Saturday, September 24, 2016

Some Quick Tips from Aug-Sept 2016

Here are a few spare things from this past month.
  • SK releases Korean version of Amazon Dash button
  • Nice map of US state drivers licenses recognized in Korea
  • Naver's sign-in box is now available in English
  • Adorable shark-fin soup protest
  • Ambassador Lippert ready to get his drank on

A note about "Quick Tips"

Today I'm starting with an experiment that I'm thinking about making a monthly feature here. Basically these are just things I posted on my Twitter, but never mentioned here on the blog. These are just quick little items of interest that don't really warrant an entire post of their own, but I think are valuable tidbits of information anyway. Plus I've never really gotten into Twitter. I'll post stuff now and then but don't really follow anybody on it (I either follow their blog directly via RSS, or incorporate their Twitter posts into my Inoreader). So I don't really like the idea of having Twitter-exclusive content anyway. Hopefully this will give blog readers (do I have any?) a way to keep up without having to worry about following me on Twitter.

So maybe once a month I'll collect some of those tweets and expand on them just a bit here. Let's get started.

I lied there. I decided against doing this sort of "monthly roundup" of stuff I found interesting. Instead I'm just going to post the items individually. I mean really, what kind of blog is this that a "monthly briefing" is needed? This is supposed to be just a fun easy place to take a big steamy dump of links or tips that I found interesting or useful. I want to keep that original spirit here.

So I removed a few of the items from this post's original form, and posted them individually. A few I'll keep here just because they aren't important. Sorry for the inconvenience.

SK releases Korean version of Amazon Dash button

This will look very familiar to anyone who's used Amazon's Dash button. Run by SK, it currently places orders through online shopping site 11st.

By the way, perhaps as a sign of how dumb I've become, I always thought they just miswrote "11th" (eleventh), following the "1st" rule. I've definitely seen my fair share of 5st or 6nd or 2rd over the years. Finally I saw 11번가 and it all made sense: it's 11 Street. Like I said, I'm not too bright these days.


SK Telecom has released a new device named Smart Button Kkuk, which facilitates online orders of daily necessities under cooperation with its e-commerce affiliate SK Planet, Monday.
"Smart Button Kkuk is expected to draw much attention from homemakers raising children, double-income couples and unmarried working people who live alone," said Cho Young-hoon, senior vice president of SK Telecom's smart home business division.
SK releases smart shopping device for daily necessities

Homemakers, double-income couples, and single people. So in other words, everybody with money to spend.

Nice map of US state drivers licenses recognized in Korea

You may know that whether or not you can easily utilize your American drivers licence in Korea depends specifically on which US state issued your license. Each state works out a reciprocity agreement with Korea. That doesn't mean someone from a different state can't drive here, of course; you just have some additional hurdles to jump through. Folks from these states can just swap out their license for a Korean one; folks from other states can do the swap but need a written test and some evidential documentation first. Of course if you're just visiting, a simple International License from AAA should do.

Anyway I just liked the convenient infographic map the article included.

South Korea and Hawaii have signed a pact to recognize the validity of noncommercial driver's licenses issued by each other, the foreign ministry said Thursday.
Under the agreement, which went into force Wednesday in the US state after being signed, holders of driver's licenses issued by their own authorities are eligible for a driving permit in the counterpart region without additional training or tests, ministry officials said.
 - Korea, Hawaii sign pact to mutually recognize driver's licenses

Image: Korea Herald

Naver's sign-in box is now available in English

I don't know when exaxtly this started happening, but when I'm logged-out of Naver, it now asks me to sign-in in English. You can very easily sign-up for a Naver account if you don't have one, as the whole process is in English now. In fact all the security options are in English. I did a post awhile back about enabling two-factor authentication (password + a phone code) for your Naver account, which can all be done in English.
10원 Tips: Enable Two-step verification for your Naver account

Naver Sign-in box in English

Good to see Naver reaching a greater audience by (painfully slowly) incorporating English. They may still be the dominate player in Korea, but let's be honest, there's no potential for growth. They've saturated Korea, they are not magically going to get more Korean speakers, and if anything, Google will keep chipping away at them. They need growth and offering at least core account service in English and/or Chinese is the way. I really think they dropped the ball on this, letting the highest parts of the Hallyu pass by already. With papago and Line it's working, but they need to, for example, get Naver Pay working with credit cards from abroad. Imagine the Hallyu fan purchase frenzy! Anyway, I'm no trade expert.

Adorable shark-fin soup protest

This one is just for me. I just love this guy's way of maintaining his anonymity.

Image: Hankyoreh
Read about it here:
One-person demonstration against shark fin soup : National : News : The Hankyoreh

Ambassador Lippert ready to get his drank on

This guy always seems to love his job. Wish I looked like I was having as much fun as he seems to always be having on these events out.

Image: Yonhap

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert (2nd from L) toasts with Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin (2nd from R) and Frederico Freire (far R), chief of South Korea's top beer firm Oriental Brewery, during a "chimac" festival in the southeastern city of Daegu on July 27, 2016, in this photo released by the brewery. Chimac, also spelled "chimaek," is a compound word combining chicken and "maekju," the Korean word for beer. (Yonhap)
'Chimac' fete in S. Korean city

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