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What's everyone's favorite Buganizer competitor for use outside of Google?  I love the search functionality, nested-tree organization, ticket states, audit logs, and hotlists.
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Hey Jon - we use (and built) streak for our bug tracking. We market it as a crm but really it's way to organize workflows (bug tracking is a workflow). Integrates nicely with and lives inside gmail. Let me know if you want me to show you a demo of we setup our internal bug tracking workflow. 
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Mankind has so much more to do...
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Just learned about (and turned on) "preboot" on my Heroku servers.  On new binary pushes, it keeps the old binaries up until the new binaries can field requests, improving client latency.  This is basically how Google does pushes, but on Heroku, it's opt-in.

All I had to do was:
$ heroku features:enable preboot
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Haleakala Crater, on the top of Maui!  It's always amazing how well photos here turn out.  Even though the clouds were almost all the way up!
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I took my mom to Hawaii for her 70th birthday, and our first stop was Lana'i - a Hawaiian island owned almost entirely by Larry Ellison, the tech CEO!  It was a fascinating trip.  They're doing so much now to make sure the citizens are happy, that there's an economy beyond tourism, and that the tourism that does exist enjoys only the best of amenities.  Here are some shots I took along the way.
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Nice -- I need to get Lightroom.  Now, where are the pics from later on our trip in Maui?
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It's been three months since this list came out and I wished to visit every one... well, I have only made it to 32.   The 6 remaining are Bar Agricole, Commonwealth, La Ciccia, Coi, Humphry Slocombe, Swan Oyster Depot.  There's various reasons why I haven't done those 6... Coi costs at least $200/person, for one.  And I haven't wanted ice cream :).  Anyway...

My 3 absolute favorites from this list were:
1) SQPR.  So tasties, so innovatives.  My favorite in SF.
2) Perbacco.  Kind of a businessy-location, but they seriously know how to make pasta.  And the service was extremely good.   Loved it.
3) R & G Lounge.  I didn't expect much.  Instead I was transported to China!  Weirdly authentic.

Runner ups are Tony's and La Taqueria.  It's hard to even restrict my list to 5... they're all so good!  You should go to any one of them!
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I still love this ad, every time I see it.  "We'll take ...", so perfect.
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Griffin's enjoying the remaining accessible grass in Dolores Park... And wondering why he can't go in :(.
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You've said before that Griff loves grass, but I didn't realize it was like this! So cute :)
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Great write-up on Spotter News, going a bit deeper into our tech stack than the initial articles.  Also, I'm really glad I got a manicure for this photo shoot! :)
Apps that help you keep up to date with the news are hardly a rarity. Alongside all the news organizations' own native offerings, there are all sorts of aggregators and human-curated ...
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Today, +Tom Charytoniuk and I launched Spotter, an iOS app that discovers the most important news for your industry, your employer, and your contacts, and custom ranks them for you based on your interests. It's news for your career. An "industry news cheat sheet". The fastest way to stay informed.

Here's the link to install: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id966430113

Thanks to everyone who helped us so far, especially +Dmitry Shapiro, and everyone who helped beta test, give feedback, and share important news articles with us so we could build an amazing data set.
A pair of ex-Googlers is bringing another player to the news app space today with their launch of Spotter, an app that crawls hundreds of news sites to try to bring users information that matters t...
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Ahhhh Griffin's in a giant solo cup!! At Bay to Breakers yesterday.
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Happy birthday, +Griffin Emerson! You're 3 years old now. 
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Hey everyone, thanks for all the +1s!!

Probably the cutest thing Griffin did on his birthday was when +Maeve Curtin and I got home.  We sat down with his presents on the couch and asked him to come over.  He seriously thought he was in trouble.  But then we sang him "happy birthday", and he KNEW his evening was going to be GREAT!  He started smelling my hands, sniffing around, wondering where we were hiding all his presents!  Then we gave him two squeaky toys and he was overjoyed.

In this picture, Griffin's lifting his paw to shake before dinner.  He knows he can't eat until his shakes hands, and so he kept lifting his paw and lifting but we were taking pictures so we didn't shake back!!  He started actually crying about it!  (Sorry Griff!)  I finally shook his hand and he loved every single bit of his dinner: Lamb chops, peas, and cheddar grits.  His favorites!

Finally we gave him a cookie and a new collar.  He licked his old collar.  I'm still not sure if he wanted to keep it... I'm pretty sure he did.  But the new one's softer, I think it's more comfortable.  So he's wearing it for now.
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  • Spotter News
    Founder, 2014 - present
    I created Spotter to fix the information overload I saw in technology news. I noticed TechCrunch was publishing exponentially more content, along with TheVerge, ReadWrite, TheNextWeb and dozens of new arrivals, and I was unable to stay on top of actually important issues. So I learned natural language processing, took all the artificial intelligence algorithms I loved in college, and mixed them with the user experience, big data and cloud deployment skills I learned at Google to create a brand new approach to reading business news. We launched in May 2015, receiving significant positive press, and we’re currently building out additional features to turn Spotter into a growing, viral news product.
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    Software Developer, 2006 - 2014
    I built most of the photo uploading experiences throughout Google, I created Google+ Polls, I led the UI redesign of Google Photos to have Highlights and Auto Awesomes, and I managed a bunch of people.
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I went here to get some wood stain. It was $8 for the smallest can they had (basically a pint). I went up to buy it and it rang up at $9. I said the sign said $8, and she was like "Oh, well we've raised our prices twice in the past two months and we didn't update all the labels." WTF. In this economy they're repeatedly _raising_ prices??? Then she insulted me saying "One dollar is that important to you?" Well if it's that important to them why shouldn't it be important to me? After talking to the manager, I got it for $8, but felt bad about the experience. So I returned it 10 minutes later, then went to Home Depot and got the same thing for $5.50.
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