Just a short selection of updates from me, today. Mainly because I’m still finishing off editing a long post.


So, I’m getting on very well with my Kindle. I’m yet to find an eBook file format that it can’t handle. Comic books aren’t that clear, but that’s down to the image quality of the png’s and less about the screen.

Side Note: Anyone who is serious about using their Kindle (or any eBook reader, for that matter) should try out a free program called Calibre (link at the end of the post), it’s really quite good. One of the awesome features is that it can convert any eBook format to your reader’s native format, and add tags for sorting and such.

I’ve even subscribed to a few newspapers with it [my Kindle], they’re very clear and easy to read; instantly delivered and very cheap (compared to the price of the physical versions)


I’ve applied for another job in Japan. There’s no problem if I don’t get this one, because I’m not really expecting to get this one. It’s teaching English and PC skills to children in Tokyo. When I applied (Tuesday afternoon), the system I used told me that there where over 130 other people applied for it. Again, not a massive problem if I don’t get it.

I’ve also decided to take the JLPT – Japanese Language Proficiency Test – this year. When I studied Japanese, my tutor had told me that I should be able to take up to level 2 – the lowest level is level 5, the highest is level 1 (near native). So I should be able to pass the lowest level at the very least.


I’ve, for the present time at the very least, ditched Linux. It’s only my laptop, but I’d gotten bored of having to chose (within 10 seconds) which operating system I wanted to boot into on my PC. Especially when most of my PC boots were to play games; rip my DvD collection; or watch flash videos on Windows 7 64bit.

I know that all of those can be done on  Linux too, but my problem is that flash videos (especially) wont play at a higher speed than 15 fps on my ATI HD graphics card on Linux 64bit. Plus, I’m playing things like PSX emulators and high spec games like Orochii Warriors or Batman Arkham Asylum (I’m slowly getting ready for the sequel by playing through it again).

Have fun,



Calibre: http://calibre-ebook.com/

JLPT: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/

JLPT revision materials: http://www.tanos.co.uk/jlpt/

Handbrake: http://handbrake.fr/

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Jamie is a .NET developer specialising in ASP.NET MVC websites and services, with a background in WinForms and Games Development. When not programming using .NET, he is either learning about .NET Core (and usually building something cross platform with it), speaking Japanese to anyone who'll listen, learning about languages, writing for this blog, or writing for a blog about Retro Gaming (which he runs with his brother)