Bytemarks Cafe – Episode 14 – Nov. 5, 2008

This week, after the headlines, we’re joined in the studio by Ted Abe, who tells us about the upcoming Sony Expo. Then, we talk with Dr. Christine Sorensen from the UH College of Education and Mark Hines of the Mid-Pacific Institute about the transformation of the traditional classroom. You can learn more about the transformation of education in Hawaii at the Future Schools site.

News stories for the week…

  • 11,000 feet above sea level, climate scientists from the University of Colorado and the University of New Mexico studying the water cycle have successfully deployed a precision water isotope analyzer at a remote monitoring station near the top of Mauna Loa.
  • The Navy successfully intercepted one of two ballistic missiles this past weekend in the latest test of the nation’s missile defense system. The target missles were launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands on Kauai, and two Navy ships — the Aegis destroyer U.S.S. Paul Hamilton and the U.S.S. Hopper — took aim and fired their own missiles to intercept it.
  • Honolulu Community College and the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training or PCATT, accept a $327 million technology grant in the form of new software that will help students in Hawaii receive the latest training and gain a competitive edge in business.
  • The National Institutes of Health has awarded $1.31 million to help 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region learn about scientific research and possible careers in science. The funding is for the Pacific Education and Research for Leadership in Science (PEARLS) project, headed by Dr. Kelley Withy of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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Bytemarks Cafe – Episode 11 – Oct. 15, 2008

This week, Eugene Villaluz will join us in the studio to tell us about HMAUS Mactoberfest and later, we’ll talk to Shari Tamashiro, Cybrarian from Kapiolani Community College about Digital Storytelling, the Hawaii Nisei Story and Hawaii Memories.

It’s day 8 (don’t ask me why I say day 5 on the recording) of Celebration 2008 so if you enjoy Bytemarks Cafe and want to support tech reporting in Hawaii, please do consider making a donation online or by calling (808) 941-3689. Be sure to mention Bytemarks Cafe!

  • Mauna Kea will soon be the center of attention for NASA scientists when they test a robot designed for lunar prospecting. From  November 1st  through the 13th, the Big Island volcano will stand in for the moon so that the robot — called Scarab — can simulate a lunar mission to extract water, hydrogen, oxygen and other compounds that could potentially be mined for use by future lunar explorers.
  • Speaking of Mauna Kea, spectacular new photos of the planet Uranus taken from the Keck II Observatory were unveiled Monday at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. Since Uranus takes 84 years to orbit the sun, suffice it to say space observation has evolved considerably since the last time astronomers got a good look at the icy blue planet.
  • With fluctuating oil prices and a challenging economy, both public and private sector organizations are turning to alternative work environments such as telecommuting, flex time, work at home and four-day workweeks to ease the pain to their bottom lines and their employees’ wallets. That includes the Hawaii state government, which is piloting a four-day work week. Information Technology, or IT, is key to making it work.

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Bytemarks Cafe Episode 4 – August 27, 2008

On this episode we talk to Van Matsushige of Sopogy and Peter Rosegg of Hawaiian Electric Company. Both are involved with companies shaping Hawaii’s evolving energy landscape, one a solar energy provider and the other Hawaii’s primary electric utility.

In the News…

  • Google has said it invested $10.25 million to develop geothermal-energy technology aimed at extracting steam deep inside the earth to generate more electricity. The search giant’s investment arm, Google.org, has committed $6.25 million to AltaRock Energy, $4 million to Potter Drilling and $489,521 to the Southern Methodist University Geothermal Lab.
  • Students on Molokai have just received the first of 100 Apple laptops being distributed for “Project OHANA,”a program aimed at putting technology and connectivity into the hands and homes of students in rural communities in Maui county. Project OHANA — or Online Health and Academic Network Access — will ultimately distribute 100 laptops to students of Maui Community College, and it’s hoped that the computers will be used both by the students and their families.
  • With all the stories about sea faring vessels making their way across the Pacific propelled by low-carbon footprint methods like wind and rowing here is a land vessel going in the opposite direction. Laurel White has left her home in Paia, Maui in order to stage a North American environmental green energy tour in what she is calling her EcoVan.
  • Hollywood has built a fortune on the fear of meteors striking the Earth, wreaking “Armageddon” on the planet, but such disasters are not solely the realm of science fiction. There are scientists around the world dedicated to identifying “near Earth objects” or NEOs, and one of the most impressive efforts is being mounted here in Hawaii. It’s called the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, or Pan-STARRS, and the first of four telescopes is already scanning the skies. But as it turns out, STORING the massive volume of data involved requires a serious database.
  • Muxtape, the love-child of the Internet and 80s cassette mix tapes, has had its plug pulled by the Recording Industry Association of America. If you go to muxtape.com you will be greeted with a brief statement that Muxtape will be “unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA.”
  • This week’s song pick come from Muxtape before getting shut down. Here’s We Were Promised Jetpacks and their song Moving Clocks Run Slow.

