Bytemarks Cafe – Episode 2 – Aug. 13, 2008

We talk about the future of broadband Internet in Hawaii. Should we be satisfied with the current speeds we’re offered? And are companies staying competitive? This week’s guests:

  • Molly Holzschlag
  • David Lassner, CIO of the Univ. of Hawaii
  • Cliff Miyake, General Manager of TW Telecom

This week’s show topics:

  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, in partnership with top international scientists and the U.S. Navy, has just completed a pioneering research effort in Hawaii to measure the biology and behavior of some of the most poorly understood whales on Earth.
  • Popular Hawaii artist Peggy Chun is still painting, despite being fully paralyzed, thanks to “brain painting,” made possible by a computer system developed with the help of a local technology company and a scientist the University of Virginia.
  • Oceanit’s Nanoconcrete has won a spot on NASA’s 2008 Nanotech Briefs Nano 50, which recognizes the top 50 technologies, innovators, and products that have significantly impacted the development of nanotechnology.
  • Scientists in Europe are about to fire up the biggest particle accelerator ever built. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, located over 300 feet underground near Geneva, Switzerland, announced this week that they’re going to start whipping particles around on September 10, less than a month from now.
  • Molly E. Holzschlag — well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author — is returning to Honolulu this week to lead workshops for Pacific New Media.
  • Hawaii Broadband Task Force was put together by the 2007 Legislature to look at what can be done to help Hawaii stay competitive with other states and countries with broadband Internet infrastructure. David Lassner chairs the task force.
  • This week’s audio pick came from the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, here’s Blondfire and their song Pretty Young Thing.

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