Set up Fcitx for Chinese and Japanese language input on Ubuntu Xenial 16.04

fcitx.pngIt was time to update to the latest Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) release again recently, and it turned out that setting up Fcitx wasn’t quite as simple this time around. Here is what I had to do to get it to work. [...]

Set up Fcitx for Chinese and Japanese language input on Ubuntu Trusty 14.04

fcitx.pngAfter recently upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS), I decided to give Fcitx, the default input method framework on Ubuntu’s Chinese sister project Ubuntu Kylin, a try and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is Fcitx rock-solid and actively developed, it also offers input methods for Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and a bunch of other languages in addition to the default Chinese input methods. Here is how you get it to run on Ubuntu 14.04. [...]

Open XMPP Alternatives to Google Talk

xmpp.pngAfter Google’s much-publicised decision to replace Google Talk with Hangouts and drop XMPP support in the process, many people have been looking for alternative XMPP servers that allow connecting through standards-based clients and support federation with other servers. I figured this would be a good time to list a few servers I have used and recommend. Naturally, this is only a small subset of all publicly available XMPP servers. Which is best for you pretty much depends on what you want and what you need … [...]

How to install Japanese OpenWnn input method on Android via the Android SDK

openwnn01-th.pngInstalling a Japanese IME on Android can be a little tricky since the semi-official OpenWnn IME, which is included in Japanese Android systems, is not available on the Android Market. Sure, there are alternatives, like Simeji or various OpenWnn derivatives, but if you look carefully, you will notice that they usually do not provide their source code and list full internet access as a requirement. If you feel uncomfortable with the thought of transmitting everything you type (including passwords) to a third party, and if you prefer to keep your phone free of binary software, this tutorial is for you. The following tutorial will show you how to download and set up the Android SDK (software development kit) to pull the the original open-source OpenWnn IME from a virtual Android device… [...]

NateOn for Foreigners & Pidgin-NateOn

nateon.gifWhen you live in East Asia for a longer period of time, you will notice that a large percentage of people here don’t necessarily use the larger chat networks like Windows Live (MSN) or ICQ to communicate, although the former is relatively popular. In China for example, the most common chat programme is QQ, a network almost unheard of in the west, but one of the largest in the world. Now what QQ is for the Chinese, NateOn is for Koreans. NateOn itself doesn’t differ very much from MSN, in fact it used to be compatible to MSN until some time ago, or so I heard :) But it has evolved into a separate independent network and has even overtaken MSN in South Korea in terms of user numbers. Its main advantage is its connection to Cyworld, South Korea’s larget social network.

There are websites explaining to foreigners how to set up a QQ account, but setting up a NateOn account is somewhat more complicated and not encouraged by Nate itself. The main obstacle here is that new users will usually need a Resident Registration Number to register, a code number similar to American social security numbers, but only available to South Korean citizens. Foreigners living in Korea will also receive a similar number with their “alien registration card”, which can be used in a similar way. But for people outside of Korea there is little chance of getting around this barrier, short of number fraud. Thankfully, there is another, legal way to get a NateOn account… [...]