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My wife's book is now available on Amazon:

In 1992, nine-year-old Katie Beers was kidnapped by a family friend and locked in an underground box for 17 days. Katie has now come forward to tell the story that created a national media storm as reporters uncovered the truth about her pre-kidnapping life of neglect and sexual abuse and the details of her rescue. She shares how this experience and the recent death of her kidnapper, John Esposito, has affected her life. Despite the horrible reality of Katie's days of being chained in darkness, the kidnapping was, in fact, the climactic end of a tragic childhood and the beginning of a new life.

Katie has been traveling around the country the past two years keynote speaking at various child advocacy and victim events, motivational and inspirational speaking venues, and of course various media outlets.

My wife's book, Buried Memories, is a NYT Bestseller. This is the new and updated version that includes new chapters such as life after Buried Memories.

For those that do not know, part of the reason for the new book is sadly because the original book publisher completely screwed her and I over, stealing thousands of dollars from us (essentially victimizing a victim, awesome huh?). The book has been released with a reputable publisher and we couldn't be happier with the change.

Thank you so much for the share and the kind words +Virginia Poltrack. Katie and I appreciate it :)
So I really struggled with how to word this post. Let me start by linking to this book-

I met +Katie Beers​​ before I knew about this book, about her story. I liked her immediately, and in fact, just thought she was a GREAT person. The kind of friend that when you meet them for the first time, you walk away thinking to yourself, "I really adore that person, I'm so happy to have met them!"

Then I learned a bit about this story, and ordered the book. And I was floored. To say she is an amazing person and survivor is an understatement. Basically, I was completely blown away and have a new found respect for someone I already held in really high regard. Katie, thank you for sharing this. You're amazing, and deserve every happiness. I'm really proud to call you a friend 💗
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your day with family, friends, and loved ones. If you're traveling, have a safe trip. And most importantly, eat and drink too much, because I sure as hell will.
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+Derek Ross​ Happy Thanksgiving
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Google Play’s Cyber Weekend sale offers huge discounts

If your wallet is ready, the Googs has plenty of apps, games, music, and books available for Black Friday / Cyber Monday / Cyber Weekend /Because shopping.

On a related note the +NVIDIA​ Shield TV discount is live on GameStop. I just bought one. Merry Christmas Logan!
Thanksgiving, while a great way to spend quality time with the family, can quickly turn into a complete mess for others. Should you feel like tuning out political debates and your crazy uncle (we all have one), you might want to check out Google Play's Cyber Weekend sale. It's there you'll find select game titles marked down as much as 70%, along with other great deals on apps, music, books and more. When it comes to games, you'll find a handful ...
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Dug through it pretty heavily... Didn't find anything I wanted that I didn't already have. Damn these #firstworldproblems
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For #WatchFaceWednesday I give you the official Star Wars watch face. You can choose from three different themes: light, dark, or droids. You can also tap the watch face to get a little bit of geeky this day in Stsr Wars history info. Nice.

Get it here :

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Oh cool Huwei Watch "Hoo-Wah-way Hoo-atch" lol thanks for clarifying +Derek Ross​
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The Fossil Q Founder is now available for $295!

The Fossil Q Founder is the first affordable Android Wear smartwatch to sport an Intel processor. And, it has a flat tire.
So you want a watch with modern functionality and classic good looks? This season timing is everything with the Q Founder — a (best of both worlds) touchscreen digital watch in refined stainless steel that tracks steps and connects seamlessly to your phone.<br>*Fossil Q Founder is engineered with Intel Innovation® and powered by Android Wear™ — in addition to tracking your activity, receiving notifications, and inspiring weekly curiosity, you can...
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Why hasn't anyone gotten a review unit? No reviews from anyone!
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And then I found out that two people in my new office play World of Warcraft and Hearthstone and the old and retired WoW Radier in me is all like...
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Can never go back at hardcore anymore anywhere now, especially in WoW where I'm out for 8-9 months - I was paying since middle Burning Crusade, so seven or so years. The casual farming of 5-mans and leveling alts lost its appeal for a looooong time now, although it was a mild fun for a while.

I do play Skyforge with my girlfriend, though. Only one character, able to switch to all classes, you start with 3 of them accessible and then you can farm each class later. The game gets many things right but recently started to drown in complexity due to high level content. Exactly same as WoW years ago - too many damn currencies.

I do still recommend Skyforge to my acquaintances, though. It's a really fresh mix of sci-fi and fantasy with awesome graphics and immersive setup. Oh, and when you get to have the divine form and then switch to it and kick ass in the whole area... Whoa, the awesomeness.

