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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Bytemarks Cafe – Episode 1 – Aug. 6, 2008

What’s all the Twitter about? Guests Ian Kitajima of Oceanit and Angela Keen of The Limtiaco Company talk about Twitter.

Tech Headlines:

  • This past week, Gov. Linda Lingle released $300,000 to the Maui Economic Development Board for the development of a new center aimed at encouraging careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • At this very moment, there are two historic ocean expeditions making their way across the Pacific toward Hawaii. First, a vessel dubbed the JUNK is Hawaii-bound as its sponsors hope to raise awareness about the impact of marine debris. Meanwhile, a woman by the name of Roz Savage is well on her way to becoming the first woman to row, solo, across the Pacific.
  • UHM Seed Academy — Classes start Aug. 11. “Hybrid” courses, which offer a blend of online and face-to-face instruction, have become increasingly popular in schools and colleges nationwide. Now, a new high school in Hawaii has taken the same concept and applied it to an entire school.
  • The Wall Street Journal just ran a fascinating piece on ‘The Virtual Vacation Home,’ describing how vacation home owners are using webcams to keep an eye on their properties. A couple in California is keeping a careful eye on their vacation home on Maui.
  • A Guam-based U.S. Navy nuclear submarine this summer may have leaked trace amounts of radiation at bases in Japan and in Guam, a Navy spokesman confirmed. The leak on the USS Houston was found on July 17 when the submarine was in dry dock in Hawaii.
  • The dream of commercial space flight and exploration was dealt a blow this weekend when a rocket launched from Kwajalein Atoll, located about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, failed. The Falcon 1 rocket was launched by California-based SpaceX — short for Space Exploration Technologies.
  • Upcoming Event: Tech Meetup for Content Hub Identity. Management Platform or chi.mp for short. Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008 at PF Chang from 5:30 to 7:30. Meet the tech people behind this innovative web project.
  • Song pick of the week contributed by a faithful listener: Exit Clov and their song “For Abednego”: http://tinyurl.com/exitclov

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