I spent my formative years living in Kagoshima City , Japan, a rare gaijin at that time and place. Sakurajima dumped ash on us regularly, proving that its reputation as one of the world’s most active volcanoes is no lie, and earthquakes and typhoons were part of the package.
For me, there was no better place to spend my youth. I learned another language, and more importantly, another way of thinking.
My interest in computing technology was born in Japan as well. My brother scrounged parts off an IBM employee he was friends with and built homebrew systems that he programmed in binary and hex. We played with Japanese computers and the Apple II . I learned to type thanks to game code listings in magazines like Softalk .
My first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh which my dad bought for me. Today I’m still a Mac user, but I did spend a lot of years on PCs as well (and I still use them at work).
This site is for me to talk about automation and geekiness for both Mac and iOS platforms – Shortcuts, apps, secret terminal incantations, and more.
Contact me on Mastodon if you wish, or listen to the Friends with Brews podcast featuring myself and my friend Peter Nikolaidis.
My happiness in life is due to my wife and daughter. They are amazing. And my cat. Never underestimate the value of a little fuzzy one.