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January 2013 Blog Posts (12)

Will Hawaii Startup Accelerators Succeed or Fail?

There's a lot of excitement around Hawaii's emerging startup accelerators.

Some people have said that Hawaii has tons of talent, all it needs is some money, others say it's the blind leading the blind.

I am out of touch with the details so I was wondering if anyone could shed light on the likely outcomes. What do you think? Will these accelerators succeed or fail?

Added by John on January 31, 2013 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Screen Scraping Tools for Rails Developers

Screen scraping is defined in Wikipedia as "a computer software technique of extracting information from websites. Usually, such software programs simulate human exploration of the World Wide Web by either implementing low-level Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), or embedding a fully-fledged web browser, such as…

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Added by Timothy Little on January 24, 2013 at 11:15am — No Comments

Five reasons you may want to run an apps contest

You are a nonprofit or government agency looking for a way to invigorate your staff or constituents.

At the Applications for Good San Francisco hack-a-thon, staff and constituents from goodwill worked alongside developers to create a prototype solution for constituent engagement. This led to direct contact between user, agency and producer, a great formula for any product development.

You know there is a tech community where you live, but…

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Added by Arthur J Grau on January 23, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments

"Breakfast with the Institute"-Social Media Safety

Wake up with the Institute on January 30th for our "Breakfast with the Institute"- Social Media Safety workshop.

Protect yourself online and stay in control of the information that your share. 

Cost: $10 per person

Location: The Box Jelly

To register: www.hismti.eventbrite.com

See you there!…

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Added by Sanna Thuresson on January 18, 2013 at 3:52pm — No Comments

TechHui in 2013: 3,000 Strong and Counting

We enter the new year with over 3,000 members, a full event schedule, a newly reinvigorated blog, active job boards and plenty of great discussion about everything from…

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Added by Daniel Leuck on January 18, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Remote Debugging Mobile Web Apps

Remote debugging is the process of viewing & editing the code behind a website on your own computer, but from a separate device. As mobile devices and mobile browsing continues to see exponential growth, it's becoming increasingly important to test and debug your web apps via remote debugging, since there's no way to  inspect a webpage's resources on a physical mobile device. Here are a few techniques I use for testing & debugging web apps on mobile devices today.

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Added by Mike King on January 18, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

How I Learned to Love (Some) Interruptions

Interruptions are the annoying, disruptive, beeping, booping constant of our lives -- phones ringing; notifications buzzing; bosses, coworkers, spouses and kids clamoring for our attention. How we react to them -- and the toll it takes on our productivity and concentration -- is a well-studied subject (see Wikipedia on…

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Added by Tzyh Ng on January 15, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Experts

I've been reading Pragmatic Thinking & Learning by Andy Hunt, which talks a lot about experts. In particular, he discusses the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition, and describes experts as having "…a vast body of experience that they can tap into and apply in just the right context. … These are the modern wizards."

Maybe on a good day.

A while back, a co-worker related a story about a design class he was teaching. He showed the class some…

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Added by Nathan Dwyer on January 14, 2013 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Staying in Control with Closure Compiler

With the advent of xhr, more and more large code bases are finding their way onto the browser.  Now days, you can find applications with a million lines of code running in the browser.  And, as browsers get compliant to HTML5 this trend will only continue, the future looks bright.  

If you are planning on developing in the large for the browser, one of the first decisions you need to make is whether you should embrace javascript or avoid it.  There are many solutions that allow you to…

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Added by Ryan Ken Tsunoda on January 13, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Learn Something New in 2013

With the new year come new resolutions to become a better person. If you're into software development (or looking to get into it), you may be looking to learn something new. I do believe that one of the most important things we can do as software engineers is to explore other technologies and programming languages. Seeing other approaches gives you additional perspective when trying to approach a problem. In the past, this typically meant picking up a book and spending a few days going…

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Added by George Lee on January 7, 2013 at 5:06pm — 2 Comments

Two-Factor Authentication in your Rails App with Devise & Yubikey

Most rails applications have some sort of "user" to represent either customers who are consuming the service or administrators that are publishing content to the web application.  It's important that these users are authenticated (ensuring that they are who they say they are).  For user authentication in a Ruby on Rails application, Devise is one of the best solutions out there.  It has a very active community and wide…

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Added by Chris Sass on January 7, 2013 at 12:57pm — 5 Comments

Ubuntu for Phones

Today Canonical officially announced Ubuntu for phones http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone.  Usually a new phone OS announcement is not much to get excited about, but Ubuntu’s entry has been anticipated for years.  I am interested in this because Canonical’s Ubuntu is the most widely adopted and supported Linux distribution and they are promising a level of convergence never seen before.  Eventually Ubuntu will be able to run the same OS on…

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Added by Douglas Ching on January 2, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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