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Craig Tumblison
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What songs have I been streaming over the past few weeks?

I sometimes bump into new music in some weird places, and that's part of the fun. I've decided to share a few songs that have been dominating my playlists for the past couple weeks in case any of them rub off on you. Yes, you.

1) Somewhere to Run - Krewella

Discovered: Google Play Music Radio

Genre: Dance/Electronic


2) Time Traveler - Jonathan Thulin

Discovered: Google Play Music Radio

Genre: Alt Christian


3) Last Stop Before Heaven - Armin van Buuren

Discovered: Google Play Music Radio

Genre: Trance


4) Gone Till November - Wyclef Jean

Discovered: It's Always Sunny (TV Show)

Genre: Hip-Hop Hitmakers


5) My Body Is A Cage - Peter Gabriel

Discovered: House, M.D. (TV Show)

Genre: Rock


6) You're Mine - Disturbed

Discovered: Google Play Music Radio

Genre: Alt Metal



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I should be able to share my GPM listening habits automagically on g+, like just another tab on my profile
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Mini Review: BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

I live very close to the San Jose Airport (SJC). As one might imagine, there's a fair amount of airborne traffic most days. When it's warm enough to open the windows (like today - a cool 62F / 16C), the noise can prove to be a distraction.

A coworker was recently gifted a pair of noise canceling headphones over the holidays and gave a positive informal review that made me consider seeking out a pair of my own. I opted to settle for a more inexpensive pair from BÖHM.

The most important thing to note is that noise canceling technology isn't magic, it's based on science. My understanding is that it essentially works by creating white noise that can cancel out the background noise in your environment. As a result, it's not going to catch everything, and it works best with noises that are constant and at the same tone (like fans, hums, airplanes, etc.).

The headphones themselves are lightweight and don't feel cheap. I do get an impression that they are a little fragile, but that could just be because I tend to be very careful with new electronics. I wouldn't recommend tossing them about your room.

Compared to the other headphones I've had in the past, these are very comfortable to wear. I haven't tested them for very extended periods of time (more than 2-3 hours), but my ears have been fine during the testing phase. I will note that these are not fully over the ears headphones, so they will put pressure somewhere on your ear.

Setup wasn't too bad, though I did run into a snag with the Bluetooth pairing at first. There is a single multi-function button that controls both the pairing and turning the headphones on and off. To power on / off, you hold the button for five seconds. To enable pairing mode, you hold it for even longer, and when the lights flash, you continue holding the button until the headphones are paired, then you let go. The instructions don't make this as clear as it needs to be.

I tested the headphones with both a Nexus 6P and a Chromebook Pixel 2 with great success, pairing didn't give me any troubles.

Overall, I'm quite happy with this pair of headphones. I think they'll get the most use during weekends when I'm home and listening to audiobooks, and of course when I fly.

One last note: when looking for headphones on Amazon, I noticed that it seems this exact same product is being sold under at least two separate brands. I went with BÖHM only because they were available via Prime same day shipping and the other brand wasn't, but you may want to investigate further if shipping speed isn't relevant to you.

I'm also happy to answer any questions you might have.

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**That is an affiliate link. If you click it and then purchase the item, a small percentage of the sale will go to support the EFF:

#BluetoothHeadphones #NoiseCanceling

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I would never condone being awake before 9AM on a weekend, but with that said, sometimes cool things can happen if you find yourself in that situation.

I decided that if I was to go back to the same spot for a third time, I had better find a way to see it in a new light. My solution was to see it at first light, when the sun was just starting to rise. I'm quite happy with how some of the photos turned out, and of course the view was even more impressive in person.

By the way, I have noticed that all of my recent public posts have been photo related. I'll work on getting some other content shared in the near future :)
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I had so much fun hiking to the top of Hunter's Point at the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve last week that I had to do it again. This time I took a photosphere.

I should note that the photosphere wasn't taken at the top of Hunter's Point. There were other hikers already there, and I didn't want to disturb them on an early Saturday morning just to take a photo :)

If you're in the area and interested, I definitely recommend the hike. It's a good workout and there are a good amount of other people nearby so it doesn't feel too lonely. The parking lot is really, really small though, so you need to either get their early, or park on Prospect Road and walk to the start of the trail.

Here's the Google Maps listing:,-122.0638586,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x808fb4945f95a27b:0x19e047eb5aef76be

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My new address may be in California, but I'm spending this week visiting Google's offices in New York City.

The flights in were rather long, but completely worth it. The view here is incredible and the city is full of life.

I'm glad I picked Mountain View as my home base, but NYC is a close second :)

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It's time for something new: I've joined Google!

I'm thrilled to share that I recently joined the gTech Ads team at Google's Mountain View campus. It's a tremendous opportunity and I'm honored to be joining such an excellent team (they also happen to be really great people, which is a huge plus!).

Unfortunately, this does mean that my involvement in the Chrome OS communities will be smaller moving forward. More details on this will emerge in coming weeks.

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who reached out after I announced my job search. I really appreciated all of the leads, and I'm very thankful for the interview advice, resume help, and other assistance that so many of you offered.

