Wednesday, June 27, 2018

KakaoTalk service disruption (June 25, 2018)


If you had trouble logging-in or sending messages via KakaoTalk messenger, you're not alone. The whole service went down and acted wonky for about an hour yesterday (Monday, June 25). Kakao released a statement in English that mirrors what I saw in Korean news. We apologize for the interruption in our service Dear Ka’Talkers, As some of you may…

Monday, June 25, 2018

Open and view Hangul (.hwp) files with Synap Viewer - online web converter & Android app


Here's another way to open and view Hangul .HWP files without having the full Hancom Office suite. A company called Synapsoft provides both a simple Android app viewer, and a very convenient web-based online instant converter. Note: this is one of several methods for working with HWP files. See my other posts on  opening Hangul (.hwp/.hml) files …

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Guide to reporting illegal parking in Korea - How to use the 생활불편신고 app


The Korean government has a special app you can use (called 생활불편신고, "Life Discomfort Report") to report various problems to your local gov office for redress. These problems can include illegally parked cars, trash left out, broken lights, potholes, basically any issue that makes daily life difficult that the gov can do something about. …

Naver Blogs get a fresh Blogger-like floating bar


Naver Blogs are going through an upgrade recently. Along with upgrades to blog posting [see:  Naver challenges YouTube with video-strong blogs, but hurdles persist ], blog themes are also getting a refreshed, clean new look. Part of this cleaner, sleeker refresh includes a new "floating bar" that allows for easy subscribing, and a profile …

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Election special: Funny candidate names on Korean campaign posters


Today is an election day in Korea. A lot of people have the day off, so why not enjoy it with some humorous campaign posters? These are funny mainly because of the candidates' names. Let's take a look. First up we have candidate 강남구 (Gang Nam-gu). Literally his name is "Gangnam District." I really hope he's running to represe…