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Facebook unmasked as a CIA surveillance project (funny video)

I love The Onion.  Their humor is just so on-target. The Onion News Network:…Continue

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Started Mar 21, 2011

 

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Open Data Bill to be discussed at Honolulu City Council Meeting at City Council Chamber, Honolulu Hale

September 11, 2013 from 2pm to 5pm
The Honolulu City Council will discuss Bill 53 (PDF of full text).From the agenda:Bill 53, CD1Relating to open data.  (Increasing public awareness of and access to data and information created by and available from City departments, agencies, and offices, enhancing government transparency and accountability, encouraging public engagement, and stimulating innovation with the…See More
Sep 6, 2013
John commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"Here's two interesting pieces on why calls for more bandwidth are overdone. More Bandwidth Doesn't Matter (much) Latency: The New Web Performance Bottleneck "
Jan 31, 2013
Chris Runnells commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"I also think that you're coming from a place of actually having a fast internet connection. There are still a lot of places (the rest of the state, not just O'ahu) that don't have access to Oceanic internet. I can list a half-dozen…"
Jan 18, 2013
Alex commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"But do you really not see it: if you use your bandwidth at top speed, increasing that top speed would enable you to do what you faster and more efficient? If you upload HD video, surely you know that you are waiting a long time to make the upload…"
Jan 7, 2013
Marcus Sortijas's blog post was featured

America Spends More Money on Slower Internet

This article was in Bloomberg: U.S. Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service.  I've read many pieces like this, but can't help myself.  The problem is familiar.  But each time, I hope to read that a solution is brewing somewhere.  After having lived and traveled in Asia, it was disheartening to see the state of broadband here.  Discovered that my Internet in Hawaii was…See More
Jan 2, 2013
John commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"David, thanks for the thoughtful feedback. All of those things are valuable but most of the broadly applicable ones you can accomplish today with an Oceanic connection - I work from home and all the other guys who work with me work from home. And…"
Jan 1, 2013
David Lassner commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"John - Not sure if this will resonate for you, but here's the opening of a piece I wrote almost 4 years ago when I was trying to understand this. Imagine high-definition videoconferencing enabling you to participate in office meetings from home…"
Jan 1, 2013
John commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"I don't have much waiting at all. To the extent there is a delay, it's no longer bandwidth related but processing on the server and client side. As for large files, I mean hundreds of MBs. Like most users, I download far more often that I…"
Dec 31, 2012
Alex commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"Definitely fair to ask why. It is the same game now that it was a while ago. You still have to wait. Anytime you wait, you lose productivity. Higher bandwidth yields a lot of different dynamics, in addition to productivity. How about not having to…"
Dec 31, 2012
John commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"There's diminishing marginal utility to all goods. For example, do most consumers really need faster CPUs on their PCs today? Not really. 10 years ago of course that was different. People regularly felt the pain of a super slow PC. When I was…"
Dec 31, 2012
Alex commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"I am quite sure people on dialups said the same thing some years ago. :) Does then the bandwidth drive the new services or does the services drive bandwidth demand? It is probably a mix, but surely you'd see the problem for a billion dollar…"
Dec 31, 2012
John commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"What can you do with more bandwidth than the few megs most US homes, including homes served by Oceanic, get today? For instance, I don't understand why I need FTTH to monitor my electricity costs.I am sure there are some neat things more…"
Dec 31, 2012
Alex commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"There are many great reasons for making it a utility in the US. I am currently studying the future of Broadband in Hawaii and are looking for experts to…"
Dec 31, 2012
Mika Leuck commented on Marcus Sortijas's blog post America Spends More Money on Slower Internet
"In Finland access to high speed connectivity is a legal right."
Dec 28, 2012
Marcus Sortijas posted a blog post

America Spends More Money on Slower Internet

This article was in Bloomberg: U.S. Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service.  I've read many pieces like this, but can't help myself.  The problem is familiar.  But each time, I hope to read that a solution is brewing somewhere.  After having lived and traveled in Asia, it was disheartening to see the state of broadband here.  Discovered that my Internet in Hawaii was…See More
Dec 28, 2012
Jon Brown replied to Marcus Sortijas's discussion Challenge Your Brain on the WordPress Game Show! in the group WordPress
"Sorry Marcus, that meetup group is on the mainland and the other one I'm starting is on Maui.  Is there not a group on Oahu?"
Nov 26, 2011

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Occupation:
Blogger / Vlogger / New Media Writer, Web Developer
Company:
TEDx Honolulu
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
WordPress, social media, web design, Linux, writing.
Software Language Proficiencies / Interests:
HTML
About Me:
I'm a member of the Art & Design (Online) team that built the website for TEDx Honolulu (http://tedxhonolulu.org).

