Hawaiʻi's Technology Community

I just returned from a business trip to Tokyo. Its always fun to see whats happening in Japan's tech mecca. Every year the vending machines and mobile phones seem to move closer to sentience. In case they are already self aware and are reading this newsletter, I want you to know I welcome our new vendoketai skynet overlords.

Tokyo is the most wired city in the world. If you've ever seen the Simpson's episode where Homer gets restaurant recommendations from his hotel toilet - well, that isn't far from the truth. Vending machines now incorporate facial recognition and have recommendation engines that make drink suggestions based on gender and age. Middle aged man? Coffee. Older guy? Tea. Young woman? Something sugary. No, I'm not kidding.

On the home front, as many of you have already noticed, there have been quite a few upgrades to Ning, the platform used by TechHui. Update emails now contain the content of the update (finally!) and new members can join with their Facebook, Google or Yahoo acounts. This is all very good news and should assist growth.

We have some great conversations going in the blog about Foursquare's growth in Japan, bad touches from TSA, Facebook and Google's battle, and Microsoft's HTML5 / Silverlight blunders. Swing by today and join the conversation!

We have about a dozen new tech jobs on the job board and some new posts for positions with the Governor's office coming soon, so make sure to check back regularly if you are in the market.

Finally, there are a lot of great tech events in December ranging from a Web Analytics class from Rob Bertholf to a Maui Techies meetup tomorrow night.

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Comment by Cameron Souza on December 4, 2010 at 10:01am
Yep - The RSS feed is definitely more stable these days. That was always one of my main gripes. That and the email notifications not having any content, which has also been fixed.
Comment by Paul Graydon on December 2, 2010 at 5:37pm
It seems to me that Ning's RSS is increasingly getting better. It's not quite so random-batch these days. Used to be I could go a day, maybe two, without getting any updates in Google Reader from techhui, now they almost always come through in real time.
Comment by Daniel Leuck on December 2, 2010 at 1:27pm
@Dan you aren't feeding them enough red bull. Also try yelling TYPE FASTER at random intervals.
Comment by Dan Zelikman on December 2, 2010 at 9:23am
Will do sir!

Ahh.. search... I'm on it! But you know how pesky those developer types can be! ;)

Happy Holidays!
Comment by Daniel Leuck on December 2, 2010 at 9:11am
@Dan @Brian I'm glad you enjoyed it. Feedback is always appreciated.

@Dan I've also enjoyed your posts on Civil Beat. CB has developed into a really great un-paper. On my Christmas list: Search on Civil Beat :-)

We look forward to seeing you at a future event. You are also welcome to swing by the office anytime. Say hello to Randy, John, Mark, Nanea and the rest of the gang for me.
Comment by Brian Fannin on December 2, 2010 at 9:05am
+1 Definitely enjoyed the newsletter.
Comment by Dan Zelikman on December 2, 2010 at 12:14am
Great newsletter Dan, thanks! Your Tokyo insight was both interesting and hilarious. Hope to catch you at an event soon! Hope all is well!


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