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って、メッセージを出すのは、ちょっと酷くない? って思うんですよね。







In the Ebata family, I had bought (or re-bought on my own) personal computers for my daughters before the Corona disaster occurred.


With such good fortune, my daughters were able to instantly adapt to remote classes.


However, the situation changed when my second daughter entered university.

―― PCの計算能力がショボすぎる

"PC's computing power is too poor"



My second daughter will now need to perform complex calculations of structural dynamics systems on a computer, so a computer that can do word processing, spreadsheets, and telework is not going to cut it.


The reason why I bought an 880,000 yen computer for personal use when I was a student was because I wanted to occupy a computer (at that time, computers were expensive and not something that each person could have) and also because the calculation power was poor.


(At any rate, today's Rasberry PI has more computing power than the mainframe in the university computing center at the time, but such comparisons are meaningless.)



This time, my second daughter asked me to select a computer.


(1) Specifications to be able to calculate complex structural dynamic systems.


(2) Must be a notebook PC


When I heard this much, I thought that this was the only "gaming machine" that I could find, and when I told my second daughter the results of my selection, she told me of an additional requirement.


(3) It should be small enough to carry around with you, as it will be used for lectures at the university.


This (3) requirement broke my estimate.


If she is trying to get computational power, desktops are the cheapest and easiest way to go.


However, Note PC have poor computing power. It has to be a heavy laptop (e.g. gaming machine).


This is a complete trade-off.



I've come to the conclusion that


(1) Thinking about the PC you will buy when you need to calculate structural dynamics in earnest.


(2) Buying a PC that has been owned by several friends and has a good reputation.


This was such a "backward-looking policy"


付和雷同 ―― パソコンにしろ、OSにしろ、アプリにしろ、開発言語にしろ、これがもっとも大切な方針です。

Assentation -- Whether it is a PC, OS, application, or development language, this is the most important policy.


Why does GAFA reign as the unchallenged platformer?


It's simple.


This is because of the large number of users.



I couldn't get any video from the surveillance camera I had installed in my house and left it for a while.


The other day, I finally found the time to fix it.


In our house, I initially suspected a broken LAN cable, since I have passed LAN cables from window to window, outdoors.


Holding my laptop, I climbed up a ladder to the ceiling of the entrance, disconnected the LAN cable module of the installed camera, and tested the connection with the laptop to confirm the connection.


I was impressed with the durability of the LAN cable.


I had already left my flat LAN cable exposed outdoors, tucked in window frames for more than 10 years, and the cable was still alive.


Now that the "failure of the surveillance camera" was confirmed, I decided to replace it with another camera.


This camera has been working outdoors for 10 years, so I believe it has served its purpose well.



I did some research and found that the first year of production for this camera was 2004.


Naturally, this camera does not implement TLS (https) or SFTP, which are now common sense measures for secure communication.


I'm a little worried, but well, however, it's not a problem, as long as they don't break into Ebata's LAN.


The Ebata family's PC server has now been moved to the cloud, and there is no server that can be used as a stepping stone.



Well, I never thought I would see a future where browsers would criticize me by name for 'unprotected communication' when I access a server that is not TLS-enabled.


Recently, it has become troublesome to even find the IP address of my home PC easily because Windows 10 does not respond to pings.


Virtual environments such as Docker and cloud packaging such as AWS have also entered as network elements, and in general, it is difficult to work on building and maintaining network systems these days.



Recently, I heard that a company has announced a policy of "making network integrators a business.


To be honest, I didn't know what it was at first.


At least, I thought that building IP networks was in the realm of SIers(*).


(*)A company that undertakes a variety of tasks ranging from software design and operation to consulting (SIer)


But now, building an IP network has become a hassle.

これからは、"SIer"ならぬ、"NWer(エヌワイヤー:Network Integratorの略語?)"なる職種は、ソフトウェア開発と離れて、単独で存在する時代になるかもしれない、と思っています。

I believe that from now on, there will be a new type of job called "NWer" (an abbreviation of Network Integrator), not "SIer". I think it may be the time when "NWer" will exist independently from software development.


―― テレワークって、我慢を強いる仕事なの?

"Teleworking needs a lot of patience?"


I think it's based on my own special environment, and my arrogance.


I have always used a keyboard within three days until I was 19 years old.


Computer is now a part of my body.


So, I don't feel pain in teleworking itself.


This news of "Many people are furious about teleworking policy during the Tokyo Olympics" seems to be a different argument from a problem about IT literacy.



The majority of jobs in the world can't be completed only by computer & remote work.


Looking at the data, 12.5% of workers do not use computers, but this doesn't means that 100% of work is computer-based.


Those who do not use computers 100% of the time are high among part-time workers (33.7%) and sales and service workers (25.2%).


However, since actual work is a hybrid of computer and non-computer work, the ratio of "work cannot be accomplished by telework alone" should be much higher.


Even if you think about it normally, telework is not viable for cleaning, customer service, line manufacturing, supermarkets, security, hairdressers, housekeeping, inspection, moving businesses, nursing care, farming, fishing, construction, and sales clerks in general.


As far as I can see from the data here, the "ratio of the working population that cannot be established by telework alone" is about "70%", which is the majority.


I just happen to be in the minority.





"Many people are furious about teleworking policy during the Tokyo Olympics"


is not a media demagogue, but a quantitative "many people" based on the data.


アニメ「スーパーカブ 第10」話で、主人公が雪の中をノーマルタイヤでカブを走らせるシーンが登場します。

In the anime "Super Cub #10" episode, there is a scene where the main character drives the Cub through the snow with normal tires.


