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Question thrown out to the Nexus 5 owners out there. I've grown comfortable using Hangouts as the main app to handle texts through AT&T, but ran into an issue tonight. My AT&T plan covers texts to Puerto Rico, but when I try to send a text through Hangouts, it says you can only text US and Canada. Do I need to download the AT&T messaging app to be able to text outside the US mainland and Canada ?
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I'm sorry, but I don't say this very often about seemingly smart and successful people. But ... what an idiot.
At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android..
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Guess what happened three days after the end of my 1 year warranty on my Nexus 7? Auto-rotate stopped working. Restart would reorient the screen to portrait, but the only way my Nexus 7 2013 (Lollipop 5.0.1) would flip to landscape was if an app forced it into landscape. Then it took a restart to get it back to portrait.

Researched online and started with downloading "Check My Android" app from the Play Store. ran the sensor diagnostic and found out sensors 1,5, and 7 were not functioning. This includes the accelerometer that reorients the screen. All indications were a hardware issue, out of warranty. I had seen the video of cracking open the back and placing a shim or tape over the ribbon cable, but decided to try everything I could before cracking open the back. And I found something simple that worked for me, and led me to believe this may not be a hardware issue at all.

The process that worked for me ... 1) Go into settings under Accessibility, and turn off auto-rotate, 2) Power down and restart your Nexus, 3) go back into settings under Accessibility, and turn auto-rotate back on. Magically, it is back to normal. I even immediately ran my sensor diagnostics and sensors 1, 5, and 7 are all back online.

Hope it prevents someone else from cracking open their Nexus too.
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Why is it commonplace for apps to ask for total access to every function on your phone? I use the American Airlines app to check gates. That's it. But the most recent app update for all intents and purposes asks you to put your phone in a FedEx envelope and give it to American Airlines. Why does an airline app need access to my call logs? All my images and video files? The microphone? My contacts list? Then follows it up with how their access might involve extra charges to your phone. It is an airline app. I'm getting rather tired of companies, when confronted with the fact they are asking for too much, explain how we don't understand and they really would never do anything bad by accessing your microphone, or your photos. The day I believe you really don't want to use the power you have been granted, is the day you stop asking for it.
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Just watched Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin". I went in thinking erotic thriller, but it blew me away. Something totally different. +Ambra Vanderpool, have you seen this yet?
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It just came out on video. Redbox had it. You'll like it.
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Anyone have experience dealing with ASUS on a Nexus 7 warranty issue? In general, how was the experience? Good, bad, worst ever? I'm not sure if it is just me, but I've never had an experience like the one I'm going through. Into the second month since starting the process. One ASUS chat rep has even called another ASUS customer rep dealing with my RMA "incompetent". It is totally bizarre.
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In case anyone wants to benchmark how long it takes to get ASUS to replace a bad power cable under warranty, it seems to currently stand at 107 days from their receipt of the bad cable. 135 days from the first contact to request an RMA.
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The objects of my cinematic affection from 2014.
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Looks like the final Rambo movie is being made, and it will be called "Last Blood". It might be too much to hope for a bit of realism in the final movie, but I was holding out for "Rambo: Blood in my Urine", where Rambo takes on his most determined foe to date -- his own prostate.
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+Ambra Vanderpool gives the best birthday presents! <3 <3
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Sunset from the deck of Rick's Cafe in Indianapolis. 
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The weekend has begun!

Fresh squeezed pomegranate in this, btw!
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I could so use one of these!
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Christian. Father. Redhead. Overthinker. Capeless superhero. What do people first notice about me? Probably the fact I'm not naked in public.

Graduate of Purdue University with an emphasis in Constitutional Law/Chemistry. Along the way I managed minors in Political Science and Psychology, which qualifies me to officially label government as dysfunctional. If I tutored you in Physics 152, you're welcome. If I graded your Physics 152 lab manuals, I'm sorry. Member of Purdue Legal Aid, and Alpha Chi Sigma. Worked for public radio at Purdue, WBAA, through my entire college life and will always have a place in my heart for public radio and classical music.

The father of a smart, beautiful daughter who means the world to me. We still believe in fairy tales and evermore, even when the world tries to convince us otherwise.

Active Couchsurfer ( and traveler. If you are on couchsurfing, feel free to pick my brain.

Fair warning. If you hold Steve Jobs up as some kind of god, I will most definitely at some point say something to piss you off. Same goes for Guy Kawasaki. I have a swift, knee-jerk reaction to hubris and self-promotion.

Google+ member since July 2, 2011.


I post most of my stuff in the Public feed, but I do have a couple specialty feeds that are specific to certain topics.

Purdue Sports - A circle for people interested in sports and information regarding Purdue sports. Topics lean more toward basketball and women's volleyball. 

Import/Export Law - Discussions on topics of import/export law.

Alpha Chi Sigma - Discussions related to Alpha Chi Sigma, brushing on general topics in chemistry.

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Fitting a square peg in a round hole. I am an expert at fake kung-fu. I have the inate instinct to tell you exactly how to hit a cue ball to get another ball into the pocket, but lack the stick technique to keep the ball on the table. A habit of speaking in euphemisms, yet not meaning to.
  • Purdue University
    Chemistry/Constitutional Law, 1992 - 1999
  • Ball State University
    Mathematics, 1985 - 1986
  • Eastbrook High School
    1981 - 1985
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Highly recommend this place. It is a place you can still get a lunch meal and get out for $10 including tip. So many other pubs in Lafayette have boosted lunch prices ("The Other Pub" and "9 Irish Brothers" to name two), and it is nice to know a place still values the lunch crowd. Large portions and friendly staff. Favorites include fish & chips, the quesadillas (they put the Mexican restaurant quesadillas to shame), the portabella sandwich, and any of the daily lunch wraps (shrimp if awesome). Special cobb salad is also a favorite.
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