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Jonathan Feist
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After almost two months of flying this machine, and a full month of figuring out what I wanted to say about it, finally unleashed my DJI Mavic Air review.

Grab some popcorn, this is a long one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKHH4dC4PGo
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Any Google Photos users out there ever have an accurate rotation suggestion from the service?

100% of the time +Google Photos recommends a rotation, I have to turn my images back to the original orientation that I shot and uploaded. I have minimal complaint about the service, but this one operation they get completely wrong every single time.

Maybe there's something in my meta data, maybe the camera is doing something wonky, I don't know.

One thing is for sure, if this is a result of Google's image recognition algorithms, please take me off the list for their self-driving cars. Although, I'd love to see the car that tries to right itself when it thinks the world is upside down.
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+Joseph Hindy did it again. I know, we're eagerly awaiting the full Android P release, but hey, a quick look at what's in the Developer Preview is a nice start.

Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3iXXQ6y3v8
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March 4th is Science of Flight day at Drone Rush!

We're covering the basics of what a drone is, how it works and how to fly. Watch for a new post every hour starting at 6:01:49am PST at https://dronerush.com

On a personal note, if you're looking for me tomorrow, I'll be a little busy playing with drones. Enjoy your weekend!
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Looking forward to bringing this one home. The Uvify OOri surprised me with how capable it is at such a small size. Great work Uvify.

A long week at CES 2018, be sure to hit Drone Rush if you want to see everything I came across. (Of course, I've only posted half of it so far, plenty to come.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq8rB09iWYc
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Dear +Microsoft,

I do not think you understand how not ok it is that your operating system will not do what I tell it to. Worse, that it undoes specific settings that I put in place.

I HATE that you force my machine to restart when there is an update. I'm good about installing them, but on my time. I CANNOT afford to lose the work I am doing, that cannot be saved through a restart, thus, your auto restart on update is horrible for me.

To fix this, I disable the Windows Update Service. I don't put it into Manual start, I completely disable it. Then, once a week or so I enable, check for updates and turn back off. It's annoying, but it works.

Now, you dirty punks, I am finding the Service enabling itself despite my control. Why is that ok? I understand ToS, there's probably something in there I didn't read that says you can do what you want, but it doesn't work for me. When I change a setting, I am doing it on purpose.

My post secondary education focused on computer science, followed by the last ten years working in the tech industry, makes me feel like I can make this decision for myself. So, please, give us back the notification of updates without automatic download and install and I will re-enable the Service. Until then, nope, you do not get to change these settings on me, I will find methods beyond my current skill set to block auto updating, and that's just going to wreck things for both of us.

/rant
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Following +Joseph Hindy's lead with his Galaxy Note 8 battery info, here is my first full discharge with the Pixel 2 XL.

I must say, this phone may not be perfect, and the missing headphone jack will never be cool, but it is a fantastic device otherwise.

My 7 hours of screen on time battery life was mixed use, but mostly light-duty operation. Only played a few videos, a little music and no games. Mostly this time was spent installing and setting up apps and features. Re-tooled my music playlist as well.

The phone is all but setup to my liking, so we'll see what the next discharge looks like.

I should note, I have not installed Tasker. This is the first phone and first time Tasker was not one of my first installs. I'm not struggling without it as much as I thought, but there are still a few pain points. I hope to get a good battery life baseline before installing, see if Tasker is as much of a battery hog as I fear it is.

Starting day 2 with the phone at 55% was really hard for me. With my last few phones, 55% was practically dead. This thing, I'm so happy with it so far. I stayed up late trying to kill the battery, I had to sleep so I threw in the towel with that 9% remaining. I bet that's a solid 8 hours of screen on time.
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Yesterday, humanity let me down.

I wanted to give to my community, I bought a ton of candy for kids that took the time to dress up and knock on the door. However, I had to work, so for part of the evening I left the bucket of goodies out, trusting that people would be responsible.

I misjudged kids these days, as there were no knocks on the door. I checked about once an hour and no candy had been touched. Do kids not eat candy anymore?

Then, I finally went to pull things in around 9pm, everything was gone.

Somebody stole my bucket.

The candy was up for the taking, I get that, but you stole my freakin' bucket?!?!

I have many things I would rant about regarding this - perceived privileges, greed and downright low-life thievery - but I'm just going to drop it. Next year I'm turning off the lights and directly donating to the local boys & girls club or something.

Years from now we'll be able to look back at this moment, this is when I began my transition to being the grumpy old man that yells "get off my lawn!"
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In which I surmise Google Assistant is great, but limited, while Amazon Alexa is great, but, well, limited.

Hope that cleared everything up.
Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa have been the new Android vs iOS competition, but I think that's misguided, can't Assistant and Alexa get along? #Features #AmazonAlexa #GoogleAssistant
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I was supposed to hold this video until I have a written companion. Forget that, I had so much fun checking out the drones at InterDrone, I wanted to share!

I will publish the written companion explaining how the event went, later, for now, enjoy the sights with me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiGlRqTG9_o
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