Irony and futility

Should have been studying, but was preoccupied working on a prototype program to aid in memorization.

The algorithm's not terribly difficult to figure out. In theory, it should be a bit more effective than typical randomization. Of course, that's unlikely to improve my chances of passing JLPT N4 which is 2 days from now.

After that, I'll throw in onyomi/kunyomi readings as well as English meanings; maybe even try to bring this over to Android for on-the-go review sessions. I'm terrible at creating user interfaces though.

Kanji list taken from the Genki I and Genki II textbooks.


Used goods, still good

Just purchased an Android device with extensive quality assurance testing at a fraction of the original cost.

I am now the proud owner of a secondhand 1-year-old tablet.

I bought this Acer A500 from a colleague primarily for reading notes and e-books in preparation for the upcoming JLPT tests.

Once that's over though, this'd probably be mainly as a portable image browser. The built-in USB port means that connecting to keyboards, card readers, or even portable hard disk drives is a breeze. If combined with a Wi-Fi capable card such as the Eye-Fi, this could prove to be a very handy tool for on-site checking of details and immediate feedback.

Of course, nothing beats a full-fledged PC loaded with proper software when it comes to file management and editing. Even the cheapest of netbooks could easily outperform high-end tablets when it comes to sheer specs such as storage space and device compatibility. However, a tablet is usually more than sufficient for any task done away from the work desk.



Taken with the IXUS 105.

Despite the market share of compact cameras being eroded by the proliferation of smart phones with decent optics and cheaper interchangable lens cameras, I think that there are enough people out there who still appreciate the balance between performance and size.