Review Software

Evangelion iPhone App Review: Calendar and Puzzle

So I kept getting email from Appliya Inc., which is apparently making Evangelion-themed iPhone apps. I mostly ignored these until I realized they were trying to give me free apps so I could review them. Hey, I have an iPhone! So I got some promo codes and the apps. Here’s some reviews.

Evangelion Calendar


off-topic Software

Notecentric Launch!


Okay, so this is totally off-topic, but I want as many people as possible to read this. I just finished launching my new web app called Notecentric. It’s a note-taking application that’s online. So you can take class notes and access them wherever there’s internet access.

There’s more info at the official development blog, or you can skip that and just try out Notecentric.

Also, if you like Notecentric, please digg it.

Gaming Software

Who Wants to Make an H-Game?


ANN reports (or reported about a week ago) that Leaf, a Hentai Game maker, has been forced to release the source code for four of their games, including ToHeart2 XRATED:

This was because Leaf had used the XVid video codec inside their games. XVid is licensed under the GNU Public Library (GPL). When software using GPL licensed code is released to the public, the GPL requires that the source code be made available to the programs users. For a ¥600 shipping and handling fee, Leaf will ship a copy of the code to anyone who requests it.

Quite a loophole, eh? So for about $5 (probably in Japan only), you can get a whole Hentai Game engine! Personally, I’d prefer the source code to Disgaea 2 (XRATED?). Some of the games I’d create with the Leaf Engine include:

  • Choose You Own Adventure: Space Ninja!
  • Zork Remake
  • River City Ransom: Sauna Simulator!
  • Doraemon XRATED

On second thought, maybe it’s better if I don’t get the souce code…

Anime Blogging Software

Akismet Plugin really blocks comment spam!

Wow, I just got my first comment spam! This is a milestone of sorts for my little anime blog. I actually joked about wanting to get comment spam on Anime on My Mind. Maybe the spammers listened…

Anyway, the odd thing was that the spam didn’t even make any sense! It wasn’t like, "check out my site!" or anything like that. Why don’t I just include the text (minus the links of course):

Great post! I’m looking forward for more. Rape Soldier is very good Pair, Compute Mistery is very good Opponents when Pair is Slot it will Make Grass, Player will Gnome unconditionally when Mistery Percieve Pair Lose

I mean, WTF? Rape Soldier? At first I thought that could have been some anime, but then it was apparent that akismet really picked up the comment spam. Maybe I can collect these, and when I have enough, I can write a really crazy book!

If you’re having trouble with these kind of comments, I really do urge you to install the akismet plugin. That is, if you’re on wordpress. 

Anime Blogging Software

Dreamhost = Bandwidth Galore!!!


I just logged into my Dreamhost Control Panel (the webhost that I use), and read an announcement that they’ve just quadrupled the disk space and octupled the bandwidth!

Seriously folks, this is a lot. Now I can serve a terabyte of stuff every month without going over my quota! On top of that, the allowed bandwidth increases by 8GB a week! For a quick comparison, I used about 1 GB of bandwidth my entire first month. 

With all this extra bandwidth, I need some ideas on how to use it. I was thinking of serving MP3s, but I don’t know how legal that would be (is it legal if I serve the TV audio rips of OP and EDs?). My DDR Videos also kinda took some bandwith, but they’re fairly small.

Give me some ideas on how I can put all this bandwidth to good use… Of course, I think serving entire episodes is totally out of the question…

Oh, and if you were thinking of getting a webhost, seriously consider Dreamhost. The service is cheap ($7.95 a month if you prepay for a year) and pretty reliable. Tell em BasuGasuBakuhatsu (notoupee) sent ya! You can use the promo code BASUGASU50 when you register, and get $50 off, which also helps me pay for my hosting bill too! Awesome!

Anime Blogging Software

WordPress 2.0 Upgrade Impressions

So I finally decided to upgrade to WordPress 2.0 after reading about how awesome it is at itsumo anime blog. The process was pretty painless. Mostly I was worried that the entire blog would be burned to the ground. Most of the process is backing up in case the process fails, but the upgrade is so easy that it’s kind of hard to screw it up.


Gmail for Mobile Phones!

Gmail just launched Gmail Mobile, which is a way to connect to Gmail using the browser built-in to your mobile phone (you have one, right?)! I just tried it and it’s pretty awesome compared to some other mobile email sites. Now I’ll never be without spam to read! Thanks Google!

Gmail Mobile

Gmail Mobile
Now you can access your Gmail account from your mobile phone or device. Just point your phone’s web browser to
Your Gmail account stays synched, whether you access it from the web or the mobile interface. It’s easy to use and it’s free (but yes, your wireless plan
could still charge you).

It also has these cool features:

• Automatically optimizes the interface for the phone you’re using
• Opens the attachments you receive in messages, including photos, Microsoft Word documents and .pdf files

• Lets you reply by call to people whose phone numbers are in your Gmail Contacts list

Learn more

Japan Software

Rikaichan Japanese language plugin for Firefox

I just found this awesome new plugin for Firefox. It’s called Rikaichan, which sorta translates to “comprehension-chan.” It automatically detects Japanese text in your browser (assuming you have Japanese fonts installed), and as you mouse over the words, it gives you a translation. I’m not too sure how accurate all of the translations are, but for the words in Japanese I do understand, the plugin checks out. The plugin even offers a detailed Kanji view that should be great for any students of Japanese. Study while you browse! A shameless plug for Round Table follows:


Forwarding Mailto: links to Gmail

Does it ever bother you when you see an “email me” link in the form of a mailto: that opens Microsoft Outlook when you really want to use Gmail to send the message? You actually can with Mozilla Firefox and a GreaseMonkey script. First, get the lastest version of Firefox (The latest version of Greasemonkey only works with 1.5).

After you have Firefox 1.5, install GreaseMonkey, an extension for Firefox.

Lastly, get this script to change the mailto: links into Gmail hotlinks. Now I can finally click on those email buttons and not be afraid of Outlook popping up!