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    Quote Originally Posted by Elefant&Castle:
    Seems a bit random - Taiwan # 1, Japan #54 (page 12) .
    I have found Taiwan to be "all that" with the only downsides being the heat in summer (pretty much the same as HK) and the need to learn at least some Mandarin (a pain in the neck at age 57 but many good and inexpensive language schools with small classes- 4 or fewer students). Health care is indeed impressive as a recent bad fall sent me to the emergency room for stitches, also had a great health check, a great dental appointment. Doctors open at night and on weekends (amazing). When the local doctor couldn't do my stitches in the office (sent me to the emergency room), refunded my copay but still gave me a referral letter to the ER. Can book specialist without referral- easy, can even get same-day appointment, book online, when you get there, just check in with your microchipped health card, quite easy for everything, most doctors speak English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MABinPengChau:
    I have found Taiwan to be "all that" with the only downsides being the heat in summer (pretty much the same as HK) and the need to learn at least some Mandarin (a pain in the neck at age 57 but many good and inexpensive language schools with small classes- 4 or fewer students). Health care is indeed impressive as a recent bad fall sent me to the emergency room for stitches, also had a great health check, a great dental appointment. Doctors open at night and on weekends (amazing). When the local doctor couldn't do my stitches in the office (sent me to the emergency room), refunded my copay but still gave me a referral letter to the ER. Can book specialist without referral- easy, can even get same-day appointment, book online, when you get there, just check in with your microchipped health card, quite easy for everything, most doctors speak English.
    I like hiking in the mountains in Taiwan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:
    Well known in the US- used to get criminals when you can't get any other evidence on them -Al Capone famously convicted of tax evasion...
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    Businesses outside of HK mess up their websites / services every now and then ...

    Vanguard's website snafu -- perhaps an unforced error, a CTO says -- has no ETA for a fix but it led to CEO Tim Buckley reading the automated message script to desperate callers.

    https://riabiz.com/a/2021/12/30/vang...perate-callers


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    In another random sighting ... discovered that they still use "floppy disks" in Japan/Tokyo...

    The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has lost two floppy disks containing personal information on 38 people, the department announced on Dec. 27

    The MPD said the floppy disks contained personal data on 38 people who had applied for public housing in Tokyo's Meguro Ward. The ward office had provided the personal information to the MPD to check if the applicants were affiliated with organized crime groups.
    https://mainichi.jp/english/articles...0m/0na/072000c

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    In another random sighting ... discovered that they still use "floppy disks" in Japan/Tokyo...



    https://mainichi.jp/english/articles...0m/0na/072000c
    Talking of computer history, I just found this site and my first ever computer - a 380z complete with twin 8" floppy disk drives (separate box). I had the luxury of one at home and one at work.

    RM 380Z (Black Case) - Computer - Computing History
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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:
    Talking of computer history, I just found this site and my first ever computer - a 380z complete with twin 8" floppy disk drives (separate box). I had the luxury of one at home and one at work.

    RM 380Z (Black Case) - Computer - Computing History
    When I started Computer Studies at school, we had a single 8" computer sitting gathering dust in the corner of the room, and a room full of BBC Micros. When I finished, the BBCs were still there, but there was another room full of RM Nimbus not-quite-IBM-compatible PCs next door...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmlinuz:
    When I started Computer Studies at school, we had a single 8" computer sitting gathering dust in the corner of the room, and a room full of BBC Micros. When I finished, the BBCs were still there, but there was another room full of RM Nimbus not-quite-IBM-compatible PCs next door...
    Yes remember the Nimbus. A great 10 years working there. I was probably the only person working as a manager for a publicly listed company who was only known by his nickname. On the company phone list hundreds of normal names and "Groggy". I even received a written warning from HR addressed "Dear Groggy".
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