I find myself feeling unexpectedly shocked and saddened this morning by the news of Steve Jobs’ passing. I don’t know if it’s the (perhaps misplaced) underdog quality I associate with him, his role as one of this generation’s most successful visionaries, or simply his very key role in in changing so dramatically for the better [...]
I waited a while before getting an iPad. From the pre-release hype right on through the orgiastic post-launch buying frenzy I kept thinking, “now here’s a device that’s getting waaaay more attention than it deserves.” I mean, let’s face it, the way things are these days Apple could announce an iFlowbee and Mac fans everywhere [...]
I seem to be seeing more and more of these lately, mostly thanks to them being forwarded by confused and concerned clients. If you want to get someone’s attention these days you can start by injecting a little FUD into their thinking about their Internet domain name. Those ever-industrious Chinese have taken this idea and [...]
One of our recent projects is now online and is picking up steam in terms of traffic and membership. Here’s the “official” blurb: Tokyo has a lot to offer wine lovers. From world-class restaurants to standing wine bars to the massive retail and online wine trade, Tokyoites have access to an incredible range of not [...]
Just discovered this and hot damn is it ever sweet! WPtouch is a theme package/plugin for WordPress that optimizes them for mobile devices like the iPhone and Android. Very fast, clean and cool. Rich control over look-and-feel and other options via a custom Settings screen. Easy to install and activate. What, other than, say, 1980 [...]
According to the Google Analytics Blog, Google today launched a new Application Programming Interface (API) for Google Analytics, their free service for tracking and analyzing website traffic and usage. We use Google Analytics extensively at Netwise, of course, and are thrilled about the things that will be possible now thanks to the API. Google says: [...]
I wrote an article covering some of the options available to those hoping to set up an online store or web shop here in Japan. Comments/feedback welcome. Setting Up an Online Store in Japan: Some Options
On Octoner 30th Google announced a new Service Level Agreement for many of the Google Apps applications for Premier Edition customers. 99.9% uptime is now guaranteed for all of the business-critical core apps, including Gmail, Calendar, Sites and Docs. Full details on the new Google Apps SLA available on Google site.
I don’t remember installing Windows Desktop Search (WDS) on my notebook but one day it was there. I think they maybe slipped it into the installer for a trial app or something I tried and then dumped for being crap. The trial app went away but for some reason WDS stayed. The two things I [...]
Congratulations on finding my personal blog. It's been around in various incarnations since 1997, which is before blogs were called "blogs." See if you can top that.
My name is michael, and denbushi (電武士) is the now-dorky-seeming online name I made up back when I thought (ever so presciently) that some kind of unique nickname for the interwebs might be handy. Just for the record, it IS unique (even today!) except for this jujitsu variant/dojo in Puerto Rico which co-opted it without even asking me. If I had to cage-fight them for exclusive use of "denbushi" chances are good they'd win. But I'd still do it.
These days I live in Tokyo and mostly use my real name. A few years ago I founded a design and marketing agency called netwise. We do web and internet stuff. We're pretty good at it.