Friday, July 31, 2015

How to read the new Korean postal codes


Starting tomorrow, Korea will officially begin using a new 5-digit postal code system, replacing the older 6-digit ("3 dash 3" I used to call it) zip code system. Like the old system, the numbers that make up this 5-digit code have special geographic meaning. Today I'll show you how to make sense of the codes, so that you can have s…

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mud Fest Poster Girl case


This week the KT reported on a woman who had sued the Boryeong Mud Festival organizers for her unauthorized appearance in promotional material. The woman, surnamed Jeong, 33, attended the annual festival on three different occasions. In May 2013, she discovered that she appeared on the poster advertising that year's festival. The poster was us…

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Problem with KakaoTaxi


Here is my experience using KakaoTaxi. This is entirely true, but not meant to represent an overall picture of the service. It is my personal impression of it, and anyone is free to disagree. I encourage everyone to give it a try for themselves.  Earlier this year, I wrote an opinion piece on this blog about what was then a hot topic: UberX being …

Monday, July 20, 2015

Feedly vs. Inoreader, Part 4: The End


This will likely be the last installment of a 4-part series I've done on the pros/cons of Feedly and Inoreader for my own personal needs. This is Part 4 . You can also see  Part 1 ,  Part 2 ,  Part 3 , and  Part 5  if you're interested This week was a milestone week for me in my agony over whether to commit to Feedly or Inoreader. A few days ago,…

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Naver Indoor Maps (실내지도)


It looks like Naver will soon feature indoor imagery, much like Google Maps does with its Indoor Maps . Naver has announced that they will be providing indoor maps for 328 major transportation and business facilities nationwide. Using Naver indoor maps, one can get information on the location beforehand, avoiding the chaos occurring in crowded and …

Saturday, July 18, 2015

360° YouTube videos in Korea


If you've never watched a 360-degree movie on YouTube , you should give it a try. You can move your Android phone all around and it acts as a window onto the scene-- you see what you'd see if you were looking in that direction. Some of the 360 videos I've seen out there are amazing . UPDATE 2015-08 Well the word is out. There is now a fai…

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Typing in Korean in Chromium on Lubuntu


A quick Google search will show that Chrome/Chromium was having issues rendering Korean text on Ubuntu in the past. But I had a different problem. I use Lubuntu, and I couldn't type in Korean at all in Chromium. Korean typing worked fine in Firefox, and I could read Korean text in Chromium, no problem. The only problem was typing Korean in Chr…

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

KEB HanaCard Service Changes


For those in Korea who bank with KEB, which is probably a majority of expats here, here is some big news that will affect you this month. The KEB merger with Hana will disrupt some of your card use in July, so be sure to read this information carefully and note the dates/times. KEB posts so much useless information on their Facebook feed that this…

Saturday, July 11, 2015

More default Wi-fi passwords in Korea


A friend shared this post on his Facebook wall, and it seems useful for people travelling in Korea. Lord knows I depend on any free wi-fi I can get when going abroad. Some of these are still the same from my previous post , but there is some new information here. 7/11 convenience stores - 2127393302 McDonalds - 16005252 (the McDelivery phone number…

Jack


Here's a quick funny that gave me a chuckle when my friend posted it. The person is watching Titanic on their computer, and just at the moment when Rose goes "Jack, Jack, Jack, there's a ship!" and discovers Jack's dead, a Windows message pops-up saying "(A) Jack has been disconnected". Aw.