Hello everyone! Happy New Year! 謹賀新年！
Lately, I have been silent, but not idle. Here’s the story:
As you’re probably aware, in Japan, especially larger cities like Tokyo, there’s a lot of this business of moving around on trains. This leaves a train passenger with lots of free time to do things like stare into space, or stare at pictures of NAKAMA Yukie (star of Gokusen and official spokeswoman for cellphone provider AU) or stare at other passengers. Now, those things are all fun, but:
- Space gets boring to stare at.
- The NAKAMA Yukie pictures only get updated about every fortnight.
- Other passengers sometimes stare back, and it gets awkward if they had different expectations for the inter-passenger relationship.
My favorite thing to has been to stare at my laptop computer while doing repetitions on my SRS. However:
- The laptop is relatively big and heavy; even though it’s a smaller model, it definitely needs a lap.
- You can’t operate it one-handed (片手操作).
- If there are a lot of passengers, there may not be enough space to use the laptop at all.
So, I wanted a device that was small, portable and one-handed-operatable. One answer would be a super-small laptop or a sweet PDA. But the former is unnecessarily expensive ($1000 – $2000), and PDAs just kind of suck; PDA software is always so short-lived and expensive and ill-supported and it always uses stupid, incompatible, proprietary file formats that no other software in the world can read.
You can start using KhatzuMemo right away. It is still “in beta”, but is also stable enough that Momoko and I now use it exclusively. KhatzuMemo is free to use and will always remain free to use. I will also make an effort to ensure that you have access to your data in as many ways as reasonably possible and can get things like backup copies of it.
Anyway, please give it a go and as always your questions, comments, suggestions and requests are more than welcome.