel is winning the debate over copyright in the Digital Age. Average people are not part of the conversation, not in any way that matters. To the cartel and its chattel in the halls...

Microsoft Downplays Severe Internet Explorer Security Vulnerability »

First spotted on David Farber's IP List Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a vulerability in it's implementation of SSL. It allows anyone with a valid CA-signed certificate to generate a fake certificate for any domain. This is because MS IE does not check the "Basic Constraints" which should tell whether a CA has authority to verify another domain. This is a significant vulnerability which would allow a "man-in-the-middle" attack without any dialog boxes. This means that someone could think they are accessing their bank or online shop securely and directly, but in fact be accessing through a hostile site. The hostile...

Ray Ozzie on Blogs - Architecture Matters »

I know blogging about blogs is getting a bit old, but Frank Boosman sent me a this piece by Ray Ozzie on blogs which I find quite good. It is short and interesting, focusing on the architecture of blogs vs. old fashioned database oriented conferencing systems and groupware. Architecture Matters: The Rebirth of Public Discussion...

Hollywood's Private War For Social Control »

Another article about the war on copyright offenders in the US. Found on David Farber's IP list. It really does show how much money really matters I guess. The question for me is, where will all of the artists go. Will young people continue to want to become motion picture directors or musicians when it becomes more and more obvious that it is a very regulated business controlled by lawyers, the FBI and politicians? Their recent actions show that they are not protecting "artists" but the ability for large corporations to "monetize" artists. Is the finally a chance for the...

Damn the Constitution: Europe must take back the Web »

Bill Thompson on why Europe has to take back the web from US hegemony. A bit emotional but very interesting position. Something I feel some empathy for. From The RegisterFirst sighted on David Farber's List Damn the Constitution: Europe must take back the Web By Bill Thompson Posted: 09/08/2002 at 14:01 GMT Guest Opinion I've had enough of US hegemony. It's time for change -and a closed European network. Today's Internet is a poor respecter of national boundaries, as many repressive governments have found to their cost. Unfortunately this freedom has been so extensively abused by the United States...

North Korea Refugee Issue »

I just received mail from an old friend who has become active on the issue of North Korean refugees and I have attached the email from him. I think the Japanese have a much higher level of sensitivity with regards to North Korea since they have influenced the extreme left wing in Japan and have harbored terrorists who have highjacked Japanese planes, etc. Having said that, Japan has basically a no-immigration policy and therefore have not accepted refugees from anywhere as far as I know. I don't think going around labeling countries as "evil" is really very smart, but...

Backyard Tesla Coil »

A web page about guys who build Tesla Coils. Spotted on Slashdot John Williams Tesla Page...

Another BAD copyright bill being created in US »

TCS: Tech - Tipping Their Hand Tipping Their Hand By Glenn Harlan Reynolds 08/07/2002 For years now, I've been saying that the record industry's long-term legislative strategy had less to do with preventing copying than with sewing up the market to ensure that Big Entertainment companies won't have to worry about competition from independent artists. It looks like I've just been proven right. The proof comes in the form of a bill sponsored by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) that would make it a crime to fool "digital rights management" systems, even if doing so were for a legal purpose. Here's...

American Movie, Record and Software Execs Could Go to Jail in Australia »

theage.com.au - The Age spotted on boing boing American movie, recording and software executives could be prohibited from entering Australia or extradited to face criminal charges if a copyright protection bill before the US Congress passes into law. Californian Democrat congressman Howard Berman has proposed legislation to deal with the rising tide of copyrighted works illicitly traded over peer-to-peer (P2P) networks such as KaZaA. Berman's bill immunises copyright holders from civil litigation or criminal prosecution if they invade US PCs connected to the international P2P networks to take down their own copyrighted materials. But the global nature of P2P networks...

Atrocities in american airports, a London Daily Alert »

Atrocities in american airports, a London Daily Alert A Brazilian man wrote about an incident where he was extremely abused by INS in LA. It has gotten a lot of airplay on the Net so you may have seen it, but in case you haven't, here it is. Brock Meeks confirms with the INS that the incident actually occured although the details are unclear. http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-people/200208/msg00034.html Brock Meeks is a respected journalist and a google on Ricardo Abude will give you some references. He is aparently a real person. If this story is true, it's very scary. I recently met someone...

Lies and Secrets - by Gosuke Takama »

Lies and Secrets Japan's national ID network has gone live already by Gohsuke Takama Tokyo, Jul 31, 2002 It's Up and Running Already Rhetorics and politics are good friends. Almost everyone in Japan including politician has been believing that Japan's national ID network system, the Basic Residents Registers Network, would go live on Aug 5 of this year. Opponents of national ID have been thinking there is some chance to stop launching. But the truth is that it is already live since more than a week ago, technically. And it has gone without privacy protection laws which left behind in...

