I Found a Hawaiian “Blind” Snake!

Check out this Ramphotyphlops Braminus otherwise known as the Hawaiian Blind Snake that I just found in my backyard in Pahoa.

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I previously mentioned how I’d never seen one in person… Well I can take that off my list… The one I saw today was much smaller and not as fast as this one.

A Resting Stop for the Outlaw… Behind the Scenes at Night of a New Television Show

There is a new television show premiering on September 15th on NBC called “Outlaw“.

Starring Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing”), “Outlaw” is a new drama from creator and executive producer John Eisendrath (“Alias,” “Felicity”)…

…Using his inside knowledge of the justice system, Garza and his team will travel across the country taking on today’s biggest and most controversial legal cases…

When I was in California last week the production team and some of the talent were staying at the same hotel that I was staying at.

I wondered why security was so tight in the parking lot but still managed to take the following pictures:

Now this is a truck that was parked with the rest of the crews cars and I’m not sure if it’s a prop for the show or not… but I’ll be on the look out for an episode where these antlers might be used somehow.

Antler Prop?

UH Awarded $1 Million to Improve Inter-Island Connectivity Speeds

Students at UH Campuses are about to see an increase in their internet speeds:

…This RII C2 award will enable the University of Hawaii System, which comprises all public higher education institutions in Hawaii including community colleges, to provide new inter-island connections among four specific locations that are most critical to Hawaii’s research program in biodiversity, as well as to Hawaii’s overall S&T and STEM education agendas. The project will provide 10 Gbps connectivity among these key locations, and the design will be extensible to all public higher education institutions in Hawaii…

More Here: Improving Cyber Connectivity, Scientific Collaboration Among Institutions.

Hawaii County Website… Users Beware!

I don’t know why the County of Hawaii is using Network Solutions to host it’s government website “County of Hawaii“.

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

   Domain Name: HAWAII-COUNTY.COM
   Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
   Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
   Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
   Name Server: NS.HAWAIIHISPEED.NET
   Name Server: NS.PACIFICPROTECH.COM
   Name Server: NS1.HAWAIIHISPEED.NET
   Name Server: NS1.PACIFICPROTECH.COM
   Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 12-jun-2008
   Creation Date: 27-jul-1998
   Expiration Date: 26-jul-2013

Network Solutions was originally set up to give government and military places free IP addresses and URL’s but in more recent years it has become a private company.

They pretty much hijacked the domain name before anyone on this Island even knew what a domain name was and I guess the county has just run with it ever since then.

Now you can use your credit card to make purchases through the site… but user beware:

In August 2009, Network Solutions notified customers that its “secure” servers were breached, and led to the exposure of names, address, and credit card numbers of 573,928 people who made purchases on Web sites hosted by the company. Susan Wade, a spokesperson for Network Solutions, said, “We really feel terrible about this.” At the time of this writing, NSI does not know how their servers were compromised.

You can learn more about the controversies that Network Solutions has had in the past here.

I still don’t understand why Hawaii County doesn’t have a .gov domain like most other government offices?  I do see that http://hawaiicounty.gov is available.  :roll: