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NOW is a good time to buy a new computer

Thinking of buying a new laptop or desktop PC? Now is probably the best time to do it.

Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft Windows which is due to be released to the general public on October, is being offered by Microsoft at a discounted price.  If you buy a new PC pre-installed with authentic Windows 7 between Jun 2, 2012 until January next year, you can get Windows 8 for only $14.99 (1,200 yen in Japan) when it becomes available.

7-inch is the perfect size

A few inches more and I would have to use both hands.  A smaller size would hardly be a delight to my not so perfect eyesight.  7-inch then, for many people, is just the right size for a portable e-book device, even if Apple's CEO Steve Jobs thinks that "7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad".

Building your first Azure Application (Part 1)

It's been a year now since the Windows Azure Platform, the cloud platform offered by Microsoft, became commercially available.  If you develop software and you still don't know how to build an application for Windows Azure, perhaps it's the right time to learn how to do it.  In this article, I will show you how to create a simple ASP.NET application that will run on Azure.

What to do when your Yahoo email gets hacked

Recently, some of my friends have been unknowingly sending strange emails from their Yahoo accounts.  The emails, which contain a link to a suspicious website, are being sent to all email addresses registered in their contact lists.

'Out of sight, out of mind' in Microsoft Word

Two of our client companies have reported a problem regarding the financial software that we are providing them.  We had not been able to reproduce the problem in any of the computers in our company so we had a hard time fixing it.  It was not until after 3 weeks and lots of coffee and tea, that we were able to finally solve it.  The culprit? Microsoft's design of the new Ribbon interface in Microsoft Office Word.

Data that remain until the end shall be safe

That everything we see now shall sooner or later perish is a fact that theists and non-theists alike can both agree with.  The bible teaches that "things that can be seen are temporary". Scientists teach essentially the same.  The cosmological theory that is currently held by the majority of the scientific community is that of a universe expanding at an accelerated pace. Once the universe reach maximum entropy, all usable energy will be lost as stars burn out for all eternity.

Input Japanese Texts in English Ubuntu Linux

You don't have to completely convert your English Ubuntu system into Japanese if you only need to occasionally input Japanese characters.  Just like Windows OS, Ubuntu has input method components that allow you to enter Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji characters into your applications.

When the mouse is away, the cats will play?

No, because it's the mice that play when the cat is away, not the other way around.  Besides, I'm not talking about small mammals called mice.  Rather, I'm talking about the pointing device that revolutionized human-computer interaction.

So what should you do when the mouse stops working and seems to have gone "away" from your system?  Easy, just use the keyboard.

Database-independent .NET programs

A few years ago in one of the companies I worked for, we had an ADO.NET 1.0 application that used MS Access as its database system. We needed to port it to MS SQL Server and so we had to modify the source code. What we did was to write data provider specific code each for MS Access and MS SQL Server, similar to the following sample code. It worked but it was not an elegant solution.

How to change Oracle SQL Developer Interface from Japanese to English

Do you want to use Oracle SQL Developer in English but you’re running Japanese Windows OS? 

Here’s what you need to do to make Oracle SQL Developer display English texts in menus.