Monthly Archives: February 2009

The Blackberry Bold is Hot for Japan

After only a week on sale in Japan, DoCoMo has temporarily halted sales of the Blackberry Bold. Reporting sales of 4,000 units so far (I personally think that DoCoMo inflates their unit sales figures by a factor of 2) it seems that several users have complained about excessive heat coming from the keyboard.
The Japanese version of the Bold does appear to have some small physical differences to other 9000's including the Japanese keyboard (Same number of keys, just different markings on the keys) and a quad band 3G modem instead of the previous tri-band. This is a pretty bad hit for RIM in Japan. I would expect sales to resume soon unless a major defect is discovered, but I doubt this will do anything to improve the market penetration for Blackberry.

Impress Keitai Watch: ドコモ、BlackBerry Boldに発熱の不具合で一時販売停止

It’s snowing in Tokyo!

Love it! Hardly ever get any snow here anymore. This snow is nice and fluffy, but too wet so it won’t be here long. It's snowing in Tokyo!

How to sell video games to women (and other great myths)

A leaked(?) training video from Gamestop, the soon to be video game cabal in the US that has children selling crack on the streets to get the latest copy of Street Fighter IV.

Using Social Technology to find a job

Well, high on my list of things to do now is to try and plot a new career path.  One of the good things about the current challenging climate is that i can say that at least I am in good company.  While the job market is certainly tougher than it has been in the last few years, technology has started to fill in the gaps and make things easier.
In the last few years it has become obvious to businesses that they must use the web to stay competitive, I think the same goes for those looking for work or business.  I'm working on developing my strategy for this, but for now I am trying to gather as much information and advice as I can.
Mashable is of course a great resource for information on Social Technology.  It has a job board for related jobs and also articles and tips.  Here is a great list of Social Technology resources used by Job Hunters.

Mashable: Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job

Good luck hunters!

A drunk, a crook, and a politician walk into a bar…

…and then he asked the bartender for a drink.

Could it be that we are finally in the last days of PM Aso’s (pronounced A$$hole) government?  Another great article by Bill Pesek.

Bloomberg: Five Reasons for Japan’s Leaders to Get Drunk: William Pesek

He certainly doesn’t sugar coal things.

Things will get far worse. You know an export-driven
economy is in trouble when exports plunged an unprecedented 13.9
percent last quarter. The collapse in demand for Corolla cars and
Bravia televisions comes as the G-7 says the global slump will
last for much of 2009. It’s probably more like 2010, too.  Big losses are forecast at Toyota Motor Corp., Sony Corp.
and Hitachi Ltd., all of which are firing thousands of workers.
That will accelerate the drop in household spending and deepen
the recession. The current quarter could be even uglier.

Of course the event that may finally have tipped things over has become an internet sensation of it’s own.  Finance Minister Nakagawa’s drunken press conference is a warm happy memory I will take to my grave.