I also want to thank everyone who has helped to make the Chrome OS communities here and on reddit so strong and inviting. Those communities played a huge role in building my skill set, and I owe everything to the fantastic members who shared content, provided feedback, and were so kind to each other.

I look forward to really digging into this next step of my career. Thanks again, everyone! :)

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Congrats, +Craig Tumblison​! Couldn't've happened to a better person!
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Chromebook-Ready VPN Options To Protect Your Privacy

VPN services are often touted as useful tools for securing your connection when using public Wi-Fi and evading location blocks on content, but what options are available for Chromebook owners?

I'm happy to have contributed another article to the fabulous +OMG! Chrome! :)

#VPN   #ChromeOS  
Want to use VPN services on your Chromebook? We look at three streamlined, easy-to-use, free VPN extensions for Chrome that help you protect your privacy.
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+Austin Voecks totally agree. The lack of ovpn support is an amazing oversight, which I can only put down to the fact Google has addressed this using their internal systems, so none of their users feel our pain!
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A few thoughts about Amazon Prime Now.

For those that don't live in the delivery area, Amazon Prime Now is a new service from Amazon that advertises a free two hour delivery window for Prime members. You can opt to pay an extra fee for a one hour window, or choose to have it delivered later in the day if that's when you'll be home.

I'm a fairly happy Amazon Prime user. I'm not thrilled by some of the moves Amazon has made lately, but I am a fan of their Prime service and all of the bells and whistles it comes with.

I decided to give Amazon Prime Now a try this morning because I was offered a $10 discount code. I learned a few things in the process.

1) There's a dedicated app. That's right, another Amazon app you need to install just to use this service. It's also named "Prime Now", which makes it super confusing when you're looking in the "A" section of your app list for it.

2) The selection is very limited, and there's no mention of the stores your goods are actually coming from. For all intents and purposes, you're buying from Amazon, not Target, Whole Foods, etc.

3) There seems to be a $20 minimum purchase requirement. I was looking to fill up my cart to the $10 threshold and use my discount, but it asked me to select $20 worth of merchandise before proceeding. This could be because I was using a discount code, but I suspect not.

4) During the check out flow, it asks you to choose a tip amount to give to the delivery driver. The default amount is $5, though you have the option to enter $0 if you want. The app states that the tip goes directly to the driver, and you can modify how much you tip up to 48 hours after the order is complete. One additional catch: you can't use a gift card balance to pay that tip.

5) Like many other similar services, you can provide notes for the delivery driver (gate codes, where to leave it, what your secret knock is, etc.).

6) Unlike many other delivery apps, it allowed me to track the driver in transit. I was actually out picking up a few other things at the time, but I can see how this would be very useful if you're home and waiting for the packages.

7) When my items were delivered, they came in a single large bag, and they were just kind of scattered about. Nothing was damaged (though there was a glass bottle that was unprotected), but it did surprise me. I suppose I've been spoiled by Google Express obsessively individually wrapping any items that could leak.

Overall, my item arrived to my door step undamaged. It did take longer than two hours - but it's a holiday weekend, so I'm more than okay with that (I was also warned ahead of time).

I will admit that I do a fair bit of my shopping via Google Express, and this service is very comparable in pricing. I'll likely look at them both the next few times I need something, and check the pricing on each.

I'm happy to answer any questions. I would have included some screenshots of the app, but oddly, the app disallows screenshots.

#Amazon #PrimeNow

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Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone!

I spent my actual birthday working like any other day, but I did have the opportunity to meet up with some friends from India and the UK today to celebrate (+Dinsan Francis and +Mike McLoughlin). They're in town as part of Google's Top Contributor summit, a biennial meet up for all of the volunteers that power the support forums. -

We spent the day touring a number of Google campuses, visiting the Computer History Museum, and rounded the day out with a hike at Alum Rock Park, which produced the attached photo. Credit to +Dinsan Francis for snapping it!
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San Francisco is beautiful in the morning.

I had an opportunity to head to the Google SF office today. It was a bit of a drive from Mountain View, but the views are worth it.

For the top contributors headed to SF in October, if you have a chance to visit the SF office, don't pass it up. I'd recommend heading to the 6th floor first :)

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Love that view from the SF office. Used to go there regularly for meetups in the conference room on the 6th floor (next to the cafeteria). Sad I don't live in MV anymore...
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Google Express: Perfect for Moving

One of the coolest things about my recent relocation to California is all of the amazing services that are now available to me. Coming from a small town near Cincinnati, even things like Uber were out of my reach.

Today I was really impressed with Google Express. For those not aware, Google Express is a shopping service that allows you to select items online from local retailers and then have those items show up at your door - often on the same day.

I spent today moving into a new apartment, so I needed the core essentials to get me started. I don't have a car yet,, so I looked for options to have those items delivered. Google Express seemed to be interesting, so I gave it a go, and I have to say that it was extremely smooth.

There were a couple items marked as "sold out" after placing my order, but I have a feeling that was a retailer issue (since Google Express actually goes to the retailers to buy the items before bringing them to you). I plan on re-ordering those items later in the week.

