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Welcome back!!

Sorry it's a bit dull... I'm figuring things out on what to do with Jappleng at least the next steps and have been busy with my web company. There's quite a bit of new members though, so feel free to enjoy the site as you once did. Hopefully I'll be back soon with good news smile
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hii mark!! thanks~~ oh no worries! so awesome you're well and still working on the site smile 
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5 tips to getting interested in Japan again
Are you losing interest in the Japanese language or culture? Here are 5 tips on how to rekindle that love you once had for J-culture.
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News posted here is driven and created by people like you. It's a lot like what you're used to, why not give it a try and earn coins while you're at it?
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New Jappleng is in the Works
We need your input, now is the time to tell us what we did right and what we did wrong. Your opinion matters!
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I dunno what to suggest but good luck!
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Mark says
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Also LOL this site is so tiny on a 5k display!  This is why a responsive layout is really important. xD
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I'm just jealous you have access to >4k display >_> 
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Mark Says:
haha, well... it's pretty but it's not what people made it seem to be. I can't even use it on 5k mode because macs don't know how to adjust interfaces properly. So everything is really tiny as a result so I'm forced to use it at about 3k mode. 

Thankfully, osx has a feature that lets you use the interface at 3k but the dpi is equivalent to 5k. Overall, the way that a mac is designed, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone other than a graphic designer. The simplicity is over the top complex, finder is nowhere near as good as explorer, and to get from point A to B is tedious.

Also it's only an i5 processor. I plan on gutting out the imac eventually and replacing the processor with an i7 and replacing their fusion drive with an SSD but until that day comes, I'm stuck with the fastest but slow mac.

Ironically in order to play games smoothly you need to install windows with bootcamp and then play the games there. Otherwise, you'll get maybe 7fps in gw2 or something lol
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ANNOUNCEMENT: AUGUST 13

Changes are coming, lots of changes!

I see there are a lot of new members on Jappleng and that's really exciting! Right now I'm testing out my new 5k imac and figuring out how to use it since I've never used a mac before. When I get things under control, I will begin work on an entirely new Jappleng. This new Jappleng will have a responsive page design meaning you will be able to use it on your phone, tablet and PC.

But that's not all!
Jappleng will also have significant improvements all around, many changes will be made to how the site is used, and so on...

"But I like this design!"
I do too, but close to 60% of our visitors are using mobile devices. This means that we need to do something, plus the navigation system is a bit confusing as to what our purpose is.  To that I say, pish-posh! But I have to update it anyway.

How long will this take you ask?
Very good question! I need to see if I can first find someone to help me with front-end development.  If I were to recruit someone today, it would be about the end of September before the new website can be tested.

But... What about new content?
Good question!

The new Jappleng will be designed in such a way that it becomes much easier to upload new content for both staff and the public. You heard this right, Jappleng will permit people to create their own lessons too!  We will be inviting teachers and tutors as well to take part of this great adventure. While there may not be new content today or tomorrow, once this renovation is complete, if all goes well, new content should happen very often!

Note about Ads:
In the next few days, Ads will be disabled throughout the site meaning you're free to browse whatever you like without seeing anything from Amazon.

We hope you will look forward to these changes!
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Mark says
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Anyone want to hop in the chat? I've got some ideas on what to do next for Jappleng but need input. ^^;
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Hi everyone! I hope you are all still doing well :D
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Haven't been on in a while, been busy with work and side projects, but I'm well! Hope your back is treating you better. I'll be working as press at Anime CTX here in Austin this weekend, so I'll have more goodies to share come Sunday.
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Thanks for your concern! My back is getting much better! I do feel slight pains when I wake up but overall I can walk normally now during the day and I usually sleep continuously unless I'm really stressed.

I hope you'll have fun at your convention! Can't wait to see what you've shared :D
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Hi everyone! I bet you are excited to find out when I'm coming back and I'll explain this in this post the best I can.

First, what is going on?
I ran out of funds and couldn't work on Jappleng anymore.  I thought it would be easy-peasy to find people interested in this project but that wasn't the case. I did figure out how to make Jappleng more appealing and more fun for everyone but it will take time which I no longer have because...

Why did I run out of time?
I ran out of time because I started to get a few people interested in what I can do, and because of that I decided to start my own company on the side.

What is my other company about?

My other company is about providing IT solutions, but starting out with web development, SEO and all that good stuff. I've been developing specialized software that can be licensed as a service but it's not ready yet.

