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June 2011 Blog Posts (12)

iTV: Why I want to see a REAL Apple TV.

Apple Inc is a company that has innovated and revolutionized multiple markets with a surprisingly short list of products. Apple made the iPod, the wildly successful MP3 music player, that subsequently changed the way we access a lot of our entertainment with iTunes. They've created the iPhone, which has revolutionized the smartphone market. They created their infamous App Store, which many of us are truly thankful for. Steve Jobs…


Added by Nathan Wallace on June 29, 2011 at 9:41pm — 6 Comments

US Social Networks in Japan

After initial failures in the Japanese market, Facebook and LinkedIn may have caught their second wind

For years US based social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn have had very poor penetration in Japan despite having more features and better UX design than local competitors. Homegrown networks such as Mixi and Gree dwarf the Japanese localized versions…


Added by Daniel Leuck on June 26, 2011 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Hello world: it's different, but I love it

In the beginning of “Friends”, one of my favorite TV shows, Rachel left her wedding and decided to live with Monica in NYC, Monica gave Rachel a hug and said, “Welcome to the real world, it's difficult, you're gonna love it”.


That's pretty much how I feel about the first month of my…


Added by Marshall Shen on June 21, 2011 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Monitor Geo Activity on SUN and planet Earth!

Artis has created a great site that displays all the current activity on the SUN activities from Solar winds, flares, magnetic pluses directions, charts, graphs in one place!  This site can be used as an IMobile site of all geo satellite radar images of the SUN and planet Earth.  Awesome!




Added by John Sydney Yamane on June 17, 2011 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

Trolls writing nasty comments on your site: the eternal struggle

There was a thought-provoking article by NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard, Online Comments: Dialogue or Diatribe?  She talks about the struggles in maintaining an open atmosphere with restricting the unproductive and frankly vicious attacks.


At its best, commenting builds community.  As a blogger, commenters give you updates, different perspectives, and…


Added by Marcus Sortijas on June 17, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Southern Cross goes from 10Gbps to 100Gbps!

A successful trial of 100 Gigabits per second prototype transmission equipment has just been completed on the Southern Cross twin cable network. This was demonstrated during extensive testing of the latest 40 Gbps equipment from a number of suppliers in readiness for the next Southern Cross capacity expansion targeted for 2012. Southern Cross currently uses 10 Gbps transmission equipment.“Southern Cross continues to invest and build ahead of demand, to support new innovation and broadband…


Added by John Sydney Yamane on June 16, 2011 at 12:25am — No Comments

making apps that don't suck

Mike Lee gives a great (1-hour) talk on making apps that don't suck (with slides below the video).  Dan, he's another lemur lover from Honolulu!

Added by J. David Beutel on June 13, 2011 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

Whose domain name is it anyway?

One of the hardest things for me when setting up new websites is thinking up good domain names.  Not only do they have to be catchy, they have to be available.  From my experience, any good domain name that's 4 words or less is probably taken. 

Here's a great article I read about this problem: Welcome to the world of cybersquatting.  This is when someone registers…


Added by Marcus Sortijas on June 10, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Okay time to go home early... you will get more things done?


Just was reading about an article in Business Insider war room....  and according to a study by just working harder in short bursts of time you will get more things done!   When you are in that zone of focus this is where you try to work hard and deliberately.  These focus zones seems to coincide with food.   According to its chart there are peaks during lunch…


Added by John Sydney Yamane on June 9, 2011 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

Hawaii as Social Gaming Mecca?

A constant topic of conversation in the Hawaii tech community is - what tech niches would work in Hawaii or, even better, be really well suited to the islands. One that seems to be a natural is social gaming. Why? A couple of reasons. First, our affinity with Japan (and close ties with the culture) give us a huge leg up on the gaming future. Anyone who knows the history of RPGs in Japan knows that Farmville (and most other Zynga titles) came from Japanese RPGs (or flavors of them) that…


Added by Alex Salkever on June 7, 2011 at 7:57pm — 4 Comments

How does Facebook continuously update without breaking down? (VIDEO)

For a company devoted to making people's lives as transparent as possible, Facebook is extremely secretive.  So it was a rare treat to watch this presentation by Chuck Rossi, a release engineer: How Facebook pushes updates to its site every day.


I thought it was fascinating as Rossi showed screenshots of the myriad tools and processes used by the world's…


Added by Marcus Sortijas on June 3, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Pushing up the bandwidth from 10g to 40g and 100g!

Sorry Hawaii is not in the bandwidth game.   But I would suggest that our State legislatures should start that initiatives to push this issue to the top!    All new development should also be considering the usage of Fiber Optics in all aspects of building, such as FTTP or FTTH.  

Today’s cable companies uses EPON (ethernet PON) as part of the DOCSIS provisioning specifications. DSL has its similar specification and bandwidth limitations.

However with optical networks  we will…


Added by John Sydney Yamane on June 1, 2011 at 12:02am — 3 Comments

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