4 Days in North Korea

Sarah Wang spent four days in North Korea. No internet, no phones, no TV. When Wang drew a picture of a banana, a North Korean waitress didn’t know what it was. She knew of apples, but had never eaten one. Sounds bleak.

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What if Hitler had Won WWII?

Image via Wikipedia
Image via Wikipedia

A great article that I found which pointed me to some great books, including Fatherland by Robert Harris, which I’ve already read. That was the title of the book I was looking for.

There are a bunch of Hitlerian allohistories that I find intriguing. I haven’t yet read The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick.

The Untold Story of a 100 Million Dollar Diamond Heist

I found this link a few days ago and have just started reading it. It’s a really interesting article that was pieced together by Wired’s Joshua Davis. (via waxy)

Strange Concepts: Cryptex Mobile


With all this hype about the iPhone 3G, what happens if you weren’t able to get one last week? The iPhone 3G is pretty much sold out everywhere you look, however we found this phone really interesting. Don’t worry, this isn’t about another those so-called “iPhone killer” phones, just a new approach to something that we all use everyday.

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A Fresh Idea for Desktop Management


Information and files can be easily misplaced on our gigantic hard drives. Who among us hasn’t lost a file or searched for one buried deeply in different drives and folders?

Currently, computer file management systems force users to store files hierarchically in folders. Project get buried deeper and deeper without providing any visual clues on how to find them. The Slice computing system is a concept that seeks to change this. Organically inspired from a need to organize and interact with information, it enables users to physically interact with information, by interacting with the slice…

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Living Inside Furniture


Adapting to small living spaces has always been a challenge. This is not only a challenge in big urban cities, but also everywhere else where space is at a premium. A perfect example of this is living in Asia. Sometimes, living spaces are so tiny that you wonder how you can live in them.

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Crescendo C2 Maximus: A Table that Adjusts to Your Needs


All spaces, especially home offices, need a signature piece of furniture. Something that catches the eye and sets the space apart from all those dreary gray cubicles. In our opinion, even in a modern, technological, gadget obsessed world there’s always a place for large chunks of handcrafted wood. The Crescendo is such a piece. It can fit in either an ultra-modern workspace or a low-tech artist studio. Simple, elegant, and minimal. Something designers, and those who love them, strive for…

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Roundup: Top Five Alternative Keyboards


Since the first computer was booted, we’ve been using keyboards to input data. For most of us, they remain the one and only way to input info quickly and reliably, but they haven’t changed much in their form factor. They still use little keys that we clack, clack, clack our way through the day. Well, keys may soon be obsolete…

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Roundup: Stuff To Get While In Asia


Even though you might not have been able to get the new 3G iPhone, there are still lots of interesting things that you can get in technology markets in Asia. As mentioned before, these markets exist in most big Asian cities.

Last year, the point-and-shoot camera buying rage hit Taiwan in full swing. Point and shoots with touch screens and gigantic screens were what were desired. This year, it’s about iPhones, MacBook Airs, Sony TZs and memory. Lots and lots of memory. It’s one of the best things to get here, since it’s incredibly cheap.

Another post I wrote for Unplggd.

How To… Haggle in Asian Technology Markets


Do your research. One of the first steps in haggling over a sale in Asia is to do proper research before making a purchase. It’s easy to find out what the retail prices and market value prices of items are in Asia beforehand. For example, you can check out the listings on Yahoo! Auctions in Taiwan. I use Google Translate to get an idea what a page says.

Yahoo! is really big in Asia, bigger than eBay in my opinion. Almost everyone uses Yahoo! including Asian retailers and vendors. They aren’t really used as auctions per se, but rather as an e-commerce site. These auction lists give you an idea of how much an item retails at different vendors. These prices are almost always lower than the retail price. I’ve bought cell phones, laptops and desktop computers this way. I just call up the retailers and get their location.

My second post in a series over at Apartment Therapy/Unplggd.