A little about myself.
I am an IT technician, participate in many projects, some HTML work, and reading a lot. I also contribute articles to IT magazines about Open Source Software as a core member of Japan Apache Users Group. I've been in computer related fields from 1978. starting in college, nuclear physics major, I had to take a class in FORTRAN and that was it, I was hooked on the machines. I started working first as an application programmar at a system development
company. Then moved on to a system integration company, and specializing in data communication, small & mid size systems. I run a small intranet at home, a router, Windows Servers, Windows Desktops and CentOS Linux . The Linux runs DNS, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and POP3 making it nice for software testing and development.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The 24th Mt. Takao Hike

24th Mt. Takao to Mt. Jimba trail in all, and 3rd this year.

As you  know, we had a snow last Monday and I thought the snow left a bit the trail. But no a bit, over 30 centimeter deep or nearly 50 centimeter deep somewhere. This is a exactly snow-covered mountain! It was my first experience.

The panoramic view below from the top of Mt. Jimba was really amazing as always. Tea-houses at the top of Mt. Jimba were closed, but not a few hikers were there. I guessed they wanted to see and feel snow-covered mountain.

I made a cup of instant miso soup there, only poured into hot water. I really enjoyed it. 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What is Eho-maki?

Eho-maki is a strange custom. They say that is originally from Osaka. I lived in Kobe, next to Osaka,  for 4 years when I was a college student , and had many Osaka friends. But none of them had such a strange custom. I believe that Osaka people didn't eat Sushi Rolls on Setsubun day, at least at that time.

I guess this custom began in 1990's.  If so, I understand why I didn't know.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Akihabara's new trend "Street Computing Gang"

Have you ever been to Akihabara? Akihabara is located in Tokyo City Center, and one of the most well-known area as a mecca for subculture in Japan or all over the world.

You can see many "Rojo PasoCon Zoku" or Street Computing Gangs there lately. In Japan, you can use Internet by wireless network anytime anywhere at a flat rate for  $50 or less.

As you know, young people really love Internet. I guess they in the below picture are chatting together over internet. They like talking over Internet better than face-to-face's. They must have a smart phone, but they like laptop better because they need full qwerty keyboard and wide screen.

Do you think what they are in the below picture doing? Akihabara is very crowded, and they couldn't find the room to use Internet, or couldn't wait for. They are really addicted Internet. They say Street Computing Gangs are increasing day by day.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The 23th Mt.Takao hike

I went on hiking to Mt. Takao to Mt. Jimba trail. It's the 23th and the second time this year.

The panoramic view from the top of  Mt. Jimba was really great as always