Passionate about using WordPress as a content management system. Interested in how great content, social media, and search engine optimization can together drive traffic to websites.

I'm available for web design and consulting. You can check out my portfolio at http://virtualbrandmarketing.com.

As for non-technical hobbies, I love traveling. Been documenting my trips abroad in stories and photos since 2004. You can check out my travel blog at http://www.marcusgoesglobal.com.

After graduating from college with a B.A. in English Creative Writing, I spent 5 years working and traveling in Asia. I lived in Shanghai and Taipei. Picked up Mandarin Chinese along the way.
Website:
http://www.marcussortijas.com/
Secondary Website:
http://virtualbrandmarketing.com
Twitter Username
msortijas

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America Spends More Money on Slower Internet

This article was in Bloomberg: U.S. Internet Users Pay More for Slower Service.  I've read many pieces like this, but can't help myself.  The problem is familiar.  But each time, I hope to read that a solution is brewing somewhere.  After having lived and traveled in Asia, it was disheartening to see the state of broadband here.  Discovered that my Internet in Hawaii was…

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Posted on December 28, 2012 at 9:30am — 13 Comments

Honolulu selected as a 2012 "Code for America" city

Learned of this via Twitter from Ryan Ozawa and Burt Lum: Honolulu selected as a 2012 "Code for America" city

 

For those who don't know, Code for America is a nonprofit that recruits talented programmers and has them build web applications for local governments.  Sort of like a Peace Corps for computer…

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Posted on August 25, 2011 at 11:30pm

How the Internet Affects Our Memory

Quick test: what's your supervisor's cell number?  Can you recite it from memory, without looking it up on your phone?  If you can't, you're not alone. 

 

Although businesses are moving more and more into "the cloud," another story went unreported: our brains have already made that move.  With search engines, online databases, and web browsers that auto-fill the form fields, we rely on our own memories less and less.  That was the subject of this story in The Atlantic:…

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Posted on July 17, 2011 at 10:30pm

The Inside Story on Google+

There has been a flood of news on Google+, which is to be expected whenever a company as big as Google rolls out a new product.  This piece in Wired may be the definitive article to date: Inside Google+ — How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social

 

It was written by Steven Levy, a respected tech author who also…

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Posted on July 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

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At 8:58am on June 17, 2011, Branden Tanga said…

Thanks for the link. The unfortunate part is that data is very valuable in terms of cold hard cash. Even more so, because healthcare data is difficult to acquire and rarely generated (think number of hospital visits/year vs how many search queries/year). 

 

Even in the link, GE (which sells one of the largest, expensive, enterprise-y ehr's out there) has a project called healthymagination, which looks and is awesome. However, when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, they are giving away reports on healthcare data, they are not giving away healthcare data for other people to consume. 

 

Though this looks interesting: http://www.health2challenge.org/

They've got a few developer challenges that are due at the end of summer. Maybe there's enough people in Hawaii with an interest that could take a crack at this?

At 2:53pm on April 21, 2011, Ryan Lerone said…

Hi Marcus,

 

Thanks!  It's good to be here. 

At 8:13pm on April 18, 2011, Elyse M Petersen said…
Aloha Marcus, great to meet you yesterday! I am always really excited to meet people that have a skill to offer the world like yourself. I'm sure I'll be seeing you around now, hope to see you at the TEDx event this weekend. I just wanted to show you the website I mentioned yesterday here. As you can see it is really flashy and eye grabbing, but not very interactive. Would you like to help me by giving a few pointers? Also, check out our TechHui Group here.
At 8:01am on March 30, 2011, Beryl Morimoto said…
Marcus, glad you were able to attend the session with Charles Du. I'm impressed with your credentials and interests! I think I can learn a lot from you. -Beryl
At 5:21pm on March 22, 2011, Roxanne Darling said…
Aloha Marcus!
At 10:35am on March 22, 2011, Daniel Leuck said…
Welcome Marcus! We are glad you joined.
At 6:14pm on March 20, 2011, John Robert Egan said…

Aloha Marcus:

 

I am a TED fan, and like what your doing here in Honolulu.  Good luck with this project.

 

John Egan

 
 
 

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