Social Network Diagram for ITO JOICHI »

Social Network Diagram for ITO JOICHI Found this strange site that has extracted data from conference attendances and created graphical maps of social network. Pretty scary. I attended an Open Source Solutions conference organized by Robert Steele, a former CIA expert on Open Source Intelligence. There were a bunch of CIA and KGB folks at the conference. Anyway, the list of attendants of this conference among other lists seem to have made it into this database......

Freedom Ad from the Ad Council »

From David Farber's IP Mailing ListFrom: Lauren Weinstein Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 12:46:38 To: David Farber Subject: Freedom Ad from the Ad Council Dave, A marvelous video spot is starting to appear, sponsored by the Ad Council. It's worth watching for. It begins with a teenager who approaches the help counter at a library. He tells the librarian that he can't find the books he has on a list, which he hands her. She looks them up in the computer, and replies, "These books are no longer available... may I have your name, please?" When the kid walks away...

Bruce Sterling Open Source Speech »

Bruce Sterling Viridian Note 00325: Open Source Speech This is very funny and insightful. Thanks Howard for pointing this out. Key concepts: O'Reilly Open Source convention, computation, free software, Linux, spam, viruses, means of software production, social organization, Disney, Microsoft, Richard Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, information economics Attention Conservation Notice: Over 5,400 words of diffuse Papal-Imperial ranting to a restive audience of Linux freaks. "A Contrarian View of Open Source" San Diego July 26, 2002 Thanks for showing up to see the obligatory novelist at this gig. It's very touching of you to take the trouble to watch me get...

Passed Over, Syria, China, Libya Form Axis of Just As Evil »

SatireWire | Passed Over, Syria, China, Libya Form Axis of Just As Evil January 2002 Beijing (SatireWire.com) — Bitter after being snubbed for membership in the "Axis of Evil," Libya, China, and Syria today announced they had formed the "Axis of Just as Evil," which they said would be way eviler than that stupid Iran-Iraq-North Korea axis President Bush warned of his State of the Union address. Axis of Evil members, however, immediately dismissed the new axis as having, for starters, a really dumb name. "Right. They are Just as Evil... in their dreams!" declared North Korean leader Kim Jong-il....

GOD NAMES NEXT "CHOSEN PEOPLE"; IT'S JEWS AGAIN »

SatireWire | GOD NAMES NEXT "CHOSEN PEOPLE"; IT'S JEWS AGAIN March 2002 Jerusalem (SatireWire.com) Update — Jews, whose troubled, 10,000-year term as God's "chosen people" finally expired last night, woke up this morning to find that they had once again been hand-picked by the Almighty. Synagogues across the globe declared a day of mourning. ... Due to the absence of voluntary candidates, God's Law stipulated that the Almighty had to choose a people at random to serve out the next 10-millenia term. Elias Contreau, director of the International Interfaith Working Group, said he wasn't surprised it came to a blind...

Fortune Brainstorm 2002 Wrap Up »

So it 4:40am in Aspen and I'm going through cards and notes from the conference. Overall, it was one of the best conferences I've attended. I think they invited a little over 100 people. All of the people were very high quality and the format of the sessions were great, although the scheduling was a bit out of control. On the other hand, I guess that can be expected to a certain extent considering the egos of the people who were speaking. ;-) I had 2 false starts for my blurb and when I was suddenly told to present, I...

Thai Anti-Mosquito Software »

CNN.com - PC-powered mozzie-buster gets upgrade - July 31, 2002 BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Thai computer programmer behind a wildly popular anti-mosquito software package has upgraded his program to also repel cockroaches and rats, the English language Nation newspaper reports. Interesting. I guess this could be true and Thailand would be a reasonable place to have developed it. Let me know if anyone tries and finds that it works! Download page for Anti Mosquitoes All OS Collection Thanks Sen for pointing this one out!...

My Remarks on the China Panel »

I first started to work with China when we invested in a company that was trying to get a wireless permit in China and I had the opportunity to meet many Chinese officials. Some told me that they thought I made a mistake spending time in the US for the last 18 years and that I should focus on China which will obviously have more influence over Japan than the US. On the other hand, it's not too late. So, this is a result of many long discussions with Leonard Liu... First of all, Taiwan will become part of China...

My Brainscan »

So my Brainscan (the 3 minute blurb that we give in front of everyone) was something like the following: I'm the only Japanese at this conference of over 100 people. I guess it is an acknowledgement to the 2nd largest economy but a sign that everyone is saying, "call us when you figure it out." I'm on the China panel today so maybe that means that everyone thinks Japan is soon going to be part of China. Anyway... The Japanese economic problem is based on the dysfunctional market and the lack of a working democracy. At this conference everyone has...
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