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February 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Support needed to pass venture accelerator legislation: HB2319

House bill HB 2319 is legislation that would provide funding to establish venture accelerators in Hawaii.  Venture accelerators are entities that combine hands-on mentoring of startups with some seed capital to "accelerate" a startups' growth and prepares them to compete for follow-on funding from venture capital investors.

The following link will take you to the Hawaii State Legislature website that…


Added by Karl Fooks on February 28, 2012 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Employing the Pomodoro Technique as a Computer Programmer

Productivity and concentration are two very important words to someone who writes code for a living.  There is a wide variety of tools, methodologies, tricks and “hacks” out there that claim to help one improve in these areas.  One such technique that I've adopted over the past couple of months is known as the “Pomodoro”.

The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980's and is easily summed up in a few simple rules.  It encourages you to accomplish more in a…


Added by Chris Sass on February 24, 2012 at 2:05pm — 3 Comments

Kym Pine agrees to table HB2762

I wrote a letter to Pine about this bill.  Here is the gist of it.  "I feel this bill needs to be put on hold.  The intentions are being lost in the circumstances and loose language. There are also some other good points being made by TechHui that I have included below for your consideration.  I think more time is needed to let the industry come up with a code of ethics, solutions, or perhaps even propose a committee made up of their peers to set and enforce regulatory…


Added by Daniela Stolfi on February 21, 2012 at 8:23am — 4 Comments

From Rep. Kym Pine to TechHui

I would like to share with you a message from Kym Pine.  I asked her to address the concerns mentioned here on Tech Hui and she did. What she says here about legislators being open is true, her quick response to my request is a great example.  Here you go:

"Aloha TechHui members, I am writing to deeply apologize for any

offense we have caused you or your industry this legislative session.

I have whole heartily supported the tech industry for…


Added by Daniela Stolfi on February 19, 2012 at 5:39pm — 45 Comments

Free Electronic Waste Recycling

cables/wires, routers, switches, telecom equipment, cell phones, and other miscellaneous electronic peripherals.

No TVs/Microwaves/Batteries will be accepted.

A list of events by quarter can be found here.  …


Added by Lance Furuyama on February 15, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Front-end Optimization Tips

It's said that…


Added by Scott Murphy on February 15, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

WebKit, Mozilla & IE: Please Support the Dart VM

For the past week I've been experimenting with writing a Flex/WPF/Swing-like widget framework on top of HTML5 using Dart. Dart is what I've always wanted for client-side web programming. Its a class-based optionally typed programming language that is, in the words of Dart team member Lars Bak, "high performance, structured yet flexible, familiar and natural." Anyone who knows…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 9, 2012 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

W3C Spec for CSS Variables

Back in 2008, Techhui had a discussion around the use of CSS variables in the discussion post, Are CSS variables the future?

Since then the web has come a long ways and Sass and Less are pretty commonly used in web design today.

The W3C also has a…


Added by Scott Murphy on February 8, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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