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Where to work

We work on long distance projects from home offices. We should have invested in solar years ago. Now Hawaii Electric is telling us we'll have no power as they replace telephone poles in our area. We're scrambling to find a place with access to the Internet from where we can participate in Skype and GoToMeeting scrums. Any ideas?

Added by Robert J. Vitello on April 27, 2015 at 3:15am — No Comments

A Look at Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061

In my last blog post I wrote about Windows 10 preview for phones. Yesterday Microsoft released the latest technical preview for Windows 10 on desktops, build 10061. With the rumored end of July release date of Windows 10 here is a look at where Windows 10 is today.  The current build is the most refined one yet, but is still very buggy and hopefully…


Added by Douglas Ching on April 23, 2015 at 12:50pm — 3 Comments

Google API Authorization Using Oauth2 in Ruby on Rails

Added by Leo D on April 22, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Bootcamp'd: A Retrospective

“I never want to become a teacher.” — 20 year old me.

I stood at a crossroads as a junior in college. Organic Chemistry had destroyed any hope I had of going to medical school. I had declared Biology as my major, but I began to have second thoughts. I fell back on the thing I was good at, which was Mathematics. Still, I wasn’t sure what I would do with that degree.…


Added by George Lee on April 13, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

C# Architecture Preference

Having worked on many software projects written in C#, I've come to prefer certain conventions when creating the architecture of a C# project. In this highly opinionated blog post, I will share these personal preferences, which I hope may be of some value to the reader.

Single Solution, Multiple Projects

If possible, I prefer not to hunt down projects that ultimately make up the product. If a product is a collection of projects, then I think this should be bundled as a Visual…


Added by David Chung on April 13, 2015 at 12:02am — No Comments

Open Data Africa

We (v257 LLC) picked up some new assignments this month with Justin leading projects for our business partner, NuCivic, in a collaboration with IBM and the World Bank. We’re managing the development of Open Data web sites for the governments of Sierra Leone and Liberia. And we’re managing another project to enhance an Open Source software package that’s used on the …


Added by Robert J. Vitello on April 2, 2015 at 2:04am — No Comments

Rails on Windows With Bitnami

When I first started learning Ruby on Rails back in 2007, one thing was made clear: don’t even try setting it up on a Windows machine. Since then, we had some open source projects like RailsInstaller that make it really easy to set up a development environment on your machine. Also, with the advent of virtual machines…


Added by George Lee on March 25, 2015 at 11:23am — No Comments

Today I Learned — The App

People who know me know that I’ve been pretty busy lately. People who really know me know that I’m actually slammed. Yet, I’m taking a personal challenge to complete a small application in the month of March. As it turns out, I have an idea for a small bite-sized application that I can build in a month. It’s also a great chance to challenge myself to learn new frameworks and libraries.

The Problem



Added by George Lee on March 11, 2015 at 11:43am — 2 Comments

Remembering 3/11 and Yurekuru

About 15 seconds into this video you'll hear an alarm from an iOS app called Yurekuru, which is a Japanese word that translates to a shake or sway is…


Added by Christopher Kobayashi on March 11, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Remembering 3/11 and Twitter

I was sitting at my desk on the 6th floor with a fresh cup of coffee that I bought from Tully's downstairs. They're a bit pricey, but they smelled and tasted so good I could never resist. I usually got a hot cup of the daily special and did so that day.

Took a few sips and started a discussion with a colleague about the project that we were on.

The desk I was assigned to was in the corner with a window overlooking a major street and I could see down it all the way to Shimbashi…


Added by Christopher Kobayashi on March 10, 2015 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Ruby on SOAP

The slightly misnamed SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) protocol is in a sense a type-strong version of the much better know JSON interchange format.  The Ruby community clearly doesn't have as much affection for SOAP as the Java and .Net communities, but that makes sense as Ruby is a dynamic language with duck typing, which meshes better in philosophy with the lightweight JSON format, rather than the much more expressive and heavyweight SOAP format.

If given the choice between…


Added by Leo D on March 9, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Windows Phone 10 Tech Preview and Experience Using Windows Phone for 2 Years

Nearly 2 years ago I blogged about my experiences using Windows Phone for 6 months. I’m back to update my impression of Windows Phone as a whole and also blog about Windows 10 for phones.  Windows Phone has gone through several updates and in early February 2015 Microsoft released the first Tech Preview for Windows 10 on…


Added by Douglas Ching on March 2, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

SB 627: Continuation of the Manoa Innovation Center

On behalf of Ikayzo, inc., formerly a Manoa Innovation Center tenant, I respectfully submit testimony in STRONG SUPPORT of SB 627, the ten year extension of HTDC's land lease agreement with the University of Hawaii that facilitates uninterrupted operation of the Manoa Innovation Center.

The center played a critical role in the formation and scaling of both Ikayzo and Contix. In…


Added by Daniel Leuck on February 16, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

ArchISO with Broadcom Drivers

As a reference for myself in the future and for others who may find this information useful, this blog post describes my experience with installing ArchLinux on a machine that requires Broadcom wireless drivers for Wi-Fi and Ethernet isn't available.

I recently decided to install ArchLinux on my…


Added by David Chung on February 16, 2015 at 12:15am — 2 Comments

Programming for Kids

One thing I noticed in 2014 was an overall push to “learn to code”. Today computers are everywhere and we are only getting more reliant on them every day. It makes sense that more people and kids in particular are being exposed to programming. Here are some resources that I have found very easy to set up if you want to teach your kids about programming. Since I mainly use Windows this will be mainly a Windows centric post.  Also because this is a list of resources for kids I am…


Added by Douglas Ching on January 4, 2015 at 1:05pm — 7 Comments

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Added by Desiree on December 30, 2014 at 8:59am — No Comments

Tips on Using Social Media to Increase your Online Sales

Online businesses use various online marketing platforms to spread the word about their business. Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Email Marketing, Pay-Per-Click (PPC) campaigns, online advertorials, and social media marketing are some of the domains which provide ample opportunities for online marketers to promote their business. SEO Toronto firm helps in increasing your online business sales through social media. Over the past few…


Added by Eva Colnett on December 29, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Continuous Delivery with Ruby on Rails and Heroku

So I figured that as a follow-up of my overview on continuous delivery, I shall present past experiences of establishing such systems in various environments.

Version control systems (VCS) and continuous integration systems (CIS) are essential to me in software development so I like to set up a…


Added by David Chung on December 22, 2014 at 6:35am — 2 Comments

6 Reasons to Choose a Responsive Web Design

With the tremendous increase in the number of mobile web browsers, Mashable’s CEO Pete Cashmore dubbed 2013 as…


Added by Kyle H. Albert on December 19, 2014 at 12:02am — No Comments



            The tidal wave of online usage of social networks has spilled over into collaborative business networks.  Social networks such as Facebook are being used to create and market new ideas and innovations using social networking webpages.  Collaborative innovation networks have sprung up as online communities of like-minded people who choose to work together on innovation projects.  The speedup in investor expectation for startups to get to market using…


Added by Leighton K. Chong on December 12, 2014 at 8:21am — No Comments

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