Profile

Cover photo
John Heckendorn
Works at Charles Schwab & Co.
Attended University of California, Berkeley
Lives in Phoenix, AZ
277 followers|1,805,386 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideosReviews

Stream

John Heckendorn

Discussion  - 
 
+HBO is getting closer, though no Android TV compatibility is still a bit of a downer.
 
Two cheers for HBO NOW

They just added Chromecast support (about a week later than when they'd promised it).

But still won't install on Android TV. C'mon, +HBO, make it happen! 
HBO NOW is the new standalone streaming service that gives you all of HBO®—...
4 comments on original post
8
Christopher Hughes's profile photoJuan Sutton's profile photoJulie Roy's profile photo
3 comments
 
Hopefully Roku support will come soon too. 
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

Shared publicly  - 
 
A good article from +Nate Hoffelder about a not-so-obvious effect of the Google Tax in Spain, but his thesis makes a lot of sense if you see it as part of their government's consistent pattern of repressing speech and trying to control pubic opinion.

So much for any vacation in Spain Nate might have taken...he's already broken their laws by publishing the article.
When Spain passed its Google Tax in October 2014, the obvious flaws in forcing websites to pay for the privilege of linking to content made me wonder whether the Spanish government or someone had an ulterior motive in getting the law passed. Over the past week it has become clear why the Spanish govt passed this... Read More »
1
Piers Lort-Phillips's profile photo
 
Surprise, surprise 
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

Shared publicly  - 
 
With the caveat that this is really early, and it's a long way from here to wide-scale commercial utilization...this breakthrough is potentially massive for solar energy...to the point it could make much of the grid redundant.

The materials in most of today’s residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.
1
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

▶ General Discussion  - 
 
Someone help Mike out. Or in. So to speak.

:)
I'm becoming increasingly intrigued by the idea of using a Chromebook for mobility. This Windows notebook I'm using started out fast and has become slower and slower -- as Windows usually does. I'm...
6
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

General Discussion  - 
 
I haven’t gotten the update yet, but I know some of the apps I want to see... 
21
Matt Lane's profile photoNick Felker's profile photoTomasz Kucza's profile photoJohn Wayne McClung's profile photo
22 comments
 
Looks like my other update came today, +John Heckendorn.  I can now see those other apps you were talking about.  :-)
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

Shared publicly  - 
Announced almost exactly one year ago, Android Auto is Google's attempt to bring the smartphone's capabilities to a car while minimizing driver distraction. The system has been available on...
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
277 people
Anastasia Lukianova's profile photo
Health Tips's profile photo
Jimmy Chang's profile photo
Kendall Heckendorn's profile photo
Frieda Frieda's profile photo
Yeasin sohel's profile photo
Nnaemeka Ebuka's profile photo
Carlos Soares's profile photo
Therese Eckhoff's profile photo

John Heckendorn

General Discussion  - 
 
Two cheers for HBO NOW

They just added Chromecast support (about a week later than when they'd promised it).

But still won't install on Android TV. C'mon, +HBO, make it happen! 
HBO NOW is the new standalone streaming service that gives you all of HBO®—...
6
2
Chris Weber's profile photoRandy Rowles (MandeBooks)'s profile photoJohn Heckendorn's profile photoJulien Valiquette's profile photo
4 comments
 
Yes, tried against my nexus player and an actual chromecast too. 
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

Shared publicly  - 
 
Interesting hydrogen news

The world is going to need a variety of energy sources in the future as fossil fuels become scarcer and/or more expensive to extract and use. While pure electrical solutions (derived from photovoltaics, wind, etc.) have been getting the lion's share of attention, hydrogen as a fuel is likely to be key for certain use cases. This discovery by Stanford researchers is a very small, early step, but systematic reductions in the cost of extracting, storing, transporting, and using hydrogen will be necessary to propel its use as an alternative fuel.