Driving on snowy roads is dangerous even for cars. However, in the case of motorcycles, it is a "confirmed fall" hazard.


But, well, even if I know that, there are times when it is unavoidable.


For example.

―― 午前中、晴天の天気の中に到着した大学の研究室から、深夜3時に豪雪となった京都の街を通過して下宿に帰る時

"From the college laboratory where I arrived in the morning in sunny weather, I have to pass through the city of Kyoto in heavy snowfall at 3 a.m. on my way back to my lodgings"



Snow in Kyoto can be very troublesome for motorcycle riders.


In a word, it's snow that doesn't freeze easily, and maintains a very ideal (and the worst for motorcycle riders ) ice burn for several days.


In my case, I was carrying a 9kg laptop computer "PC-9801LS" (list price 886,000 yen) in a sack every day (it's true), so it was practically impossible for me to move around without a motorcycle.


私、定価88万6千円のコンピュータを、バイトで稼いで、現金で購入しました ―― 学費と生活費を稼ぎながら、です。

I bought the computer with a list price of 886,000 yen in cash with a part-time job -- while earning money for school and living expenses.


My university life was filled with no romantic events, but (as I have already mentioned many times) I never thought of myself as an unlucky person.

『余計なことを考えずに済む、充実した激務の日々』 ―― この一言に尽きます。

"The days are full of hard work, and I don't have to think about anything else". That's all I could say.


I consider myself lucky that my "alone" nature and my "technology-loving" nature mesh surprisingly well together.


Aside from that.



When I was a senior in high school, after taking the entrance exam for Hokkaido University, I wandered around Hokkaido by train for almost two weeks in March.


I spent my days repeatedly buying a loaf of bread and pouring it down with water, while using a round trip ticket to visit various parts of Hokkaido (or rather, almost all parts of Hokkaido).


(Somehow, this meal itself is similar to the main character in the anime "Super Cub".)


During the journey, I saw

―― 猛吹雪の中、雪をかき散らしながら、爆走する一台のカブ

"a running motorcycle with blowing away snow in a blizzard"


from the train window.


The technique of the rider of that bike was truly amazing.


- While anticipating the movement of the bike as it is swept away by the snow,


- Without slowing down,


- Drafting the bike from side to side,


- Driving easily on roads with deep snow


- An old man in farming clothes


In fact, he was running alongside the train, which was a great speed.

―― なんて、かっこいいんだ・・・

"Oh, my God, he is so cool"


I clung to the window and kept watching the old man driving the Cub.



Whenever I remember that scene, I still think of the line from Porco Rosso (the anime "The Red Pig"), "That's what cool is".



When you participate in an international conference, there will be an "optional tour" or sightseeing tour during the conference.


Well, international conferences are usually held in famous tourist spots, so it's a kind of "reward" for the presenters who have been busy to death preparing their presentations before the conference.


I'm not sure if such "optional tours" exist in the Olympics or Paralympics, but normally the athletes could have enjoyed sightseeing in the host city.

もちろん今回は、日本国政府は、来日するアスリートやプレスに、国内を自由に濶歩させるようなことは、許すはずがありませんが ――

Of course, this time, the Japanese government will not allow athletes and the press to freely walk around the country, but...


In my opinion, an "athlete" or "press" is essentially a challenger.

多分、彼等は、出没すると思います ―― 浅草や、銀座や、新宿や、渋谷、そして秋葉原に。

Maybe they'll show up in Asakusa, Ginza, Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Akihabara.


If they can end up with "zero" in spite of tens of thousands of visitors to Japan, I believe that will be the "great achievement of the OLYMPALA".



Maybe it will never be zero.


Every day, the escapades of "athletes" and "press" is going to make the pages of newspapers and weekly magazines.


(1) Is the "athlete" or the "press" to blame for breaking the rules?


(2) Are the governance controls of the Olympic host committee to blame?


will be problems.

日本国政府が、違反した選手団を強制国外退去させる → その国との関係悪化 → 国交断絶 てなことになったら、嫌だなぁ、と危惧しています。

I'm afraid that the Japanese government will force the offending team to leave the country -> will worsen relations with that country -> will break off diplomatic relations.



Well, my predictions have been off, so I'm not too worried.


I once predicted that the US presidential election process would plunge the country into civil war. And I had made a wild prediction that the United States would plunge into civil war during the presidential election process, and that the leading states would declare independence.


But, well, I guess some of the predictions came true when 'there was an attack on the US Capitol by sympathizers of the defeated president.


「Numbers 天才数学者の事件ファイル シーズン2、エピソード16」のラストで、FBIに勤める息子と、引退した建築家の父親が、こんな会話をするシーンが出てきます。

At the end of "Numbers: The Case Files of a Mathematical Genius, Season 2, Episode 16, "there is a scene where a son who works for the FBI and his father who is a retired architect have this conversation.


Son: "You extremis"


Father: "Government dog"


After exchanging a few words, they grinned at each other.

―― あー、いいなぁ、こういう会話、憧れるなぁ

"Oh, I like it. I admire this kind of conversation"


I watched it with thinking that.



If my daughters became police or self-defense officers, this is the kind of conversation I wanted to have with them.


Daughter: "Convert to conservatism"


Me: "This police spy"

といって、お互いに、ウイスキータンブラーを鳴らす ――

And then they clink their whiskey tumblers at each other --


Unfortunately, I think the chances is not coming in the future.