A week ago, the biggest Japanese community outside of Japan organized for the 9th time the traditional Japan Day (Japan Tag) in the German city of Düsseldorf.

Sadly, I couldn’t attend this year, but a local TV station covered this event the whole day (isn’t time shifting with HDD recorders great?). Of course, people uploaded some clips to YouTube as well, and there are some pictures on Commons.

The biggest collection of Japan Day pictures seems to be on Flickr right now, but Google Image Search is a great resource too.

You thought World War II was ancient history and definitely a thing of the past? You may want to reconsider: two days ago, an old 500 kg (1,000 pound) WW2 bomb exploded in the German city of Göttingen, killing 3 specialists of a bomb disposal squad who tried to defuse it.

In a previous tutorial, we wrote a simple Hello, World program in assembly language. While very small, the final version was still dependent on the FreeBSD kernel to execute the equivalent of a write(2) system call.

But what if there’s no kernel running? How about writing a hello world on the “bare metal”, i.e. without the help of an operating system?

According to a recent Financial Times article, Google Inc. is set to leave China, because it allegedly refuses to continue censoring the results it returns to Chinese users. Great move, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.