Author: Ryan Ozawa

Podshow Hacked

Podshow Hacked

Podcasters with accounts at Adam Curry’s PodShow “social media community” got a bizarre e-mail message this morning: From: “hacked.by.yeknom@podshow.com” Reply-To: k.ostrowski@podshow.com To: account@address.tld Date: Jun 5, 2007 7:12 AM Subject: HACKED! Mailed-By: podshow.com podshow.com got HACKED by yeknom! The messages appear to have been copied to PodShow’s lead developer, Kevin...

Aloha, Mahalo.com

Aloha, Mahalo.com

Perennial übergeek Jason Calcanis — “Entrepreneur in Action” at Sequoia Capital and founder and former CEO of Weblogs, Inc. — today unveiled his latest brainchild: Mahalo.com. He apparently secured the domain last November, before he knew what he’d ultimately do with it… a tendency I know very well. But he soon found...

First Hawaiian Bank’s Stock Offering

First Hawaiian Bank’s Stock Offering

Work with video often enough, and you become very familiar with “stock footage.” Generic, cut-and-paste clips that can fill out a project. Just like the good ol’ days of clip art, though, some images quickly become overused. I was amused to see some familiar faces in a recent television commercial...

Flickr Ticker Eye Candy

Flickr Ticker Eye Candy

Whether or not you’re a Flickr user, you need to check out Gary Cohen’s Flickr Ticker. It’s an elegant presentation of Flickr photos (reminiscent of the Apple TV screen saver). Powered by JavaScript and Flash, Flickr Ticker is simple yet sexy. Load it up in the browser of your choice...

Towel Day, Interrupted

Towel Day, Interrupted

Yesterday was the seventh annual Towel Day, an international celebration of late author Douglas Adams, perhaps best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Now, Adams is my all-time favorite author. His Hitchhiker’s series shaped much of my outlook on life, his writing inspiring much of my own. The...

Bloggers are Journalists are Bloggers

Bloggers are Journalists are Bloggers

The never-ending debate as to whether bloggers are journalists (and therefore entitled to some of the protections afforded the press) has surfaced in Hawaii. Malia Zimmerman, former mainstream journalist turned “online journal” editor, has been hit with a subpoena to reveal her sources in stories on the Kaloko dam tragedy...

My Live Drive

My Live Drive

It Started with Justin It’s no coincidence that my blog and podcast went quiet right about the time Justin.TV went live. Indeed, for a couple of weeks, I became so obsessed with Justin Kan’s life in San Francisco, I started a blog about it. And that blog did so well,...

Old Standby

Old Standby

When I’m at work, my Mac sits beside me as my window to the outside world. Sometimes its my “with friends” Twitter stream, sometimes it’s a live webcam or two, and sometimes it’s Digg Labs’ “swarm.” A lot of the time, though, it’s this “newsmap” page. Taking your typical linear...

Justin.TV: It’s Atypical Life

Justin.TV: It’s Atypical Life

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...

Apple TV First Impressions

Apple TV First Impressions

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....

‘Dirty Jobs’ Loses ‘Faith’ Theme

‘Dirty Jobs’ Loses ‘Faith’ Theme

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...

Another ‘LOST’ Film Snafu?

Another ‘LOST’ Film Snafu?

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...

Amazon Unbox Comes to TiVo

Amazon Unbox Comes to TiVo

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....

ZIP It for Schenectady

ZIP It for Schenectady

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...

Twitter vs. Jaiku

Twitter vs. Jaiku

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...

HTY Got “LOST”

HTY Got “LOST”

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...

iLike Revisited: The Need for Feed

iLike Revisited: The Need for Feed

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...

Leslie Wilcox Tribute

Leslie Wilcox Tribute

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,...

Aloha, Mary Kaye

Aloha, Mary Kaye

Hawaii and Las Vegas have always had a special bond, a link unexpectedly illustrated by Mary Kaye. Born Mary Ka‘aihue in Detroit, and raised in St. Louis, Mary soon had a hand in shaping the very character of Vegas. Known to some as the “First Lady of Rock and Roll,”...