Monthly Archives June 2013

More on LastPass

LastPass update. (Click here for all my LastPass posts.) Trouble logging into Yahoo with LastPass on my iPad: the Yahoo login page won’t let me paste the password. I have to type it in. Lastpass logs me in automatically into one website for which I have, for some reason, two passwords. Which one is LastPass […]

Time lapse and slo-mo in Osaka video

[yframe url=’′] Music by Hiroshima girl-group Perfume パフューム (Official site). Mouse-tip to Mike “In Tokyo” Rogers of Marketing Japan for the link and heads up. I recommend the following digital products: WP GDPR Fix, a WordPress plugin that quickly and easily helps you make your WP blog GDPR compliant. Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s […]

One Time Passwords and Yahoo! Japan

In an earlier post, I mentioned the password management software program I’m trying out,, and that LastPass offers a one-time password option for logging in securely to your LastPass account. Since its recent (May 2013) security breach which may have affected 20 million users, Yahoo! Japan is now offering one-time passwords to login. How […]

Lastpass – a brief review 3

This is part 3 of a multi-part review of the password management software LastPass. (Click here for parts 1 and 2.) I signed up for the Premium version, which costs $12/year. The reason I did so was so that I could access my passwords from my iPad and iPhone as well as my desktop computers. […]

“Ze Price Stabeeleetee”: The Market Impact Of The BOJ’s Interventions | Zero Hedge

Quick summary: Zero Hedge quotes the Bank of Japan’s homepage to show that the Bank’s own recent interventions go against the Bank’s stated purpose; Karl Denninger does the same for the Fed, and an Austrian economist reminds us that the inherent fallacies in  expansionary monetary policies were pointed out at least 100 years ago by […]

CocoPPa App Quickly Becoming Global Hit

A free smartphone app called CocoPPa, developed by Internet ad company United Inc. (2497), is capturing global attention, and other Japanese firms are considering collaborating with the developer as a way to reach foreign markets. via 2013/06/01 16:37 – CocoPPa App Quickly Becoming Global Hit | The app, which enables smartphone users to customize […]

What is 2-factor authentication and do you need it?’s Brooks Duncan blogged about Evernote’s rollout of 2-step authentication recently. In an earlier blog post he explained how to set up 2-step authentication on Dropbox. I haven’t tried 2-step authentication yet, so my questions are:what does it involve, how much time, trouble and money is it going to cost me to a) learn how […]

Japan, U.S. working on pact to fight tax evasion

Japan is also working on a “model two” FATCA agreement. via Switzerland, U.S. sign pact on fighting tax evasion | Reuters. What is FACTCA? “FATCA imposes steep penalties beginning in 2014 on financial institutions that do not comply with the law. Banks and other financial institutions failing to comply could be frozen out of U.S. […]