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July 2008 Blog Posts (9)

August Featured Techie: Clifton Royston

I met Clifton in 1995 shortly after he launched LavaNet with current HTDC Executive Director Yuka Nagashima. It was immediately apparent Clifton had a rare mix of great tech skills and keen business acumen. At the helm of award winning LaveNet Clifton helped bring quality internet service to Hawaii. He is… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on July 30, 2008 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

i18n: From Day One

Companies that fail to internationalize their web applications at an early stage often miss out on big opportunities. With China having recently passed the US in terms of total web users and European online advertising revenue rising 40% annually, it is absolutely crazy to ignore international markets. It constantly amazes me how many successful US web app companies… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on July 28, 2008 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Hazards of Machine Translation: Eat at the Server Error (yum!)

Apparently there has been some hasty Babel Fish translation going on in China in preparation for the Olympics. The Chinese characters pictured mean "restaurant". The sign looks rather expensive! :-)

(from Geekologie) Having worked in the… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on July 21, 2008 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Amazon S3 takes down SmugMug

This morning, as I tried to view my photos on SmugMug, I was surprised to discover that their site is offline. Here is their blog post about it.

SmugMug's entire site is down due to Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) being offline due to elevated error rates.

Storage, bandwidth and… Continue

Added by Truman Leung on July 20, 2008 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

What Was Your First Programming Language?

Following up on last week's " What was your first computer?" question (the

VIC-20 was a clear winner), this week's question is "What was your first programming language?" Thinking back, I initially thought it was Level Basic… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on July 14, 2008 at 2:00pm — 38 Comments

GWT: Finally A Java Web Framework That Doesn't Suck

Although Ikayzo does web development, I've personally been doing mostly desktop development for the past five years. I've worked with Swing, SWT, WinForms and WPF. Every time I was forced to work on web projects I cringed because the UI piece was so much uglier and less evolved than any of the aforementioned desktop frameworks. Recently… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on July 11, 2008 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

What Was Your First Computer?

The first computer I used was a TRS-80 back in grade school. They had a dozen of them at the local science center where I took classes after school. I learned to program in BASIC and store my inventions on a cassette tape.

The first machine I owned was an… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on July 9, 2008 at 5:30pm — 51 Comments

Google Launches Virtual World Builder

Google just announced a virtual world builder called Lively. Although its currently more of a 3D chat room type app I can easily see it evolving into a hyperlinked universe of rooms that competes with

Second Life. Lively environments can be embedded in web pages, which is a huge advantage… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on July 8, 2008 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Successful Offshore Outsourcing

At this point in my career I've worked on quite a few outsourcing projects. I've worked for companies in Japan, the UK and the US doing outsourcing to Russia, India, Argentina, and various countries in Eastern Europe. I've seen projects that benefited greatly from offshore outsourcing, and I've seen projects turned into unmitigated disasters. In this post, I thought… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on July 4, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

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