老人向けグループ送信可能・長文自動分割可能なAndroid用SMSアプリ

Textra SMSのアイコン

Textra SMSのアイコン

自分用Android用SMSアプリを探した。要件は3つ。

  • 「老人向け」であること、つまり老眼の自分でも使えるよう文字サイズを大きく設定できること。
  • 複数宛先に一括送信が可能なこと。デフォルトではグループメッセージのMMSに変換しようとするアプリが大半だが、そうせずSMSで個別に送信するように設定する必要あり。
  • 本文が長い場合それを自動的に分割すること。

これを念頭に以下の順に試していった。

  • Messenger:Google謹製でありながら、自分のAu版Galaxy S5 SCL23では全くSMSが送れない。理由不明。8/29/16時点での最新版で問題なく送信できることを確認。デフォルトのSMSアプリであることが要件かも。
  • Hangouts:SMS送信は可能だが、複数宛先への一括送信も自動分割もできない模様。
  • chomp SMS:自動分割サポート。が、表示文字の変更ができず老眼には辛い。
  • Textra SMS:上記要件をすべて満たすのでこれを採用することに決定。
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Yakuza Are Very Much Alive and Kicking, and It Is No Good News

Some of you seem to think nowadays yakuza are pretty much a thing of the past much like ninjas are, and they exist only in period pieces, historic work or just plain fantasies. Wrong! They are still very much alive and kicking even today. You need to keep this in mind when you are in Japan.

Kobe is where the largest yakuza group Yamaguchi-gumi is. Currently they are having big internal conflicts, and a fraction of it has split from it to form a new yakuza group called Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi.

They can choose whatever name that pleases them, but I have to say the name “Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi” is quite unfortunate. Ironically, it’s Yamaguchi-gumi who has its headquarters in Kobe, and it’s not Kobe Yamaguchi Gumi; their headquarters are in Awaji Island and not in Kobe despite its name. For Japanese people, it’s like Narita International Airport, which was originally called “New Tokyo International Airport,” or Tokyo Disneyland, both of which are actually not in Tokyo Prefecture, but in neighboring Chiba Prefecture.

At any rate, as reported in “Japanese Police Prepare for ‘Nationwide Yakuza War’,” the two powers are crashing more frequently recently, and these incidents are happening not just in Kobe, but also in other places such as Tokyo. The general public is sheepishly praying that they will not accidentally get involved in their disputes and harmed.