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October 2008 Blog Posts (10)

November Newsletter

After a peculiar lull early in the month we finished strong with membership blowing past 500 and the heaviest monthly traffic to date. New interest groups include Film and Television, Freehacker's Union, Second Life, Healthcare IT and… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on October 31, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Featured Techie: Professor Philip Johnson

We had the pleasure of working with Professor Johnson and his Hackystat team several years ago on an open source community project. In addition to being impressed by the CSDL's Hackystat and Jupiter projects, I found the program's focus on producing well rounded software developers refreshing. In stark contrast to many of… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on October 31, 2008 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

ad4u by Drecom

Lately I've been reading a lot on Drecom's ad4u targeted ad technology in Japan. Ad4u has been somewhat on the Japanese web radar for its controversy over invading user privacy.

So what is ad4u? Drecom is currently keeping the exact details of this technology a secret (awaiting patent in Japan) but the concept is very simple. Ad4u uses javascript to analyze user's browsing history and then displays relevant ads based on this information. For… Continue

Added by Scott Murphy on October 29, 2008 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

lacy veach day of discovery 2008

(cross posted from

if you think this is cool we are always looking for help with tech talks and presentations for different events. here is one that we are trying to plan right now for an event at Jarrett Middle School

this past weekend we participated in… Continue

Added by aaron kagawa on October 29, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

PodCamp Hawaii 2008: Blogatwitteropalooza

Today just before lunch I popped over to the

PodCamp Hawaii 2008 unconference to check out the scene and say hello to friends. As usual




Ryan and friends did a great job of… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on October 25, 2008 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Facebook and LinkedIn UIs Still Smell Funny

Is it just me, or are the major social network UIs still counterintuitive and in some cases getting worse? I find myself going on scavenger hunts for common functions in LinkedIn. Ryan and I recently discovered dozens of users waiting to join our LinkedIn groups because we were unaware they had applied. There are no email notifications and it takes four clicks just to discover new members waiting to join your group. LinkedIn's UX… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on October 17, 2008 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

congratulations to dan leuck for winning 2008 high tech leader award

congratulations goes out to dan leuck for winning one of the high tech leaders awards from the 2008 flavors of technology and technology industry awards sponsored by Technology News Bytes and the Pacific Technology Foundation this past weekend. dan has been be an awesome leader in the techhui community and really well respected throughout our industry. i know i… Continue

Added by aaron kagawa on October 7, 2008 at 12:45am — 6 Comments

State wants to know about small businesses in Hawaii that do app dev & other IT projects

I just got this from Senator Sam Slom. Pls take a look and if you are a small company that does application development and other IT projects, pls reply to this thread with your name, company, web, phone, & email address. I'll pass the link on to the parties concerned.

Hope this means you get a chance to bid on some deals!

"Hello, my name is Debra Gagne and I am the administrator for the Information and Communications Services division for the State of Hawaii. Russ… Continue

Added by Peter Kay on October 7, 2008 at 12:00am — 9 Comments

Projects needing developer help

I teach beginner web classes occasionally at UH. The classes often have people who have web ideas and want to know how to make a snazzy web site. After the class is over, they quickly conclude that it is going to be awhile before they are able to execute their ideas, so they ask me to make sites for them.

I am too busy and I often lack the talent to do what they want. I have a few projects lined up that require developer help. If you have interest in any of these, please contact me… Continue

Added by Blaine Fergerstrom on October 6, 2008 at 10:22am — 3 Comments

October Featured Techie: Kevin Hughes

I was introduced to Kevin four years ago by my good friend Olin Lagon. It was immediately apparent Kevin possessed a rare combination of technical skills and a keen aesthetic sense. Kevin doesn't program UIs, he sculpts them. One of the best examples of Kevin’s superb UI work is SproutBuilder. There are quite a few Flash widget… Continue

Added by Daniel Leuck on October 1, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

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