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Asia

Why is KakaoTalk more popular in Korea than in Japan?

You’ll notice the messenger apps used around the world have a rather nationalistic slant to it. China uses WeChat (and blocks Kakao and LINE) because WeChat is developed by a Chinese company, Tencent, and the Chinese government wants to monitor all the messages on its platforms – WeChat complied hence it has a strong national interest to keep WeChat in use by mainland Chinese people.

Taiwanese and Japanese people use LINE – which is by Naver (actually a korean company who expanded to Japan) – LINE is dominant in Japan as it is made by Naver Japan and has a strong presence in Japan. Taiwanese has a strong historical connection to Japan and naturally they use the same chat software.

KakaoTalk is by Kakao Corp a Korean company and because of its domestic heritage is heavily advertised and very popular in Korea. Koreans do not use WeChat or LINE because among other reasons, national security (Chinese government spy on WeChat, Japanese government spy on LINE) and nationalistic reasons (Korean government spy on Kakao so it has national interests to push it to Koreans).

KakaoTalk is not as well known outside of Korea as WeChat and LINE and the reason for this is simply because WeChat has a lot more users (way more Chinese people) and LINE being from a bigger company has more resources to expand abroad. KakaoTalk has to compete with not only WeChat and LINE but also Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber abroad, and it just doesn’t have the resources to beat those companies.

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General Tech

Updates – Korean, NAS storage, UMPCs, reviews

Ok I haven’t formally updated for a while (just made lists of NBA players and gadgets) so here’s whats been going on:

Life…
I’ve been increasingly irritated these days, but not sure of the exact reason. Ever since I came back from Korea, I’ve been depressed and thinking about it everyday and wanting to go back.

I’ll finally get my chance to go back this weekend (finally!). But I’m not sure why I’m so moody these days. I’ve been getting into a lot of arguments with my friends over silly things and swearing a lot more and its just not like me.

I think I really started getting irritated from the beginning of this year, when my iPhone5S was stolen by a douchebag while I was sitting at a bus stop (I chased him down with my parkour skills but the phone was broken). Ever since then, I’ve not only been more paranoid, checking around me all the time, but also have more of a hatred towards American society. I can’t stand the way Americans do things anymore, I can’t even listen to English unless I’m at work anymore. This has caused me to be more irritated at life in general, just because I’m stuck in America and want to go to Korea.

This, and all the stress at work with my micro-managing co-worker. You can tell I really need a break.

Korean
I haven’t been studying Korean as much as in Feb/March which is sad. I blame this on Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls [shakes fist at game]. And I finished my second semester at Sejong Institute (where I had to sing and rap CNBlue at the ending presentation and take a quiz show).

And also working on my Korean app. The main blocking issue for that is now I have to upload an Apache configuration snippet up to my server which required me to switch to a VPS for Bluehost so I have to pay $300/mo but on the plus side, this site should be more stable. I have to upload that Apache snippet because my Korean app is using AJAX for everything and thus Google won’t be able to crawl it unless I make the server return escaped fragments via Seo4ajax.com. So yes working on that…

Tech stuff
I bought a NAS storage! A NAS storage is basically a networked array of hard drives that can serve as your personal “cloud” storage, if you will. Anyway I bought a Synology DS412+ and filled it with 4 3TB WD Reds so now I have 12TB of total storage that is networked and RAIDed, so 6TB of RAID 1 storage.

Synology DS412+ w/4 WD Reds
Synology DS412+ w/4 WD Reds

I had about 5 external hard drives I was using before, and now I just put all the data onto my NAS server now so it has everything on it :). And its also DLNA compliant so I can hook it up with my WDTV Live and BAM! I get to stream all my videos, movies, shows, etc from my NAS!

WDTV Streaming from the NAS
WDTV Streaming from the NAS

Oh and did I mention the Synology Linux-based OS is awesome? There’s video managers, photo managers, music managers, iTunes integration, a Torrent download client(!), and can be also used as a web server too. AND you can also access it from anywhere! Amazing purchase.

Synology OS
Synology OS

Gadgets
Yup! I got more gadgets to review again! I got a Sony P-series VAIO (came out in 2009) and a Sony UX-series VAIO (2006) for review, and also I did a little bit of hardware mods: First I modded my HP Envy 14, replacing the 6GB of Stock RAM for 8GB of Corsair Vengeance, then replaced the 500GB 7200rpm HDD with a 250GB Samsung EVO SSD, so it runs alot faster now :). Also I modded the UX VAIO I just got as well, replacing the 40GB 4200rpm HDD with 1.8″ 60GB MX Nano SSD. Not bad. It was a hell of a time dis-assembling it though, and given that it only accepts PATA ZIF connectors instead of the standard SATA/mSATA/PCI-e connectors, it was tough to find and replace. Here’s my handiwork:

HP Envy mod
HP Envy mod

Sony UX mod
Sony UX mod

Reviews
I have a lot of reviews! I try to do at least one music video or review per week.

