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. [...]

LyX CJK set-up based on XeTeX and xeCJK

lyx.pngI have recently been playing around with LyX and XeTeX, a Unicode extension for TeX, to find a set-up that allows me to switch easily between various East Asian languages without entering LaTeX code. With the help of a few friends, the xeCJK manual and Richard Heck over at the LyX Mailing List, I was able to define LyX Text Styles for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional text), Japanese and Korean that can be selected via the context menu right from within LyX itself, allowing me to focus on the content of my writing and leaving the worrying about Unihan issues to someone else … [...]

Japanese cyber-attack alert system Daedalus

Japan’s new cyber-attack alert system “Daedalus” made headlines a few months ago for its futuristic looks which are said to be modelled after the cyberspace scenes from Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊), a famous manga and anime series. Daedalus is a product of Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) that scans the so-called “darknet”, parts of the internet where IP addresses are not supposed to be used. It consists of a blue sphere and several circles hovering around it, as seen in these screenshots and this video of a live presentation at Interop Tokyo 2012. According to this report by DigInfo, the blue sphere represents the internet, whereas the circles stand for IP addresses belonging to organisations in Japan. If packets are sent to the black parts of the circle, i.e. to unallocated IP address space, an alert is triggered, showing a red “kei” (警) character… [...]

Homebrew Super Mario Bros. Clone released for Atari 2600

Remember Super Mario Bros. for the NES? Sprybug, a hombrew coder from the AtariAge forums, has released a Super Mario Bros. Clone for the Atari 2600 with a fully playable demo of world 1-1. Younger gamers these days probably don’t remember the Atari 2600, a video game console released by Atari in the 1970s that famously popularised home video gaming with games like Pac-Man, Pitfall!, Space Invaders and, my personal favourite, Boxing. With only 128 bytes of RAM and a 1.19 MHz CPU the hardware is very limited by today’s standards, which makes the very feat of creating a sidescrolling jump’n'run type of video game for the system extremely impressive… [...]