Right on the heels of my up-close-and-personal encounter with text encodings comes Tim Bray, making me very glad I chose UTF-8 instead of stinky old Latin-1 for all my text handling, with a painless and lovely introduction to Unicode. In a nutshell, Unicode is a good thing because I can not only type things with lots of umlauts (�! �! �! �! �! And sometimes �!), but I can even type the one thing in Korean that I can consistently write correctly: my own name (이성휘).

I can type lots of other things in other languages, too, but they’ll all be spelled incorrectly, and that’s just embarassing.