100km Cycling Near Tsukui

Yesterday I trundled out to the mountains near lake Tsukui for 100km of cycling. See the Strava report below.

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“Vegetarian” Fresh Juice Bar in New Shimbashi Bldg 1F

The “Vegetarian” Fresh Juice Bar located in the New Shimbashi building 1st floor, has been in business for 40 years. It is worth a visit if you are in the area (Shimbashi station is just south of Tokyo station on the Yamanote line.)

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Apple OS X “Mountain Lion” Upgrade

There is not much over-the-top wow about the OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” upgrade, and it seems like the small upgrade fee goes to more subtle changes this time around. The upgrade itself was uneventful, but took a while due to database changes in Mail and Calendar, which needed to convert.

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LinkedIn Listing eSolia and Other Tokyo Companies Incorrectly

I pointed this out to LinkedIn 10 days ago, but am getting nowhere with support who seems to think I will just let it drop hearing their platitudes, so I will post about the problem here in the hope that another company with a similar problem will join me in requesting a fix.

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OS X Lion 802.1q Tagged VLAN Setup

Apple obviously works hard to make things as easy as possible for users, but sometimes in their zeal for simplicity, technical things that should be represented simply in the GUI, are actually made more difficult and opaque.

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Salary-man Senryu “Sara-sen” Winners 2012

Dai-ichi Life Insurance announced their latest Sarariiman Senryuu_ (Salaried Worker Senryuu, サラリーマン川柳) competition winners. I’m late to the party by a couple months, but this time was the 25th year for the competition. _

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Efficient Gmail With OS X Mail.app

Greetings and Happy New Year. I am using Mail.app on OS X Lion, to retrieve mail in my Google Apps for Business Gmail account, and I wanted to blog about my setup, because I think it is optimized and might help others.

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Japan Cyclists: Aten-hut!

Recently Japan law regarding bicycles has been strengthened, and it is a popular topic on TV ”wide shows” (variety shows) as I write this, in Autumn 2011.

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Turbulence During iCloud Restoration to Replacement iPhone 4

My firm purchased the Apple “Joint Venture” service, which allows us to register our iDevices, and get priority support from the Geniuses at an Apple Store, as well as training. The home button on my iPhone 4 went wonky on me, and would not react in the normal way when pressed. So I called the JV guys up. Here’s what happened.

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“Memoirs of a Geisha” Film

Hulu is finally available in Japan, for more money and with less content than in the US, but it is nice to be able to see even a limited amount of programming. It seems like they are releasing according to how much translation is done, however, I guess I’ll take it.

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