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January 2008 Blog Posts (6)

Free ebooks and music downloads

I was on the Hawaii State Library website today and happened upon their Digital Book page. It's a service powered by It allows you to borrow e-books and CDs for three weeks at a time. So far I've checked out books about doing business in China and website design technique. And I'm listening to some Beethoven right now, too.

For books, it uses the… Continue

Added by Truman Leung on January 29, 2008 at 4:59pm — 5 Comments

Open Source Fundamentalism and Philanthropy

I'd like to share two random trains of thought in the area of free open source software. The first is my continued annoyance with the likes of Richard Stallman and his acolytes for their insistence that all software must be free and that commercial software vendors are somehow unethical. I hear this refrain time and time again on message boards and at geek fests around the world. What…


Added by Daniel Leuck on January 23, 2008 at 7:15am — 3 Comments

Rich GUI tools: RIA with Flex & Silverlight, Jan 30th(Wed) talk by Dan Leuck of

This month's Honolulu Coders meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th

January from 6pm to 8pm.

Dan Leuck of will talk about Flex and Silverlight, exciting rich client technologies that facilitate the creation of, as Romain Guy would say, filthy rich UIs.

During this presentation Dan will create a simple photo management

application using both technologies, and discuss the pros and cons of

each platform.

Honolulu-coders mailing… Continue

Added by Sam Joseph on January 16, 2008 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Natural Language Learning Websites

I recently discovered two interesting new sites for natural language learning. The first was presented by TechHui member Gabe Morris at Unconferenz last Saturday. Gabe demoed Yabla, a site that offers video content in Spanish and French from television and…


Added by Daniel Leuck on January 15, 2008 at 1:05pm — 3 Comments

Google Crunches 20 Petabytes a Day

According to a recently published whitepaper, Google is currently processing 20 petabytes of data every day. I find it amazing that their search engine and applications like Google Docs still have nearly instantaneous response times.

Added by Daniel Leuck on January 9, 2008 at 9:04am — 3 Comments

Great New Google Docs Features

Google just added a slew of new features to their already impressive Google Docs. Perhaps the most interesting is the ability to publish presentations as AJAX widgets. File management has also improved to the point you really feel like you are using a desktop application. Google once again proves it is the king of AJAX! The fact they seem to be completely ignoring Flex is…


Added by Daniel Leuck on January 5, 2008 at 4:41pm — 1 Comment

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