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(Lack of) English Word Wrapping in Japan

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Here’s a pic of the information panel on a train a took in Tokyo while heading towards Shinjuku:

Notice how the words “suspension”, “service”, “trouble” (and the partially visible “Shinkansen”) were brutally split at arbitrary boundaries without any use of hyphen. While this is common practice for the Japanese language, it certainly makes it hard for English readers to scan the information being presented.

I can only vaguely remember early computing systems where editors didn’t do word wrapping (anybody care to refresh my memory?)

Connexion Bye-Bye

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Just received a Singapore Airlines newsletter announcing the discontinuation of the in-flight broadband service – Connexion by Boeing, affectionately called CBB. For those in the industry, this may not be news but the following might be welcoming news for those belonging to the Too Frequent Flyer Club (of which thankfully I’m not a member): the service will be free of charge from now until the end of the year when the service will be withdrawn.

I’ve always found it thrilling to be IM’ing and checking emails mid-air, and to imagine the packets travelling all over the skies. I might have the chance to make use of the generous offer when we make the move to Sterling at the end of the year ;-P

Birthday Cake

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Continuing the tradition of using skewed representation of commemorative object to celebrate an occasion, here’s my birthday cake: