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I visited the Matsushita (Panasonic) technology center in Osaka today with some friends.  At Matsushita, I got to see a number of new technologies that are either my right now or will soon be released. Home automation Quite a few of them work with a 3g cell phone. One example is their intercom system. A person rings the bell at your house and if you do not answer it in a certain amount of time, your phone rings and you can see and hear the person you are talking to.…

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I see that Apple iPods are getting popular in Japan. It makes me wonder if iPods will eventually supplant the Sony MiniDisc in Japan.  The most popular music device in Japan is still the MiniDisc. I see everyone carrying a MiniDisc and listening to them on the train but following MiniDisc in far second is the iPod. I went to the Apple store in Osaka over the weekend and it was really nice. It is a large metal building that looks like one of their machines with a large glowing…

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It is really interesting to see how many people have Apple computers here. Apple Macintosh computers are really popular among the foreign ex-patriots, students, and teachers in Japan. I figured after I met the first one that I would not meet many more but there are actually a number of people living in my apartment complex who brought Macs with them rather than PCs. One of my students saw that I had a Mac and asked me if Macs were more popular than PCs in the US because he noticed so…

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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.
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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