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Taco Rice

Submitted by robataka on Sat, 12/31/2005 - 11:14.

Last night the kids made taco rice for dinner. An easy and delicious meal...though the pic below really doesn't do it justice.

taco rice dinner

Taco Rice is supposedly a Okinawan invention. I would imagine, though I will say that I don't actually know this to be true, that the Okinawans picked up "tacos" from the U.S. Military there, but seeing that they probably didn't have access to taco shells back when Taco Rice was invented(don't ask because I don't know), so they used Japanese steamed rice. All you need is the ingredients for Tacos(shredded lettuce, cheese, taco-spiced ground beef, tomatoes, and taco sauce) and dump it on a plate of steamed rice.

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Submitted by robataka on Sat, 12/31/2005 - 09:01.

Found this via Henry Gomez's TechLink post. which references this post on BFD. Apparently, Cleveland now has a dedicated wiki. Discussion of the wiki is held on this forum.

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You're a fool to design only for the un-mobile web

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 16:53.

Great article. Having just come from Japan
where alot of effort is to expended to deal provide web accessibility to cell phones. Friend of mine would read
the news on his cell phone at red lights on his way to work every morning.

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Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 16:43.

Well, that title is a bit misleading perhaps. I have been looking at the foaf thingie in the edit form for a user's
account. What this thing does, basically, is to grab the information from your profile, and your buddy list and create a
foaf file out of it. The first question is what, exactly, is a foaf file?

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Guido Van Rossum Works at Google!?

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 12:32.

Saw over this over on Slashdot but apparently Guido Van Rossum, the benevolent dictator of Python is now
working for Google.

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IBM, Sherwin-Williams and Linux

Submitted by robataka on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 10:32.

Sherwin-Williams, the NEO based paint company is also known throughtout the Open Source community as one of the first major companies in the U.S. to rollout Linux for their retail infrastructure. IBM has them listed on their site with one page description of what they have done. Needless to say, IBM was the system integrator and hardware supplier for the deployment of the system.

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Submitted by robataka on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 01:50.


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Dinner in Little Italy

Submitted by robataka on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 00:55.

Went out to dinner with my mom and George Mateyo, Chairman of Carnegie Capital Asset Management Company. George apparently handles my mom's financial affairs and had been kind enough to take a look at my resume and
provide some advice as I was planning to move back to Cleveland from Japan. So we thought it would be nice to take him out to dinner, and I actually got a chance to meet him for the first time. Great guy. Funny, intelligent, direct.

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Submitted by robataka on Sun, 12/18/2005 - 10:11.

今朝のPDビジネスセクションに、日本や中国関連記事があった。その記事では、 日本はオハイオ州に投資している国として最大であることを知った。もちろん、その一つの理由は車や鉄の クォータや輸入税などを避けるためだった。車や鉄をアメリカで製造すると、Made in USAをいえるわけで、 日本バッシングの対策だった。

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Ohio Ballet Cancels Concerts

Submitted by robataka on Sun, 12/18/2005 - 09:48.

Read in the Arts & Life section of the Plain Dealer that the Ohio Ballet is cancelling concerts, laying off its dancers and cutting its staff to a
barebones two. Apparently, the article was posted on on December 16th, but I didn't see the article until today's paper.

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Yates & Gates

Submitted by robataka on Sat, 12/17/2005 - 16:05.

I was reading over at Groklaw, PJ's analysis of Microsoft's Alan Yates' comments at a meeting to discuss the State of Massachussetts decision to transition to plain text, pdf, and ODF(open document format) as standards for all State of Massachussetts documents.

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Collaborative Technologies

Submitted by robataka on Fri, 12/16/2005 - 10:37.

Checking out my Planet Case RSS feed, saw two posts by Brian Gray which struck me as interesting in juxtaposition. Well, actually three posts.

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Eye Doctor

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/15/2005 - 17:40.

Okay, I need to use my reading glasses more....

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Planet Case

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/15/2005 - 15:12.

I saw MShafarenko's (Welcome!!) forum post on Engaging Youth in NEO and noticed that he works at Case. Which reminded me to check my Planet Case rss feed.

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Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/15/2005 - 13:01.