Why not focus on Jappleng instead?
I want to, I really do. But Jappleng is a hobby, free-to-use and it doesn't pay the bills. Because of that I have to start focusing on priorities a bit more because I'm going into debt.

Why not add premium features to Jappleng?
I don't want to. Even if I did want to, it would be very difficult to sell Jappleng as a service not just to students at home but to the industrial educational complex. There are big businesses who have lawyers at the ready and they will do all they can to prevent anyone from infiltrating their classrooms.  You can youtube this problem if you wish but it's not worth it despite spending over $500k of my time for this project.

Why did I spend so much time and money into this project?
I wasn't married when I started this project, I had passive income and I did it because I could. I guess it's the millennial mentality of doing something for the community? Before I knew it, I had spent over 17,000 hours onto this project and that's why I say I spent over $500k worth of my time assuming I only made $30/hr which is very low for my profession.

Didn't I mention something about making Jappleng a non-profit organization?

Yep. I've been debating this for many years, now I want to for good. I still have to find people locally whom are willing to help me with this project. I have a few leads but my other company is taking a while to establish but after I've established it, I'll put time aside every day for Jappleng.

What will the non-profit do?
I won't go into details right now, also it depends on what the board of directors decides. Despite having founded and developed this project, it's what is best for the community and I, alone can't decide this.

What is the hold up with my other company?
I'm having issues deciding on my logo and web design. I have designed roughly 40-50 logos and many alterations like different colors etc to them so imagine designing and going through 200+ logos. I also designed I think 7 or 8 different websites for it, today I might be designing another. Simply put, I want something that I will be proud of before moving forward.

When will I return to Jappleng you ask?
I'm hoping that on Friday I can do something for Jappleng at least. If I can't do that then we will see when I can. These bills are piling up and I need to act fast.

If you're interested in helping out with the non-profit...
Please send me a PM or comment below and I'll get in touch with you.
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Mark says
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Hi everyone! There are 3 things I want to say...

1. I will be removing all ads from Jappleng. There's no point to them if Jappleng is going to become a foundation. But feel free to PM me if you wish to donate and help form the foundation. I'll accept help, equipment, and funds in any way possible.

2. I spent a few days trying to fix my car, tonight will be the last day to fix it (hopefully). It started with misfire in the engine, and it got worse from there. Now there' still some RPM trouble and vibrations and break pads need replaced. I think I can resolve this tonight.

3. I made no progress on finding staff because of my broken car. I couldn't go anywhere obviously but i have 2 leads right now and there's an Asian festival happening next month which might help finding more volunteers. Except, once I find the initial board of directors and establish as what we need to become, there will be many resources open for us. I'll elaborate on this later.

So there you have it, kinda stuck without a car but once the car is fixed I'll be able to go meet with these leads and go from there.
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Mark says
66d
I got my new bed yesterday. I finally slept all night. I hadn't done so since around February. My back also already feels 80%, looks like I'll be able to work on Jappleng again sooner than expected :D
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やった!Good to hear! I'll be sure to find all the lil quirks I can for you to fix then. ;P
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I'm not dead, I'm just very busy with a broken back and establishing a company (or two). Explained --->

My bed broke, caused my back to warp weirdly, had to buy a new bed and it didn't arrive last week like it should have. It's coming tomorrow. Supposedly this will fix my back so I can sleep well for once in how long?

I'm also still working on Jappleng, it's just a different kind of work. Jappleng has zero funding and zero staff other than myself. I found out that there's a way to make Jappleng into a non-profit kind of organization thing but the legalities are crazy and there are many requirements.

I need to find 3 local staff members to take part of the organization. But I'm also starting up my own web development business so I'm now doing two things but mostly focusing on my web business since I need income really bad now that this new bed cost a whopping $3400. Plus legal fees and all that for the web company cost about $800 and then to register Jappleng will cost about that as well. When I say I was only focusing on Jappleng, that's really the truth, I wasn't making income elsewhere. Now I need monies to survive and I believe Jappleng should remain free so I need to somehow establish Jappleng as a foundation of some sort.

I'll need the rest of the week to finish setting up my web company, then next week I will hustle after receiving my business cards. While I wait, I can focus on finding help with Jappleng which shouldn't be too difficult now that it won't be a for-profit company. I already have one prospector who knows Japanese. Let's hope a board of directors can be found soon smile
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