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Ask A Congressional Candidate a Tech Related Question!


Each month, Mōʻiliʻili Matters co-hosts a community social at the Willows Restaurant (901 Hausten Street) on the second Tuesday ofthe month. With a $10 entry fee, the event includes buffet style pūpūs (appetizers).

For April, we're adding something different. A Congressional Candidate Debate is a part of the April 13, 2010 event. Please see flyer below.

I'm discussing this on Tech Hui because I'd like to solicit the tech community for potential… Continue

Added by Derek on March 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

"Revolutionizing" Accessibility to State Archived Documents

I don't suppose a lot of people in the tech industry actually go to the state archives, but this entry may be of interest to many of you nonetheless.

I have absolutely no idea how many other states have archives that includes its own pre-statehood period, but our Hawai'i State Archives has archived documents that pre-dates its own statehood by more than 100 years.

Have you, or someone you know, tried to go to our… Continue

Added by Derek on January 14, 2010 at 10:30am — 13 Comments

Mobile apps, "Gov 2.0?"

In the summer of 2009, while I was working on the Nathaniel Kinney campaign, one of our goals was to help raise the level of transparency and efficiency of our city government through the use of the internet and mobile apps. This was articulated in a posting by Nathaniel Kinney (CLICK HERE to read that posting). An… Continue

Added by Derek on December 28, 2009 at 5:21am — 1 Comment

Maui Super Computer center in the news

In todayʻs (8/22/09) Honolulu Advertiser, there is an article on the substantial increase in power for the Maui High Performance Computing Center and that about $350,000 in electricity a month is being used to power the Center.

To read the entire article CLICK HERE. The article shares what the center is used for. Among the users is… Continue

Added by Derek on August 22, 2009 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

The visually impaired and internet access

This isnʻt much of a blog entry, but given the subject matter of this website I thought I would mention a brief news snippet I read in todayʻs Honolulu Star-Bulletin, it provides,

Blind man sues SBA over Web access

A blind business owner from Honolulu has filed a complaint against the U.S. Small Business Administration over access to its Web site.

Virgil… Continue

Added by Derek on July 23, 2009 at 9:25am — 6 Comments

The U.S. Government contacted Twitter about Iranian usage of the service during political protests

One of my interests, as stated on my profile page, is "the intersection of technology/new media with social and political activism."

Reuters India has an article titled, "U.S. State Department speaks to Twitter over Iran.

It is no surprise that Iranians are Tweeting. I think what was a surprise was the reported interaction between the State… Continue

Added by Derek on June 16, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin chimes in on Twitter too

On May 22, 2009, I posted an entry about the Pacific Business Newsʻ lengthy article on Twitter. CLICK HERE to read blog entry.

The Star-Bulletin, in its June 10, 2009, edition also has an article on Twitter. CLICK HERE to read article. It is not as lengthy as the PBN article, but it is somewhat interesting to read about.

Not that… Continue

Added by Derek on June 10, 2009 at 3:12am — No Comments

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority exploring new media & measuring the success of online marketing.

Two weeks after it printed a rather lengthy article on Twitter, Pacific Business News today has an article on bloggers, social media, and the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. CLICK HERE or go to for todayʻs article. The article also mentions Lezley P. "Neenz" Faleafine of… Continue

Added by Derek on June 5, 2009 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Finally a lengthy news article on Twitter in Hawaiʻi

Pacific Business News has a surprisingly long article on the use of Twitter by businesses in Hawaiʻi.

The article also provides a list of Hawaiʻi businesses that have Twitter accounts. An attempt to get us to follow them? Maybe.

I appreciate Roxanne Darlingʻs advice, "that doesn’t mean letting the chattiest employees tweet about their lunch choices." Often… Continue

Added by Derek on May 22, 2009 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Fail: A Laptop Theft gone bad - is Lo-Jack still necessary?

I just thought I'd mention it because I thought the story was funny.

I listened to the May 1, 2009, Geek News Central Podcast hosted by Hawai'i's Todd Cochrane.

From what I can remember of the story, basically, a guy stole another person's laptop. The person whose laptop got stolen, remotely accessed his computer and… Continue

Added by Derek on May 6, 2009 at 9:17am — 5 Comments

(Tech) Businesses and the Law

I've been wanting to write this particular blog posting for quite some time, but just got too busy at times to write it. When I wasn't too busy, I was often just too tired. Now, thanks to some "lifestyle" changes, I'm still busy but I feel motivated to finally sit down and write this blog entry.

As a law school graduate I subscribe to a number of American Bar Association magazines. One of my favorites is Business Law Today. The… Continue

Added by Derek on May 5, 2009 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Jennifer Lopez Foundation v. Jeremiah Tieman - a lesson in using celebrity names?

I'm almost embarrassed to say this but my girlfriend brought this arbitration case to my attention. It's not embarrassing that she told me about it, but of all the places (or sites) she could have heard about this case, it happened to be from the Perez Hilton site. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with Perez Hilton, I'm just not into gossip type sites or sites that I perceive to be gossip type… Continue

Added by Derek on April 11, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Twitter to be bought?

A day after my girlfriend (yes, that really is me with the mosaic-ed-out face and no she's not ashamed of me) wrote about Twitter and SEO value, I read an article in Pacific Business News about Google and Microsoft potentially interested in buying Twitter.

The article… Continue

Added by Derek on April 11, 2009 at 8:34am — 4 Comments

Rescuecom v. Google

I debated with myself whether to blog about this on TechHui and as you can tell now, I've decided to do it although with reservations. Please see disclaimer at the end of this posting before reading. I've read the recent Rescuecom v. Google decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and thought a posting on the topic might be of interest to some TechHui members. Be sure to read the disclaimer below the actual posting.

Anyone else who is interested in this… Continue

Added by Derek on April 7, 2009 at 10:22pm — 4 Comments


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