Diablo 3 & Starcraft II & Blazblue CP CE Review:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBUSRFghCb4

Sony P series + Sony UX series Review:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of-ZS1jASuE

Fujitsu UH900 Comparison:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QJdhZVi8Bk

Viliv S7 Review:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPZjY23c5CU

“How to pick up Chinese girls” eBook Review:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oehqv4v5roM

Categories
General School/Work

Accident, Updates, Korea, Food, Recording

Edit: Boycott the Hangover 3!!! As many of you know, as long as people keep watching these movies that exploit asian stereotypes, they will keep making more, as I have explained my thoughts about this movie before. Don’t watch it else they will make more!

I posted my first video log about my updates recently here:

httpv://youtu.be/BX7qf3_62n8

My voice is a little raspy here, so here’s the details:

-I got into a scooter accident (that’s a motorcycle, not one of those toys) because I was driving on wet tracks, fell and broke my wrist bone. Recovery time is 10-12 weeks.

-I got Pro Tools 10! So expect to see some better music and video recordings over the next few months as my hands heal up. Side note: I hate that you have to have an iLok usb in your computer at all times else Pro Tools will go nuts. Thats a bit overkill right…

-My California driving test is suspended for now until I can heal my wrist so I can drive again. I hope I don’t have to re-take the written exam…

-Yes, I’m making a Korean app on the side. I want to get a better Korean learning service up there and not have to rely on Google Translate or Naver all the time. Plus, I get to learn SASS, Handlebars, jQuery, Underscore, Backbone and Bootstrap. Expect to see some updates on my github on the next few months.

-Yes, I really want to go to Korea. I have posted before about this in the past, but there’s a reason why most of my friends are international students. I just don’t get along well with Westerners as well as I do with Asians. I mean, I don’t mean to be unfriendly or snobby or anything, I just don’t have a lot to say. Most Americans like to talk about sports or food or other such topics that I’m not interested in. I’d rather talk about programming, or gadgets, or video games. I’d rather shoot some pool, watch korean dramas, or sing karaoke, than drinking beer and watching football. If only Asia had a better work culture, then I would move there right away, its one thing Asians need to improve on. I don’t understand why they can’t just adopt our Silicon Valley culture of flexibility and openness. It would make Asia a much more tolerable place to live in.

-Speaking of food, one thing I noticed here in San Francisco is alot of people are “foodies”. They actively seek out the best places to eat, the healthiest food, etc. One thing people should know about me is I don’t really care about food that much. To me, its just sustenance, but its interesting to see people so into it, uploading pics of food onto Facebook everyday, or posting how much calorie content is in this versus that, or how much better this burger place is than that place. Honestly, I don’t care if its KFC or some fancy free-range hormone-free antibiotic-free grass fed meat, its all the same to me, only the latter is more expensive. Which is just as well, since I don’t gain weight. Seriously, I’ve been stuck at 135 lbs since high school and doesn’t matter if I eat ramen noodles or beef wellington, I’m not gaining or losing weight, nor does it affect my bodily functions. I ate pizza pops every day in high school, and instant noodles / canned pasta everyday in college, and my brain functions fine. I had a perfect attendance record in all my lectures and exams. I also found caffeine in general have no effect on my brain, so I don’t tend to drink coffee much. (Note that eating healthy is a relatively new trend in America; back in the 1950s, food didn’t even have ingredient labels!)

That’s my updates recently, hopefully North Korea won’t go crazy anytime soon…Oh and here’s pics of my recording gear (my living room doubles as my studio):

Focusrite 2i2o
Focusrite 2i2o

Behringer C1, Audio Technica A700
Behringer C1, Audio Technica A700

Macbook Pro Retina with Pro Tools 10
Macbook Pro Retina with Pro Tools 10

Canon M400
Canon M400

Martin OMJM
Martin OMJM

Swart Atomic Jr, Behringer XM8500, Fender Strat
Swart Atomic Jr, Behringer XM8500, Fender Strat

Casio AP220 Digital Piano
Casio AP220 Digital Piano

My Bobblehead (Limited Edition)
My Bobblehead (Limited Edition)