Chris Bracken

  • 26 October 2008

    Ride to Okutama-ko and back

    View larger map I haven’t ridden a century since I moved to Japan but with a bit of spare time on my hands before baby number two is due, I decided I was going to get back into decent enough shape that I could pull one off. I’ve been using mornings and weekends to get back into riding longer distances, and slowly building up toward the goal of 160 km by riding further and further up the Tama river every weekend. More »

  • 22 August 2008

    Monkey Madness

    How many police does it take to catch a monkey in one of Tokyo’s busiest train stations? Apparently a lot more than the 40 or so that tried. More »

  • 06 June 2007


    According to Slashdot, this month the Apple II turns 30. It was in production for 18 of those 30 years, which likely makes it the longest-selling personal computer of all time. It was the computer I wrote my first program on, and spent countless hours banging in and editing code from Compute magazine—including page after page of raw hex code when a program included graphics. More »

  • 30 May 2007

    Google Reader

    For years, I’ve been a fan of Brent Simmons’ OS X-based feed reader, NetNewsWire. It’s a fantastic application, and I’ve definitely got my money’s worth out of it. After partnering with NewsGator, I started using their online feed-reader on and off, with mixed results. More »

  • 26 January 2007

    Apple Reinvents the Phone?

    After watching the Steve Jobs iPhone keynote, I have to say I’m a little disappointed. While this phone has a slicker GUI than any other phone I’ve seen, it’s not so much the $499 US price-tag, but the stone-age functionality of the phone compared to what we have here in Japan that makes my jaw drop. More »