Thursday, January 29, 2015

AdBlock a Firefox memory hog? Not if you slim your filters!


There are lots of articles out there talking about what a memory hog Adblock Plus is. And in my experience, especially on older machines, they're right, if you leave it subscribed to a bunch of filter lists. But have you ever actually looked at those lists? EasyList in particular is a huge collection of blocking rules for sites you probably wi…

Monday, January 26, 2015

Naver Maps features "Old Incheon"


Naver Maps has a special map section called 테마지도 ("Themed Maps"), where you can explore certain topics they've presented. One that caught my eye recently was "Old Incheon" in which they've made it convenient to switch between years of old aerial and satellite photos, from between 1985 to the present, so you can explore …

Russell Crowe's singing


The following is my opinion on Russell Crowe's singing, and has nothing to do with Korea other than the fact that his being in Korea prompted me to voice an opinion I've only ever shared with friends when drunk.  Russell Crowe was in Korea this week to promote a film and during an interview with JTBC , had this to say about this singing in…

Thoughts on Uber in Korea


The following is my opinion on Uber's troubled entrance into Korea. Taxis in Korea. There's a lot one could say about them, and a lot the media has said about them. Sometimes they are sex criminals . Sometimes they attack foreigners . Sometimes foreigners attack them . Sometimes they do bad-ass things that, really, they probably shouldn't…

Elote in Korea


I had to laugh when I read this article: Home plus, the Korean arm of U.K. food giant Tesco, has introduced a recipe for corn on its website with an interesting name: "drug corn." The recipe calls for sautéing canned corn with butter, mayonnaise, cream and sugar. [ Korea Times ] For those of you who grew up in areas with a large Mexican p…

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Tight Whales" inappropriate sound clip


I was sorting through some old files I had saved on CDs years ago, and came across a collection of small sound clips I had saved. Most were just funny lines from movies. Basically, it was my own personal " sound board " before such things so easily existed. So I put them all in a VLC playlist and let them play away in the background, getti…

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Google Now "Contextual Photos" backgrounds in Seoul


Over at his Google Operating System blog , Alex posted about how the background image in Google Now has changed for some people from the generic-but-cute default Google pictures to pixelated cityscapes that appear to be from the user's local area. I noticed this in my Google Now several weeks ago, but to be honest I just assumed everyone saw th…

Saturday, January 10, 2015

KT Galaxy S4 Mini updated to Android 4.4.4 in Korea


If you, like me, are an expat in Korea that bought a Galaxy S4 Mini ( SHV-E370K ) from KT's online store , you're in luck. Last week Samsung finally released an Android update. If your phone is running 4.2, you can now update to 4.4.4 (aka "KitKat"). Note that it is not available* as an "over the air" (OTA) update (if you …

Monday, January 5, 2015

Removing black boxes in URL bar on Firefox on Lubuntu


After a fresh install of Lubuntu 14.04 this week (yes, I know 14.10 is out, but I'm a LTS kind of guy) on an old Samsung Sens X05 laptop, everything went well except for (1) typing in Korean (which was remedied by my old method here ) and (2) some strange black boxes that blocked out the text in the URL bar in Firefox. Luckily it was a very eas…