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February 2010 Blog Posts (14)

The Complexity of Regulating Web Access for Kids

Recently I've been involved in numerous discussions about how to protect young kids from inappropriate material on the web. The first was prompted by a friend concerned about what appeared to be violent adult material sent to her young son by a friend. Not being an expert in the area I turned to Wendi Kamiya, Punahou's CTO, for…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 27, 2010 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

Hawaii's Leaders of Tomorrow in March 2010 Edition of Hawaii Business

This month's Hawaii Business magazine highlights "Hawaii's Leaders of Tomorrow" and includes an article with Dan Leuck of Ikayzo. Look closely and you can see me and my co-workers trying to look busy in the picture behind Dan. My apologies for the crappy photos, they were taken with my Iphone…


Added by Gus Higuera on February 26, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

A New Visa for Start-Ups?

There is interesting news from Washington, D.C. this week on the immigration front. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) have introduced a new bill in Congress to establish a new visa category for entrepreneurs who are ready to found a new business enterprise. They have titled this the Start-Up Visa, and hope to gather support from congressional colleagues interested in job… Continue

Added by John Robert Egan on February 25, 2010 at 2:37pm — 2 Comments

So-Net SNS closes their Business

I just learned that So-net SNS, one of the largest user generated social networking services will be closing it's business this year. It seems that So-net and other So-net like 'create your own SNS' services haven't succeeded in Japan.

The problem is that the players of the user generated SNS scene in

Japan are all modeling off of how Mixi… Continue

Added by Scott Murphy on February 24, 2010 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Unconferenz 2010 - Feb. 27, 2010

Third Annual "Unconferenz" Coming to Kapi'olani Community College

Feb. 18, 2010

The third annual "Unconferenz" is coming to Kapi'olani Community College on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, for a full day of peer-driven exploration in technology.

An "unconference" is a gathering where there's no set agenda, no keynotes and where the attendees are the speakers. The…

Added by Burt Lum on February 22, 2010 at 9:38pm — 4 Comments

The Missed Opportunity of the Feed In Tariff

Much has been made of the proposed Feed In Tariff for renewable energy for Hawaii. Unfortunately, the Feed in Tariff is another example of a policy that draws big headlines but does little to move the State

toward energy independence.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a Feed In Tariff (or FIT) is type of incentive used to encourage the development of renewable energy. A FIT mandates a local utility to…


Added by Joseph Saturnia on February 18, 2010 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Matt's "Magic: The Gathering" Card Database and Price Guide

I recently got back into a fantasy trading card game that I dropped when I was in college called "Magic: The Gathering". A lot has changed since I was an undergrad. Back then, the primary place for trading cards was the card shop. Nowadays, there are numerous online vendors and many card stores regularly accept online orders, mailing cards to distant locales. However, the navigation method for many of these sites is clunky, and browsing through all the cards that meet a qualification set like:… Continue

Added by Matthew Buscemi on February 18, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

HEA++, an enhanced Honolulu Estimated Arrival (HEA) system

Aloha Techhui, I just finished rebuilding the HEA system from TheBus with some enhancements, and would love feedback! It's certainly an alpha, but it's usable and (at least in my opinion) already offers a handful of improvements over the current HEA system. You can check it out here - If you're interested in learning more, read on!…


Added by Michael Whalen on February 16, 2010 at 3:30am — 8 Comments

Why Hawaii is an Ideal Choice for Google's Gigabit Network

Hawaii, home to nearly 1.3 million people, is the most isolated island chain on earth. Our state's unique geographic isolation presents special challenges in keeping our families, communities and businesses connected across our islands and to the outside world. The speed and quality of our connection to the net directly impacts our ability to communicate, educate, learn and conduct business. Despite the… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on February 15, 2010 at 8:30am — 44 Comments

Hawaii Needs a Cabinet Level CTO & Google Apps

In late 2008 Google posted the results of a comprehensive study by the Radicati Group regarding the reliability of Exchange, Lotus Notes, GroupWise and Gmail. They found that while Gmail averaged less than 15 minutes of downtime per month (almost all of which came from one outage in August of… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on February 11, 2010 at 3:00pm — 40 Comments

Brief thoughts on Google Buzz

I was excited to hear about Buzz. I don't like having lots of sites to check. That's a big part of why I'm not active on Twitter and Facebook.

But in the few hours since it's been active, I've gotten really sick of the bolded "Buzz (10)" notification in my email client. It's a constant distraction, which is really irritating, because Gmail is the center of my workflow.

I've come to the conclusion that I dislike it. What do you think?

Added by Shawn Drost on February 10, 2010 at 11:43am — 2 Comments

Featured Techie: Keiki-Pua Dancil, CEO of HiSciTech, the State's Largest Tech Advocacy Organization

Our Featured Techie post is usually a love fest, a testament to amazing things that some
geek in Honolulu has accomplished, often against serious odds. This month's
 belated Featured Techie is different. This is not to say that Keiki-Pua Dancil
 doesn't have technology chops. Coming off a gig at one of a handful of biotech
 startups in Hawai`i , Keiki-Pua (she prefers to be called that) is a rare combo
 of bio smarts and business savvy. She sports a Harvard MBA and PhD in… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on February 6, 2010 at 6:01pm — 8 Comments

Maui WiFi Network Breakdown

GPS+ WiFi + Maui = Painfully Insecure

I thought…

Added by Josh Sommers on February 4, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

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