UQ WiMAX Repeaters

On the same day UQ WiMAX announced the installation of the 5000th base station , they also announced the availability of WiMAX Repeaters.

As any other wireless technology the biggest issue is Coverage. Or rather, how to provide the best coverage with lower costs. A repeater is a good solution to extend a cell (when more bandwidth is not needed).

A PDF from UQ [JP] shows 3 different repeaters and usage. Graphics are quite bad , but I’ll ignore it this time.

New Year Food

This was the second time I experienced the Japanese New Year, but this time it felt stronger.It may be related to the fact that now I actually live in Japan, while previously we were visitors.

Here are 3 photos of the traditional Japanese New Year Food:

All photos taken with Nikon D90, Nikkon 50mm f/1.8 Lense

Some Kindle Books Are Not Available in Japan

I love my Kindle.

I read more, especially on business trips. I do all I can to carry less when I travel, so carrying a book always seems to me like a burden. With Kindle, I could eliminate the problem. Fixed (rather small) size and weight and can carry many books.

Yesterday, I was surprised to find that not all Kindle Books are available to me, since my kindle is associated to  my Japanese address. I am thinking very hard, but still can’t find a reason.

If I can purchase the book (Hardcover) from Amazon and ship it to Japan, how come I can’t buy the Kindle version and receive it over a Wireless connection?

Amazon Kindle Japan Fail

Alvarion Message From the CEO

Alvarion Logo

Alvarion’s CEO, Eran Gorev, publised a message to Alvarion Shareholders.

I feel compelled to share the message as I find it entertaining:

As you know, I assumed the role of President and CEO on December 7, 2009. After working in high tech for many years, I have come to admire Alvarion for both its technology and the business it has developed.

Message starts with “As you know”. Press release was in Sep. 2009 , while he joined as CEO on Dec. 7th. It would have been nice if he could publish this letter closer to the date he joined Alvarion. The second excerpt of the quote above is more interesting since it tries to do two things:

1) Show that Eran Gorev is Experienced (he is)

2) Alvarion has good technology and Business (mostly correct)

But, I just don’t like the way it was phrased. Does it mean that if one does not have the experience Eran has, it is difficult to appreciate Alvarion?

As we enter a new year, I want to take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to creating long-term value for Alvarion shareholders. We will work with renewed energy to successfully capitalize on the opportunities and meet the challenges, with our dual focus on profitability and growth. We look forward to sharing our progress with you during the year.

No comments on this part. Just I wish he could write more:

  • What is the focus for Alvarion for next year?
  • What is he going to change?

Anyway, I think the next Earning Conference Call is going to be interesting.

Questionable Exhibit in Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

John Rabe was a German Businessman (Siemens),  living in Nanjing during the Japanese Massacre  (was also a member of the Nazi Party)

I will not write about his admirable efforts to create a Safety Zone as protection from the Japanese Army, as you can read it anywhere else.

For some strange reason, the Curator of the Nanjing Massacre Hall decided to add the following to the Exhibition:

Hitler Nanjing Massacre

Apparently, a document from Adolf Hitler to John Rabe is proving his good nature and deeds. Yes, same Adolf Hitler that planned the mass murders of 6,000,000 Jews! The same Adolf Hitler who started second World War which resulted in death of more than 70,000,000.

I have no idea what was the Curator thinking when he decided to use this, but I am planning to find out.

Will report here if  I will get an official response from the Museum to the letter I will send tomorrow.

Japanese Companies/Brands in China

During my (short) trip I have noticed that there is noticeable presence of Japanese companies in China:

Kirin and Suntory in an Airport vending machine:

Kirin Suntory China

Hitachi ad in the Airport bus:

Hitachi Ad China

Shibuya 109 (Sorry for quality, taken while in Taxi):

Shibuya 109 China

Sharp :

Sharp Nanjing

The Long Way to Nanjing

No, I didn’t walk to Nanjing, I flew… but it took a while:

Since there aren’t daily flights from Narita (Tokyo) to Nanjing, I had to connect in Shanghai.

Air China service is reasonable, but the meal… less than reasonable:

Air China Meal

The connection involved going through immigration, getting my luggage and then take a bus to another terminal (told you it was long). The good part was the small Embraer plane:

Shanghai to Nanjing Plane