This is a test of a blog client called BloGTK. It is a blog client for linux, much like mac users use ectos.

Just testing to see if I can actuall post using it....

Now that I have seen it can work, I need to create a page on how to set up blog clients for Linux, Mac, and Windows(egad!) users. Of course, blog client software is completely optional. You can create blog via the web interface as normal. However, and regardless of the fact that I have been an active Internet user since 1992, I personally don't like web interfaces. I prefer to create my blog entries locally and save them locally to my pc prior to posting them to the blog.

Jean Luc Picard?!

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/08/2005 - 07:52.

Saw a link to a personality test over at Japundit, which matches you to a science fiction character. I normally don't do these things, but being a science fiction fan, I figured what the heck, let's give it a whirl.

hmmmm. here are my results.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

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Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/08/2005 - 07:08.

My daughter is going with her grandmother to The Nutcracker on Saturday night at the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square. For my daughter, moving to Cleveland will be a huge advantage over Okinawa (Prefecture Government, Tourist Bureau, Wikipedia ) in that she will have vastly more opportunity to see professional performances.

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Man its cold

Submitted by robataka on Tue, 12/06/2005 - 10:27.

I took the rapid downtown today and walked from public square to the office. Man is it cold.

Over the last nine years I lived in Okinawa, Japan where the absolute coldest it got was 54 degrees. And I notice that Kadena Air Base it is currently 55 degress. In December that is amazingly cold for Okinawa. Normally it doesn't get that cold until January/February timeframe.

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Japan Broadband Populations Surpassed 21 Million

Submitted by robataka on Fri, 12/02/2005 - 08:26.

I noticed this morning that MM Research Institute of Japan released the recent broadband statistics for Japan. More than 21 million people/organizations now subscribe to broadband access. The bulk of that is ADSL, but close to 4 million are subscribers to fiber-to-the-home. Interestingly enough, I was on the phone until 2AM the other day helping my sister-in-law(yes, she's in Japan) set up here FTTH 100Mbps connection.

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Great Discussion on Entrepreneurs and VC at BFD

Submitted by robataka on Wed, 11/23/2005 - 09:10.

Over at BrewedFreshDaily there is a great discussion of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital. Worth reading through the comments with the exception of one individual whom seems a tad bit warped..

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Submitted by robataka on Fri, 11/18/2005 - 07:06.

We have setup a developing/staging site with the latest and greatest. As you have noticed over the last couple of weeks, we have changed some of the styling here at realneo, and we are planning more changes. We will be doing some testing prior to upgrading this site, but we have made some progress.

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Speaking of which...

Submitted by robataka on Wed, 11/16/2005 - 23:14.

In my last post, I mentioned that I want to add wiki functionality to this site. Another thing I think this site should have is trackback functionality. The issue with trackbacks, of course, is spam. I am going to turn trackbacks on and see how it goes. If we get too much spam to handle efficiently, I'll turn it back off.

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"We Media"

Submitted by robataka on Wed, 11/16/2005 - 22:52.

I missed it, but apparently on the Lehrer-Mcneil Report, there was a section on increased individual participation in "journalism", or what they called "We Media". A large piece of the report was focused on wiki technology. Of course they mentioned Wikipedia. Apparently, wikipedia has over 2 billion hits per month. "Subscribers" to wikipedia outnumber the subscribers to the New York Times, Washington Post, the LA Times(and maybe one or two others) combined.


Submitted by robataka on Thu, 11/10/2005 - 18:06.

I saw today that Novell will be focusing on GNOME as there Desktop Envirionment for SUSE, etc. Being a KDE fan I was a little disappointed to see that. But in that same article, I saw a link to an item where the founder of Ubuntu, a Debian-based distribution almost soley focused on Gnome, in fact uses Kubuntu, a KDE focused version of Ubuntu. And that in fact that he wanted to see Kubuntu become more mainstream within the Ubuntu organization.

Chinese Halloween with Intel

Submitted by robataka on Sat, 11/05/2005 - 10:25.

Found an interesting article over at LXer (pronounced Elexer) which posts portions of what is supposedly an internal Intel document suggesting that they will anticipate to sell hundreds of millions of Linux computers in China. From the summary at the top of the article: