I talked to Kobata and he was able to get the NTT (Nihon Telephone and Telegraph) installers to come a little earlier. I got out of work at 1:00 and I am going to head back to the apartment soon. I should be able to barely make it in time. This should allow enough time for me to get to Shin-Osaka station in time to catch the Shinkansen. I can catch one of two trains to Okayama. One is named Nozomi. That is the same name as a friend of…

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NTT will set up my Internet tomorrow at 2:00. I wish they could set it up today. It is going to be tough for me because I have to leave on the Shinkansen tomorrow. If it takes too long, Alexander will watch the rest of it and then lock my room for me. I hope it does not come to that. I will not really be online until Sunday night when I get back from Okayama.
Last night I tried the various wireless networks around my area but I could not get a decent connection all night. I wasted too much time walking from place to place and I finally gave up. I got a letter in the mail saying that NTT (Nihon Telephone and Telegraph) will set up my Internet connection sometime between Thursday and Saturday. I need to be there when they set it up. They asked me to reply with the days listed in order of convenience. I told them that I would…

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Did I ever mention how expensive cell phones are here, or Keitai as the Japanese call them? I had this thought in the back of my mind that I would get a cell phone and then use it back in the United States also. The cell phones here are years ahead of anythings we have in the USA. Keitai have dictionaries, great email service, maps and directions, high-quality cameras, advanced messaging capabilities, and really large LCD screens. Completely different companies provide keitai in Japan such as Docomo and Vodafone. The…

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I went to the Internet connection meeting last night. It was a long meeting. Here is what is going to happen. NTT (Nihon Telephone and Telegraph) will be installing the connections this month and I might be able to get access by the end of the month. We have to rent the modem and they have to come and check out the PC because they will only make a contract with a person who has a computer that was manufactured by a company that has a service center in Japan.…

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Copyrights exist to protect creative works. This protection is given so that authors of these works can continue to create new content and to ensure that they are properly compensated for their work. If people are not properly compensated for their work, many will cease to produce it. Those who continue to produce without compensation will do it for the pure enjoyment of creation much like freeware is today. In a society without copyright protection, the proliferation of these creative works would not be as great because the creator’s concern…

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File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is an easy way to share files.  For those of you with Windows 2000 or Windows XP, setting up an FTP server is actually pretty easy.  Here are some steps to help you set one up on your computer.  By the way, if you are using Windows 95/98, there is a completely different method that is not covered here. Got to Add Remove Programs Click on the Add remove Windows Components tab Click Internet Information Services and then details Check File Transfer Protocol. Windows will also…

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How to convert Binary to Decimal 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 Total Value 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 255 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 158 Above you can see the number 10011110.  To find the decimal equivalent, simply add the value of each place containing a “1”. 128+0+0+16+8+4+2+0=158 How to convert Decimal to Binary 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 Let’s take the number 245 and convert it to Binary. …

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I was out for a birthday lunch today and a friend asked what a pixel is. After fumbling around for a good description, I figured I would put the more refined version here for you all to read. The smallest part of the video monitor display is a tiny rectangular or square dot called a pixel. The word pixel is a combination of two common words, picture, and element. A pixel is best described as a relative, rather than discrete unit because the physical size of an individual pixel is…

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