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Japanese Web and Mobile Study Resources

I have recently kicked my Japanese study into high gear, and to assist me with this, I did some digging on the internet to find some of the best apps/tools/websites to help with my language studying.

This time around I am arming myself with some of the latest free and paid mobile apps and online website tools. I thought I would quickly share what I have found so far in preparing my personalized study program.

Here are some of the apps/tools/methods I am using along with some info...


Google Maps is a Growing User Review and Business Directory Service

Yelp and Tripadvisor are probably getting a bit worried with Google pushing their map service more and more. Google Maps already has pretty much, every known business on the planet listed. Try it out, search the name of an establishment and the address or city it's in, and I'm guessing 99 times out of a 100, that place will come up in the results. What you may have started to notice is that users are reviewing these places right through Google Maps. I have been using Google's star/save feature for sometime now. This feature was once limited to only the web browser version of Google Maps, but Google has recently rolled it out to their mobile app platform as well. SWEET! Read more »


Uber Taxi Service

After using Addison Lee for the past year, I finally gave Uber a try, and I must say...I absolutely loved it! Uber is a car for hire service and is managed through a smartphone mobile app. You basically just fire up the app, identify your location (using your phone's GPS), specify where you want to go, and then book your driver. It even gives you car options, such as a standard, executive, or luxury car for your journey. The app also provides you with your journey's estimated total fare and when you can expect your pickup. 

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My Wife's New Food Blog

If you know me, then you know I love my wife's cooking! I have been creating websites using the Drupal CMS for some time now, and I thought it would be a fun project to try creating a website using Wordpress. So with no plans for the weekend, I decided to challenge myself by creating a brand new site for my wife using Wordpress and my Google research skills. The end result...http://cooking.jbellendir.com...a Japanese food blog for my wife to post photos of all her amazing dishes. I hope she will get some time to share her recipes with the world. Read more »


Free Education for ALL - Part 2

If you're like me, then you love learning and keeping yourself challenged. I love what Khan is doing! Such a great way to give back to mankind. He is on an ambitious mission. FREE education to ALL. I was actually asked a while ago to create a video testimonial for the Khan Academy site, but I simply have not found time to get around to it. So I will do what I can by blasting and getting the word out about this amazing group of people. Read more »


Tips and Checks for Buying a Used MacBook

I have been in the market for a used 15 MacBook Pro Retina and during my research I came across this great write up. Well done CNET, very well written and detailed!

You can apply a lot of this to any used laptop. If you are currently in the market for a used MacBook laptop, check out this detailed checklist guide: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57474326-263/tips-and-checks-for-buying-a-used-macbook/


How to Root Galaxy S2 GT-i9100

I finally got around to hacking my Galaxy S2. The galaxy S2 is a fantastic phone and can be picked up very cheap. I got myself an unlocked S2 a few years ago. I use it when I go vacation and want to pick up a local sim card to stay connected without paying ridiculously high roaming rates that providers like to charge. Well worth the purchase of the phone! Read more »


Codepen.io - An HTML, CSS, and Javascript web editor

I thought I would share this really cool (and free) online tool that can be used to test out your HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The website is http://codepen.io.

Create out other people's sample work or test your own by creating a new "pen". You can instantly check preview your code in action in realtime in a beautiful and elegant online tool. Check out Codepen now!


The User Profile Service failed the logon error message and how to fix it

I guess computers love to keep me busy and challenged. Ran into this problem the other day on one of my computers. Upon logging in, she was presented with a black desktop and the error message: "The User Profile Service failed the logon”. Read more »


The Billion Dollar Startups

Do you know who the 36 most valuable startups on the planet are? Stay in the know by checking the billion dollar startups list. The Wall Street Journal keeps this list up to date as companies fall off and join the list. Check out the list here: http://graphics.wsj.com/billion-dollar-club/


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