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Mike Elgan Radio 1

An experimental personal podcast. Discuss!
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Very nice.  I enjoyed this.
Two things:
1. You do need a wind cap on the mike when outdoors.
2. We won't see you next time (in the context of your sign off) ;)
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How the latest Microsoft technology is out-Googling Google.

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The conventional wisdom is that Microsoft is a stodgy "has-been" company with an obsolete business that renders it incapable of overcoming its own internal politics to leverage innovations from the lab and transform them into actual shipping products.

In this column, I'm going to bring attention to a broad set of products and services that have been developed by Microsoft recently—products with names like Snapshots, MobileFusion, Xiaoice, Send, Bridge and NewsCast.

You may be shocked to find out how Googly some of Microsoft's latest products are. Or maybe you'll be even more shocked to hear how the new generation of Microsoft initiatives is actually vintage Microsoft.

#Microsoft  #Google 
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I am glad you see this Mike, I think the industry is going to be surprised by MS's comeback. Great post, thank you.
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Coffee flan!

Love it!
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Merci Mike Elgan
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Getting ready to record The New Screen Savers with Leo!

Don't miss it!
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I loved and miss old Screen Savers that was on the old ZDTV.
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Who says poop emoji is useless?

This poop emoji bottle opener is only $50!
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+Ian Dalton lol i c wat u did there!
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Is Amazon losing its ability to deliver quickly?

This book was published Tuesday. I pre-ordered it, but didn't get it until late Friday. WTF, Amazon? 
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i just sent a support ticket because the book we ordered and paid extra for next day delivery was marked as "delivered" but wasn't. this was the third incident of the sort, and i'm losing faith in their delivery.
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Great piece about OnHub by +Ron Amadeo.
Google OnHub Review
This is more of an investigation than a review. So much of it doesn't work yet, but it's still interesting.
Today it's a $200 Wi-Fi router. Tomorrow? We have no idea. (Ok, maybe some idea.)
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Can it brew coffee?  If not, I'm not interested.
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A computer's place is in the kitchen.

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A Wall Street Journal exclusive last week revealed that "dozens" of Amazon engineers who worked on the failed Fire Phone at the company's Silicon Valley-based Lab126 were (true to the branding) fired.

It was a great scoop but the Journal buried the lead. The 20th paragraph dropped this incredible fact:

"Still in the works is a high-end computer for the kitchen — code-named Kabinet — designed to serve as a hub for an Internet-connected home and capable of taking voice commands for tasks like ordering merchandise from"

Amazon's "Kabinet" system sounds like an Echo with a screen and faster processing, as well as the ability to run apps and function as a home-automation hub.

If that's true, then Amazon may beat the rest of the industry to the computing platform of the future.

Here's why the kitchen is the best place for a family computer that's also the home-automation hub.

#kabinet   #kitchencomputer  
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What I want to know is if I can dictate articles while cooking.😉
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Getting ready to interview the guys reinventing the car battery!


Get the battery:
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Google+, Twitter and Facebook, respectively. ;)
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This sums up the internet perfectly
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Tech News Today: The piping-hot, info pie with everything!



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Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

My Thoughts on Google+:

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 

And you can download my top 200 most popular posts as an eBook by clicking here.

I'm ranked #1 on the Google Plus Score list, which is based on user engagement.

I'm the #7 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (as voted by users). 

I'm one of Mashable's top nine Google+ Power Users.

I'm also a "Curator" on the Google Currents app!! (Please install the free app and "Add" me!)

I've also created and moderate these Google+ communities.

Here's how I do Google+: 

In the meantime, please CIRCLE ME! I'd love to interact with you here on Google+. 
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Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome. Simply awesome.
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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