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Entries from July 30th, 2007

Checking Out the Hawaii Superferry

July 30th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii

Even though the “Interisland Air War” between airlines has given us unrealistic $29, $19, even $1 airfares, there is an incredible amount of interest in the new Hawaii Superferry. The Alakai — a massive 800-ton, 1,000-foot long double-hulled vessel — was built in Alabama and arrived in Hawaii to much fanfare at the end of June. Until […]

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Elvis in Bronze at the Blaisdell

July 27th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Hawaii

A life-sized, 1,100-pound bronze statue of Elvis Presley was unveiled yesterday on the grounds of the Neal Blaisdell Center. The 6’2″ music icon is depicted atop a pedestal bearing plaques that explain how his 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” show at the Blaisdell was a major television milestone, broadcast live to over a billion people in […]

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Maui Station Callsign: KUNT

July 26th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Hawaii

Erika Engle, business reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, goes there in Thursday’s “TheBuzz” column, pointing out that the staid, obscenity averse FCC recently greenlit a low-power Maui digital TV station with the callsign KUNT. Feigning naivety for a moment, allow me to explain that the presumed phonetic pronunciation of the station’s name could be considered […]

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Tubes Clogged?

July 24th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · The Web

No, just a power outage. Geeks across Twitter (which did not go down) are reporting various websites and online services as unavailable. They include Craigslist, SixApart (LiveJournal and Typepad), Technorati, Yelp, Second Life… Google News turns up this report of an outage in Simi Valley, but I’m not sure if it’s related.

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One in a Million

July 21st, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · The Web

Congratulations to long-time Hawaii blogger Ian Lind for logging his millionth visitor today. (When I checked in, I was logged as visitor number 1,000,050.) As Ian himself notes, the true number of iLind.net visitors likely surpasses a million a year. But he’s had that old-school GIF counter from thecounter.com on his site since 1999. Ian […]

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Got Broadband?

July 20th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · The Web

Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye is behind a bill that would require several government agencies to provide better information about broadband internet service availability. Our lawmakers need to know what they’re talking about before they start passing laws. Otherwise we get hilarious yet terrifying lectures about tubes. So as the debate over “Net Neutrality” rages […]

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Tumbling Along

July 20th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · The Web

Once upon a time, old-school online diarists — an ancient civilization that hand-coded HTML and updated static pages, uphill, both ways! — decried the rise of the weblog as the beginning of the end. “There goes the neighborhood,” was the familiar refrain, as publishing stuff on the web became push-button easy. Carefully crafted “stories” gave way to […]

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iPhone vs. Car

July 15th, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Gadgets

“Ever wonder what happens when your iPhone gets run over by a car?” That was the cringe-inducing question posed by friend and fellow iPhone owner Paul, both on Twitter and on the Bytemarks mailing list. Holding my breath, I read the rest of the story. “Well… I found out the hard way when the case […]

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