Things I Learned from TAIRA and TIF (Nov/Dec 2002)
Compiled by Shaney Crawford
AIKIDO IN TSUKUBA
ARUDO DEBITO WINS CASE AGAINST HOKKAIDO ONSENS
AVOIDING COMPUTER WORMS
1. Keep your operating system and applications up-to-date and apply the latest patches when they become available.
2. Avoid e-mail attachments both when sending and receiving e-mail.
3. Configure Windows to always show file extensions.
4. Never open e-mail attachments with the file extensions VBS, SHS or PIF.
5. Never open attachments with double file extensions such as NAME.BMP.EXE or NAME.TXT.VBS
6. Do not share your folders with other users unless necessary.
7. Disconnect your network or modem cable when you're not using your computer - or just power it down.
8. If you feel that an e-mail you get from a friend is somehow strange - if it is in a foreign language or if it just says odd things, double-check with the friend before opening any attachments.
9. When you receive e-mail advertisements or other unsolicited e-mail, do not open attachments in them or follow web links quoted in them.
10. Avoid attachments with sexual filenames.
11. Do not trust the icons of attachment file.
12. Never accept attachments from strangers in online chat systems such as IRC, ICQ or AOL Instant Messenger.
13. Avoid downloading files from public newsgroups (Usenet news).
CLIMBING THE WALLS
Does anybody know about a climbing wall in Tsukuba or near Tsukuba? Tsukuba You World on the south side of Tsuchiura Noda sen (route 354) about halfway between Nishi and Higashi Odori. The You World is also known as the Cineplex. The following two messages posted at TIF may help.
COOKING WITH PERSIMMONS
Can anybody recommend a good English speaking dentist in Tsukuba?
Mei-jin, 0298-563789. Speaks English extremely well and is also very good at his job (which is kind of more important). Okada.san 0298-52-5500 on the Tsuchiura-Gakuen Sen direction Mitsukaido, maybe 2 Km from the Mitsui building.
See this site for information about getting a Japanese license. http://www.pref.ibaraki.jp/kenkei/english/e_menu.htm
See more details on the AT website (corrected since originally published).
Electricity in Ibaraki is 50cycles at 100v AC
TEPCO charges user per kilowatt hour (kWh). The basic charge depends on which kind of circuit breaker you have installed in your apartment. Most of you would probably have a 20A (yellow) one.\\ (www.tepco.co.jp/custom/priceSystem/faremenu/juryo-j.html) The average Western home has a 200A connection to the power grid AS A MINIMUM. More if the home is centrally electrically heated. This is why the circuit breakers trip so often here.
The average ceramic heater is about 1100 watts. This information should be clearly printed on the heater. If not, the heater should have a sticker stating that it draws 10 amperes at 110v or something like that. You work out Watts using this formula: Amperes X Volts = Watts
If you have a Yellow circuit breaker (20A) and Ibaraki has 100v, then 20 X 100 = 2000w for everything electrical in your apartment. If you use 1100W for a heater, that leaves 900W for other things in your apartment (lights 20w per neon tube, microwave 800w, computer 200w average, TV 80W, Toaster Oven 800W . . . . ..). 900W is not enough to power a second 1100W heater, especially if you plan to use any lights at night. So you'll need to contact TEPCO to arrange to change that Yellow circuit breaker for a higher value one (and pay a higher basic charge).
Another thing. Sensitive electronic devices don't take kindly to having their power suddenly turned off with no warning. So save yourself a repair bill and upgrade the circuit breaker before you need to replace anything.
Don't put your laptop directly on your lap. (See TAIRA archives for a rather detailed explanation why, or just take my word for it.)
SCHOLARSHIP FOR ASIANS
Please check the profile of your travel agent in the roster of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) members before booking. http://www.jata-net.or.jp
TSUKUBA LIBRARY ENGLISH NEWSLETTER
Go to the library to get a copy of the December 2002 issue of Inforay (Tsukuba Public Library's English newsletter.)
Join these mailing lists to stay on top of current Tsukuba information:
Tsukuba Area International Residents Association (TAIRA)(http://eve.bk.tsukuba.ac.jp)
Tsukuba Insight Forum (TIF) (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tsukuba_insight)
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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