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What Internet Provider on Oahu?
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Until recently I have been a reasonably satisfied customer of Oceanic Time Warner. A few weeks ago it seems they had problems with a cable in the ocean, and internet has been hopeless ever since.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Truman Leung Oct 17, 2010.

 

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Mark Boon replied to Daniel Leuck's discussion Eclipse Users Group Reboot in the group Eclipse
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"That was a nice article. It happens a lot that science-fiction doesn't materialize. Yet there have also been scientific developments that nobody predicted. In physics, chemistry, biology and also computer-science. The lack of progress in…"
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Mark Boon commented on Daniel Leuck's blog post The Great 2009-2010 Hawaii Brain Drain
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Mark Boon commented on Daniel Leuck's blog post The Great 2009-2010 Hawaii Brain Drain
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Mark Boon replied to Mark Boon's discussion What Internet Provider on Oahu?
"Well, our Clear modem arrived Tuesday. It works OK, but definitely not fast. I have run some speed tests on different days and different times of day and get a range from 0.5Mbps to 3Mbps. Average is round about 1Mbps, like Laurence predicted. But…"
Sep 10, 2010
Mark Boon commented on Daniel Leuck's blog post The Great 2009-2010 Hawaii Brain Drain
"@Reichart: "I would also rather buy something for a little more made better." This is something I hear often. If I'm honest with myself I know that it's an illusion though. On the one hand I hate the poor quality and tell myself…"
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Brian replied to Mark Boon's discussion What Internet Provider on Oahu?
"I'm able to stream Hulu over Verizon when tethering. I think I've seen it peak around 2mbps. More than adequate."
Sep 2, 2010
Daniel Leuck replied to Mark Boon's discussion What Internet Provider on Oahu?
"I agree with Laurence - go with ClearWire. We have some customers that are using it for their office and they had the same experience as Laurence. It was initially problematic, but now its working well."
Sep 2, 2010
Laurence A. Lee replied to Mark Boon's discussion What Internet Provider on Oahu?
"Just to set the expectation -- with Clear 4G in Hawaii, you can usually expect 1Mps to 1.5Mps on average; with 6Mps peak to a well-connected host like kernel.org. HTH. :-)"
Sep 2, 2010
Mark Boon replied to Mark Boon's discussion What Internet Provider on Oahu?
"Thanks for the suggestion Laurence. I did look at Clear but was a bit hesitant. 6Mps is decent but I have had poor experiences with wireless internet services before, it never seems to get you close to the speed advertised. But I can try for 14…"
Sep 2, 2010
Laurence A. Lee replied to Mark Boon's discussion What Internet Provider on Oahu?
"Have you considered Clearwire? They've been spotty early in their 4G WiMax deployment (and I've been a vocal critic of that), but the service has been much better in recent months. There's still some throttling, especially to…"
Sep 2, 2010
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What Internet Provider on Oahu?

Until recently I have been a reasonably satisfied customer of Oceanic Time Warner. A few weeks ago it seems they had problems with a cable in the ocean, and internet has been hopeless ever since. I've had a couple of conversations with their customer service but our problems persist. Basically, what I have been told is they have a temporary solution until the cable is fixed (should have been weeks ago) and in the meantime some areas are being throttled.Whatever it is, I can't even open my…See More
Sep 2, 2010
Mark Boon commented on Daniel Leuck's blog post The Great 2009-2010 Hawaii Brain Drain
"Given its small size and isolation it's easy to see how you get a self-enforcing situation where tech companies can't get enough staff so they move to the mainland. Which means existing tech staff can't find any (suitable) work and…"
Aug 26, 2010
Mark Boon commented on Daniel Leuck's blog post The Great 2009-2010 Hawaii Brain Drain
"I haven't worked anywhere else in the U.S. so I can't really compare. I was only comparing to where I came from. But what I actually tried getting at is when you'd like to attract both highly technical people and companies that will…"
Aug 24, 2010

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Occupation:
Consultant, Project Manager, Software Developer
Company:
Blue Planet Software, Avatar Reality
Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
My main interest lies in AI and robotics. In the late 80's I developed the best Go playing program in the world and published it in Japan.

Current projects:
- AI framework for autonomous avatars.
- Self-learning Tetris algorithm.

I'd like to hear from people with similar interests in Hawaii.
Software Language Proficiencies / Interests:
C, C++, C#, Java, XML
About Me:
I'm from The Netherlands but I have also lived and worked in Paris, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and currently Honolulu.

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At 9:49am on August 6, 2010, Daniel Leuck said…
E komo mai Mark. Welcome to TechHui and to Hawaii!

re: Your question about others interested in robotics and getting their kids involved

Yes - Ken Berkun has similar interests. He did a robotics workshop for kids at Burt Lum's Unconferenz. Burt is currently looking for input on sessions for the next Unconferenz, so you may want to suggest another robotics session.

We also have a robotics interest group with 32 members and an even larger artificial intelligence group. Some of your coworkers are members.
 
 
 

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