This isn’t an AAdvantage Miles or travel related post, but most of us that travel do it because we’re curious about other people and other places, so I thought I’d share a link to an interesting site about the North Korean tech industry.
I learned about it from a friend who lives and teaches in South Korea. He’s grew up in Dallas and came back for a few months to visit his family; while he was here we managed to get together on occasion for dinner.
Last week we were having a conversation about how they teach computer science in South Korea, native Asian programming languages, and Korean web design. He told me that he had learned that the North Korean text character set was designed so that the names of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il always display 20 percent larger than surronding text.
My question to my friend was “So are you working on a web project for the Dear Leader?” He laughed and then explained that he had read about it on a blog the covers the technology “industry” in North Korea.
Martyn Williams writes the North Korea Tech blog. Not all the topics are as geeky as North Korean text encoding, there are lots of interesting and less technical articles like this photo tour of a DPRK tablet PC “factory“.
I enjoyed Rapid Travel Chai’s travel posts about his trip to North Korea. Not sure that I’ll ever visit, but it’s seems such a strange and forbidding country that I’m kind of fascinated by the place.
Would you go if you had the chance?