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August 2008 Blog Posts (12)

Shoes, posture, code?

In April I walked many kilometers in Paris. After quite a few days of walking, sipping coffee and practicing my terrible French, I read a fascinating article on the problems we cause ourselves by wearing shoes with padding in the heels (I'm oversimplifying; feel free to read the article yourself). The padding insulates us from our repeated impacts, and we can't feel how we're walking. The article claims that this slowly damages our… Continue

Added by Kurt Sussman on August 30, 2008 at 11:40pm — 5 Comments

Tokyo, Hawaii Tech Activity, Random Thoughts

Aloha TechHuians. Mika and I are off for Tokyo this morning for a demo-palooza. I'll be offline for a bit. Hopefully we will see some blog posts from community members.

I was just chatting with Sid from TechOahu about the level of activity in the tech community on Oahu. Over the past six months it seems like the usual meet-ups have doubled or tripled in size. Interesting technology events are… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on August 27, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

TechHui Blog Rules

Aloha Folks. I hope everyone's weekend is off to a good start. I just wanted to remind our regulars and notify new members of our policy with regard to the blog. The relevant section of our FAQ states:

Q: Can anyone use the blog? What are the rules?

Yes. The rules are:

1) Entries should be about technology, technology business or new media.

2) Entries should be at least a few sentences…

Added by Daniel Leuck on August 23, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

No more business cards?

I subscribe to too many RSS feeds (via a nice RSS-to-email script on my email server), and every so often I go through and delete a pile of them. One of the most-deleted is 'VentureBeat', a log of who got funded, and who wants to be funded. Once in a while a really interesting post comes through, though, and I think this is one of those: Get rid of business cards.

I'm in favor of eliminating the practice of giving… Continue

Added by Kurt Sussman on August 19, 2008 at 9:57am — 4 Comments

TopCoder Software Engineering Competition

Exciting news! The University of Hawaii Information and Computer Sciences Department is putting on a coding competition (see This is great news and should be a really fun experience for the students.

To help the ICS department we have decided to do two things.

1) form an ICS alumni association

2) lead the organization and planning to support the coding competition by providing mentors and prizes for… Continue

Added by aaron kagawa on August 18, 2008 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Asia's Social Web

One of the challenges presented by the joint US/Japan/China debut we are planning for ooi is the necessity of keeping our eye on three rapidly evolving markets. Although its time intensive, it is fascinating to observe the differences in each country. As Scott observed in the …


Added by Daniel Leuck on August 18, 2008 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Social Networks, Anonymity, Reputation & Aloha

Last night I was chatting with Laurel and the guys from about online identities and anonymity. I had a similar discussion with

Roxanne Darling about profile pics. Social network mediators are often faced with… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on August 17, 2008 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments



I see them fading, in and out. Must be the heat and the distance. My eyes aren’t what they used to be.

It was hot, but oddly, not humid. The two soldiers in sun faded tropical fatigues stood on the ridgeline; they were motionless. Their web gear was unbuckled and hung loose around their hips. Likewise, their hands hung empty; no weapons were slung from their shoulders. They were unarmed. The one on the right was tall… Continue

Added by Dave Takaki on August 17, 2008 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Adobe ConnectNow: Free Web Conferencing

Running a small web based software-as-a-service (SAAS) company, most of my customer contact is via the web (website forms and email). Only a select few of my customers actually have my telephone number. However, it's high time to add web conferencing and video as a means of improving communication with customers. If pictures speak a thousand words, perhaps video speaks ten thousand. In the past, I've researched… Continue

Added by Truman Leung on August 13, 2008 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

PBN Book of Lists (Web Design) - Analyzed...

On Friday, Pacific Business News published their list of Web Designers, it is always so interesting to take a more in-depth look at the details to see what they really mean. The list is quite deceiving as it is ranked by annual revenue without regard for the percentage of revenue actually generated by web services. So for instance if Hawaiian Airlines decided they were going to give their Hawaii bound travelers a website to post vacation photos and a forum to blog on their favorite places… Continue

Added by Rob Bertholf on August 12, 2008 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Startup weekend?

Sid Savara and I have been talking about planning a startup weekend -- you and your geekiest friends, making something for the internet in a weekend. You can read more about the sort of event we're thinking of here.

If you'd be interested, post here, and if you know someone else that might be, forward this to them. If we get enough "heck yeah"s we'll put together a date (possibly early sept) and venue. (Also, let us know if you have… Continue

Added by Shawn Drost on August 7, 2008 at 3:07pm — 16 Comments

Perhaps it's time for a seed fund incubator in Hawaii?

This latest TechCrunch post, "LaunchBox Unleashes Its First Nine Startups" really got me thinking of whether we could do something like this in Hawaii.

Ever since I met Paul Graham back in 2004 when I presented at MIT's Spam Conference (fast forward 21 minutes to see me make a presentation in… Continue

Added by Peter Kay on August 5, 2008 at 8:00pm — 42 Comments

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