Thursday, September 21, 2017

Incheon airport real-time arriving passengers location display kisok

Incheon International Airport has installed screens in the arrivals lobby that display, in real time, the location of arriving passengers, to give you a more accurate idea of how long until your party will be walking out the gate.

Think of it like Harry Potter's Marauder's Map.

Background: I just now noticed it

For some background, I was over at Incheon airport earlier this week to pick somebody up. While standing at the arrivals gate, a kiosk screen caught my eye that I hadn't noticed before. Tucked a short ways back from the arrivals gate, sort of in the middle 90 degrees from the normal smaller flight info boards, was this screen. I assumed it was just another timetable board showing all the flight times and gates. But when I took a closer look, I noticed it was more.

Shot I took of the airport real-time arrivals kiosk. Sorry for the low quality. 

What it shows you

This thing shows a real-time map of all arriving flights and passengers. You can see:
  • Animated airplanes circling above the 3D airport rendering, labeled with flight names. 
  • The airplanes land, and taxi, and reach their gates.
  • Little colored stick men, representing the arriving passenger groups, wander the various stages of arrival on the airport map, labeled with flight names.
It dawned on me then how convenient this is. Instead of standing around mindlessly watching hoards of people coming through those doors like a chump, I could see right on this screen the progress of the stick man labeled with my friend's flight number. When the stick man got close to the final gate, I knew it was time. Sure enough, his passenger group came out within two minutes.

Arrivals Location Guide kiosks in service a year already

I must be slow on noticing this, because it looks like it came out over a year and a half ago, though I don't see anything about it in English news media. Maybe I just don't know what to call it. The Korean article calls it a 입국여객 수속단계별 위치 안내 디지털사이니지  or just a 도착승객 위치안내. "Arrivals Location Guide" sounds good.

Anyway my photo stinks but here's a good clear close-up.

Arrivals Location Guide. Image: Korea Duty Free News 

There are 5 "steps" the kiosk will display:

  1. 착륙 전 - Pre-touchdown, still in the air
  2. 착륙 - Landed, taxiing to gate
  3. 탑승구 도착 - Plane arrived at airport gate, passengers disembarking 
  4. 짐 찾는 곳 - Baggage claim area
  5. 입국장 도착 - Arrivals hall, aka will be walking out the door any moment

Why is this useful?

This could be very convenient in a few situations, like:

  1. You arrived a few minutes late to pick up your buddy. Damn. Did he come through yet? Is he just wandering around? Check this kiosk. Ah, he's still at baggage claim. Phew. 
  2. You arrived on time, but you're starving. Do you really need to stand here scanning the faces of every traveler, or do you have time to grab a bite at that nice noodle place? Check the kisok. Ah, he's just deplaning right now. He'll be at least another 10-15 minutes. Time to get my grub on. 

More real time info

If you crave real-time data, add this to your arsenal of real-time Incheon airport data, along with:

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Korean news site pop-up advertisements getting out of hand

Tonight I was reading some of the Korean news top stories, and saw an article about another teenage girl assult, this time in Cheonan. What struck me most of all about the story wasn't the news itself, but the absolute barrage of ads when I clicked through to it. 

Korean news article, full blown ads. Image: Newstown

It's my fault. I was accidentally still using an Incognito tab from working on the previous post. Boy was that a surprise for someone who routinely uses adblocking software. What a jungle. You can barely tell there's an article underneath. 

For comparison, here's what the same article looked like when I opened it in a normal browser tab.

Korean news article, squeaky clean. Image: Newstown

I wrote about some decent Korean adblock lists before, but uBlock now includes a couple of Korean filters automatically. Set it and forget it. That's what yielded the results above.

By the way, I run ads on this blog's sidebar. I was curious if I could wet my beak a bit from this hobby. The money earned is negligible at best. It couldn't even buy me a cup of coffee each month. Well maybe some vending machine coffee. No Frappuccinos, that's for sure. I do it for fun, and hopefully to help others out. So to be frank, I don't care if you block them or not. Not like I'm going to call the kettle black.

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Replace the "Location" tag in Blogger Dynamic Templates

Here's a very easy way to replace the "Location" text in the location geotag of your Dynamic Views post.

Blogger ignores what you specify in the Layout section and reverts to a plain "Location:" label. But a few lines if CSS can fix that and make it look better. In this example I'll change it to a push-pin location point style. Scroll down for the code.

Editing the Location geotag in Blogger Dynamic Templates

Background: Ugly label

I still like using Blogger's Dynamic Views templates for certain projects. For example, the "Snapshot" theme makes a good Instagram substitute for my crappy nature shots (family and friends only; sorry readers).

I like that Dynamic Views will display the post's location tag, but I didn't like how ugly and plain it was. Just a big fat "LOCATION" which you can't edit. It looks like this:

Normal Dynamic Templates location tag

I wanted something similar to how G+ handles location tags, with a simple and minimal pushpin beside the address and link.

Although in most Blogger templates you can easily modify the label that accompanies the geotag, this doesn't work for Dynamic Templates. However adding some simple custom CSS is an easy workaround.

