2013年2月13日水曜日

Trying Microsoft Office 365 for Editing Word Documents

I've been looking for a way to edit microsoft word documents without having to carry my laptop PC.  Sometimes I need to carry different PCs than the one I've got Microsoft Office installed and I work on docs with.  I've tried Google Docs, which is okay to me for viewing and editing new docs.  Recently I  figured there's a service called Microsoft Office 365, so I decided to give it a try.  Today I used it for one hour with Google Chrome, which I think is a supported environment considering I didn't see any message stating otherwise.  Here's how I felt as a beginner.

Now I just wanted to edit some word documents that's already been formatted.  I expected the Word app from Office 365 to be fairly compatible with Microsoft Word, but it wasn't so enough, at least to me.  I imported a Word document and I could view and edit easily.  It seems OK except for 3 things:

1. It doesn't have a function to copy format from one part to another.
I only used it for an hour, so I might have just missed it.  Couldn't find it anyway although I use the function often on Microsoft Word.

2. IME input failed after using the Word app for several minutes, and I couldn't type anything in Japanese (came back to be functional after I closed the app and reopened the document).

3. Web view, which is my favorite one, was not available.  Not that I necessarily want to edit web pages, but when working with a laptop I'd like to make use of full screen width for editing.

To me the 3 functions above are very simple (don't know if it's hard to implement them well here) yet important.

I'll probably try to continue to use Microsoft 365 for a while and see if it get's any better if I get used to it.  So far, I don't feel it's whole a lot better than using Google Docs to edit documents and finish them with ordinary Microsoft Office apps.  I imagined Microsoft Office 365 to be more compatible with the desktop products in terms of design and basic functions.  As for me, it is a bit disappointing not to be able to just quickly modify and finish documents online.  Again, it might be just because of me not experienced with the online apps...


Microsoft Office 365: http://www.office365.com/


2013年1月23日水曜日

Sake Festival in Oimachi, Shinagawa, Tokyo (January 23 - 27, 2013)


There'll be a Sake Festival at Oi(Oimachi) Food Shop in Hankyu Department Store (Oi-Shokuhin-kan in Hankyu Hyakkaten).  It's from January 23rd to 27th (1月23日(水)~1月27日(日)). On 23rd, 24th, 25th it's from noon to 8 p.m., and on 26th and 27th it's from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

There'll be 12 Sake breweries from several part of Japan.  The event is targeted for both Sake fans and beginners (especially ladies who might have never tried Sake before), about 120 kinds of Sake will be there.  They'll serve you sample Sake for tasting.

I recommend Akabu Brewery from Iwate since it's near my hometown.  They are trying hard after damage caused by earthquakes in 2011 as well, and most importantly they've managed to make great Sake!  Refer to the links below if you are interested:


Akabu Brewery (English Intro.)
http://oishiisanriku.com/akabu_e.html

Akabu Brewery (Official Web Site, Currently Only in Japanese)
http://www.akabu1.com/


Oimachi Food Shop (Google Map)
https://maps.google.co.jp/maps?q=%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83%BD%E5%93%81%E5%B7%9D%E5%8C%BA%E5%A4%A7%E4%BA%951-50-5&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x60188a7da3812eb5:0xa344c97d8c1fafe3,T%C5%8Dky%C5%8D-to,+Shinagawa-ku,+%C5%8Ci,+%EF%BC%91%E4%B8%81%E7%9B%AE%EF%BC%95%EF%BC%90%E2%88%92%EF%BC%95&gl=jp&ei=SN_-UNi1FYndmAXLq4HQDA&ved=0CH8QtgM

Oimachi Food Shop Event List (Only in Japanese)
http://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/ooi/topics.html


2012年3月4日日曜日

Building emacs on a Debian Box to Explore the Source Code

I use emacs daily and have been interested in the source code.  Occasionally I write short emacs lisp code to take care of daily chores and have set up.
It's great that emacs has a built-in help system, which you can invoke by [control-h a] if you need to search some feature by words in description.  If you know a function by name, you can just type [control-h f] with the cursor at the function name while you are editing your elisp code, or you can specify a function name at the help function prompt.  In any case, if the system finds a function, the description shows up.  (Try [control-h ?] for more ways to make use of the help system...)

Also you can refer to implementations (elisp or c code) by [ESC x find-function].  To be able to view c source code, you need to set up a local source code directory, i.e. set the following variable:


find-function-C-source-directory
There are many pages that shows how to do it, but I couldn't find a description on a emacs document, so here I just say the variable and the use is defined in find-func.el:

http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/emacs.git/tree/lisp/emacs-lisp/find-func.el

This time, I decided to set up my own emacs environment which I can mess around with.  So I started from here, after searching for the source code repository:
http://savannah.gnu.org/bzr/?group=emacs

Following the instruction, I branched from the repository with the command:
bzr branch bzr://bzr.savannah.gnu.org/emacs/trunk

A directory named "trunk" is created and directories and files are copied from the directory.

Now it's pretty straight forward to build your own emacs.  Files like INSTALL, INSTALL.BZR, and README are well-written, so probably you wouldn't have much trouble to complete the process.

As for me, I built emacs on a Debian box, and I needed to install some libraries like libxpm, but you just need to look at the error/warning messages to figure out what needs to be done optionally.  You also need autotools if you don't have them installed yet on your system.  Later I might go into details if I have a chance and feel like to...  Once again, the process is well-documented and it shouldn't be of much trouble to try by yourself.