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Acting Administrator of the US Digital Service
Acting Administrator of the US Digital Service

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In the last week I've heard from two different reputable organizations that are both having issues with deliverability of their large-scale email to Gmail. I wonder if someone tweaked some thresholds down or just re-tuned a model?
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Wait, they're renaming the payment stuff again? So Android Pay is now Google Pay, and Google Wallet is Google Pay Send? I wish I could see the internal memes about this.
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Why not try something new for 2018?

January is a great month for goal setting and thinking about what you'd like to accomplish in 2018. If you feel like your life has been in a little bit of a rut, have you considered trying something completely different? The US Digital Service offers engineers and product managers and designers the chance to tackle important problems. The Federal government needs a lot of help on technology to help students, veterans, small businesses, and patients.

Here's one quick example. If you're a veteran applying for health benefits, you had to use a proprietary system that needed exactly the correct version of Internet Explorer and another piece of software. If you didn't have the right version of both, you wouldn't be able to apply for benefits online. That meant waiting (on average) 137 days for a paper form to be processed. The USDS deployed an amazing thing called a "web form." It's responsive, so it works on mobile phones. It's accessible, so it works with screen readers for blind users. With the new solution, 50% of veterans find out if they're eligible for health benefits in 10 minutes instead of 137 days. Over 300,000 veterans have used that web form to apply for their health benefits. Check it out yourself at https://www.vets.gov/ if you know a veteran!

Working at the USDS can be frustrating at times, but it's also deeply, deeply meaningful. You can apply by answering just a few questions and uploading a resume. We'd be delighted to tell you about some of the ways that you can help the American public with your tech skills. Please apply today: https://www.usds.gov/join
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Talking about biking to work and the US Digital Service with Mr. Money Mustache.
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My review of the Pixel 2 XL so far
- nice camera
- I love the always-on clock. Truly great way to track meetings in a more subtle way than checking my watch.
- good display
- pretty good battery life so far

What needs to change:
- Please give me back my headphone jack. I don't care about water resistance. I don't care about thin. Make the phone thick enough for a headphone jack and use that extra space for more battery.
- For Chrome on Android, please make sure that all tabs are cached and work when the phone goes offline or into airplane mode. I've got 42 tabs open in Chrome and could read in Chrome the whole time that I'm the plane. Instead, trying to load that tab gives me an error message because the phone isn't connected. C'mon, this phone has 91.94GB free. You can't save all the tab content so I can read all my Chrome tabs on a plane without any hassles? Help a guy out, Chrome folks.
- Please give me a quick setting to lock my phone and require my PIN to unlock. Useful for running, or for need-security-fast situations.

Otherwise, nice phone. Good job.
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Just passing on the feedback that showing recent searches when you show up on the Google home page before you've even typed anything is super annoying. My Dad already asked how to turn it off, and he normally doesn't care about any UX/UI stuff. How do you actually turn it off?
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For Veterans Day, please share the word about vets.gov. It's a useful website to discover, apply for, and track benefits. Really proud to work with the folks who created this site. And to all veterans out there, thank you for everything you've done and are doing.
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