As of today, WiReD magazine is no longer capitalizing the words internet, web and net. Their reasoning is that the internet is simply another medium for information distribution, and is thus undeserving of capitalization. They concede that the internet did change the world, but no more so than television or the printing press did in their day. Thus, by deliberately lowercasing the words internet, web and net, they claim to be putting the significance of the net back into perspective.
With the new pricing structure of Movable Type, I'm wondering what it will do to community weblogs like this one. Especially considering the cost of the new software for this site alone would be $599.95 (for a limited time, $699.95 thereafter). I'm guessing that most won't upgrade to the new version and will keep their current version or will folks be migrating to other, cheaper software.
Ever since Feb. 1, with the debut of contest advertising on the Super Bowl, I've been looking for Pepsi bottles with the telltale yellow cap and Apple iTunes logo signifying that the Pepsi-iTunes promotion had reached Hawaii.
Skunk! Nada. Zip. Leftover ProBowl promo bottles, that's all. Until Feb. 22, when I went into the Chevron convenience store in the Stadium Sack-n-Save parking lot... Bought four botles of yellow-capped sugar water with the promise that "One in three wins a free song on iTunes"!
I got THREE out of four! Let the free music downloads begin!
This morning, the Advertiser ran a storyabout privacy issues and picture cell phones. The headline reads, "Privacy issues plague picture phones". The privacy issues outlined in the article made me wonder...
A French reader sent me this splendid JPEG. It's a very large file, takes awhile to load, but then you can scan horizontally and view Paris at night in a full circular panorama. Let's have one like it for Honolulu! Top of the First Hawaiian Building?
(I suspect the Honolulu version would be more impressive in daylight.)
I had a crisis with my Win95 machine yesterday; the video died, although I could see scandisk operate. Once that procedure completed the screen turned to diagonal mush. I thought it was a monitor problem, because it's been unreliable when powering up for a while (see here for details).
Anyway, I need a hardware geek to help me remove the hard drive from the old machine and hook it up to the new(er) machine as a slave drive, complete with ribbon cabling and jumper settings.
While passing through Ala Moana today, I noticed that there were people putting the finishing touches on the Apple Store. The grand opening is Saturday. Despite the fact that this wasn't really announced on Apple's website, there is now a page for the Ala Moana Store.
For ages and eons, man has been seeking hidden treasure. Long John Silver, Erik The Great, Lewis and Clark, Thor Heyerdahl, and many others all struck out on adventures either for the sport of exploration, the thrill of being first to discover something new, or for rush of finding the loot! Well, if you think the days of treasure hunting are over, then you've obviously never been geocaching!
"A federal judge ordered Verizon Communications yesterday to give a record industry trade group the identity of an Internet subscriber suspected of making available unauthorized copies of several hundred songs." read on...
This isn't Hawaii-related, but I figure it's as good a place to ask this question, especially since there seem to be many Mac geeks lurking in the woodwork here at HS. Perhaps someone might know the answer.
Is it possible to run a bulletin board/forum on Mac OS X, and how would that actually work?
Good riddance, CompUSA "Mac specialists." Apple seems to be planning on opening its westernmost Apple Store in Hawaii. In Ala Moana, in fact, if I'm reading the official job posting right. (You gotta love their sense of humor: "Does the thought of working for Apple make you tingle more than those three seconds right after a sneeze?")
Seattle just found out they'll be similarly blessed, and it made headlines! Part of a nationwide expansion, it seems. Thanks to Jon for the scoop!
Hawaiian Airlines pilot Robert Konop, who has an undergraduate degree in television and film production and is a prolific online movie reviewer, this week won a "partial victory" from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a case that might set a landmark precedent in how existing federal law is applied to this newfangled technology known as the web.
In all my years as a programmer, I've never owned a computer. Well, except for that old Atari 800 (48k RAM, 90K floppy) my dad bought me back in 1979. The Atari didn't count, though. It was a game machine for things like Star Raider and Galahad and the Holy Grail, games I wanted to play after I outgrew their Atari game console. As much as I would like to say that I knew where all the dead and outdated computers I ever used went, I didn't. At least not until now--and it's not a pretty sight.
I'm continually pondering getting a wireless phone. After a trip to San Francisco's Virgin Megastore opened my eyes to prepaid service, I've been salivating over getting customized ringtones and text messaging. So I figure I should ask people's opinions of wireless phone services?
If you ever watched the original Star Trek episode "The Ultimate Computer" there is a scene where the out of control M5 computer is about to destroy a robot spaceship to which Dr. McCoy utters the memorial line "Fanastic machine this M5, there is no off switch."
If you haven't heard by now, Gnutella key programmer, Gene Kan, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on June 29. At 25, he was a leader in his field of peer-to-peer technology and a multi-millionaire, having sold his company, Infrasearch, to Sun Microsystems.
A couple of years ago, I briefly corresponded with him when I had questions about a project that I was working on based partially on Gnutella. It's really a shame that things ended this way for him. Kan had everything in the world, and yet, apparently, the one thing he needed most, he didn't have.
Like any tech genius, he kept a blog if you're interested.
In memorial, we should all download something from gnutella net. I think he would like that. :)
Wannabe geek that I am, I've just now made the jump to WiFi. (That's the cool term for the IEEE 802.11b standard.) Of course, for hardcore folks particularly on the East Coast this stuff is old hat. But I'm tripping out.
After spending years lugging my 11 year old Canon Elan SLR camera around the world and taking thousands of pictures, I finally, on an impulse, bought a digital camera that'll allow me to take snapshots for my weblog.
I just discovered that two of our computers had the W32.Klez.H@mm virus. I'm not certain where it came from because this one is really sneaky. I urge you all to make sure you have the latest updates for Windows, IE, and Outlook Express at Microsoft's site.
Friday, April 12 will bring the second annual "Yuri's Night," a global celebration of human achievment specifically the 41st anniversary of the first space flight (by Yuri Gagarin) and the 21st anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch. Remember to at least raise your glass!
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Don Quijote is a quirky Japanese department store chain that's bringing its distinctly colorful, sometimes chaotic shopping experience to Hawaii. Its flagship store, the first in the U. S. , at the former Daiei location on Kaheka Street near Ala Moana today. The carnival atmosphere outside (courtesy lion dancers, live music by Jake Shimabukuro, and wandering balloon artists) was echoed throught the aisles within, the place packed floor to ceiling with just about anything you could imagine, and with psychedelic signs and banners (and the store's blue penguin mascot Donpen) dominating the view in every direction.
Visiting Donki stores in Japan is apparently even more disorienting, with purposefully cluttered aisles cat_technology.shtml, noisy displays, and products scattered randomly to make shopping more of a treasure hunt. But the whimsical outlook has served it well, the chain growing to over 100 stores with over $2 billion in gross sales last year. And judging cat_technology.shtml by the crowds, long checkout lines and overflowing shopping carts, Donki [cat_technology.shtml] will probably do quite well in Hawaii.
Daiei will surely be missed, having served Honolulu well since the '70s. I remember its first store at Pearlridge, and its expansion in the '80s through the acquisition of Holiday Mart locations. But Donki seems a worthy successor to its place as the destination for Japanese knick knacks.
I'm not sure how long it'll take before people stop calling the place Daiei, though. . Cat_technology.shtml . since some people still call it Holiday Mart.
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