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Bytemarks Cafe now on iTunes

For all of you that asked when we were going to get the Bytemarks Cafe show up on iTunes, the answer is Now! Thanks to Ryan who submitted the feed to iTunes. Apple in turn (thankfully) accepted our application to be included in the iTunes directory and now Bytemarks Cafe is now searchable. Just go to the iTunes Store and search for Bytemarks. Bytemarks Cafe will come up. You can then subscribe, it’s free. We hope you will still listen to KIPO on Wednesday from 5-6pm for the live show but if you can’t here is the time-shifted option for your convenience. You can also launch iTunes and subscribe directly by clicking here. Enjoy!

24hrs to Blastoff

Finally the day has arrived. Ryan and I completed our dry runs, we met all the staff, we got our picture taken and were written about in the Hawaii Public Radio newsletter. Now we just need to Go Live! That will be in about 24 hours. Thanks for all the interest and support. Especially from all our Twitter friends. While radio can seem like a one-way broadcast, we always intended this to be a two-way conversation with you. There are a number of ways we can keep the conversation going. One of course is to call in during the show. Just call 941-3689 (from O`ahu), 1-808-941-3689 (from the Mainland) or 1-877-941-3689 (from the neighbor islands). We will try our best to answer your questions. If it is really tough, we’ll have our guests answer them. Ha! You can also Tweet us on Twitter.com. You can find me at @Bytemarks and Ryan @Hawaii. In the future we will incorporate an email and voice mail section of the show with listener feedback. Our voice mail number is 1-808-525-6409 and email can be sent to bytemarks@gmail.com. We’ll also be posting the shows as podcasts on the Hawaiipublicradio.org website as well as from this site. Let’s talk tech and make a difference in Hawaii!

Raw and Uncut

Over the weekend while chatting with Neenz, we thought it would be fun to get Roxanne Darling on the line with us and do a quick interview about Podcamp Hawaii.  I sent Rox a DM on Twitter and she got back almost immediately.  Ryan and I have been using Talkshoe to practice with so I gave Rox the number to call in and you can listen to the resulting 10 minute interview here. Nothing fancy, just chatting on the phone and straight to record, no post production. It might not be as polished as what you might hear on the radio but it’s about as real as it gets. We hope to be doing more of these short interviews once we go live. Just look for the Raw and Uncut versions.

Third Dry Run

The Aug 6th debut date for Bytemarks Cafe is getting closer. Ryan and I are spending these open Wednesdays in the studio with real guests running through our routine as though it were live. Beth-Ann Kozlovich is our executive producer and is freely giving us tips and critiques on how to improve our show. I’ll be honest with you, it is nerve wracking. I have a new appreciation of any of the NPR talk shows and especially tech podcasts like This Week In Tech and Buzz Out Loud, which aren’t NPR but great nevertheless. The past week we had John Chun on. He’s a telecom product manager working with video over the Internet products like IPTV. We covered everything from streaming video to your computer via YouTube to high end delivery like Vudu and Netflix/Roku. It was a fun conversation but listening to it later, I could tighten up my delivery. Glad we got a couple more weeks to go. I can practice a bit more.

Second Dry Run

Bytemarks Cafe Dry RunSince our go live date got moved to August 6th, we have a couple more chances to do practice runs. The main thing we wanted to focus on for this run through was sequencing of the show and making sure we got the intros and outros coordinated. I think it was a good improvement from our first dry run. Originally, Angela Keen and Ian Kitajima were to be our guests on our inaugural show. Since they were already scheduled, we had them on anyway. They were gracious enough to help us out. Angela is the consummate pro and Ian’s enthusiasm comes through no matter what he is doing. The subject was near and dear to all of us. I’ll give you a hint: @hawaii, @ikitajima, @angelakeen, @bytemarks. I’m not teasing I just don’t want to totally give it away. Why? Because the conversation was so fun, we plan to reprise the subject on our first show.

New Start Date

I just got an email from our show producer Beth-Ann telling me that some of the dates to the new shows were pushed back a month, including Bytemarks Cafe. The bottom line is we won’t start our first live show until Aug. 6th. At first I was a little disappointed over the delay. You get psyched to start only to find out you have to wait another month. In reality, it’s more time to get ready and you can never be too ready. Ryan and I did one dry run and we will probably do a couple more before the August start date. I’m finding honing down the right delivery takes a lot more on Hawaii Public Radio than on college radio. it’s a work in progress. These dry runs will not go to waste as they will go up as podcast as soon as we are official.

Dry Run

We just did a dry run of Bytemarks Cafe over at the KIPO studios. It was just like an actually one hour show but used mainly to give our producer, Beth-Ann Kozlovich a chance to critique us before we go live. I was joined by my co-host Ryan Ozawa and special guest Aaron Dragushan. Neenz Faleafine (@infinitypro) was also on hand to give us moral support. I’ll be posting show notes later and even have the show available as a podcast but for now it is under raps until the official roll out date of July 2nd. Hawaii Public Radio will issue some press release about Bytemarks Cafe so until then it was just between you and me. If you know Aaron, then you know we talked about Ask500people.com.