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May 2011 Blog Posts (11)

EMR Penetration Could Give Hawaii a Key Healthcare Advantage

Hawaii is already among the national leaders in lots of health care metrics. Cost of care and expenditures on health care in the islands, on a per capita basis adjusted to a regional COLA scale, is incredibly low - much lower than other areas of the country with comparable costs of living and economic conditions. But a new study came out yesterday that hints at the benefits of widespread use of Electronic Medical Records. Stanford scientists did some data mining and spotted something really… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on May 26, 2011 at 6:56am — 6 Comments

Are Question-and-Answer Websites like Quora the Future?

While Google is a terrific tool, it doesn't necessarily answer all our questions.  What if you have a specific situation that needs a personalized response?

 

That's where websites like Quora and Stack Exchange come in.  By combining aspects of forums, wikis, and social networks, these sites are trying to build human-generated, human-searchable arks of knowledge.  Wired magazine had a terrific article on this:…

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Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 24, 2011 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Battleship Missouri Goes 3D



BATTLESHIP MISSOURI GOES 3D

3D Academy and STEM Program are Holding a Workshop on the Mighty Mo May 23rd

 

(Honolulu, Hawaii), May 20, 2011 In Hawaii, it is critical to continue focusing on the development…

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Added by Michelle Jamieson on May 20, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Is Twitter the New Associated Press?

Cameraman at USA Science and Engineering Festival.Photo: DeusXFlorida / Flickr Creative Commons

Journalism has gotten a bad rap lately, with print publications laying off reporters and going out of business. On the bright side, some tech-savvy…

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Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 17, 2011 at 12:24pm — 2 Comments

The Uprise of Compiled Languages

If you have previously checked out the online job postings for software developers, about 75% of them require Java, C#/.NET, PHP, Flash/ActionScript, Ruby, Python, or Perl.  In Hawaii, that percentage is probably between 90-95%.  During the past decade or two, C,…
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Added by Daniel Nishimura on May 17, 2011 at 10:43am — 8 Comments

Gadget ban clears council

Hawaii's politicians taking stupidity to a new level

 

Will hawaii outlaw holding cellphones, iPads, and other gadgets while crossing city streets?

 

Obviously, from the link title, you can tell I am biased on this one, but I still want to open this up for discussion and also raise awareness that some people are actually trying to push this law…

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Added by Westley Rowe on May 15, 2011 at 3:46pm — 4 Comments

Microsoft buys Skype: what happens next?

With Microsoft falling behind Apple and Google on the telecommunications front, their acquisition of Skype is a big attempt to catch up (see NY Times article).

 

How will Skype change after being taken over by Redmond?  This quote gives a glimpse:

Microsoft, whose growth has been lagging, could find a lucrative revenue stream in selling…

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Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 12, 2011 at 12:40pm — 6 Comments

7 Surprising Trends That Show What Tech Skills You Need to Succeed

Here's a good read for anyone job-hunting right now: 7 surprising trends that show what tech skills you need to succeed.



The findings are based on an analysis of data from Dice.com, a leading website for tech jobs.  So the conclusions can be taken with a grain of salt, since it's not based…

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Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 11, 2011 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Securing Your Oscommerce Site



Off-the-shelf oscommerce is inherently hackable.  But you can secure it by following these steps:

 

Steps 1, 2 and 3 are absolutely essential. Step 4 is important if you're using any oscommerce contributions (e.g. community supplied modifications and enhancements) but it is a good idea anyway because it adds extra protection from SQL injection hacks.

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Added by Karen Chun on May 5, 2011 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Best linkbait article ever: SEO Lessons Learned Through Pictures of Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts certainly needs no introduction to most industry pros: he's the head of Google's web spam team. In other words, he's the guy all the search engine optimization experts are trying to outsmart. Despite Cutts' exalted status, he freely shares advice through his blog, Twitter, and Google Webmaster Help videos.

 

SEER Interactive, an Internet marketing agency, pulled some screenshots from those videos and wrote…

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Added by Marcus Sortijas on May 4, 2011 at 12:33pm — 3 Comments

Watching for Malicious Bots

 

It's instructive to watch the various malicious bots troll through your server looking for vulnerabilities.  Woe betide you if they find one!  Even Wordpress.com has been hacked.  Prior to that, at the beginning of this year, a significant number of stand alone Wordpress installations were hacked when their owners did not update to the newest security release.

Here's how you can recognize a malicious bot.  If you are using Cpanel, go to "Error Log".  You'll see a whole list…

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Added by Karen Chun on May 2, 2011 at 2:05pm — 4 Comments

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