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Cassidy James Blaede
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UX Designer, Front-End Web Developer
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UX design, documentation, writing, tech support, being a friendly person, HTML5, CSS3, FTP, distributed development (bzr, git, svn), bug reporting/triaging, social media, UI sketching/whiteboarding
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  • System76
    UX Designer, Front-end Web Developer, 2014 - present
    Front-end web development of the System76 website. User experience and interaction design. User testing. Distributed development/version control (git, bzr). Issue tracking and triaging. Catalog management.
  • elementary LLC.
    Co-founder, UX Designer
    User experience design, bug triaging, user testing, bitesize bug fixing in Vala, social media, developer communications, online chat- and email-based user support, high-level decision making, bookkeeping, corporate communications, press releases, developer documentation, end-user documentation
  • Visual Logic Group
    User Experience Intern, 2013 - 2014
    Icon design, front-end web development, print design, whiteboarding, UX design, UI design, user testing.
  • Blaedesign
    Consultant, 2005 - 2014
    Soldering/prepping audio connections; Researching, selecting, installing, and configuring PC A/V hardware and software; Training clients on PC A/V hardware and software; Assisting in the installation of audio and video presentation equipment.
  • University of Northern Iowa ITS Network Services
    Network Engineer Assistant, 2012 - 2013
    Upgrading switch firmware & configuration; Cacti Monitoring Service; Wireless Site Surveys; Configuring Enterasys Switches; Provisioning and configuring wireless APs; Handling RMA procedures; Utilizing NetSight Console for network management; Utilizing RingMaster for AP management; Creating and managing wireless heatmaps with Ekahau; Tracking tasks and progress in a ticketing system.
  • Waukee YMCA
    Day Camp Counselor, 2012 - 2012
    • Assist in preparation and delivery of positive activities. • Assist in the development of an activity schedule. • Perform routine checks on equipment and program area to ensure safety. • Demonstrate and enforce the policies and procedures for the day camp site. • Know all emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them. • Educate participants on emergency procedures and policies. • Encourage participation in all activities. • Establish positive relationships with program participants and families.
  • LCS
    Technical Support Analyst, 2011 - 2012
    • Provide support to internal staff and external clients via help desk. • Assist staff/clients with password resets. • Assist staff/clients with software installation, configuration, etc. • Write and maintain documentation through Sharepoint. • Communicate technical concepts to facilitate understanding. • Rapidly learn and master varied systems and programs. • Track tasks and progress in a ticketing system.
  • Webspec Design, LLC.
    Web Developer, 2008 - 2011
    • Slice web designs into dynamic HTML/CSS/JavaScript/PHP. • Utilize PHP for low- to medium-complexity backend systems. • Create and work with MySQL databases. • Be familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. • Utilize JavaScript and jQuery for enhancing web sites. • Know and love HTML5 and CSS3 for cutting-edge web development. • Use FTP and Linux servers. • Communicate with and train clients in person and over-the-phone. • Write easy-to-understand documentation for clients.
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User Experience. Open Source. Geek.
Introduction
I'm an open source collaborator, front-end web developer, UX designer, tinkerer, and all-around geek.

Cofounder of and UX designer for elementary.

Things of which I'm a fan:
  • elementary OS
  • Android
  • Open Source
  • Design
  • Typography
  • LEGO
  • Star Wars
  • PlayStation
  • Tesla Motors
  • Minecraft
  • Destiny
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elementary cofounder. Married to a beautiful woman!
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This blew me away when checking out Windows 10. By default, Microsoft gets access to everything on your entire device, including private files, all keystrokes, all of your email and contacts, and your microphone (constantly). And their policy for when and why they would access things is essentially "when we feel like it and for whatever we feel like."

Want to opt out? Good luck navigating 13 different settings screens, 45 pages of policy documents, and an external website.
 
RT: ‘Incredibly intrusive’: Windows 10 spies on you by default.


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Isn't the Keystrokes thing related to Cortana and Internet Explorer? 
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I don't often share press articles about our products – they rarely seem to say much of use – but this was just such a good case of a journalist Getting It Right that I had to share. Google+ is very much alive, and our recent changes are focused on making it be the best product it can be for what it's best at: helping people meet people and have great conversations about things they're passionate about. 

One particularly noteworthy thing in this article is its discussion of the "majority illusion:" people tend to assume that their friends are typical of the wider world, but almost by definition they aren't – for one thing, they all have one uncommon attribute in common, which is being your friend in the first place. And since people don't choose their friends randomly from the entire spectrum of humanity, one's friends are always a distorted sample. 

So yes, we have here a tech press article which (correctly) uses an important result in cognitive psychology to explain why lots of tech press articles are nonsense.
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Hey everyone, today is my birthday and I have a birthday wish 😉 Take a second and throw some money at a developer you like! Any developer! Any amount!

I have some handy links here to a few of my favorites and just some people doing cool things or trying alternative models. But they all need your help to be the best they can be :)

* +elementary (of course): https://elementary.io/get-involved#funding
* +Vocalhttp://vocalproject.net/donate/
* +Inkscape : https://inkscape.org/en/support-us/
* +GNOMEhttps://www.gnome.org/support-gnome/
* +Solus Projecthttps://www.patreon.com/solus?ty=h
* +Antergoshttps://salt.bountysource.com/teams/antergos
A fast and open replacement for Windows and OS X. Pay what you want or download for free.
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Playlist of the Fall Out Boy setlist from the Boyz of Zummer tour last night in Denver. Enjoy!

