Category: The Web

Webkinz Woes

Webkinz Woes

Being a geek and a father, I’ve long tracked online destinations for kids. And while the offerings of Nick Jr. and PBS Kids are largely Flash-based brand reinforcement exercises, they are interactive (unlike the TV shows most of them are based on) and free (usually). And since I’m also a...

Capitalizing on Caturday

Capitalizing on Caturday

During yesterday’s lifecasting talk at Hawaii Public Radio, I got to meet Eric Nakagawa, a guy who’s impossibly close to one of the year’s hottest Internet memes: lolcats. Lolcats are those Photoshopped pictures of cats with ridiculous captions that are so pervasive, they’ve spread beyond inboxes and blogs and message...

Mixed Plate Special is Served

Mixed Plate Special is Served

Today brings the official launch of Mixed Plate Special, a new online lifestyle magazine focused on Hawaii. A “virtual exhibition space” of sorts, Mixed Plate Special aims to chronicle modern Hawaii life in a variety of ways. “We’re really excited about bringing a fresh media outlet to the islands, one...

Tubes Clogged?

Tubes Clogged?

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...

One in a Million

One in a Million

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...

Got Broadband?

Got Broadband?

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...

Tumbling Along

Tumbling Along

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...

Indie Lifecasting

Indie Lifecasting

Things really do happen faster on Internet time. Turns out one of Hawaii’s first “professional lifecasters” is already going independent. Star 101.9’s Maleko showed early interest in lifecasting, and was (along with yours truly) a finalist in Ustream’s “Lifecaster Grant” program earlier this month. So it seemed perfect that his...

ChipIn Goes Facebook

ChipIn Goes Facebook

One of Hawaii’s tech startups, fundraising facilitator ChipIn, has unveiled its Facebook Application. ChipIn, which was effusively profiled in Hawaii Business Magazine (with several follow-up pieces), didn’t seem to be getting much traction outside of Hawaii. I seem to recall it made a blip on the radar after the October...

PayPerPost 2.0?

PayPerPost 2.0?

Silicon Valley gossip blog Valleywag, which generally teeters just beyond the edge of credible reporting, surprisingly nailed a serious story today. As serious as blogging gets, at least. “Microsoft pays star writers to recite slogan,” declared Nick Denton, and the names called out are hardly bit players in the blogosphere....

Justin.TV’s Hawaii Channel

Justin.TV’s Hawaii Channel

I’ve written before about Justin.TV and Justin Kan, the San Francisco lifecaster whose antics inspired me to start experimenting with live video. It all ultimately led to the launch of HawaiiGeek.TV, my own lifecasting site (which got some notice in a recent Honolulu Advertiser article). Plenty of my fellow island...

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...

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...

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...