Computers

Privacy on the Internet

I’m a historian, not a whistleblower (Edward Snowden), activist (Julian Assange), or novelist (George Orwell) with expertise on privacy. Although I have no specialized knowledge to offer that you couldn’t find anywhere else on the Internet, the information I have…

Your Backups and the Zombie Apocalypse

Are you worried about losing your data? You should be, because if your data is anything like mine, it has a nasty habit of disappearing or getting corrupted. Here are five solutions you might want to consider, beginning with a…

Evernote: Getting the Most Out of Handwriting Recognition

Evernote has collaborated with Moleskine to offer “smart” notebooks that are designed to provide the best character recognition (see this blog post for details). How do the Evernote branded Moleskines work in the real world? How can you get the…

My Setup: An Account of My Hut (Hōjōki 方丈記)

On some websites, people post beautiful pictures of their Mac setup (I haven’t seen many threads for Windows or Android setups). Threads like these can be a great source of inspiration for creating a work environment that best suits you.…

Textifying Your PDFs

There are several reasons why you might want to textify your PDFs. For example, if you textify everything (including your emails), you can have all of your data available at a tiny fraction of the original size. The process of…

Macrons (ā,ī,ū,ē,ō) マクロン

When romanizing Japanese you often need to represent the long vowel sounds in English with a mark above the letter, but because these “macrons” (マクロン) are uncommon, they can sometimes be difficult to produce. Below are methods for some of…

DDWIN 電子辞書検索ソフト

Follow these directions to search through CD-ROM dictionaries on your computer using DDWIN, an electronic dictionary search program. Pros and Cons of Conventional Paper Dictionaries Personally, I love the look and feel of books. Not only that, but it seems…

CD-ROM Dictionaries for Translators and Language Learners 翻訳・語学のためのCD-ROM辞書

Digital versions of dictionaries can be pretty expensive, which makes it difficult to decide which ones to purchase. To help out, I’ve ranked them, provided links to their product blurbs, written a little bit about my experiences with them, and…

Conserving Space on Your Mac

If you are like me, and you have the base model of the Macbook Air, then you know all about the need to keep your local drive tidy, because with only 128 GB, you don’t have much room for clutter.…