I will say that Immortals and Young Volcanoes were done all acoustic and were great live. And then there was an epic drum solo which of course I don't have a recording of. Other than that, this is a pretty good representation of the concert.
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I cry every time I realize this will never be the case again. 2013 Moto X, you were perfection.
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Moto x 2013 is still my most favorite phones of all phones!
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Anyone else feeling this way today?
 
Motorola, you were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the other manufacturers, not join them. You were to bring balance to the smartphone landscape, not leave it in darkness!

— Me, upon realizing there will not be a sanely-sized phone for me to upgrade to from my 2013 Moto X.
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Does this mean we're at war captain?
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These bags are rad! I have the backpack and it's great. Sturdy, good looking, and relatively slim.
 
Get a System76 laptop bag for back to school. Remember free shipping on all bags*. https://system76.com/specials
#backtoschool   #backpack   #freeshipping  
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+Phillip Stürzl I don't think they're rated to be waterproof, but I've worn mine in the rain quite a bit without the inside getting wet. :) They're custom-designed Timbukt2 bags and do have a waterproof TPU liner.
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+Anthony Kiniyalocts​, just the best-dressed dev with the best laptop with the best stickers. ;)

Awesome to see someone representing both +elementary​ and +System76​ in one pic!
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You guys both make my daily grind easier! Happy to represent 😊 
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Me right now: watching Wiz Khalifa casually light a joint on stage.
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I do that all the time, sadly people refuse to cheer while i do it :)
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Or imagine if laptops were sold like the smartphone industry.

Like your 13" laptop from two years ago? Time to upgrade! Oh, we only offer 17" now. But it's okay. You'll get used to it (and the back problems from lugging it around).
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Fuck HP
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Imagine if the TV industry was like the smartphone industry.

Every year, TVs get 6" bigger and you can no longer get a 42" screen. Live in an apartment without a ton of space between your TV and couch? Too bad! But it's okay because you'll get used to the neck strain and headaches.
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I share your frustration here. for me between 4" and 4.3" is the sweet spot, I can cope with slightly larger but over 5" is too big.
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Motorola, you were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the other manufacturers, not join them. You were to bring balance to the smartphone landscape, not leave it in darkness!

— Me, upon realizing there will not be a sanely-sized phone for me to upgrade to from my 2013 Moto X.
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Under 5" is too damn small.
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Max - Music on Google Play
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MAX is a New York City-born pop-soul singer, actor & dancer, who is already a viral sensation. Following in the footsteps of pop moguls Just

One Ubuntu PC maker is kicking Adobe Flash off its Linux systems
www.pcworld.com

Citing security and irrelevance, System76 stops bundling Flash with Firefox, and recommends that all customers purge the plug-in from their

Sunrise Calendar – Android-alkalmazások a Google Playen
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Sunrise is a free calendar made for Google Calendar, Exchange and iCloud! With an amazing design, Sunrise is a new experience that will make

Steven Universe - Movies & TV on Google Play
market.android.com

Check out a special behind the scenes look at Steven Universe.

Firefox para Android - Aplicaciones Android en Google Play
market.android.com

Nosotros hacemos Firefox. Tú hazlo tuyo. Conoce nuestro navegador Android más personalizable hasta la fecha. Rápido, inteligente y seguro, e

Progressive - Android Apps on Google Play
market.android.com

Insurance that's quick and easy to buy and use—anytime, anywhere. That's exactly what you get with the Progressive App.You can use the Progr

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Movies & TV on Google Play
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For the first time ever on digital, discover the conflict between good and evil in the electrifying Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strike

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - Movies & TV on Google Play
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For the first time ever on digital, discover the true power of the dark side in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Years after th

Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection - Movies & TV on Google Play
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Experience the heroic action and unforgettable adventures of Star Wars, the most iconic film series ever made – now available for the first

Ringtone Maker & Music Cutter - Android Apps on Google Play
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Ringtone Maker & Music Cutter is a free and beatiful application to create ringtones, alarms, and notifications from MP3, WAV,AAC/MP4, 3GPP/

ZCal: Zimbra Calendar Sync
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ZCal is a Zimbra calendar sync client for Android. Due to its implementation as sync adapter it integrates seamlessly with the default Calen

Big Hero 6
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With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that intro

Telegram
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Telegram é um aplicativo de mensagens focado em velocidade e segurança. É super rápido, simples, seguro e gratuito. O Telegram sincroniza au

elementary OS Freya Beta 2 available For Download [Screenshots]
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Six months after the first beta, elementary OS Freya beta 2 was released yesterday. Based on Ubuntu ...

Slack
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All your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That's Slack.* Real time messaging, file sharing,

elementary Freya Beta 2 Released
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The second beta release of elementary Freya is now available for download, and arrives some six months after the first beta was released to

Elementary Website Goes Open-Source
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The new version of the elementary website is being built entirely in open-source technologies and will be privacy conscious from the start.

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Cute little upstairs coffee house! Their mochas taste great, they have a variety of drinks and pastries, and the view out from the patio is fantastic.
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