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Re: [vox] [OT] Day and life in Japan...

I worked with a French development team for the last two
years and spent about 30 weeks in France. 

It was very interesting and enlightening to work away from
the USA. And I agree with you about using the internet to
remain connected to my real life. Though it was strange to
be able to try to get a slashdot first post at 3:00am PST
which is noon in France.

Enjoy your time and always try to get the local guys to
take you to _their_ favorite places. These are the real
treasures and memories. Everyone goes to see the Eifel
tower, but have you ever eaten at a country resturaunt in
France, where they make their own cheese?

Do the local things, eat the food, partake of the rituals, 
be gracious and respectful of other cultures. You will
always be welcome. You never know when the world will
change, again.

-- Andy

--- "Mark K. Kim" <markslist@cbreak.org> wrote:
> As most of you know, I've been in Japan for the past two
> weeks or so.
> I'll be here for another three.  I thought I'd share some
> interesting
> things I've observed here.
> First of all, I'm learning to look right before left when
> crossing
> streets.  I'm glad I'm not a type of person that likes to
> jaywalk
> because I would have gotten run over many times over had
> I tried to
> jaywalk.
> The general work I do is mostly programming, and some
> hardware.  I sit in
> a roomful of programmers, sound designers, and graphics
> designers in a
> hall-like setting.  I don't have a desk but a table and a
> rolling
> cabinet.  The tables are setup in star-patterns with low
> dividers so
> everyone can see everyone else.  This place feels very
> comfortable for me
> to work in.
> Pretty much everyone uses Windows here.  It's been pretty
> disheartening to
> be away from my Linux box, but thank goodness for ssh and
> my shell account
> at Sonic.net.  I did notice one Linux box the other day
> walking next to
> someone else's table (right next to mine, actually), and
> I'd never been
> more happy to see that ugly Gnome foot.  He tells me it's
> Kondara Linux
> (there's a copy of it in the LUGOD library I got from my
> last trip to
> Japan, in case anyone's interested in a Japanese
> distribution.)  I showed
> him my Windows setup (Cygwin + DJGPP + vim) and he was
> quite impressed.
> I also showed him my set of Mandrake CDs I had't (and
> still haven't) yet
> installed on this company laptop I'm writing to y'all
> from.  He tells me
> he uses his Linux box to keep track of part-timers'
> hours; he's got a copy
> of PostgresQL book on his table.  I'm glad he's sitting
> next to me.  I
> asked him if there's anyone else using Linux in the
> company and he told me
> there's another gentleman that uses it a little; the
> programmer-to-Linux
> ratio is a bit low here (this company, not necessarily
> Japan), I think,
> but maybe that's just the area of Japan I'm in (a little
> too suburban,
> maybe.)
> I sometimes mention some of the more recent tech news I
> read about, some
> from Slashdot and this list and so forth.  Most techies
> here seem to know
> nothing about them.  They really know their work, but
> they seem to be a
> little distanced from general tech news.  It's a little
> too bad because
> you can miss some great technology opportunities that
> way, I think, but
> they seem to manage themselves really well nonetheless. 
> The other day
> someone told me a news I had read on Slashdot weeks ago;
> I think that's
> the only time I heard anyone here ever (in my past three
> trips to this
> company) talked about a tech news.
> Anyway, it's so nice to have some ties to my normal tech
> life via the
> Internet (most of which comes from vox.)  Thanks, guys!
> -Mark
> --
> Mark K. Kim
> http://www.cbreak.org/
> PGP key available upon request.
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