Category: The Web

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....

First Flickr Friday of 2008

First Flickr Friday of 2008

It seems like only last week that local shutterbugs came together for food, fellowship, and f-stops. And it was. But tomorrow brings the monthly Flickr Friday lunch meetup downtown. We’ll be taking over Mini Garden (50 N. Hotel St.), a Chinese restaurant at the corner of Hotel and Smith streets....

YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

YouTV: TiVo to Support Video Podcasts

Looks like I got back into making videos just in time: TiVo users will soon be able to watch video podcasts as easily as they can watch “regular” television. The announcement was made this week at CES, and will only require a free software update for current customers. We love...

Hawaii Flickr Meetup Tomorrow

Hawaii Flickr Meetup Tomorrow

My family and I are reluctantly back from the Big Island, where we welcomed 2008 from a rustic vacation rental in Volcano Village. Relaxed and rejuvenated, what better way to jump into the New Year than with a fun, friendly gathering of local shutterbugs? Tomorrow brings an official Hawaii Flickr...

Beautiful Flight Patterns

Beautiful Flight Patterns

Data can be beautiful. UCLA designer, artist, and researcher Aaron Koblin took 24 hours’ worth of air traffic data from the FAA and created mesmerizing visualizations of otherwise everyday flight activity. You can check out Koblin’s collection of Flight Pattern” videos, or jump straight to a fantastic montage of several...

HVCB Picks Online Video Partner

HVCB Picks Online Video Partner

In an attempt to help Hawaii “go viral” in the world of web video, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has partnered with TurnHere, “a full-service Internet video solutions provider to the media, publishing, travel, local and real estate industries.” Specifically, TurnHere will distribute HVCB videos across the Internet via...

PBS Hawaii Adds Blog, Message Board

PBS Hawaii Adds Blog, Message Board

It’s only been a few weeks since Leslie Wilcox started blogging at PBS Hawaii, but the local public television station is already pushing even further into the great conversation on the web. “Digital Dialog” is a new blog focused on PBS Hawaii’s transition from analog to digital television, which will...

HPU Gets Comic Treatment

HPU Gets Comic Treatment

Meet Columbidai and Mangus, the two newest Big Critters on Campus at Hawaii Pacific University. The pigeon and mongoose pair will star in a new online comic that saw its debut yesterday at FortStreetPulse.com. Columbidai and Mangus is (are?) the brainchild of FortStreetPulse.com founder Carlos Urreta and talented digital artist...

Search for Local Coupons in Google Maps

Search for Local Coupons in Google Maps

Looking for a deal? Google it! The search giant (and up-and-coming global empire) has quietly introduced the ability to search for printable coupons in Google Maps. As local search blogger Mike Blumenthal notes, apart from some coupon-related domain names spotted last month, Google’s work on the service has largely stayed...

The Lobby in Hawaii

The Lobby in Hawaii

Hawaii is hosting one of the hottest events in the white-hot “Web 2.0” space: “The Lobby Conference,” brainchild of August Capital’s Kevin Hornik. The proverbial who’s who of new media was invited to The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island “to turn the traditional conference on its head.” In the...

Honolulu Ranked Fifth Bloggiest

Honolulu Ranked Fifth Bloggiest

Honolulu is the nation’s fifth largest “blogging market,” according to the results of a survey released today (PDF) by the consumer shopping experts at Scarborough Research. The firm says 12 percent of adult Oahu residents are bloggers, which they defined as adults who have “read or contributed to a blog...

Ask 500 People, Right Now

Ask 500 People, Right Now

Ever wish you poll a global audience on any question, and get your answer in a matter of minutes? You can, now, with Ask500People. The site, which launches today after months of tweaking and testing by the brilliant minds at Wondermill, promises, “World Opinion, While You Watch.” And it delivers,...

Google Grabs Jaiku

Google Grabs Jaiku

The “activity stream and presence sharing service” Jaiku has been snapped up by Google. Technology has made staying in touch with your friends and family both easier and harder: living a fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle is easier (and a lot of fun), but it’s more difficult to keep track of everyone...

The Kona Blog Marches On

The Kona Blog Marches On

Congratulations to Big Island blogger Aaron Stene, who posted his 1,000th entry this week. The milestone is even more impressive considering the passion with which he also speaks out on local issues via letters to the editor and participation on message boards. This was also the week he made the...

Google Takes TheBus

Google Takes TheBus

Trying to figure out how to get from Waikiki to Aloha Stadium on TheBus? You could call (808) 848-5555 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., or you could ask Google, any time. Honolulu’s award winning public transportation system is included in Google Transit, which can tell you where to catch...

Catchy reCAPTCHA

Catchy reCAPTCHA

The best part of blogging is getting comments. The worst part of blogging is getting comment… spam. Every escribitionist knows the crestfallen sensation of receiving a delicious morsel of feedback that turns out to be a crude pitch for pills, porn, or trading secrets the fat cats on Wall Street...

Carnival of Aloha II: Electric Boogaloo

Carnival of Aloha II: Electric Boogaloo

Kudos to Evelyn of Homespun Honolulu on the triumphant launch of the second “Carnival of Aloha.” I’m proud to be a part of this latest tour through the island blogosphere, and honored to be the first stop. Especially after I failed to be entirely complimentary the first time around. For...

New Media, Old Media, We Media

New Media, Old Media, We Media

I was fortunate to be able to participate in a panel discussion for the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2007 today. The topic was “Evolution of On-line News & Its Effect on Journalism and News Reporting,” and my fellow panelists were: Chris Archer, News Director, KGMB9 Sandra Oshiro, Managing Editor...

Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

About a month ago, I blogged about how the Webkinz virtual world would shut down every night just when my kids (and presumably other kids in the Hawaii time zone) would be trying to get online. By scheduling their system updates at midnight on the East Coast, they were cutting...

Google Looking at a Trans-Pacific Link?

Google Looking at a Trans-Pacific Link?

Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean, reports telecom news site Communications Day, but it’s unclear whether this big fat tube will bless Hawaii with bandwidth or pass us by entirely. Dubbed the “Unity” cable, the trans-Pacific link would be built in partnership with several...