Chris Houser wrote:
> On 7/26/06, tiger_at_zombiezodiac.com <tiger_at_zombiezodiac.com> wrote:
> > Are folks on the list just using English phone UI and browsers?
> I am. (This is an English-language mailing list.)
yes but an English mailing list about Japan, so I assume many of the users here,
have phones and computers set to Japanese locale or IP address. It gives
me a headache with many US-centric sites who assume I do not speak English,
(and fortunately I understand Japanese). It always nice if its easy for the
web site to let you change your locale with simple links, but many don't now.
I use Japanese OS, Japanese browsers, and both Japanese and English phones.
I'm in the US now and my locale is set to Japan and Japanese time so I can synch
with Japan for work easier.
I have some Japanese phones but I have the generations that don't work in the US.
> > 4) Went back to the marketing site and got the URL for download. No QR
> > Code on
> > the marketing site.
> I'm pretty sure QR codes work only on some Japanese phones;
> Opera is not a Japanese company.
Some... you say.. yes some... but some is a HUGE number of them. I'd say
most phones accept QR codes now. You seem not to be aware of the prevalence
of QR in Japan.
> > 10) Help installation page wastes a bunch of time talking about
> > Internet Access
> > Points. How many wifi phones exist in Japan?
> Few. Japan is in the dark ages.
> (Although McDonald's recently got much more descriptive pamphlets.)
Don't say Japan is in the Dark Ages... the technology is very different. US uses
Wi-Fi for some PDA-phones.... Japanese phones can access the internet without the need for Wi-Fi.
Its a technology choice difference... Anyway Wi-Fi is all over Tokyo... Its everywhere
I go from the trains to the middle of Roppongi hills, etc etc. Wi-Fi is used
for computers and PDAs, not mobiles. Each country chooses what technologies
they wish to use. I'd say there is more Wi-Fi in Japan than the US.. I can't believe
they still advertise dialup ISPs in the US... Its sad... I even have to use dialup sometimes
here. And here in the US the computer connection speed is 10-100 times slower on broadband.
I was used to 45-70 Mbits/s in Japan and now I'm lucky if I get 1-2 Mbits/s.
I'm hoping the US starts using the 1000 Mbit/s standard soon and gets some
hikarifiber setup. I was so looking foward to that.
> > That's way too much energy for me. I'm giving up on Opera Mini. I'm
> > left with
> > the impression that although Opera is translating their software, they haven't
> > done any work to appropriately release their software in the Japan market.
> Opera Mini is a MIDP2 program; it should work on any modern occidental
> phone, and most Japanese phones (except for old DoCoMo's, which use a
> non-standard Java library - curse of the early adopter).
Many Japanese phones have stopped support for MIDP. And many Occidental
phones are not using MIDP. There's a BREW- Java war brewing. The non-MIDP
phones use BREW mostly. I'm rooting for MIDP, but the battles are fierce.
Paul B. Lester
personal homepage: http://www.purplepaul.com/
personal EMAIL: pbl1_at_cornell.edu
Received on Wed Jul 26 22:07:19 2006