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    Welcome to Rick Cogley Central, with articles, biographical information and other resources.

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    About Me

    Rick Cogley is a Japan-based experienced technologist, consultant and manager, who is founder and CEO of eSolia Inc. (www.esolia.com), an IT management firm.

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    Selected Projects

    Rick Cogley has led large and complex projects to success, including ERP, data center infra, compliance, business process reengineering, web development and logistics.

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Site Highlights


Hi, and welcome to my site. I'm an experienced Japan-based IT consultant, project manager, and CEO of eSolia Inc, my IT management consultancy. —Rick Cogley


My articles on tech, productivity, Japan, business, all listed chronologically (creative, eh?).


A list of the topics under which I'm grouping my articles on this site, such as Business, Humor, Tips, Troubleshooting, or Language.


A most excellent set of resource pages I assembled, like FAQs on cycling and Mac use, keyboard shortcuts, and geeky terminal command equivalents.

Featured Articles

Paper Life From Shitamachi Tokyo

The stationers I use near my office, Okamotoya Toranomon, introduced me to L!FE products, when I asked for a good paper to use with fountain pens. Let me introduce them here.

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Site Re Launch in Octopress

I had a bit of a journey in relaunching Rick Cogley Central, this time creating it in a static site generator over my previous tool RapidWeaver. Read on to hear the gory gory!

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Latest Articles

Supress the Softbank You Got a Mail Notification

For some reason my Softbank iPhone started displaying "You got a mail" with every SMS.

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System Uptime and Downtime Calculations for Slas

Marketing speak, when it comes to system uptime or downtime, can be misleading. Learn some basic relationships between your "nines" of downtime to be ready.

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