Saturday, October 31, 2015

Korean "Dirt Spoon" Bingo


By now, you've probably read an article somewhere about a silly viral meme called "Dirt Spoon Bingo" (흙수저 빙고) which is meant to be a kind of satire on the poor economic condition faced by young Koreans today. It's a game to determine if you were born with, not a silver spoon, but a dirt spoon in your mouth. The Bingo card spaces …

Friday, October 23, 2015

Naver Maps updates North Korea imagery (but Google's is better)


In a recent blog post cataloging their latest updates to their map imagery, Naver Maps included a bit about a big update to their North Korean satellite imagery, which was previously only available up the regional-level of zoom. Now, thanks to imagery released by the Korean National Geographic Information Institute ( 국토지리정보원 ), you can zoom to a lev…

Thursday, October 15, 2015

KAIST students biggest night owls, says Dropbox


So Dropbox apparently crunched the numbers to see which university's students are working on their Dropbox documents latest at night. The Asian winner? KAIST. Relevant parts: By looking at all universities with students using Dropbox late on weeknights — between 10:00 pm and 4:00 am in the school’s local time — we identified the top 5 universi…

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

KakaoTaxi experience, revisited


This post includes some commentary on the KakaoTaxi service. These are just my personal opinions. I have no interest or stake in KakaoTaxi, and bear in mind I am no expert on taxi services or logistics or the Korean app ecosphere. I am just a man in Korea who occasionally uses KakaoTaxi. So please take all my thoughts with a grain of salt. They re…

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My review of Swing Browser (스윙 브라우저)


Today I'll take a look at a Korean home-grown web browser that I had seen a coworker using, called Swing Browser . Swing Browser (스윙 브라우저) is basically Google Chrome but surgically altered to support IE-only plug-ins. Why might one need such a browser, and is it worth using? Let's take a look. TOC: Introduction Part 1: Search & New Tabs Par…

Friday, October 2, 2015

THE's Korean university rankings 2015~216


The Time's Higher Education supplement has released their yearly world rankings of universities. This information is very easy to find at their website . I just felt like making it simple by just taking the rankings for just Korean universities and sticking them in a simple table. That is literally all I did here. Pretty fascinating to see tha…

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Amazon now requires 5 digit Korean postal code


Earlier I wrote about the new 5-digit Korean postal code system that came into effect last month two months ago (August 2015). Time flies. Anyway, if you like to order from Amazon, just a heads-up: you're going to need to start using those new codes. Here's an email I got from the 'zon: We recently learned that South Korea will change …