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June 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Silverlight 3.0 - The First Real Threat to Flex

I just finished reviewing the API docs for Silverlight 3. I'm really impressed with the 3.0 framework. Silverlight has always had good underpinnings including an elegant and clean API, a declarative UI, a solid VM and an excellent programming language (C#). The problem has been a lack of polish in the UI, missing high level components and missing key features already found in… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on June 28, 2009 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

FREE to a Good Home: 3 Tivos (old Series 1) plus TiVo WiFi

I have 3 Series 1 TiVo boxes, remotes, and a TiVo USB WiFi adapter that I would prefer don't go into the landfill. 2 of them work perfectly. One has problems starting up. I thought one of you gadget gurus might have use for their innards, could use them for parts, or just want another TiVo or two around the house. First person willing to pick them up today in Kailua or next week in town, from Judi Clark, can have 'em. …


Added by Shane Robinson on June 25, 2009 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

Just released my first iPhone app - Ukulele Chord Kumu

This is no simple "plug" for the app, I am open to comments/suggestions/feedback from anyone out there.
It was released Saturday and sold in 6 different countries on Father's Day! I got lucky and it turned into sort of a gift for my dad! This morning we were featured in the Star Bulletin in an article by Erica Engle.

The app can be found here:


Added by george on June 23, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

User Experience - Interrupted

Apple recently announced the much anticipated

iPhone3G S, along with the new 3.0 platform. As usual, Apple has done a stellar job of hyping the release, providing the 3.0 SDK (Software Development Kit) to their huge following of app developers in advance, encouraging them to take advantage of the new capabilities such as copy/paste, voice dialing, compass positioning, video support with editing, and, of course,… Continue

Added by Mimi Knowles on June 23, 2009 at 6:05am — 1 Comment

The GIF Pronunciation Page

The GIF Pronunciation Page. I'm right.

Added by Wayne Hirata on June 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Developer News Site with Less Noise, More Signal

We now have news groups for most of the major languages like Ruby and Java on

Newsforwhatyoudo is a new type of news/feed reader that lets you discover, read, and discuss news with others in your industry and job function. Because sources, topics and… Continue

Added by Logan Henriquez on June 17, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The U.S. Government contacted Twitter about Iranian usage of the service during political protests

One of my interests, as stated on my profile page, is "the intersection of technology/new media with social and political activism."

Reuters India has an article titled, "U.S. State Department speaks to Twitter over Iran.

It is no surprise that Iranians are Tweeting. I think what was a surprise was the reported interaction between the State… Continue

Added by Derek on June 16, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

HOWTO: Consume a Groovy Web Service with Flex

Recently, I've been faced with the fact that Flex is quite popular as a web presentation layer. Given my Java background, at first I was quite reluctant to recognize this, until new projects paved the way to learn more about this RIA technology. Since I already have a considerable amount of server-side code in Java, I was wondering if it is possible to connect Java and Flex to get the best of both worlds. Hence this article gives a walk through on how to consume a Groovy Web Service… Continue

Added by Konstantin A Lukin on June 15, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

i'm tired

hawaii has an excise tax and no sales tax. there is a difference. but our legislators and the general public are idiots. even the people who pay the excise tax don't know the difference.

Added by Wayne Hirata on June 14, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Reminder: Two Weeks to Go for Invention Contest

The closing date for submissions to my INVENTION CONTEST on Renewable Energy is July 4th. The winner in each category of challenge idea will receive my coveted “GOLDEN BAGEL AWARD” for best Hawaii intellectual property achievement of the year. For the 3 winners chosen in the Invention Contest, I will also perform a FREE patent search on each invention and provide my written opinion on its patentability (a $1500 value). Please check my blog:

Added by Leighton K. Chong on June 13, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

no sales tax

Hawaii doesn't have a sales tax.

Added by Wayne Hirata on June 12, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Urgent! Help Stop HB1405 - The Bill That Will Devastate Hawaii's Online Media Industry

I hate to be dramatic but the future of Hawaii's online media industry is in jeopardy and your immediate action is needed. Bill HB1405 is a bill that could cause a huge blow to Hawaii's Online Media Industry. It will handicap Hawaii's Online Media by not allowing them to fully monetize their websites giving an advantage to international and mainland companies and professionals.

Frankly, I am very surprised that there has not been more support against this bill from Hawaii's tech… Continue

Added by Dean Takamine on June 12, 2009 at 5:00pm — 72 Comments

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin chimes in on Twitter too

On May 22, 2009, I posted an entry about the Pacific Business Newsʻ lengthy article on Twitter. CLICK HERE to read blog entry.

The Star-Bulletin, in its June 10, 2009, edition also has an article on Twitter. CLICK HERE to read article. It is not as lengthy as the PBN article, but it is somewhat interesting to read about.

Not that… Continue

Added by Derek on June 10, 2009 at 3:12am — No Comments

Star Trek Tech Today: 3D Printing

I recently had the chance to spend some time at RAPID Technology's offices in the Executive Center. Prior to my visit I knew very little about the world of 3D printing. I'd heard of it, but assumed 3D printers were still in laboratories at MIT. I was amazed to learn 3D printing is being used today by businesses for everything from product prototypes and prosthetics to costume armor for movies. It can even be used to print working mechanical devices with moving parts. The… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on June 5, 2009 at 2:00pm — 13 Comments

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority exploring new media & measuring the success of online marketing.

Two weeks after it printed a rather lengthy article on Twitter, Pacific Business News today has an article on bloggers, social media, and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. CLICK HERE or go to for todayʻs article. The article also mentions Lezley P. "Neenz" Faleafine of… Continue

Added by Derek on June 5, 2009 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

TechHui Sole Props -- Can you Email Me Your Health Insurance Situation?

I have obtained a meeting with Representative Calvin Say to discuss the prohibitive cost of health insurance for sole proprietors in the State of Hawaii, where there is no mechanism to allow sole props to enter into group buying pools. How are you handling the costs? What is it costing you? And how much has it gone up? We are paying almost $1500 a month for a family of 4 (and its very good coverage but comparable coverage for a family of four at a major employer is roughly $800-$900 per month).… Continue

Added by Alex Salkever on June 2, 2009 at 8:48pm — 2 Comments

Featured Techie: Pipeline CTO Dr. Seri Lee

What do Game Boxes, Graphics Cards, Blade Servers, Lasers, Concentrated Photovoltaics and High Power LEDs all have in common? They all get WAY too hot. Thus, these technologies have significant potential to benefit from Pipeline Micro's patented micro-scale liquid cooling systems. How does Pipeline compete in this space with mainland and Japanese firms? They hire their best engineers. In a year… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on June 2, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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