Friday, December 27, 2013

McRib (not) in Korea


As far as I know, the famed McRib sandwich is so far unavailable in Korea, although some other "tropical" sort of possibly-pork product was available last week at a competing restaurant . This went by the name " Hawaiian Baby " and I can vouch for it indeed tasting like what a baby born of those islands might taste like. That the…

Friday, November 1, 2013

Android Gmail count out of sync with Desktop Gmail


PROBLEM: Gmail on your Android phone shows there are 5 unread messages in your inbox: Inbox (5) But looking at the message list, no matter how many times you refresh, you still only see 1 or 0 unread messages. Meanwhile, messages you deleted from Android Gmail may show up again as unread on desktop email. This is not a big deal, but annoying. SOLUTION…

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

pyRenamer - The BEST linux file renamer


I had downloaded various parts of video files, but all with different filenames. I wanted something similar to my favorite Windows renamer, Ant Renamer , but on my Lubuntu machine. I tried pyRenamer and it was flawless. Super simple controls, full file name previews, speedy renames, and a wide variety of options. I liked it so much, I decided to po…

Friday, July 12, 2013

Update Samsung Sens x05 to Windows 7


I had tried updating a Samsung Sens x05 notebook computer to Windows 7, but each time during the installation process, an blue screen error would come up saying: The BIOS in this system is not fully ACPI compliant. Please contact your system vendor for an updated BIOS. After checking the Samsung website, I (sadly) discovered that I was already run…

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Adblock Plus filter list for Korea


If you are tired of the disgusting magnified nose pore photos and flashing before-and-after surgery flash animations that completely cover the webpage when viewing news articles on Korean portals, you're in luck. Here are two  Adblock Plus ( Chrome and Firefox ) filter lists you can add, and (most of) those annoyances will disappear. Adblock Korea …

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cold Eyes


Dear Korean film industry, Please stop trying to make artsy titles for your movies. Literal translations are fine. If it's good enough for Korea, it's good enough for us. "The Monitors" or "The Watchers" or even "The Observers" would be fine titles; interesting and also indicative of what sort of plot we can …

Sunday, May 12, 2013

KakaoHome available for Android


Problem: Your phone home screen is boring. You like the " chat heads " feature of Facebook Home , but otherwise don't like Facebook Home . Also, you live in Korea and everyone uses KakaoTalk anyway (annoyingly) Solution: Install " Kakao Home " on your ICS or higher phone. Though I have no idea why you'd want to. KakaoHome - on…

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bike Rental in Yeosu


Near the site of the Yeosu Expo, there is a bicycle rental place near the road to 오동도 island. It is about a 10 minute walk from Yeosu Expo Station if you are travelling via train. They rent normal single person bikes and tandem "couple" bikes at $6~$8/hour. Riding leisurely through the expo grounds, to the island, and around the waterfro…

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Japanese commenters on the WSJ's "Korea Realtime"


Check out the comments from this article : Comments (3 of 3) 3:17 pm March 1, 2013 Anonymous wrote:  Eliminate the Korean thieves in Takeshima  - 12:27 pm March 1, 2013 Anonymous wrote: Same thing seen in Samesung vs Apple or POSCO vs Nippon Steel. Koreans are known thieves. - 11:09 am March 1, 2013 Bring out the hatchet wrote: It’s time for M$ to use …

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top 5 Annoying Tech Issues in Korea


Because all of these REALLY annoy me, and small explanations for those who may not be aware, I present the Top 5 Annoying Tech Issues in Korea: Active X in all its glorious forms. As SSL security methods are not used here, all online transactions must be handled through individual site plug-ins. Meaning once you proceed to check-out, you have to in…

Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 on MC series iPod Touch (bought in Korea)


If, like me, you have an old iPod lying around and want to make use of it, read on: I bought an iPod Touch (2G) (Model #MC086KH/A) in Korea a few years ago. After finally getting an Android phone, I didn't have much use for it anymore, and I nearly forgot about it in my desk. I recently rediscovered it, to find that it can only be updated to iO…