Softbank iPhone 4 Emoji Keyboard Troubleshooting

My daughter came to me with an interesting problem with her iPhone, so I thought I would share what I learned and how I fixed the problem. The problem was, no matter what she did, the “emoji” (graphical emoticon icons) would not show up in her email app. I rarely use emoji except when emailing or texting my daughters, so I had to jump in and learn about it.

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OS X 10.7 Lion and Lion Server Upgrade Notes

In this post I will share my notes on the upgrade from OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” to 10.7 “Lion”. This is not meant to be a comprehensive review but I hope someone can find some benefit in this information.

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Japan Girl Talk - the Secret Code 2011

The creatures called “gyaru” (teenage girls who hang out in the youth spots in Tokyo) have their own slang language that morphs rapidly. Nobody, even them, can keep up with it. Morning TV had a special segment about the latest “gyaru-go” language trends, which I thought were worth sharing here.

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Important Info From US Embassy to People Stranded in Japan

The American Chamber of Commerce sent this “warden message” from the US Embassy in Japan. Please forward.

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New: “Special Ops” Backpack From KILLSPENCER

After quite a bit of back-and-forth, since my Japan-based credit card and Killspencer’s card processing software were working together as well as oil and water, I finally got my Special Ops backpack the other day. Killspencer’s founder Spencer Nikosey was fantastic while working through the card issues, and he soon reported that the bag had been made and was being shipped, after about two weeks’ lead time.

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Geek Out: Scheduled Indexing of Your Concrete5 via Cron

I thought I would share how to get the automatic indexing working in a Concrete5 site, if you happen to use that CMS. There is a special URL in the admin dashboard, which you can call from cron, to periodically re-index your site.

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Happy, SuperDuper! Happy.

My hard-working Macbook Pro, which I keep running pretty much 24x7 without a break, had a hard disk failure yesterday. The dead disk was inconsolable, and no amount of Disk Utility or fsck or Applejack would cure its ills. Here’s what I did.

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Ricoh Japan - New GXR Firmware v1.29 - Fast AF WOW!

Ricoh Japan just released the new GXR firmware, version 1.29, on their Japan site, and the autofocus speed is now really, really fast. How do you upgrade to it? Read on.

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Switching Parts of a String in Excel

I had the need to fix mistakenly entered email addresses in an Excel, and luckily the mistake was a recognizable pattern. They should have been firstname.lastname@domain.com but were entered as lastname.firstname@domain.com. This short post explains how I extracted the names and switched them.

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Mama-chari Schrader Valve “Mushi Gomu” Repair

If you live in Japan or have visited, you will know the ubiquitous “mama chari” (mom bike) from its loud squeaky brakes, and precarious perching of bags and children both, on its front and rear platforms and baskets. My wife’s mama-chari rear tire got a flat, and as the resident mechanic around the house, I got to fix it. Here’s what I learned in the process.

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