Information Technology

Do you have videocassettes and videocassette recorders?

At an electric appliances store I found a cable that can be used to dub the content in the videocassettes. It connects the videocassettes recorders with computers. I didn't buy it. I wonder if I should get it before my old VHS recorders stop functioning.
http://direct.sanwa.co.jp/ItemPage/400-MEDI008
http://buffalo.jp/products/catalog/multimedia/c...
http://www.iodata.jp/product/av/capture/gv-usb2/

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Half of them were staring at the small display of a so-called 'smart phone'.

I was on a train several hours ago. There were eight people sitting on a long seat on the other side of the cabin. I checked out what they were doing.
This is what I observed:
Three of them were just sitting without doing anything, or they might have been wondering about something; one of them was reading a book. The remaining four people were staring at the small display of a so-called 'smart phone'. Nobody was reading a newspaper. I felt very strange watching this scene, although there was an iPad on my lap.

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Gadget Lust

If you cannot afford to buy an iPad, which you desperately want, take a look at this: Don't Be Blinded By 'Gadget Lust' http://bit.ly/9djNlA

Take a look at this video. I could not keep a straight face.
Apple iPad Stress Tests http://bit.ly/dlzSUE

I don't have any products whose name start with an "i," but I have one Mac Mini, which I am now using at my desk.

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I am now following 247 people and am followed by 60 people.

On Twitter site, I am now following 247 people and am followed by 60 people. I think that Twitter enabled me to widen my perspective. Without Twitter I could not follow so many people. Some of the Twitter sites belong to the news media, and after reading the short messages of no more than 140 characters, I can access long blogs written by the journalists easily. I am afraid that I have too much interest in the situations of the U.S and U.K., but I am very pleased to be able to read tweets of so many people.

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Facebook

I wonder if "Tweetbook" will be sued by Facebook. @ChiBreakingBiz: Facebook sues social media site with ‘book’ in name http://trib.in/9JgtsG

"Facebook Trying To Trademark 'Face' and 'Book,' Eventually Taking Away All Nouns" http://bit.ly/acFHL4

Facebook says, "All your face belong to us." http://bit.ly/92seaB "Mark Zuckerberg told an audience in January that privacy is dead."

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An unanticipated side effect?

"an unanticipated side effect" RT @TIME: Is your iPhone killing your creativity? | http://su.pr/222ISt

"Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime" http://nyti.ms/deZK9d I have known that downtime is necessary, especially for me.

I feel Ray Bradbury is a great writer. In his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), Guy Montag's wife has the little Seashells in her ears.

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A minimalist robot

What an interesting and sad experiment! "A minimalist humanoid robot." I have liked minimalist design, but . . . .

Yes, it reminds us of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

"The uncanny valley is a hypothesis regarding the field of robotics."(http://bit.ly/7tHzMg) I didn't know this interesting hypothesis.

I talk with my mother once a week on the phone. She was born in 1920 and lives in my hometown that is more than a thousand kilometers away from where I am living now.

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"Suggestions for you"

If you click "Who to follow" on the Twitter site, you can see the list "Suggestions for you." They are the people who are followed by those whom you follow.

A famous scholar whose name escapes me at the moment said that it was unnecessary. I have mixed feelings about it.

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A lot of books on Twitter

I went to a small bookshop in a supermarket and bought two booklets on Twitter. There are a lot of books on this micro-blogging service. I ended up buying five books or booklets. I have decided not to buy any more books on Twitter. http://j.mp/aN4X3Y

According to the description of Twitter, it is a "service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages." Its uniqueness may lie in the restriction as to the maximum number of 140 characters.

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I hope I can restart writing blogs.

Recently I began using Twitter. I think I have used it for a month. I have not been interested in social networking services(SNS), and Twitter is not a SNS but a micro-blogging service. At Twitter you have to write a message within 140 words. I don't worry that in the future there will be no new permutations of 140 characters left, but I hope I can restart using a blogging service called cocolog.

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