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Rick Cogley
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Welcome to blog Cogley. I've been sticking out like a sore thumb in Japan since 1987! 日本語もOK ⚁ I'm founder and Co-RD at eSolia.com ⚂ I ❤️ family life, Maru the Shiba, blogging, coding, hiking.
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@samgrover lol pcmcia cards, maybe!

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@frankm I don’t long to go back to coax!

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@samgrover yeah, and, we referred to diagrams that were signed by me and dated 2003 and 4. There were a couple of phases to this install starting on cat 5, adding 5e then two years ago pulling a few 6a drops for new wifi equipment.

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@frankm ha, I hear you. My first full time job was to install a ring LAN on coax. 1988 or 9?

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The “NY cheesecake” Lotte Chocopie is good. Really really good. 🤩

Chocopie wrapper
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@edeverett what’s worse is when they write those in a jokey tone. Blergh.

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@georgetakei instead of HELP you can write STAY AWAY in bonbons on the beach.

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@tsherrygeo I know of Morse code but I have an image of those keys being very large. This is so small!

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Yesterday was removal of about 6000m of old LAN cable from an office that was moved out of. We installed this 20 years ago. 💪

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In a Starbucks before a meeting, and the noise pollution is quite incredible. There’s the BGM, door open pings, mobile order bings, staff taking orders, and of course people in remote calls. Noisy! 💥

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@troutgirl ah, that’s right!

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“The Favourite” on Netflix is just fantastic. A hysterical romp. 😀

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@troutgirl and of course if you’re poor, you can’t get a loan for a decent car.

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@DaveyCraney the cottages are listed here. We stayed in the La Rivière one. www.mastlamp.com/villa

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@DaveyCraney the cottage was at the Mast Lamp resort, and since it’s newly built, has a deep cedar aroma. Just fantastic.

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We had decadent parfaits in Atami, and the food at the cottage was 5🌟

Decadent chocolate parfait with wine gelee Breakfast genmai, nuts, veggies

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@splinter oh wow, what a beautiful find

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It’s been a hard couple of months with no Golden Week, so we are at a detached cottage in Ito soaking in the onsen. Lovely place! 😊

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@kimonostereo it was in the paper but my wife and I were talking about it

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@bjhess it will indeed

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@B_Banzai a thought provoking post. I used to believe, when I was young and naive, that people are basically good. Now I believe that people have the capacity for good, but since it takes effort to do it, many don't.

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@starrwulfe yep, that was a thing, wasn't it. I went to Korea a couple times on business, and my host there took me to a "locals mostly" restaurant, saying before we went that we'd eat and drink a lot but it would only be like 2000 yen each. He was right. He said if I went myself they'dve charged the "foreigner price". lol

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@shilkytouch fufu, you store the backup of its info on a floppy disk.

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The yen is so weak that what was bound to happen, has happened: pricing by whether a person is a tourist or not. As a white guy lifer, I am so not looking forward to having to prove I’m a permanent resident, to not get charged JPY 3000 for ramen. 🍜

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@timdesuyo lovely, painterly photos

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Today is gomu-no-hi or “rubber day” where the “gomu” is a goroawase word play on the date 5/6, “go” and “mu”, established as a PR day for rubber products. Did you know it takes ~5 yr to go from rubber tree to latex? Imagine a world without rubber… 🎈

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@the thank you!

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@aeryn nifty, I’ll have to try

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@bapsi that’s sooo cool

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Hi @help is the Notes feature supposed to work in iOS?

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@JohnPhilpin oh cool, I’ll have to check it out

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@starrwulfe I tried this for the first time last year at an undokai (after 36 years in Japan go figure!) and it was heavy, but a lot of fun. There were a lot of kids around and the weight felt like a burden to keep them safe.

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@mmn handsome cat! I dont' have a cat, but I saw a stray in the park today, so on a lark I made a "eh eh eh eh" sound like cats do, and it came over to me meowing like crazy. Coincidence?

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Wondering when JIS is going to finally release 27002, which is a kind of “best practices” guideline for Annex A in 27001. JSA says within 2024 … 👨‍🌾⌛️

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The slippery wriggling of the conservative justices as they try to find a way to grant immunity is just horrifying.

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Are you aware of the ISO 37000 standard, guidance on the governance of organizations? It’s an interesting one, since there was nothing like before it was published. Kudos to the volunteer contributors who make standards like this. 🧑🏻‍⚖️

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Dr. Hurth makes a good argument for why standards are important, even vital, talking about ISO 37000 Governance of Organizations. Check out the interview on BSI’s The Standards Show podcast. 〄

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The other day in Otemachi of all places, I saw a group of 3 or 4 teen boys carving up a parking garage entrance on skateboards. It was jarring to see that in that area. 🛹

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With the release of Apple iOS 17.3 comes “stolen device protection” (盗難デバイスの保護), in Settings, Face/TouchID & Passcode. Tap “Turn on Protection” to require biometrics with no passcode fallback, if your iPhone is outside familiar locations. Slick! 🙅‍♂️😈

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Kindergarten teachers and their charges at a street crossing. Must be stressful! 📷🎌

Kindergarten teachers surrounding their students at a traffic stop light in Yokohama Japan. The children are wearing various colored hats indicating their class.

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FIDO2 security keys for M365 MFA have been working at my firm eSolia for over a year. Enabling an Entra conditional access policy to require “phishing resistant MFA” for admins (aka FIDO2 keys!), caused an endless loop of pain.

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Jan 5 or 6 is 小寒 (shokan “a little cold”) which marks when the sun is at 285 degrees. Now is a good time to start bundling up. ❄️

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If you’re living in or visiting Japan, here are some useful resources we compiled regarding disaster readiness. Stay safe and help those around you if you can. 🎌🚒

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Happy New Year greetings to one and all, but our thoughts are with those impacted by the large & terrifying Ishikawa quake.

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Osechi food on New Years in JapanOzoni soup, crab and osechi at Japan new years.
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“Kiji” pheasants have a grating call that I always said sounds like a rusty gate, but I found a more apt comparison: the scraping sound of sliding plastic hangers along a pole. 😬

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It’s not a thing where I’m from, but Boxing Day each Dec 26, has an interesting origin of being a day for the more fortunate to give to the less so. There’s also Cricket and big sales. 🎁⛪️

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Merry Christmas from Maru the Shiba and his humans. 🎄📷

A Shiba dog in a Christmas Tree outfit. Noel Log Cake, a chocolate cake with a little chocolate axe. Pie with tomato and sausage, and roast chicken.

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NYT Connections is a cool game where you pick groups of four words with some connection from easy to hard.

Puzzle #196
🟩🟩🟩🟩
🟨🟨🟨🟨
🟦🟦🟦🟦
🟪🟪🟪🟪



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On 12/23 in 1982 Japan NTT designated this day “telephone card day”. My first real job was at a design co that licensed idol and actor photos, selling “tereca” printed with them and some English text, to dept stores. 🎌☎️