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Not only is the Github app for Android slick, it's also open source. Extra-slick:

https://github.com/github/android
android - GitHub Android App
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http://www.hemingwayapp.com/

This is interesting, and something I want to see more of. Needs some improvement (for example, "Get rid of them and pick verbs with force instead" could be "Replace them with forceful verbs instead"), but once that's done, this would be super-useful for technical writing.
Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its ...
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I've also heard good things about Autocrit from people looking for a dead-easy, cheaper-than-a-human first pass at editing their long-form fiction. 
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Anyone have opinions to share on Eclipse vs Android Studio? I was pretty happy with the former when working on Burner, and was curious if I should delve into the latter for my next project...
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Can't help you there but I'll tell you this: Eclipse vs. IntelliJ = IntelliJ wins hands down, easily.
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Dear Lazyweb,

I have like 1,000 unread emails in my inbox going back 50 pages. How do I mark them all as read without going page-by-page, selecting unread, and then marking them as read?

I swear there was an option that was like "select unread across all pages" but I don't see that anymore...
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I know I am late to the party, but I have another answer for +Kevin C: you don't need to read or delete an email to know what is in it. Source: my personal inbox has over 4500 unread, and the only emails that don't get responded to in a timely manner are ones that I am purposefully delaying a response to for one reason or another.
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That moment when you hang up the phone from an interview and the better technical solution becomes crystal clear.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
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I hope you're interviewing at the right location. Location location location .
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There's some irony about a co-author of the XML spec opining on what's bad in software:

https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2014/01/01/Software-in-2014

(Also, the "unit testing is a bitch" under mobile development should really be generalized as "unit testing anything with a UI is a bitch.")
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Clients always suck. You write once and still have to do it again soon. Done it in raw x11? Sorry, use tcl/tk. No, use awt. Wait, visual basic is easier. Oh .net is it? Use java applet for animation. Stick on motion gif and then js and CSS. iOS. Android. Frontend never changes.

Always. Be. Rewriting. Same. Crap.
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This is really cool. I think the wires UI could be useful in explaining a lot of programming and technical concepts.

http://explainshell.com/
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I had to share it with my coworkers. So awesome! Thanks Mike!
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Anyone out there using Google Analytics for Android? If so, thoughts? I don't need much functionality... just something cheap.
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I have used Localytics...I believe they have a free plan.
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To whoever named the Adapter class in Android... Was DataSource taken?
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He missed "abstract" and the second "factory".
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"My mom showed up in my inbox with a donation. She voted Broncos, and I hoped dearly that the random number generator wouldn't select her. It did. She is now the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. And now I must throw her to the wolves."

This is pretty damn amusing.

http://www.sbnation.com/2014/1/30/5351052/breaking-madden-super-bowl-broncos-seahawks
Seahawks-Broncos ends in the most horrific way imaginable in this season's finale of Breaking Madden.
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Worth it.
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I just finished reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. It's a slow read, but a very interesting book. What I took away from it is that no matter how rational or learned I think I am, I'm still pretty dumb.

You can get it for $3 in Kindle format at http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman-ebook/dp/B00555X8OA.

I wrote up notes at https://github.com/mgp/book-notes/blob/master/thinking-fast-and-slow.markdown.
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You can fix this by being complacent and keep working with people who are dumber than you. :)
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When we first established the 9 Buffer values that we wanted to have as the center of our company culture, we knew that sticking to these ideas will be an incredible challenge. Especially since we've seen before that these values can easily end up being little more than a set of words written on ...
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  • Khan Academy
    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • ReadyUp!
    Co-Founder/CTO, 2011 - 2014
  • Ad Hoc Labs
    Software Engineer, 2012 - 2013
  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2006 - 2011
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Santa Monica, CA - Bishop, CA - Buffalo, NY
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21st century digital boy
Introduction
These days I'm writing code at Khan Academy. Our goal is to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Previously:
  • I was writing Code is Craft, a book to bridge the gap between writing code in school and writing code in industry. I'll finish it up eventually, I promise.
  • I was the lead developer on Burner at Ad Hoc Labs. There I developed the Android application, which got some nice press, and productionised the backend, where I increased test coverage from 0 to over 90%
  • I co-founded ReadyUp!, and before that, worked for almost five years at Google on enterprise search and Google Docs.
I'm also a founding volunteer of Project:Possibility, through which I've mentored hundreds of college students writing software to improve the lives of the physically disabled. I have a BS and MS in computer science from UCLA.

Bragging rights
Completed the Orochon spicy ramen challenge in under 25 minutes.
Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Computer Science and Engineering, 2000 - 2004
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Computer Science, 2004 - 2006
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