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Mark Ciccarello
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Attended Georgia Institute of Technology
Lived in Atlanta, GA
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Two years after I declared Windows RT dead on arrival (with 110% certainty) Satya Nadella has finally signed the death certificate. Still waiting on my smart visor prediction.
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Prediction: full-face visor trend converges with mobile tech to create a sort of wide-screen Google Glass. Instead of smart phone zombies we become smart visor zombies. And nobody has to look at anyone else's ugly mug again.
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I really have to worry about Microsoft's ad people sometimes. Before "our browser doesn't suck anymore" it was "buy one of our phones because it doesn't do all that fun stuff an iPhone does." And before that it was "Windows PCs: for people who can't afford an Apple."
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Apple seriously needs to nuke this iTunes shit and start over.
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I feel like I should contact all these people and warn them about Rick Astley.
25 People Who Just Googled "Santorum" For The First Time: There are still people out there who have never googled "Santorum."
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Has anyone found any worthwhile online courses in UX (user experience) and UI design?
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Someone needs to explain the new Surface tablets to me.

First of all, people keep saying referring to it as if it's one device, but from what I can tell Win8 RT is no more closely related to Win8 than iOS is to OS/X. So in fact they're making two completely different devices in similar-looking cases.

I am roughly 110% sure the RT version will be dead on arrival. Their most plausible customers are people buying it by mistake, thinking it will run their Windows apps. I have yet to hear anyone, anywhere, express interest in writing or porting an app of any kind to Windows RT. So it's an iPad, plus a slightly more convenient keyboard, minus roughly 650,000 apps. And, not for nothing, also minus the cachet of Apple and the nerd street cred of Android.

It may be quite nice, but so are Windows 7 phones. So good luck with that.

I see no reason that the Intel version won't sell at least a few. But it's not really a tablet. It's a notebook with what will turn out to be a mostly unused touchscreen. Developers aren't going to put any effort into writing real touch apps when 99% of their user base will be using something other than the Surface, and won't have a touch screen.
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+Mark Ciccarello Pretty sure they both are united under Metro Apps. But, yeah not sure if people will be using touch on Windows 8 PC's unless there is some compatibility there with a normal mouse that has yet to be seen.

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Deep geek reference here, but when I saw this description of smugglers in the new Star Wars MMO, I knew it would be a success: "Fast on the draw and a crack shot with a blaster, Smugglers tend to shoot first..."

Damn right they do.
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"It is impossible for a cube to be the sum of two cubes, a fourth power to be the sum of two fourth powers, or in general for any number that is a power greater than the second to be the sum of two like powers. I have discovered a truly marvelous demonstration of this proposition that this margin is too narrow to contain." -- Pierre de Fermat

"I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it." -- Steve de Jobs.
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I'm not sure whether it's rational or not, but there's something about anything labeled a "convenience fee" that really sets me off. It's like they're admitting that if I just pay the regular price, their service will be inconvenient. In fact, don't "convenience fees" give them a financial incentive to make my life difficult, so they can solve it for a fee? Why stop there? How about a $20 per month we-won't-send-someone-by-your-house-to-kick-you-in-the-nuts fee? I'd pay that -- until I found another company to do business with.
Verizon said Friday that it was scrapping a controversial $2 fee for one-time bill payments announced just a day earlier.
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  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Computer Science
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Physical Oceanography
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Software Engineer
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  • Amazon.com
    Software Development Engineer, present
  • Microsoft
    Software Design Engineer
  • ArsDigita
    Engineering Manager
  • Harris Corporation
    Engineering Manager
  • Bits in Motion LLC
    Chief Software Engineer
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Avoid the pharmacy here at all cost. Very slow and generally awful customer service. If you enjoy dealing with the IRS or the post office during the holidays, you'll love the pharmacy here.
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Excellent for Christmas shopping. You can always get a good deal from Maurice.
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This place is an incredible source for indy, import, documentary cult and other obscure flicks that even Netflix may not have (and Blockbuster wouldn't even consider stocking). They have a selection of the big Hollywood titles too, but you can get those anywhere. Very laid-back staff as well.
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An Atlanta institution and an irreplaceable classic. Enough said.
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