Category: Gadgets

Mac a’hiki TechFest Tomorrow

Mac a’hiki TechFest Tomorrow

A keynote by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. Talks on Apple OSX Leopard (by Rolf Nordahl of the MacMouse Club) and digital photography (by Dwight Okumoto of the Professional Photographers of Hawaii). A swap meet to buy, sell or trade computer or camera gear, an Apple and Macintosh “Fixit Clinic,” and...

Robotics Finals Today

Robotics Finals Today

It’s not too late to catch some of Hawaii’s brightest young minds in action in one of the most surprisingly exciting competitions you’ll likely ever see. And admission is free! Today is the last day of the FIRST in Hawai`i Regional Robotics Competition, taking place at the Stan Sheriff Center...

Hawaii iPod Beach Chairs

Hawaii iPod Beach Chairs

Macworld writer Dan Frakes was vacationing with his family on Kauai last week, and strolled into the gift shop at Kokee Lodge. Nestled among the usual “Hawaii-themed souvenirs, tchotchkes, and crafts,” however, he spotted a miniature beach chair. Just the right size to give your iPod or iPhone a cozy...

I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

I Can Has Cheezburger on iPhone

If you’re a “lolcat” fan with an iPhone, you can now get a specially formatted fix of funny felines. The weird and whimsical website I Can Has Cheezburger, which is the brainchild of local geek Eric Nakagawa and his friends, has just announced an iPhone-optimized interface. All you have to...

Unconferenz Ahoy!

Unconferenz Ahoy!

Hawaii will host its first “unconference” tomorrow at JAIMS in Hawaii Kai. Dubbed “Unconferenz,” it’s the brainchild of digital wonderer Burt Lum, no stranger to bringing people together under the Bytemarks banner. An “unconference” is a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants....

Power of Vudu

Power of Vudu

The Vudu box, released into the wild in October, is a new way to enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows (including HD content) at home. No cable box or DVD mailers are required, just a broadband internet connection. And seeing another way to break into the monopoly cable companies...

Flight Attendant Flummoxed by iPhone

Flight Attendant Flummoxed by iPhone

On a recent trip to Hawaii on cheap discount airline ATA, an iPhone-toting traveler named Craig sparked a snit from a flight attendant when he had the audacity to safely operate an electronic device while in-flight. Despite the demonstrated use of the iPhone’s “airplane mode” — an interference-free setting common...

Got iPhone?

Got iPhone?

If you’ve got an Apple iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can now browse Hawaii Blog with ease. Thanks to the iWPhone WordPress Plugin, this site now looks especially slick and clean for users of these devices… but looks exactly the same for everyone else. Yes, I realize the ridiculousness...

More iPhone Aloha

No doubt about it, Steve Jobs loves Hawaii. One of the newest television ads for the revolutionary iPhone, “All The Parts,” prominently features the Kapalua Resort. In the commercial, the omnipresent iPhone hand model looks up the current weather conditions in Lahaina, checks the traffic around San Francisco International Airport,...

Didn’t Get the Hint

Didn’t Get the Hint

Last week, my kids (again) killed their Mac mini. The Ala Moana Apple Store held on to it for a few days, but eventually (again) replaced the optical drive at no charge. Since the keyboard my kids were using — a black and blue classic from an old G4 tower — had...

iPhone vs. Car

iPhone vs. Car

“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...

My Wii Number

My Wii Number

We have a Wii. I’m not a gamer at all (we have a PlayStation 2, dance pad and all, and have used it maybe a dozen times), but Nintendo’s groundbreaking console is surprisingly fun and addictive. Instead of focusing on horsepower and the latest and greatest graphics, the Wii is...

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....

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....