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Entries from March 26th, 2007

Justin.TV: It’s Atypical Life

March 26th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · The Web

Justin.TV is a week old, and is taking the web (or at least the hyper-interconnected Web 2.0 startup crowd) by storm. The concept is simple enough: Justin Kan, 23, is broadcasting his life live on the web, 24/7, via streaming video. Watch him visit tech companies, and watch him use their bathrooms. Watch him chat […]

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Apple TV First Impressions

March 23rd, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Gadgets

In a word, bliss. Now, even as an Apple fanboy, I concede that Apple TV was overhyped in some quarters. At least I knew going in that it was a simple device with a simple mission: deliver media from iTunes on my computer to the TV in our living room. As a bit of background, […]

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‘Dirty Jobs’ Loses ‘Faith’ Theme

March 21st, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Pop Culture

My family loves “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel. The concept could have gone in some really unpleasant directions, but host Mike Rowe really makes it work. Mike has filmed several segments in Hawaii, visiting a taro farm, a micro-algae farm, and a volcano dream sequence for a California-based mud bath. From the beginning, the […]

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Another ‘LOST’ Film Snafu?

March 21st, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Pop Culture

Early last month, Mynette Louie of the Hawaii Film Blog posted an official notice from the Hawaii Film Office about the inadvertent destruction of film from two Hawaii productions. I immediately e-mailed around trying to confirm that “LOST” was one of the productions affected, but — at least as far as lowly bloggers are concerned — no […]

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Amazon Unbox Comes to TiVo

March 12th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Gadgets

While I wait for my Apple TV to ship, I was more than happy to try out the new Amazon Unbox on TiVo service. In short? I was surprised at how easy it was. The DRM is a serious downer, but that’s not something easily avoided in a mass-market service. I’m really looking forward to […]

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ZIP It for Schenectady

March 10th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Miscellaneous

Huh. We were watching an old episode of CBS’ mathematical crime series “NUMB3RS” on the TiVo. Charlie (David Krumholtz) randomly throws out this piece of trivia: The ZIP code 12345 exists, and is assigned to Schenectady, New York. Intrigued, I found this bit of trivia: There is a growing problem that the USPS is very […]

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Twitter vs. Jaiku

March 7th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Miscellaneous

Twitter is great. Don’t get me wrong. I use it all the time, ever since I got sucked in last November. What seems (and remains, for some) an inane, pointless, geek plaything has taken the Web 2.0 world by storm. It’s been called a “microblog” (thoughts too minor to warrant a full blog post — which […]

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HTY Got “LOST”

March 5th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Miscellaneous

Jen and I had a rare night out yesterday to attend a benefit reading for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth featuring several cast members from ABC’s filmed-in-Hawaii series “LOST“: Matthew Fox (Jack), Terry O’Quinn (Locke), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Michael Emerson (Ben) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet). I dare […]

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iLike Revisited: The Need for Feed

March 3rd, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Miscellaneous

A Twitter update by Burt reminded me that I wanted to revisit my review of iLike from last October. The folks at iLike are doing great things, adding great features all the time, keeping users informed via the iLike Team Blog. Service has been smooth and stable, the interface has been refined but remains sharp […]

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Leslie Wilcox Tribute

March 3rd, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Miscellaneous

After a 34-year career in local television news, veteran reporter and anchor Leslie Wilcox is moving behind the scenes and taking the reigns at PBS Hawaii, Hawaii’s public television station headquartered in Manoa. Coworker and friend Ron Mizutani produced a sweet, five-minute tribute to Leslie’s impressive career in local news, beginning with her days at […]

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