Links for Nov 2020 - April 2021

Here is a massive dump of links I've been sitting on for nearly half a year already. They're all interesting but also all mixed up and I am too lazy to sort through and separate them by Social Issues, Tech/Business, etc. Browse through at your leisure this weekend. There's likely to be at least a few gems of value for you in this massive pile. 

I haven't been posting much here lately because, frankly, I'm tired. COVID-19 has made all kind of unexpected issues and I'm just dealing with a lot right now both at work and personally. Hard to get the motivation going to post here when gaming or TV shows or just the usual interesting internet stuff is out there ready to lull me into a zombie state. 

By the way I highly recommend the drama Taxi Driver (모범택시). Great dialog and character writing. K-Drama really has stepped up its game in the last 5 years, at least from the point of view of somebody like me. 

Enjoy the links because who knows when I'll be updating again.


Massive Link Dump from November 2020 ~ April 2021






And some links I posted on Twitter:



Despite shutting down their mobile phone business, LG still plans to sell their remaining product stock, offer A/S service support, release SW updates to Android 12 for major models. zdnet.co.kr/view/?no=20210…




A DCinside user extracted a working standalone 한글 Editor from Hancom Space, built Debian & Arch packages for it. I fired up the .deb on Ubuntu just now, opened a random HWP, and bingo. Works flawlessly.





Had problems using your Android apps (Kakao Talk, etc) this week? You weren't alone. A Google glitch was responsible. koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2021/03/24/bus…


Naver app can alert you when the COVID vaccine is available to you and track your records for the appointment etc. Assuming you've signed up for Naver e-docs. (전지문서)




Needs a little work if you ask me. Watch their MV and judge for yourself.
pickool.net/world-first-10…


LG's AI-generated news announcer modeled after 이지애 (both together in pic). "She" can reflect different tones/moods depending on news delivery. Good for breaking news/disasters; no need for studio/staff, makeup, etc




A hiccup for full transition to Naver, Kakao,Toss based ID verification. Eventually will get there but for now phone # based authentication via carrier still tops. zdnet.co.kr/view/?no=20210…


KakaoNavi directions on the "heads up" display of a new Honda Accord. Via zdnet.co.kr/view/?no=20210…


Kakao will soon show locations and realtime status for electric vehicle charging stations etnews.com/20210301000122


ToOffice app, which comes with their Linux based TMaxOS, now has a Windows version. 'ToOffice 2021 윈도우용' 출시 blog.naver.com/tmaxhq/2222208…


KORAIL Korean train tickets reservations can be made/purchased inside Naver Map app and Kakao T app.




Hancom released a free full beta version of Hangul 2020 for Linux, intended for their GooroomOS, but pulled it from public as users managed to install it on other distros. ajunews.com/view/202010161…


Here's a screenshot filled look at how the Hangul 2020 beta (한글 2020 리눅스판 베타) looks running on the Hancom GooroomOS distro (한컴구름OS) gigglehd.com/gg/soft/8679227


Pay $5/month to Kakao, get unlimited premium emoticon use in KakaoTalk. bloter.net/archives/515518


Flash is gone from Chromium based browsers, but some users/businesses are still so reliant on it that Naver Whale offers a dedicated Flash-support (till 2023) version help.whale.naver.com/desktop/proble…


Quick guide (Korean, but screenshots) showing how to set up your Naver certificate for online ID verification (for banks, gov, shopping, etc) blog.naver.com/naver_diary/22…


Papago, Naver's translation app, has convenient widgets for iOS and Android. blog.naver.com/nv_papago/2221…


Naver Map incorporates some Waze-like features, including realtime user reports like traffic accidents
blog.naver.com/naver_map/2221…


It's happening, people. Hometax, the Korean IRS website and famously the last major holdout of the crappy old banking certificates ID tech, will switch to app-based ID (like Kakao or PASS app) in 2021.
bloter.net/archives/493970


TIL you can add a "friend" (a chatbot called 가지) in KakaoTalk and Facebook Messenger to search and purchase KORAIL train tickets right in the chat app. Also from inside Google Maps now. ga-g.onntapi.com


I never thought about how much big data analysis you could do on chat room emoji/sticker use. Certain ones correlate with age, gender, mood, vice versa. Here’s a (long) Kakao presentation: if.kakao.com/session/56


KakaoMap app has incorporated the "Kakao i" AI assistant. Can fully control navigation, Melon music playing, even sending KakaoTalk messages, with just your voice. Only Korean for now but it does recognize English words (not commands, for me) kakaomap.tistory.com/328


K-Visa is a startup broker app aiming to fill the gap between foreigners and immigration service. Has potential to reduce your headaches dealing with non-English staff/offices/websites.
Bio: zdnet.co.kr/view/?no=20201…
App:play.google.com/store/apps/det…


YouTube's list of Top Trending Videos for South Korea in 2020, *excluding* music videos. Links to some of these are here:
youtube-kr.googleblog.com/2020/12/youtub…


On top of the 2nd Apple Store opening in Yeoido, apparently a 3rd will be opening in Myeongdong next year, and a 4th TBD. biz.chosun.com/site/data/html…



That's it for now. 

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