Different Input and OS languages on your Mac

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Wow. As opposed to Windows XP, Macintosh continues to be a breeze as far as usability is concerned. Recently, a few friends asked me how to enable Korean keyboard input on their new Macs (I helped convince one friend to buy his). Since I’ve done this a number of times (and had a number of requests for help), I decided to make a blog post about it.

From what I remembered, Mac OSX comes installed with most every language by default, and adding language input or even switching OS languages is as simple as a few button clicks. In fact, there is a trick necessary if you only want a mono-lingual install of OSX in order to save some hard drive space (as opposed to WinXP’s default mono-lingual install that requires a different trick to change languages). However, it wasn’t until I went back in to my own system to check things out that I realized exactly how simple working with different languages is. Below are step-by-step instructions for how to enable different language input, and how to change OS languages completely.

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The Republic of Korea’s Schoolyard Scuffle with Google

koreavsgoogleThe Republic of Korea and Google enter the schoolyard of the Internet, with good intentions to play nice together.  Somewhere along the line, the ROK gets burned by a bully and decides it needs stronger rules before continuing play.   Google on the other hand, liked things the way they were going, and doesn’t want to change things mid-game, (plus, it might give them an advantage to play the game with a few “features” left out).  The ROK’s friends start to think he’s too demanding, and side with the “easy-going” Google.  The ROK feels slighted and decides to “take out Google’s kneecaps” or at least spread ugly information about him so that the rest of his friends don’t want to play with him any more.

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Big Brother Internet Laws in Korea

big-brother-is-watching-you-postersRecently I’ve been reading some interesting news concerning the Internet (perhaps I should say concerning news interested in the Internet?) here in Korea.  Apparently, from April 1 of this year, the government has passed a new law to require all Internet users, bloggers,  and content uploaders to use their “real name” and government-issued ID numbers in order to post anything to Korean servers.  As this Korea Times article mentions, “Korea has now become one of the first democracies to aggressively use the law to hold Internet users and Web sites to account, and the revised copyright law represents the boldest step yet in this direction.”

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Monetizing a Web Site (off the top of my head)

I’ve been researching websites, web design and best practices for a while now.  As such, I’ve also studied a bit about monetizing a website.  I’m no expert by any means, but I am familiar with a few different possibilities when thinking about getting a website to make money.  The following is a list of options that I know of and could remember off the top of my head.

To think seriously about getting your site to make money, a good plan is imperative, and a good plan will best result from good research.  Therefore, the following are only starting points for further investigation into those things that seem most promising for your website.

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