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David Carrington
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Product demo tomorrow morning in Acton, so it's time for some music and some final spit and polish on the apps we're making.
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Reactivated my Sky TV account and my television has shown its first advert in over a year. I hate it already.
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I am not down with commercials any longer either.
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I had a really fascinating call with +Paul Irish via Hangouts. Fascinating for me anyway: Chrome Dev tools and web performance.

Despite it mostly being him asking about my experience with the tools, I learned a few things:

1) Chrome device inspection serves dev tools via app engine, based on the device's browser version. This explains why inspecting old devices has less functionality. I had falsely assumed that this was served via the device itself.

2) We recently added Crosswalk into our stack. Based on our setup Paul agreed this was a sensible approach - which is good to hear.

3) Performance throttling emulation isn't an easy thing for Google to add to dev tools, so for now we'll have to keep deploying/serving to real devices to get a feel for web application performance.

Before our call dropped out, Paul was mentioning how managers typically would prioritize adding feature X and feature Y rather than simply improving the performance of what they have already. I recently spent about 10 hours of my personal time making some HTML tabs animate smoothly based on touch gestures - my boss loved the result but I don't know how I would justify spending work time on this.

It seems performance is only important when someone finds something slow enough that it bothers them. With all the stuff I've learnt in the last year my tolerance for low web UI performance is pretty low, so I'll continue to spend my personal time making my web applications extra smooth :)
 
Spent today talking performance with some front-end developers. Got a great sense of everyone's perspective, where folks get stuck, and how we could improve the experience in Chrome DevTools.  Big thanks to all the volunteers that jumped on a video call with me!

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I want talk to a front-end developer.. on Hangouts, like right now. :)

I'm working on some improvements to the profilers in Chrome DevTools and need input from you, the user.  If you've looked at the Chrome DevTools Timeline and want to use it effectively but feel like there's more to learn, then you're exactly who I want to talk to. I have questions for you basically exploring how you approach development and think about performance.

If you're up for it and available for the next hour or so, leave a comment below. (It's currently 3:45PM pacific on Saturday). I'll open a hangout chat with you and then we'll hop on video. Thx!
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Oh no... I've just been invited back to play the original Alien Swarm game, which I first played nine years ago. Too many memories of playing on insane difficulty and accidentally shooting people in the face with a shotgun and forcing us to restart the mission.

Downloading now!
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Yep :D goodbye evenings!
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Urgh, horrid UI. Why put a colour screen with cluttered UI onto a petrol pump? This payment process was not intuitive. Card reader on the right barely even looks like a card reader. And final complaint: the "scan here" Tesco Clubcard reader flashes blue the entire session, despite only being active after touching "scan clubcard" on the screen.
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Yeah confused me too I was like eh
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Errr... OK
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No way! We were driving in front of that car (I assume there's not more than one in the county) last Saturday on our way to Loughborough. Small world. 
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This has been on my wishlist for months. I finally took the plunge and ordered it - a significant jump up from my 1GB GTX 570. Maybe this will convince me to play the growing list of unfinished games on my Steam list.
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I magically transformed two boxes into a cot bed.

(Photos taken with a panoramic potato)
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I don't like to get the same old thing when I eat out. Today I had barbeque chicken, chips, banana, and something with sweet corn in. I can honestly say the banana was a bit too unusual even for me.
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Apparently this was popular in the 60s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_Maryland#UK
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Whoops, very nearly forgot to order the team's lunch! Better late than never, eight pizzas are on the way to fuel the afternoon.
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That's not pizza. That's an open sandwich with tomato and stuff. That's round. 
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I love our company. I've just received e-mail that the "8 newly renamed meeting rooms" will be called "meeting room 8", "meeting room 9", "meeting room 10"....
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"Overall, the merger will lead to a 2% net increase in jobs."
Staff told jobs at risk as Dixons Carphone continues post-merger restructuring
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Hopefully that is the case
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Long Eaton, UK
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Maidenhead, UK
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Carphone Warehouse Online Solutions 3R House Belton Road West Extension Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 5XH
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Web developer, gamer, and general geeky guy
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I made Pin Point - the tablet sales assistant app used throughout Carphone Warehouse UK stores.
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Web Developer
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  • Connected World Services (part of Carphone Warehouse Group)
    Senior Software Developer, 2010 - present
  • Dabr (open source project)
    Lead Web Developer, 2008 - present
  • Leasedrive Velo
    Web Developer, 2006 - 2010
  • R&K Computing
    Computer Programmer, 2004 - 2006
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May 22, 1984
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XBL: Synkronus, PSN: Synkronus, Steam: synkr0nus, Origin: Synkronus
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Good food. Music was a little too loud for our tastes. I don't think I would have liked to have been sat on the plastic school-style chairs - the tables and benches made out of pallets were surprisingly comfortable though.
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