Sidenote: In any article about energy, it's pretty amusing to read the inevitable comments from those who view energy single-mindedly, in this case, believing there's only one right technology - be it battery-stored electricity or hydrogen fuel cells - worth focusing on. So therefore, they fiercely defend it while denigrating alternatives. It's like arguing that there's only one right species, when in reality, we live in a world more diverse and complex than we can imagine.
Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, but we have a surprisingly tough time making it here on Earth. Until now.
1
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

Shared publicly  - 
 
More +Tesla Motors​ news

250 miles per charge will probably be an important threshold for many prospective customers, and if they were to release a truly purpose-designed roadster, I'd be all over it.

Still, the Model 3 will not be good enough for those San Francisco to Los Angeles drives, nor Phoenix to San Diego or Albuquerque. I'm still hoping the fuel cell option gains traction and critical mass, and meets or exceeds plug-in electrics in terms of fully loaded cost. 
Some more information has been revealed regarding Tesla’s latest automotive offering.
1
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

Shared publicly  - 
 
+Nest​ news incoming!

Can you say #Brillo? And maybe a little #SOLI down the road?
Nest is holding an event on Wednesday, June 17th, when we may hear about new products in the first substantial way since Google bought the company just over a year ago. Nest isn't providing any...
1
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

General Discussion  - 
 
+HBO​ needs to make this available on Android TV ASAP. 
HBO's standalone subscription service, HBO Now, is ending its period of Apple exclusivity and coming to Android this summer. Google SVP Sundar Pichai just confirmed that it's headed to the Google...
7
Add a comment...

John Heckendorn

Shared publicly  - 
 
More efficient photovoltaic cells

Good news from Europe on PV cells that excel at capturing low angle solar energy and converting it to electricity. That helps not only at extreme latitudes (e.g., Finland) but anywhere the sun rises and sets.

Due to the ability of black cells to capture solar radiation from low angles, they generate more electricity already over the duration of one day as compared to the traditional cells.

And they're looking at applying the technology not only to conventional flat panel arrays, but also to thin film, which would be welcome. Now let's see about scaling up to volume manufacturing and distribution.
Aalto University’s researchers improved their previous record by over three absolute percents together with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
277 people
Anastasia Lukianova's profile photo
Health Tips's profile photo
Jimmy Chang's profile photo
Kendall Heckendorn's profile photo
Frieda Frieda's profile photo
Yeasin sohel's profile photo
Nnaemeka Ebuka's profile photo
Carlos Soares's profile photo
Therese Eckhoff's profile photo
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Story
Tagline
There but for fortune...
Work
Employment
  • Charles Schwab & Co.
    Technical Director, 2000 - present
  • Wells Fargo Bank
    Messaging Architect, 1995 - 2000
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Phoenix, AZ
Previously
Napa, CA - Bloomfield, CA - El Cerrito, CA - Berkeley, CA - San Jose, CA - Salinas, CA - Marysville, CA - Reno, NV - San Francisco, CA
Just had an incredibly tasty breakfast at Lux. The cafe being packed at 8 am on a Sunday morning should tell you something. The menu is simple but complete, the food is great, and the baristas know what they're doing on their La Marzocco 3-group machine. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the kitchen really efficient. What more can anyone ask for?
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
EDIT: Now closed, sadly! by far the best restaurant in phoenix south of broadway. imaginative kitchen and romantic environment.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is a great comfort food spot, with warm, friendly service and tasty, generous dishes. Anything with pork is recommended, but they execute well across the board. While it's not quite five-star in terms of a cutting-edge menu, I think everyone will enjoy a very satisfying meal and overall experience at Barrio Queen.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Really 4 1/2 stars, but excellent comfort food and enthusiastic, friendly service. We'll be back.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
96 reviews
Map
Map
Map
One of our favorite food spots in Scottsdale, Distrito offers imaginative riffs on Southwestern food classics as well as an interesting wine list and formidable selection of Tequilas and related drinks. There are both indoor and outdoor eating areas, the latter a good place to people watch. And it's in great proximity to the theatre, museums, galleries, and old-town Scottsdale. Recommended!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A varied but not overambitious menu and nice wine list, with outstanding, attentive service, Dinner for Two is a great place to sup when in Santa Fe for opera or relaxation. Except for their seafood, most of the ingredients seem to be locally sourced. Oh, and save room for dessert!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago