• Cross Platform Productivity Tips

    Using multiple platforms to enhance productivity is a common concept. However, pulling this off without lowering the overall efficiency of each separate task is really difficult. Unlike a computer, the human brain is not particularly good at parallel task processing, so using different devices would normally just slow us down. This does not mean that it is not possible to do so efficiently because, in fact, we have a few tips that will optimize this fantastic productivity concept: Specify the device needed for certain work or tasks. This tip may sound like a no-brainer, but task specification is the fundamental basis of manual multi-tasking and is thus the very first…

  • Digitizing Documents: Why, How, and Where

    Paper documents, as quaint as they may seem to be in our modern world, still somehow coexist with much of our digital media. In fact, its existence in our largely digital realm is exactly the reason digitizing documents is still very important today. However, if you are not sure why that is, how it is done, or where it should be done, then this simple guide may serve as your basic how-to: Why should we digitize documents? Aside from the obvious reasons of updating information to the current standard form, digitizing documents also serve some definite and specific technical benefits. Most of these fall directly in line with most of…

  • Street View Just Got Better with Google Cardboard

    How would you like to travel the entire world, with your own eyes, using only your smartphone? Google Map‘s Street View mode gives us a glimpse of this concept, but it doesn’t really take us there. It does not give the sensation or the experience that we are actually in these locations. That, my friends, is now the responsibility of Cardboard—you know, that nifty little DIY gadget that Google has been tinkering with for quite some time now. Google made a rather exciting announcement last month that their revolutionary DIY VR project will now support Google’s Street View. The revelation aroused mixed feelings among the tech crowd, but looking at…

  • Google’s Book Scanning Project: What You Need to Know

    Google has long been known to initiate several revolutionary projects that change the way we look at (digital) information. Making research library publications written works available to the public is one of them, a vision that Google Books Library Project wishes to share with everyone. What is Google Books Library Project? Google Books Library Project is a technical and expansive large-scale project that aims to make data from major research libraries around the world searchable online. In its most basic form, it helps users gain access to specific academic publications that would otherwise require a more direct (physical) access to where the information is archived and kept. For instance, it…

  • Editing Japanese Documents with Kami

    Japanese documentation is quite different for many reasons. Aside from its departure from the standard 26-letter alphabet, its encoding means that you’d have to deal with logographic character “embedding” in a screen space that is double that which you are typically used to. As such, using Kami with these documents may take a bit more than your usual method, so here are a few tips to get your work efficiently through: Handwritten Japanese should be manually marked. It’s enough that the character system is already complex, but when dealing with handwritten versions of the stuff, things can just get far more complicated. To bypass this would-be problem, the handwritten text…