I'm also very happy with the packaging job they did. I bought things like pillows, towels, and an air mattress. Unlike Amazon, there was almost no wasted space in the boxes at all, which I really liked.

All in all, I'm thrilled with the service and will be placing more orders as I discover things that I'm missing. For the record, I love Amazon Prime, but Google Express may still get my money when I need things faster than my Prime's 2-day shipping speed.


#GoogleExpress  +Google Express 
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Happy to hear our UK friends would like to join in the fun! At this time, we haven't expanded out of country. We'll be thinking of you as we grow. 
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An update is rolling out now to the Google+ Photos app for Chrome that officially disables all functionality.

With the recent launch of Google Photos, we were told that Google+ Photos would be shutting down. The time has came, and version 1.580.2 turns the app off for good.

When launching the app, users will now see a brief end-of-life message, and are then prompted to visit Google Photos on the web.

If you are missing the automatic backup functionality that this app provided, you may want to check out the Cloud Import feature built into the Chrome OS Files app. Please note that backing up photos using this feature will count against your Drive storage, regardless of your Google Photos upload settings. Learn more here:

If you have any feedback about these changes, please send it to the Chrome team by pressing Alt+Shift+I on your keyboard, and to the Google Photos team by selecting the "Help and Feedback" option in the Google Photos menu on the web.

For now, it seems that you can uninstall the old Google+ Photos app. It's no longer going to be useful :(

#GooglePlus   #Photos  
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I'll have to pay more attention to how downloads are being dealt with on the Photos web app. I've been using it, but never use removable media with my Chromebooks (my phone is my camera), so I haven't run across the difference in how Google+ Photos and the Photos app deals with an SD card, for example.

It's becoming increasingly apparent that Google just isn't caring much about Chrome OS...or the web platform... anymore. (An outcome I've been worrying about ever since they started talking about running Android on Chromebooks.)

I guess you're just supposed to run the Android Photos app on your Chromebooks... o_O
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  • Miami University
    Business Management Technology, 2013 - 2015
    Associate of Applied Business | Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Ross High School
    2006 - 2011
    Graduated as Business Scholar of Class
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Craig Tumblison
Skydiving sounds fun.
I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit that keeps me dreaming of a better mousetrap. I have a passion for cutting-edge technology, a curiosity for financial investments, and a primal instinct to contribute. My time is spent learning as much as I can about as many things as I can. I have a proposal to add an additional 6 hours to each day that's currently deadlocked in committee.

Personal Motto:
I find creative solutions to interesting problems.


I have been recognized for my knowledge of Chrome OS as a Top Contributor on the Google Chrome OS Product Forum.

In addition, I also contribute to:
I also enjoy the occasion hike.

Daily Driver Hardware:
Moto X (2014), Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013), CR-48 Chromebook, Acer C720P Chromebook, Chromebook Pixel (2015), HP 11 Chromebook, Samsung Series 550 Chromebook, Samsung Series 3 Chromebox, Toshiba Chromebook 2, Dell Optiplex 755 (Windows 7 Pro), Moto 360 Smartwatch

What's on my TV:

Contact / Hangout Policy:
I strive for an open door. If you see a post you think I'll like, tag me. If you want to talk about one of my hobbies, invite me to a Hangout (text-based, please). I might not have time to comment on every mention, but I do make an effort to at very least +1 shared content to let you know I appreciated the share. Don't worry about bothering me - I'll let you know if I'm busy (and please don't take it personally if I am, in fact, busy).

Tagcloud of Interests:
Business | Technology | Law | Politics | Android | Chrome | Chrome OS | Forex

Cover Photo Credit:
My current cover photo is a sunrise I captured at Hunter's Peak at the Fremont Open Space Preserve.
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Creative Thinking, Troubleshooting, Logical and Decisive Decision Making, User Training & Tutoring
  • Google
    gTech Ads, 2015 - present
  • Bitcove LLC
    Founder, 2009 - present
    Bitcove is a small venture capital / IT consulting firm that manages online ventures and services local businesses. As part of my work I've built custom workstations, managed web presences for both local city government and political candidates, provided remote and on-site troubleshooting, crafted documentation designed for user training, and successfully implemented a few small transitions to Google Apps and Chrome devices.
    Founder, 2014 - present
    Chrome UP is a Chrome OS resource website dedicated to complimenting the existing Chrome OS Community by providing gap-bridging content where appropriate, and promoting existing content when possible.
  • Miami University Office of Learning Assistance
    Student Tutor, 2014 - 2015
    Worked in the Office of Learning Assistance to help fellow students excel with the following subjects: Public Speaking, Entry Level Marketing
  • Rock Solid Construction LLC
    Laborer, 2012 - 2012
    Summer job. Graded and otherwise prepared numerous job sites for concrete pours, including framing, leveling, and debris removal. Also assisted with the demolition of a few houses.
  • Tumblison Construction Services, Inc.
    Laborer, Crew Foreman, 2006 - 2012
    I designed and deployed the company web presence. In the field, I assisted in the construction of several pole barns, new door installations, full house rehabs, interior and exterior painting, plumbing and general home maintenance
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