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I really hate this new trend of forcing me to scroll past 1500px of header links/images before I can start reading an article.
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Java for Kids

I need some suggestions. I want to teach my son (8) Java. I wish it didn't have to be Java (so let's not get into that), but he's really into Minecraft mods and they're written in Java, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to really get into programming. He's very interested in doing this, so I didn't want to drop the ball. Plus, Android apps are written in Java, so it could have practical use outside of just Minecraft.

What are some good resources/methods to teach kids Java? I don't mean Alice, or Scratch, or any of those non-Java things. He's already gone through a bunch of the kid-based "get your mind into it" things, so I just want to have him learn the actual language.

I know Java very well (I'm even certified), so that's not an issue. I just want to approach this in a way that will make sense to him.
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Great, teach him to fish (not to phish) and I know he'll be a great fisherman. I love you. 
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I have invites for the +OnePlus One! Let me know in the comments if you'd like one.

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+Joey Espinosa​ knocking on your door in 10 min. Lol
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Lessons From Netflix: Microservices

This is an absolutely fantastic article. If you're a full-stack developer, a sysadmin, or even an IT manager, you should read this.

Teaser quote:
"... you want to think of servers like cattle, not pets. If you have a machine in production that performs a specialized function, and you know it by name, and everyone gets sad when it goes down, it's a pet."

Put that on a poster.
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Well this just blew my mind. Check out #Rescape - a reality gaming program with a live demo that actually kicks some serious ass. This could change everything :-) #Gaming #AugmentedReality  
Also see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKxBgoekuTU
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OnePlus One Invites

I have a few +OnePlus One invites again! Comment below if you want them!

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+Joey Espinosa te ne è rimasto uno per me??😊😊😊
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T-Mobile listened. Now you can too.
Early this summer, T-Mobile announced a Music Freedom plan that would allow customers to stream music from select services without impacting their data all... by Bertel King, Jr. in News, T-Mobile
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Google's New Nexus Player

Yesterday, I got Google's new Nexus Player delivered to my door. Last night, I had the chance to play with it a bit. Since I already own two Amazon FireTVs, and have used both the AppleTV and Roku 2 and 3, I thought I would give it a shot at a little comparison here. I'll go step-by-step. This is based on my experience, and not specs or data sheets or anything like that.

Design

First, the design is pretty good. The Nexus Player is small, and as you can tell by the attached photo, it's about the same size as the FireTV (maybe a tad taller). It looks nice, but whether it's better than the FireTV is obviously subjective. You either like the "hockey puck" look or you don't. In any case, for my needs, any media player is going to be hidden behind a case or enclosure, until the technological world at large figures out how to get rid of cables completely.

Nexus Player 1, FireTV 1

Device Hardware

The Nexus Player has 3 ports: Power, microUSB and HDMI. The FireTV additionally has a standard RJ-45 Ethernet port, and rather than microUSB it has a full-size USB port. The FireTV has its ports directly in the back of the device, while the Nexus Player's ports are located within a recessed cavity in the rear. I mention this specifically because if you happen to store your media player inside a cabinet or enclosure of some kind (like I do), then plugging in cables is a tremendous pain. I give the win here to the FireTV, because it's not such a pain to plug in the cables, I can use my Gigabit wired network without having to additionally purchase a microUSB OTG Ethernet adapter/cable (and then lose the only available USB port), and a full-sized USB wins over a microUSB any day. In fact, with the FireTV, I can plug in an Xbox360 PC adapter and connect up to 4 of my Xbox360 remotes to play Bombsquad (an absolutely fantastic multiplayer game). I was hoping to give that a shot with the Nexus Player, but it looks like I'll have to wait until my microUSB OTG adapter gets here (and when it does, I'll have no choice but to stick to WiFi, due to the missing Ethernet port).

Nexus Player 1, FireTV 2

Remote

Both the FireTV and Nexus Player remotes are small, and minimalist, which I love. Both remotes have a built-in microphone for voice search. The Nexus Player additionally has an LED light, whose utility I'm still unsure of. However, once you begin to use these remotes, the FireTV's remote begins to run away with this contest. Neither remote is bad, but when you directly compare the Nexus Player's remote with the FireTV's remote, it's not even fair. The FireTV remote feels like a quality remote, with the almost felt-like exterior that provides a nice solid grip, and feels good in the hand. The FireTV remote also has solid buttons, and the navigation ring (is that what it's called?) gives you solid tactile feedback and feels like it could last you years. However, the Nexus Player remote feels plastic-ey and hollow, and has really almost no actual grip. The only grip comes directly from your fingers, and you find yourself often having to readjust the grip to keep the remote from slipping as you're pressing buttons. Speaking of buttons, while the standard push buttons are okay, the navigation ring feels tall and very clicky, and reminds me of pushing buttons on the NES controller. Yep, that's a good comparison. The Nexus Player's remote is like an NES controller, while the FireTV's remote is like an Xbox controller.

Nexus Player 1, FireTV 3

Interface and Performance

The Nexus Player's interface is pretty great. I personally feel like the FireTV's interface, while categorized well, is a bit redundant and very cluttered. On the FireTV, I end up using "Recent" almost exclusively for apps, and sometimes get disappointed when what I need isn't there and have to go looking. On the Nexus Player, the layout is very simple. Recommendations at the top, apps just under it, games under that, and settings below. By comparison, finding a specific setting in the FireTV isn't as simple as it is on the Nexus Player.

