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Mark Bothwell
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I am playing with the preview version of Windows Phone 8.1.  Amazingly, it represents a far moire significant advance over 8.0 than the advance of Windows Phone 8 over Windows Phone 7.  The documentation is almost non-existent, so I am discovering the improvements more-or-less accidentally, day by day.  For example:
1) Cortana - found the itinerary for an upcoming flight, and offered to provide me with updates about flight delays, etc.
2) Volume - FINALLY, my phone allows me to separately adjust the volume of phone calls/music etc. and the volume of the ringer.
3) Scheduling.  At last, Windows Phone matches the ability of iPhone to recognize events in e-mail messages and schedule calendar events accordingly.
4) Home screen - allows me the option to set up 4 rows of tiles, instead of 3.  Now I can place all of my important tiles on one screen.
5) Alerts - Swiping down from the top of the lock screen gives a detailed summary of recent e-mails, text messages, operatijng system alerts, Store updates available, status of WiFi and Bluetooth, etc.
6) GPS-based alerts.  I can instruct Cortana to remind me to buy butter the next time I am in the vicinity of my favorite grocery store.
7) contact-based alerts.  I can instruct Cortana (by voice or text) to remind me of the name of my acquaintances wives, children and pets whenever they phone me.
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"Compliance" is my least favorite word in the English language.  What's yours?
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Characteristics of a failed state - erosion of legitimate authority to make collective decisions, an inability to provide public services.  Some notable failed states: Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, USA.
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Domestic wildlife of the Pacific Northwest
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It appears that a highly disciplined white supremacist criminal gang armed with assault rifles is assassinating public officials.  Do you suppose that the Aryan Brotherhood is the well-regulated militia that the Second Amendment was intended to protect?

http://www.npr.org/2013/04/01/175955804/aryan-brotherhood-group-may-be-linked-to-death-of-texas-prosecutor?3,5,7,10,13,35,39,46
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Hi, I'm Mark, and this is my beloved greenhouse, set in the western foothills of Washington state's Cascade Mountains. I designed and built the greenhouse myself using a cedar wood frame and tempered glass recycled from sliding glass patio doors.  The greenhouse is now 15 years old and still in perfect shape. Presently the greenhouse is sheltering seedlings of 112 heirloom tomato varieties.

My garden blog is Verdant Veg.
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Excess of tomatoes, never! Although this is a discussion we have in our home every tomato harvest. 
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The Google Maps image of the area of the devastating #mudslide in Snohomish County Washington, captured BEFORE the landslide, reveals that the forest in the area of the slide was recently clear-cut, and there was horrendous erosion along the eastern border of the clear cut, beginning below what appears to have been the logging road.  As far as I can tell from published aerial photographs (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023215066_mudslidemondayxml.html?utm_source=Daily+Skimm&utm_campaign=13aa4d9fcd-daily_skimm&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74efee6205-13aa4d9fcd-24132609), part of the eastern border of the mudslide corresponds to the area of the logging-induced erosion..  I find it odd that local coverage of the slide never mentions the possible relevance of logging practices. 
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Although i use G+, I am actually a strong supporter of Microsoft. But sometimes I am left scratching my head trying to remember why I like Microsoft.  As the following article indicates, Microsoft's own flagship e-mail program, Outlook 2013 is unable to reliably connect to Microsoft's own Hotmail e-mail service.  Microsoft promises to have a fix in place by March.  Guess what guys -  it is April, and the best that Microsoft can offer is an entirely lame work-around.
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I blog about using my greenhouse and tunnel cloches to achieve a 12 month vegetable growing season.
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Thanks, +Mark Bothwell I look forward to checking out your blog, and I appreciate you putting it in the right category so others can find things easy. Welcome! Where in the PNW are you, I'm in Redmond, OR. 
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