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Chris Shabsin
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One more sight from the forts in Old San Juan

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nice lizard ;9
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Another Puerto Rico fortress pic.
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I kept my eyes open but didn't notice any. That was weeks ago, anyway!
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Wow, we were there and it looked just like that.  Hope you're enjoying the whole place.  Did you find the kitchens?
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The pile of snow in our backyard was nearly gone when I left this morning.
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I hope you smushed it.  Stomping snow is the quickest way to get rid of it.
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nooo! no more snow!
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Worst one I've seen yet.
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We should start a movement to make "Supreme Ruler" be a valid and common salutation.
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This kind of thing is why I shy away from Apple these days. Open platform is best platform.
 
Well, that's a jerk move and I'm glad I'm getting a Pebble to go with my Android phone. And this further makes me not want to get an iOS device or an apple watch, because Apple might do something stupid like this to make it less useful.
We have just had the latest version of our SeaNav US iOS app rejected by Apple because we support the Pebble Smartwatch and say so in the app description and meta-data (we also state in the review notes that "This application was approved for use with the Pebble MFI Accessory in the Product Plan xxxxxx-yyyy (Pebble Smartwatch)".
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They have also blocked software because of hyperlinks it contains, because of the programming language it is written in, and because it competes with Apple software.

Apple has every right to run their store as they see fit, but because that store is the only way to load software on an iOS device (without voiding the warrantee, etc.) I really can't abide using that platform.
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Michael's remarks are an excellent summary of why this is great news for the web in general.
 
Woo hoo!  +TechCrunch article about my main project at work.  By June 30th, the ads that Google places on millions of web sites around the world will get to your browser securely, over HTTPS.

So why are we doing this?  Any number of news stories in the past year have made it clear that non-encrypted communication really is the target of both eavesdropping and tampering.  That would be reason enough.

But it's more than that.  Google is a big believer in "HTTPS Everywhere": the notion that all web sites should be encrypted; that if someone proposed unencrypted HTTP today, everyone would just laugh at the mistake and of course add encryption.  The privacy, integrity, and authentication benefits of encryption are hands-down winners.

But there's a catch.  If a web site owner wants the benefits HTTPS, then browsers demand that everything on the page must be delivered secure — so as not to leave an unencrypted "weakest link" lying around.  Entirely reasonable.  And in particular, that means that any ads appearing on that page have to be served up on an encrypted channel too.

Well, not all of the ads in the world come in encrypted form.  (Yet!)  So when a web page is encrypted, the auction that picks the best ad to show you can only choose from among the ones fully deliverable over HTTPS... and that means the winning ad is sometimes a little less good.  And the owner of the web page sometimes gets paid a little less money.

People have known this for years.  Articles like "Google AdSense Earnings Drop With HTTPS Migrations" (https://www.seroundtable.com/https-google-adsense-19035.html) talk about how bad the revenue hit can be.

My launch, coming up by June 30th, will make that a thing of the past.  We will be serving all ads over HTTPS.  And that means that web sites moving to HTTPS won't lose money by doing so.

