"596523:14:07.2147483647" This is where iPhone freezes

Well, sort of.

It has been a hobby for a few people at 2ch.net[J], Japan’s biggest anonymous BBS, to show off "how long they could let their iPhone stopwatch running".  On May 29th 2012, this astonishing new record was introduced to the BBS, which put those enjoying this hobby in shock.

The one who posted this screenshot commented that the counting of stopwatch freezed at the time shown above.  Actually, this is a well-known computer software problem called Year 2038 problem  where some software fails to work properly after its clock counts over 2,147,483,647.  You can find details here.

Since I couldn’t help testing whether iPhone clock has same problem, I tried to set my iPhone clock at year 2038, but counldn’t. The date selection after January 1st, 2038 was grayed out.  It might be the messege from Apple saying "Don’t mess with it or worry about it.  There is plenty of time to fix this".

3-Minutes Video Tutorial Site For Programming Learners "Dotinstall" Launches

Two popular Japanese bloggers, @taguchi[J] and @fkoji[J], launched new video tutorial site called dotinstall[J], which is aimed at ultra-beginner of programming.

The site currently provides about 300 video tutorials, ranging from HTML basics to Creating Concentration game using Javascript, all of which last just about 3 minutes long.  All the videos are recorded in Japanese (by @taguchi[J]), so it is helpful not only for Japanese who want to study programming but also for non-Japanese programmers who want to study Japanese language as well.

Unlike ShowMeDo, another video tutorial site for programming learners, dotinstall is focused on delivering video tutorials for beginners only.  As myself being a learner of programming as a hobby, dotinstall[J] seems to be very helpful because I can use my spare time, sometime just a few minutes, to watch a video or two.

Current line-ups of videos are HTML/CSS/JavaScript/PHP/MySQL/jQuery/Twitter Bootstrap, more in variety and number are expected to come. The site is in closed beta but you can apply for invitation.

See Also:

dotinstall Official site[J]

@taguchi’s entry about dotinstall[J]

@fkoji’s entry about dotinstall[J]

LION Releases Unique Alarm App Which Prevents You From Being Ashamed On Train

Have you ever felt ashamed by leaning on to person sitting next to you constantly while on train falling asleep?  Sure, I have.  Often.

LION[J], as a promotion for energy drink Gronsan[J],  released mobile alarm app[J] that could keep you away from this common situation you may find on commuting trains in Japan.

The app is claimed to vibrate and wake you before such situation occurs by detecting your body movement utilizing smartphone’s gyroscopic sensor.  Wonder why such app is wanted?  Well, Japanese businessmen including me fall alseep on train so often (average 4.2 times per week!!) that they may welcome and appreciate such app for waking them up beforehand(survey done by LION[J], businesswomen not included).

This app also comes with wake-up call feature which generates “fake” incoming-call from gravure idols and, on answering such fake call, plays wake-up messages by them.

So if you ever encoutered such situation on train or wanted to be woken up by gravure idols, don’t forget to give it a try and tell us how it works.

The iPhone app is in Japanese only.  Android version is to be released soon and other unique features should follow.

See also:

App Store – Otsukaresan Alarm[J]