The feel and performance of the Nexus Player interface is very comparable to the FireTV, likely due to the excellent hardware on both devices. The FireTV has double the RAM (2GB vs 1GB), but in practice, it's not very noticeable.

Back to the recommendations. The FireTV shows you way more recommendations than the Nexus Player, however, they're all Amazon offerings. Tons and tons of Amazon offerings. This may not be such a bad thing, especially if you want to eventually get rid of cable. You may want a plethora of options, I don't know. The Nexus Player shows you recommendations from Google Play, but it also shows you recommendations from apps that are tied into whatever APIs Google has made available. A great example of this is +Plex. The Plex devs must have been busy, because Plex works fantastically on the Nexus Player. If I partially watch a movie or TV show in Plex, I may see that partial movie or show right up front in my recommendations, and I can simply select it to go right into Plex and continue watching. So the fact that some of the Google Play recommendations can be displaced by 3rd party app recommendations tells me that this feature can and probably will be expanded to other apps in the future as they begin to take advantage of it. This is a big plus for the Nexus Player.

Nexus Player 2, FireTV 3

Voice Search

I'll just say it up front: Nexus Player wins this, hands down. FireTV has an excellent voice search, and so does the Nexus Player. However, the Nexus Player can also do things like search for "that girl that was in Hunger Games", and give you Jennifer Lawrence. Of course, it's Google, so you better expect them to deliver on search. I've been waiting for months for the FireTV to begin supporting 3rd party apps, so that I can just search for "Sons of Anarchy" and get results from Netflix, Hulu, Plex, Amazon Video, etc. I always click "More Ways to Watch" on the FireTV, hoping that I'll see a Netflix or other listing, but nope. Hasn't happened yet. The Nexus Player doesn't yet support 3rd party services yet either, don't get me wrong. In fact, the Nexus Player directs your searches to Google Play results (which you always have to pay for versus possibly already having a Prime subscription on the FireTV). However, 3rd party support feels more likely on the Nexus Player. Right now, if I open up Plex, I can trigger a voice search on the remote, and it uses Plex's search to give me results in Plex! That right there... no other media player can do that right now. And that's huge. I can't do it yet with Netflix or Hulu, but if Plex is already on top of this, then it's possible for other apps to do the same in time.

Nexus Player 3, FireTV 3

Apps

The FireTV has been around for months, while the Nexus Player has been around since only November 3rd (ship date). So clearly there's an advantage here. The FireTV definitely has more apps, but unfortunately the FireTV is restricted to the Amazon App Store (unless you sideload apps), which is often behind the Play Store both in quantity and updates. The Nexus Player has access to the Play Store, and while there aren't as many apps available yet, the big name apps are there: Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Plex, YouTube, Pandora, iHeartRadio. Additionally, for music, I much prefer Google Music over Amazon MP3. The FireTV didn't have access to Google Music, but rather forced you into Amazon MP3. While the Nexus Player doesn't have a specific "Google Music" category that appears to force you in this way, it does have Google Music by default, so time will tell whether this is also forced. However, I do rank Google Music much higher than Amazon MP3, and I'm glad to finally have unfettered access to it on the Nexus Player. Also, the FireTV does not have a virtual remote app, which I have been absolutely dying for. Since the remotes are small, they're easy to lose, and if I just want to do something quickly, I don't want to have to look for the remote because it's the only way to interact with the device. It's Android, for crying out loud, I should be able to interact with it from another Android device. The Nexus Player does have a compatible AndroidTV Remote app, which is dead simple to link up with the Nexus Player and works very well. It also supports voice search, and even lets you input text using your phone or tablet's virtual keyboard instead of selecting text on-screen (XBMC always had this feature with the Yatse app, so I'm glad to see a media player finally catch up here). The Nexus Player doesn't have Amazon Video yet, but I really hope it gets that soon, because I'm in the middle of watching Sons of Anarchy and Orphan Black and Google doesn't yet have an "Amazon Prime" equivalent (idea, Google?).

Nexus Player 4, FireTV 3

Overall

Overall, I think the FireTV and Nexus Player are pretty evenly matched, although since I am personally an Amazon Prime subscriber, the lack of Amazon Video in the Nexus Player hurts. It hurts bad. However, with some of the features in the Nexus Player, I can see the potential to really get ahead of the competition. I'll play with it some more, but I can't knock the Nexus Player for certain things due to its infancy (I can't say the PS2 has more games than the PS4, because that's just not fair).

I'm pretty pleased with the Nexus Player so far, and I can definitely see it getting better in the near future.
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This video makes me want to pee myself. It is that incredible.
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Python, Django, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Ubuntu, Red Hat, jQuery, Dojo, Git, Mercurial
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  • Knowledge In Practice, LLC
    Developer, 2013 - present
  • J Becker Solutions, Inc.
    Python Developer, 2012 - 2013
  • Thermopylae Sciences & Technology
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2012
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    Senior Systems Administrator, 2009 - 2010
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    Senior Systems Engineer, 2006 - 2009
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    Intelligence Analyst, 2002 - 2006
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Coder by day... and basically a coder the rest of the day too. I'm a math & science lover, I love to learn, and I question virtually everything (because why not?). I'm a big open source guy... if you're gonna hand someone a piece of software, then give them the code :)

Wouldn't science be so much easier if God would just hand over the source?
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