Back to WoW, there are many things Blizzard won't ever change and they admitted that themselves in blue posts over the years. They have lots of loyal and nostalgic fans to cater to so I do understand them but that still won't make me interested in the game. I still think WoW's plot (up until the Wrath of the Lich King, that is) was one of the best game plots ever, and I still have 30GB of playthroughs of both parts of Warcraft 3 which I rewatch periodically, but ever since Cataclysm the game lost its mojo for many, me included.

Eventually I simply wanted to PvP and that was the final turnoff. 2v2 is, and evidently always will be, an unbalanced mess. Has there EVER been a period in which Mage and Rogue 2v2 team was NOT overpowered? Yeah... And the battlegrounds... I feel that if somebody programmed some bots with one of the simpler deep-learning neural networks, they'd still be much ahead of the WoW's average PvP skill level in battlegrounds by now. Eventually you get tired of seeing people do the same stupid shit for 10,000 times.

RBGs in Mists with the guild team was one of my best memories in WoW. But nothing could ever beat the 25-man heroic Icecrown Citadel without voice communication. And we did beat it.

WoW is a great source of nostalgia, but that is a poisonous feeling in my eyes. I want something that also brings me joy and a sense of accomplishment. Games nowadays don't do that, they need you hooked forever. Fair enough for them alright, but this guy now sticks to a sci-fi MMO, plays Quake 3 to show the youngsters they have zero idea how to play it, and some casual Heroes of The Storm.

As others pointed out, you simply shift priorities. I want to be "hardcore" in real life, to make loads of money, to fix my slightly broken health, to move apartment, to upgrade my tech, to resume marital arts workouts, etc. etc. Games are fun and I'll play them until I'm dead but I feel I won't ever get back to being hardcore there.

Sorry for the long post. The OP hit a music note in my soul.
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+Google Store​ Black Friday Deals!

Save $80 on Nexus 5X
Save $200 on Nexus 9
Save up to $100 on select Android Wear watches
Buy 2 Chromecasts for $50
Save $50 on select Chromebooks
Save $30 on Nest Cam
Get $50 Google Play Credit with Nest Thermostat
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30% off any TV season on Google Play!
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+Jody Ancar Currently, that's correct. If Google ever decides to treat customers decently though, they might join Ultaviolet, and then all of your existing Ultraviolet licenses would work in Google Play.
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More Google+ Preview updates!

I'm glad the team is listening and iterating.

G+ Web Preview Updates
As promised, we're continuing to listen and respond to feedback on the new Google+.

Today we're launching a number of updates to our Web preview including:
- Adding a 3 column stream view for very wide screens
- Adding the ability to reply to comments in context
- Removing the limit on circle streams in the menu (previously 6)
- Adding the option to view 'Posts from Circle' from the Following screen

These changes (which you can see in the image below) will be rolling out today. And look for more updates on Android, iOS, and the Web soon. Thanks~
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Crazy rumor alert: Google to help Samsung optimize TouchWiz

Let's pretend that this rumor is true. This would be quite advantageous for Google and in the best interest of the entire Android ecosystem. Samsung is the #1 Android OEM. That means the majority of people out there rock Sammy's abomination known as TouchWiz. The UI is slow and lags, despite rocking extremely great hardware. Since TouchWiz is what many people use, many people have a subpar experience on Android, think it sucks, and go to another platform. I hope this does happen.
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The fact that my Nexus 5 from 2013 runs better than any Samsung flagship today is a good sign that they need help from Google. 
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It looks like the Googs has some Black Friday deals coming. I'm guessing we'll see them on the +Google Store​?
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I wonder if they will be available outside the US?

It would be a bit of a kick in the teeth if they aren't to be honest... I've spent the last week being bombarded by "Black Friday" offers from UK companies to my UK email address....

So many in fact that I've given up sending them sarcastic replies regarding a lack of thanks giving and turkeys...
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USB-C info from the USB-C guru himself.
I'm creating a collection of posts that I plan to write and other resources that you can find online to demystify #USB   #TypeC  and hopefully answer a lot of questions that people have had lately!
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I am an Android Enthusiast. I’m on the pulse of the latest Android news and write content about Android daily. I’m constantly scouring the Internet for the latest Android news, apps, games, Android ROMs, hacks, security, tips, tutorials and mobile devices. I’m a large supporter of our beloved Android Community and am always willing to help with anything Android related, just ask.

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Derek is a senior Information Technology business professional with vast experience in virtual infrastructure design and administration, network engineering and architecture, enterprise customer support, systems design, disaster recovery planning, and help desk operations. Former IT entrepreneur, Derek is currently a network systems administrator at a Penn State University.

I use social networking to meet new exciting people, make new friends, stay up to day with old friends, express myself and engage in some great conversations that I wouldn't have normally had the opportunity. Over the past 17 years of my online life, I've made numerous online friends through various social communities and continue to talk to them, even the oldest ones, all of the time. I look forward to meeting you :)

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