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Mike Downey
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Do any of you have a OnePlus invite that you can share with me? I need to pick up a new Android phone for testing and that seems to be the one that all the cool kids are getting.
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Transferring all of my saved articles from Instapaper to Pocket is kind of a pain in the ass. 
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The condensed version of Gary Taubes' book, "Why we get fat". Thanks to +Dion Almaer for the recommendation. Fascinating book.
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Good stuff.
 
A couple weeks ago I geeked out with +Scott Hanselman on Channel 9. We talked about web development, +Adobe Creative Cloud and Browser Wars II.
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Purely coincidental
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Awesome new PC hardware to rival MacBooks
 
Hands on with the Toshiba Kirabook: Can great hardware coupled with an amazing display save Windows PCs? - http://tcrn.ch/174kJoV
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Weak knock-off style design. Keyboard and touch pad is wrong awkward key placement. Some redeeming hardware specs. But, not going to "save Windows PCs" especially at that price point. They should focus on what makes them good. Instead of these flavor of the month PCs.
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Resolved: I am going to start writing again. However, I'm a little overwhelmed by the many choices of where I can share my wisdom, or lack thereof.

There's the traditional blog. Pluses: I control the entire experience and have one, SEO'd hub for all of my content. Minuses: it doesn't effectively leverage my social network nor does it have the viral upside of tumblr, Fb, G+, etc. Then there's Medium, which is beautiful and brings an expectation of quality while still providing easy sharability and social discovery. But the bar seems high. I don't know if I want the added pressure of writing something good enough for Medium. And if I do get lucky and write something fantastic, how do I make sure it's stored on my permanent record (blog) and shared with my social networks on Fb and G+ - without just posting links to everything from everything? Basically, I envision myself writing on one forum and then cross-posting everywhere else.

+Christian Cantrell - how do you decide where to write what? You seem to manage this better than anyone I know. Anyone else care to help me figure this out?
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Good luck with it.
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For my Terminal-loving, Mac-using friends who dabble in Windows.
 
A list of utilities to make your Windows command line more functional.
Scott Hanselman on Programming, User Experience, The Zen of Computers and Life in General
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I picked up a Logitech Harmony Ultimate universal remote and I am blown away by how good it is. It recognized all of my equipment during the easy setup, made it really easy to automate a lot of things, and works perfectly. It even controls my Hue lights. And the Ultimate edition includes an IR blaster and Bluetooth module that allows you to hide all of your equipment in a cabinet. The control module connects to your wifi so you can control everything from your smartphone as well.

Highly recommend. I was considering a $2K+ Control4 system but this works just as well for $349. 
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Godzilla!
 
Inside Nissan's GT-R, the $105,000 sports car for the everyman. | http://bloom.bg/16YPuLB

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Haha wow. Well at least you'll look legit... lots of pressure, I'd feel like I need to live up to the suit :p
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TIL: Google Plus was completely left out of the coverage of the capture of the marathon bombers. I think that says a lot.
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I reckon if you go to Facebook for news you've got something wrong. Twitter I expect it from. G+ is a discussion forum. I've seen several posts about the bombings, my own included. I have never expected a flood of news pastes 
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Blue Tooth? Drop a little file on there. Connects back to the mother ship and turns it into a zombie to do your bidding? Like racking up mad points on someone else's Angry Birds install?
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Technology Professional
Employment
  • Microsoft
    Principal Evangelist, Media Platform, 2009 - present
  • Adobe Systems
    Group Manager, Flash Platform, 2005 - 2009
  • Macromedia
    Sr Product Manager, Flash, 2000 - 2005
  • Becton Dickinson
    Systems Engineer, 1998 - 2000
  • San Francisco 49ers
    Training Camp Assistant (Summers during H.S. and College), 1992 - 1998
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Granite Bay, CA - Phoenix, AZ - Galt, CA - Washington, D.C. - Sunnyvale, CA - San Jose, CA - San Francisco, CA
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Introduction
Mike Downey is a technology professional specializing in product management, marketing and evangelism. With a long history in developing software for web and mobile application development, Mike has amassed a great deal of experience with gathering and prioritizing feature requirements, tailoring product messaging for target audiences, building and delivering exceptional product presentations that engage audiences and drive sales, creating innovative new ways to maximize revenue - particularly with mature product lines, and working with engineering teams to better understand their customers.
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  • Georgetown University
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