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Battling Click-Bait and Sustaining the "Hill of Wow"

Revulsion of click-bait content has recently boiled over again, accompanied by some fascinating analysis about how higher quality, more meaningful content is so much better at engaging readers for longer amounts of time and the tantalizing thought that ““you’d probably do better sitting on the right hand hill”... …


Added by Tzyh Ng on July 23, 2014 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

Observing Tech in Japan

Recently I visited Japan.  The last time I visited was in 2010.  Japan has always been known for it’s electronics and technology so I was looking forward to seeing how it’s changed in four years and how it differs from the U.S.  These are just my personal observations so they may not be indicative of actual trends or market share figures.



Added by Douglas Ching on July 9, 2014 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys, Plural

What does Hawaii's tech community think of Marc Andreessen's thoughts on building other Silicon Valleys:

What It Will Take to Create the Next Great Silicon Valleys, Plural

Added by Augusto Callejas on June 23, 2014 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Unit-Testing T-SQL Projects

Recently, I've been tasked with maintaining software that is driven by T-SQL. Unfortunately, these applications did not have sufficient documentation describing what the software does and what its expected behaviors are. Thus, I was thinking of a low-cost and simple way of introducing unit-testing so that I can have a better understanding of what's going on in the software and to provide a means of stating my assumptions on what the expected behaviors are.

In this post, I describe in…


Added by David Chung on June 19, 2014 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Endless Possibilities in User Interfacing with Myo

As an engineer, you often find solutions to problems, not the other way around. However, once in a blue moon, a solution comes along that appears so interesting and full of potential that you feel compelled to dream up applications for it. Such is the case with Thalmic Lab's…


Added by Joseph Lui on June 18, 2014 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

E-Commerce on Rails: Working with Spree

At work, I was recently tasked with building a web site wrapper around a Heroku software-as-a-service that we had built earlier last year (Bomberman).  While the core functionality of this new application is identical to the Heroku service, we were required to implement our own subscription service to replicate the purchasing and billing functionality provided by Heroku and throughout the…


Added by Christopher Foo on June 17, 2014 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Windows App Studio Review

Create apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 without coding.

The biggest issue facing Windows and Windows Phone is the relative scarcity of apps compared to Android and iOS.  Microsoft faces an uphill battle in attempting to sway companies and mobile developers into building apps for Windows Phone.  

One of the offerings created to help close this gap is called App Studio.  App Studio was first released last…


Added by Douglas Ching on May 16, 2014 at 9:16am — 1 Comment

Annual “Tech Visa” lottery leaves half of applicants disappointed

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ran its annual selection process to distribute the quota of 85,000 high-skilled worker visas among over 172,000 applicants in April.  Tech firms who rely on the H-1B visa category are finding this bottleneck in the labor market increasingly difficult to manage and appear to be developing strategies for…


Added by John Robert Egan on May 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Scaling the Walls: A Look Back at How the Community Broke Into a Closed System

While looking through some old code, I found my first iOS projects that I did while I was a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The earliest of which goes back to November of 2008, which was 4 months or so after the App Store opened its doors (according to Wikipedia). Since then I had developed 3 apps (two ended up in the App Store), the last of which I worked on in 2010.



Added by George Lee on May 2, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

Giving Your Pitch - Getting Support

Have an idea to pitch? The time is now.

You have great ideas.  You need support for your great ideas.  Here are two upcoming events you don't want to miss:

Maui Tech Night

The centerpiece of the event is an investor pitch contest, where five of the most promising…

Added by Bobbi Carter on April 30, 2014 at 1:12pm — No Comments

What Happened to Sopogy?

I just read that Sopogy shut down. I am surprised because I thought it was the next big thing for Hawaii with an imminent IPO. Any idea what happened?

Added by John on April 27, 2014 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

In Search of One Digital Marketing Platform to Unite Them All

One of the key challenges for online marketers is coordinating effectively the wide range of digital channels for outreach and the fragmented and siloed reporting these channels generate. From my recent research of mobile marketing tools and platform vendors, the situation is improving for marketers -- although it is far from completely resolved.

Starting from a mobile tool-set such as SMS/MMS and voice,…


Added by Tzyh Ng on April 18, 2014 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Mobile First, Content First

Mobile first -- the principle of approaching digital design from mobile form factors first, then accommodating larger form factors afterwards -- is a buzz term. It turns on its head the old status quo of designing for desktops primarily, with mobile as an afterthought. The term trips glibly off tongues everywhere now, but don’t scoff at its current trendiness. You might miss the fact that it’s a god-send to content strategists and UX designers.…


Added by Tzyh Ng on April 1, 2014 at 5:17pm — 1 Comment

7 Funnel Secrets to Draw Your Very Best Clients

NO FOOLING! April 1st. For the first time I'm going to lay out my "7 Funnel Secrets to Draw Your Very Best Clients" at the Hawaii Internet Marketers Association next week.

Space is limited so save your spot here:…


Added by Laura K. Kinoshita on March 25, 2014 at 2:29pm — No Comments

A pretty neat programming interview question

Added by Leo D on March 24, 2014 at 10:03pm — 2 Comments

The Next Killer App

I was twirling the thought of Chaum's Protocol in my head, its intricacies filling the gaps between my synapses. Impressed by its cryptographic properties, I could not at the same time escape a nagging sensation in another part of my brain:…


Added by Joseph Lui on March 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

Sequencing computations in Javascript

Sequencing computations in Javascript

Given any sequence of simple assignment statements concluded by a return statement, we can view the whole sequence

as a function that executes the first statement,

and then executes and returns a function that contains the rest of the statements.

For example, this sequence of two statements, which results in 6,

x = 3;




can be re-written as:



Added by Leo D on March 20, 2014 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Global Windows Azure Bootcamp

Save the date! Join us on Saturday, March 29th, for the Global Windows Azure Boot Camp! This year, you can join thousands of friends online by participating in this Global Event and support cutting edge diabetes research. The 2014 event will be hosting a globally distributed lab in which attendees of the event will deploy virtual machines in Windows Azure which will help analyze data needed for diabetes research.

This event is geared towards…


Added by Laura K. Kinoshita on March 19, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments

Secure Your Digital Life

We are living in an era where we store personal and private information digitally on our smartphones, laptops and on “the cloud”. Malicious entities, and even government entities are always looking for ways to get to that information.  You need to take extra steps to ensure your life stays private. Here are some measures you can take to help ensure that:

Use encryption everywhere

Encrypt data on your computer’s hard drive by using file encryption programs, such…


Added by Daniel Nishimura on March 17, 2014 at 4:34pm — 4 Comments

Adobe Creative Cloud Experience - Alternatives?

About a year ago Adobe announced that it would be ending their Creative Suite offering, rebranding their applications under the Creative Cloud. Customers would no longer be able to pay once for most of the main Adobe software and use it forever.  Instead they now need to pay monthly and will no longer be able to use the software if they stop paying.  I don’t use Adobe software extensively, but there are times when I need to so I decided to try it out for a year using their…


Added by Douglas Ching on March 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

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