Add this CSS code to your blog 

Go to (Template → Customize → Advanced → Add CSS) and paste this code:

.geolocation-info {visibility: hidden;}
.geolocation-info a.url.fn {visibility: visible;}
.geolocation-info a.url.fn:before {content: "📍 ";}
.article .article-footer {text-align: right;}

The last line is optional. I think it looks better moved to the side.

That 3rd line adds whatever symbol or text you prefer. I added the pushpin, but you can change it to anything,  like "I was at ". Be aware if you choose something too long, the spacing will be off and it will take a lot of CSS fiddling to fix it. So just choose something short.

Now your location tags will look like this:

Modified Dynamic Templates location tag on desktop

Modified Dynamic Templates location tag on mobile

It's a tiny detail, sure,, but was bugging me.

This is only for Dynamic Templates. All other normal themes won't need this because they will respect whatever you specified in the (Layout → Posts) settings.

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Links for Aug-Sept 2017

It's time for another link round-up. Stuff I was interested in this month.

Techie stuff

Society / Culture  / Etc. 

Links with a picture


The purchase of air purifiers from China grew the most of any item. In the first half of 2016, only 7,141 air purifiers were bought online from China. That figure jumped to 78,750 between January and June this year, an 11-fold increase.
Online foreign buying booms-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

Ha, so China is making a killing selling air purifiers to clean the air that China polluted while making... air purifiers? This isn't supposed to be how the cycle goes.

There is no doubt that Yeosu, with its beautiful shoreline and exotic dishes, is a cool city to visit. Even so, a recent tourism boom there has many people scratching their heads, including those who promote tourism in the city.
Mysterious tourism boom in Yeosu

Yeosu is a great little city, and I think it's cute that they claim not to know why people why to visit it. Bold marketing move, because now I want to visit even more.

Finally, here are two articles (Korean) about a topic that grinds my gears. Many Korean portal sites block search engines from accessing and indexing their content. I don't mean scraping content from rival portals, I mean governmental, corporate, and education portals. Sites that exist specifically to distribute useful, sometimes vital, information. This public information languishes behind these no-robots restrictions.

Thanks for reading. See you next month.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Naver Cloud worldwide location map

Naver Cloud Platform has recently opened a new data center in Germany. Naver's own global services like Line and V Live can run through these centers, plus CDN business customers can utilize it, and normal Naver users can store their own files in it. Anyway I just thought the map was cool. It gives a clearer picture of how Naver isn't just a Korea inward-looking company, as some cynical minded folks like to write it off as.

Naver Cloud platform worldwide data center locations. Image: Naver

So that's centers in:
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Singapore
  • USA West Coast
  • USA East Coast
  • Germany

The Germany location is targeting not just Europe, but Africa and the Middle East. Here are some English language links to learn more about Naver Cloud:
And if you're bored and a huge nerd, you can monitor their data centers' real time latency measurements here.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Naver Disco app and Chrome extension

Disco is a new content discovery app by Naver released a couple months ago that's sort of like Pinterest but includes news and blog items. Basically you upvote/downvote stuff in your feed, but it then becomes more customized over time, and your interests will help connect you to similar-minded people. And build a huge potential advertise profile of you, probably.

Naver Disco app. Image: Korea Herald

I don't need to say much because it looks like it got a write up in the Korea Herald:
The Korean internet giant Wednesday announced the release of Disco, which is short for the “discovery” of selected content tailored to individual tastes, according to Naver.

Upon opening the Disco app, users can set their topics of interest based on which the app will recommend certain types of content on the web. By clicking “like” or “dislike” on the content that appears, users allow the app’s engine to study their personal preferences.

Based on this information, the app’s engine will recommend tailored content to users with added accuracy and matching ability as time progresses, Naver said.

Naver introduces AI-based content curating app ‘Disco’

But it's not just news they throw at you. The Disco feed is meant to reflect your personal interests, so there's also a Chrome extension you can use to manually add any items to your own collection. So I said it's like Pinterest. I guess. I've never actually used Pinterest.

But once you've added stuff and up/down voted stuff, it builds a profile of your interests that then can correspond with others to see what percentage of interests you have in common and which particular interest you both seem to be the most interested in. Interests!

Disco recommending potential friends to you. Image: Google Play

You'll end up with a personal profile page (below, left) that people can choose to follow to get your "pins" too. You can even preview how likely you are to like their likes. For example, it looks like Miru here is following (below, right) Orani with whom she has a 93% match! Both of them like interior design! Ermahgerd, they need to be friends!

Disco user profiles pages. Image: Naver

You'll need a Naver ID to sign up. You can grab the Chrome extension over on Disco's landing page for it [Chrome 확장 프로그램으로 DISCO를 더욱 편리하게], or straight from the Chrome store [DISCO - Chrome Web Store]

Disco Chrome extension screenshot from Chrome Store

You can get more details (Korean) here:
클로바 팩토리 블로그 : 네이버 블로그

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