The threat of decreased ad revenue has been a barrier to HTTPS adoption — but for sites that ask Google to place ads on them, that barrier is about to come down.
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Such an ambiguous message. Intentional? 
“150 years ago today, the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. America is forever indebted.”
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LOL
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I got 65...
Join the Pony Express to deliver 100 letters! #GoogleDoodle
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Spent a week in Puerto Rico. Here's a representative photo; more to come.
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Software Engineer at Google, Inc.
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4th place in the Computer Programming competition at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference, Orlando, FL, 1991.
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Software Engineer
Employment
  • Google
    Senior Software Engineer, 2007 - present
  • BEA
    Senior Software Engineer, 2005 - 2007
  • ConnecTerra
    Senior Software Engineer, 2004 - 2005
  • Permabit
    Senior Software Engineer, 2000 - 2002
  • Dimensional Insight
    Senior Software Engineer, 1995 - 2000
  • Ciber
    Software Engineer (contracted to IBM), 2003 - 2004
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Somerville, MA
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Rochester, MN - Warren, OH - Taichung, Taiwan - Chicago, IL
Great ambience and the food can't be beat. Try the popovers!
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I ordered the fish and chips and a cup of New England clam chowder. The chowder was a little heavy on the flour. The chips were thin cut fries like a fast food restaurant. Is surprised to see the fish fried in bread crumbs instead of batter, but it was still quite tasty.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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We hosted our wedding at Purity Spring Resort, and found a hidden jewel of the White Mountains. The staff were attentive to our every request (Laurie Campbell especially was a whirlwind of coordination and planning) and the scenery was amazing. The deluxe suite we stayed in (in the Mountainside Condos) was wonderfully maintained, with a hot tub, a king sized bed, and a kitchen. In previewing the site for our guests, we also stayed in the Lakeside Cottage once, which was also well appointed, and aptly named. We toured mid-price housing in King Pine and the economy housing in the lodges, to get a feel for what we were getting our guests into. It all looked quite nice and well maintained, and we heard only praise from our guests. The wide range of housing options available made it easy to accommodate guests with different needs -- families, groups of friends who wanted to stay together, guests on a budget, people with pets, etc. Our guests enjoyed many of the resort facilities. The Mill housed a very nice pool and hot tub. We were lucky to have perfect weather, so lots of people spent time in the lake or relaxing on the shore. The resort has a floating "iceberg" climbing wall that challenged all but the most athletic of our guests. Many people took out canoes and kayaks. The children enjoyed all the playground equipment and toys. The food was fantastic. Breakfast from the Traditions restaurant was included with everyone’s room. On the busy days, they put out a buffet breakfast, while on other days they made breakfast to order. We worked with their chef to produce a delicious wedding banquet buffet. Chef Trevor was also very helpful in making sure that all of our guests with special dietary needs had plenty to eat. Purity Spring provided a reasonably-priced sandwich buffet for one of our lunches and a delicious barbecue on the island in the middle of the lake for the other. As the event organizers, one thing we particularly liked was that King Pine lodge has several different spaces we could use for different activities at the same time. Purity Spring also had no problem with us deciding to simply place a large order from a local pizza place for Friday night dinner (rather than trying to gouge us for every last nickel, like some other wedding venues we talked to). The only issues we had were a) the buildings are pretty far apart, so some of our guests had to either walk a fair way or get in a car to get where they wanted to be, b) there is almost no cell signal at the resort (which is either a positive or a negative, depending on your viewpoint) and c) while all of the buildings had wireless Internet, it was sometimes a little flaky (particularly in King Pine Lodge). Every person we interacted with at Purity Spring, from the event coordinator to the waitstaff to the housekeeping staff, was friendly and helpful. Every time we asked them for something (and we had a lot of unusual requests), they found some way to accommodate it. When we showed up Friday morning totally stressed out, we knew after 5 minutes of talking with Laurie that everything would be fine -- and it was! We had exactly the wedding weekend we wanted, and we have Purity Spring Resort and its staff to thank for that. We and all of our guests had a fantastic weekend together with fun activities, tasty food, and beautiful scenery. We had so much fun that our guests keep suggesting we do it again next year -- and we just might!
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Delicious and friendly, the truffle fries can't be beat. The burger was cooked perfectly from high quality beef, and the tomatoes that topped it were among the most flavorful I've ever had. Their desserts were also breathtaking - I highly recommend the chocolate mousse with fresh whipped cream.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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The food was fantastic. We sampled the fried haddock, fried shrimp, french fries, sweet potato fries, and crab cakes. Nothing was greasy, everything was delicious. They also had several flavored tartar sauces to offer, including bbq, malt vinegar, and basil pesto (yum!) Service was friendly and efficient. I found it strange at the time how much they were emphasizing the recent change in management, until I went online and started reading months-old reviews of the place. I'd say that the new management have successfully turned the place around.
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