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Andrew Trembley
Works at San José State University
Attended Lakeshore Technical College
Lives in San Jose, CA
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*A Month (and some) with #MotoX  and #MotoHint *

It's been more than a month. And in that month, we've also moved (if we're the lucky ones on Nexus or Moto devices that have already rolled out) from Android 4.4.4 KitKat to Android 5 Lollipop. So there's that.

It's also more than a month having a phone that's fully working, and becoming used to being able to use gesture-typing again and not having to be overly precise to avoid dead lines in the touchscreen matrix.

So where am I?

I'm still thrilled with the phone. I'm not upset that I don't have a huge-ass Nexus 6. This phone is the perfect size for me. I'm not upset that I don't have the giant battery of the Droid Turbo. I don't need a QHD resolution IPS screen, this miserly 1080p AMOLED screen is beautiful enough.

What I do have is the best balance of stock Android and custom manufacturer features ever offered, implemented in a really transparent and integrated way. My Nexus 7 just got Lollipop too, so I've got a good comparison. The Moto features don't feel odd or confusing, and don't stick out. They're just there. I find myself missing things like "actions" (those "wave at the screen and things just happen" features) on the Nexus 7. But they're things that don't make Android markedly different on the Moto X, just incrementally better.

And then there's the Hint.

Remember, please, that I've hated every bluetooth headset I've had before this.

I don't love that "3 hours talk time" translates to "3 hours before needing a recharge" because when it's on it's always connected and listening for voice input. But I do love that I can just pop the pod into the case and have it recharge pretty quickly, without needing AC power or an available USB port.

I don't love that, in just the right sorts of bright light conditions, the hint turns itself off. But I do love that when I put it in my ear it turns itself on automatically thanks to the optical sensor on the inside, and disconnects and turns off again when I take it out.

I don't love that it kind of functions like an ear plug in one ear. But I totally love the form factor. There's nothing hanging off the side of my head.

I'm amazed by the integration, the always-on voice recognition, the voice prompting functions and controls.

So, yeah, Moto X, and Moto Hint, and Android 5 Lollipop. Totally worth it.
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Wow. Just wow. Now let's get the hosting companies on board...
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).
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Does your phone like lollipops? If it does, you will too.
Lollipop is one of the biggest Android releases ever — Here's our take on it With the new Android 5.0 Lollipop release, Google's OS enters its third era. The first saw the scrappy platform achieve early success on smartphones, with devices like the Droid series and the first Samsung Galaxy handsets, paving the way to later dominance of the category. The second era was characterized by...
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Office 365 apps are available now as a "tablet preview" for Android.

I'm not loading it. I loaded the iOS Office 365 apps on my iPad. Then I noticed each app (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) was almost a gig of storage.

EACH

Not a gig for all 3. A gig each.

I love that I can run my android devices with only 32gb of flash storage, and not run low on space. And I love that, for the most part, I'm comfortable in 32gb on my iPad. It's a work iPad, it doesn't have a lot loaded on it besides work.

But wasting 3gb on 3 apps just isn't worth it.
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My sarcastic guess is that's the entire C#/.NET CLR packaged with each app.
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AVG's latest android app performance review tells us mostly what we expected, but some things we didn't...
AVG Android App Performance Report Q2-3 2014
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eh... why not...
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SMOFcon 32 requested, and has posted, answers to the kinds of questions convention planers ask about people campaigning to run a Worldcon. Scroll down to the 2018 bidders and check out our answers!

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Hmm. With all the conventions going on in the bay area, there's a lot of talent to tap. It could work.
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Biz Stone has created the most Garcia social network ever while nobody was looking...
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I feel a little bit dirty posting a video from Buzzfeed (though not as dirty as I would posting a video from Upworthy).

But this is actually pretty informative.
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Arthur Chu nails the damage Gamergate is causing.
I've been that bitter, lonely gamer looking for someone to blame. And I'm devastated that it's come to this
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Education
  • Lakeshore Technical College
    1990 - 1991
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    1993 - 1993
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    1988 - 1989
  • University of Wisconsin-Extension
    1989 - 1989
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Professional IT geek. Amateur event-planning geek.
Introduction
Geek, freak, reader, essayist, costumer, critic, media-junkie, biker, pervert, party-queen, troublemaker, FAN.
Work
Occupation
Systems Architect
Employment
  • San José State University
    Operating Systems Analyst - Expert, 1999 - present
  • New Age Computing Systems
    Developer, 1991 - 1993
  • Computing Techniques, Inc.
    Consultant, 1995 - 1997
  • Brandon Systems
    Contractor, 1993 - 1995
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San Jose, CA
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Manitowoc, WI - Milwaukee, WI - Eau Claire, WI