Sunday, August 28, 2011

How to change FavIcon on a Blogger Website

So if you are the sort to pay attention to detail, you'll have noticed that I had the favicon on my blog changed:

As some people were asking me how I did it, here's a step-by-step guide. It'll be in three parts.
  1. Designing the 16×16 favicon, and saving it as favicon.ico
  2. Uploading it to a directory in your Blogger website
  3. Linking to the uploaded favicon and changing the Blogger favicon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Lessons Learned While Boxing, Part 1

So, if you have been following my tweets, you'll have noticed that I've been boxing for some year and a half now. It's been a regular fixture in my weekday; just drop by the gym after work on the way home, for a cheeky hour to hour-and-a-half session. Over the next week or so, I thought I would jot down my musings (and also some fun videos!).

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Why Chinese is Terrific, Part 2

In the first part, I gave five reasons why I think Chinese is terrific. Here are the next six:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Why Chinese is Terrific, Part 1

Today I came across an article called “Why Arabic is Terrific”, and it was so informative and fun that I thought I would write a response article, on Mandarin Chinese. In homage to the original article (and judging from the Twitter traffic, lots of other people seem to dig it too) I am going to follow its structure, point by point.
Here are my reasons why Chinese is so terrific.*

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

On "The Social Network", Part 2 (English)

In Part 1, I started talking about “exclusivity” and how people seem to find themselves strangely attracted to all things “limited” and “off-limits”. I’m no psychologist, but I read that Abraham Maslow included “the desire to belong” as one of the Hierarchy of Needs.

There are many reasons why Facebook became the runaway success that it did, but during the earliest stages, I believe the utilization of exclusivity and drawing on basic human need to belong played a major part. In that respect at least, the Winklevoss brothers were on the money (with their plans to leverage the “Harvard” and “Ivy League” brand in their new social website), and you could say Zuckerberg did well to take note of that.

Monday, August 22, 2011

On "The Social Network", Part 1 (English)

(Go here for the original essay in Korean)
This is the first half of a two-part series on my thoughts after watching the movie “The Social Network”. Who’d have thought the film would prove to be such food for thought?

Friday, August 19, 2011

On Super Wifi MANETs, Part 2

So in part 1, I started talking a little about the rise of the super wifi. Today, I want to talk about the possible implications. To do this, we first need to take stock of the current state of affairs.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On Super Wifi MANETs, Part 1

Today, I want to write on a subject that has been on the back of my mind for the last half-year.
Rewind back to 2007. That is when I first discover TEDtalks. And of the many riveting talks, one by Negroponte (then the head of MIT Media lab) leaves a particularly strong impression on me. It is on his "One Laptop per Child" project. With an ambitious goal of giving a $100 dollar laptop (specially designed for this purpose) to every child in the developing world. What impresses me at the time, is the fact that these laptops are able to form a "wireless mesh network" using their wifi antenna. That is the first time I hear of the term "mesh network". A quick research on the Internet tells me that "mesh networking is a type of ad-hoc network where each node must not only capture and disseminate its own data, but also serve as a relay for other nodes." The mesh networking capability of the OLPC laptops are also wireless (mobile ad-hoc networks, or MANET), but the essential idea is the same.

Fast-forward to September 2010. Many tech blogs and sites cover the imminent passing of the "super wifi law" by the FCC. In short, it is the decision by the Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America to free the white spaces (UHF TV band) for unlicensed data.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

On Drawing A QR Code

Here's a YouTube video I made!

A quick feedback I got was: "I don't think people will get what you did in your video.."
So, my here is my next video that explains the first video:

On “The Social Network”, Part 2

Part 1를 쓴지 벌써 4개월이 넘는 시간이 흘렀다. 올해 3월 “Always Produce” 하겠다는 다짐으로 시작한 Blog上 글쓰기도 시작한 지 한 달이 채 안되 이렇게 긴 hiatus를 맞은 것이다. 정말 부끄럽다. 하지만, better late than never라고 하지 않았는가. 한 번 넘어진 것 보다는 다시 일어섰다는 게 더 중요하다고 믿고 싶다.