I`m posting this from a webcafe. I`m sorry, but my laptop is formally out of commission. Thanks to all the readers so far, I hope you guys will still be around when my laptop gets fixed, and I get to posting again. I have a post on Oosu and Nagoya castle lined up.
On the other hand, there are Apple Stores in Japan! And………… the members of the Genius Bar all speak English! Not just functional English, but those in the Nagoya Sakae Apple Store spoke perfect English!
Quick sad story, I went into the Apple store not knowing this, spent 30 minutes trying to communicate my issue in Japanese and got nowhere. Pulled out my English dictionary, and the genius bar guy says in PERFECT ENGLISH… ぺらぺらの英語！！！ Would you prefer if we conducted this conversation in English? Took me about 5 more minutes to figure everything out. Verdict: Substrate contamination of Nvidia Graphics chips (hurrah for made in China?) means that all Nvidia 8 series mobility chips manufactured between May 2007 – September 2008 will fail before the two year mark. My Macbook Pro failed at the 19 month mark, at possibly the WORST possible time. On the bright side, the Apple store offered to replace it for free, and will take about a week.
Oh and what do you people think about the photo? It took me about three attempts, shutter speed 1 second and aperature f/4.5 for those of you who that means something to.