How to Disable the Shutter Sound on your Japanese iPhone

A bit of background: If you own a Japanese iPhone, you probably know that you are unable to disable the shutter sound. This can be quite annoying for those that wish to take a photo without causing noise and disturbing others. There are several valid reasons for not wanting the shutter sound to play. 

To name a few: taking photos of your friends or food when out at a restaurant. Hearing that shutter sound draws unwanted attention from other guests and can be disturbing to them. You may want to take a photo of the whiteboard in a classroom without making noise and disturbing your fellow students. You may want to take a screenshot on your phone without making your colleagues think that you are taking a photo of them for some strange reason.

How to Purchase from Amazon Japan ( in English

Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I would write up this quick tutorial on how to use Amazon Japan ( in English. In past years, my family would buy gifts for the holidays and then pay ridiculous amounts of money to ship them from the US to Japan (not to mention I would sometimes have to pay duty on these items). An easier way to go about things, is to simply purchase items from online retailers in Japan and have them shipped locally. The problem is language. My family, like many others, cannot read Japanese, so it makes it very difficult. Well, Amazon, who stocks pretty much everything, is here to save you the hassle.

Computer Wakes from Sleep by Itself (randomly) - How to Fix

I have recently come across a new issue where my computer wakes from sleep mode on its own. Basically, I will put the computer to sleep around 10pm and when checking in the morning, the computer is already powered on.

I researched this issue online but could not come across anything that was all to helpful. After looking around the Window's log files amongst other things, I finally found the culprit being the Windows Media Center scheduled task item mcupdate_scheduled. You can see this task by launching the task scheduler and navigating to Microsoft -> Windows -> Media Center -> mcupdate_scheduled

How to Create an Emotional Connection With Remote Employees

Over the years, working in management roles in global companies, I've come to learn a few things about managing remote employees. Specifically, how to best motivate remote employees and how to keep them engaged and part of the global organization. Read more »

Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works

One of the books on my recommended reading list is "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works" by Roger Martin and A.G. Lafley. It's a very interesting read and I highly recommend it. Roger Martin and A.G. Lafley talk through their experiences at P&G and explain what strategy is for (winning) and what's it's about (choice). If you are interested in how to implement the Playing to Win framework in your organization, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book.  Read more »

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