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Mike Nowacki
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Video Recording capped at 7 minutes & 15 seconds
Nexus 6P  - Android 6.0
I'm recording 1080P video using the back facing camera on my phone and it automatically stops recording after 7 minutes and 15 seconds (give or take a second).  

Has anyone else noticed this? I've been pouring through the settings and also checking the online reviews but haven't seen anything to either suggest a hard coded limit or some setting that might control it. It's a new phone with tons of available storage.

Any suggestions?

#nexus6p   #androidmarshmallow  
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I found the problem - Battery Optimization
Go into Settings / Battery / Menu / Battery optimization / All Apps then scroll down to camera and toggle it over to "Not Optimized".  I just tested and ran the video recording past 10 minutes before stopping it manually.  :-) 
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Gnocchi contenuti frigo
I'm not quite sure about the Italian translation, but it's supposed to mean gnocchi with whatever the heck I happened to find in my fridge. And damn was it good!

Chicken breast
Caramelized onions
Artichoke hearts
Kalamata olives
Roasted red pepper
Green pepper
A splash of cream
Crushed garlic & basil
Salt, pepper & hot chili peppers
Parmesan cheese
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Burst mode on the Nexus 6P camera
I didn't know about this feature until I held my finger a little longer than usual on the capture button. It took well over a dozen rapid shots, automatically picked the best ones and then stitched them together into this animated GIF or cinemagraph. 
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Fantastic shot(s).
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Not all USB Type C cables on the market today are compliant with the specifications. Here's what to look for.
Hey all. A quick follow up to my previous post about USB Type-C cables.

+Vincent Palatin and I have some fairly simple instructions on how to test to see if a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, or a USB Type-B receptacle to Type-C adapter is spec compliant.

The both of us are on the Pixel team, so these instructions are only for people who have Chromebook Pixel 2015 laptops.

Put it into dev mode. Plug in the suspect USB cable and plug the other end into a DCP charging wall wart (preferably one you don't have any sort of sentimental attachment to)

From a root shell run this : 

ectool --name=cros_pd usbpdpower 0

Here's a good cable : 
localhost ~ # ectool --name=cros_pd usbpdpower  
Port 0: SNK Charger DCP 4920mV / 2000mA, max 5000mV / 2000mA / 10000mW
Port 1: Disconnected

Here's a bad cable :
localhost ~ # ectool --name=cros_pd usbpdpower
Port 0: SNK Charger Type-C 5147mV / 3000mA, max 5000mV / 3000mA / 15000mW
Port 1: Disconnected

In the bad case, it shows up as Type-C with a 3000mA max, which means the resistor setting is wrong. You'll know when it's using a "Default USB Power" setting because after SNK Charger, you'll see something in this set of possibilities : 

[SDP, CDP, DCP, Proprietary]

If you see Type-C, but the other end of the cable is Type-A, it's a bad cable with 3A pullup.

There are other bad cases too where the CC lines are floating.

Pixel will NOT charge in that case, and you'll see something like this : 
localhost ~ # ectool --name=cros_pd usbpdpower
Port 0: SNK (not charging) Charger DCP 5000mV / 500mA, max 5000mV / 500mA / 2500mW
Port 1: Disconnected

Vincent adds:
To decide whether the CC lines are floating, you can also do this :
ectool --name=cros_pd usbpd 0
("usbpd 0" for the left port, "usbpd 1" for the right port)
it will answer something like this :
Port C1: enabled, connected State:SNK_DISCOVERY
Role:SNK UFP, Polarity: CC1

if your State is "SNK_DISCOVERY" you are good (if you get State:SNK_HARD_RESET_RECOVER you did it too early)
if you get "State:SNK_DISCONNECTED" even with the cable connected, it has no termination on the CC lines.

By the way, if you don't want to put your Pixel 2015 in developer mode to get all those commands,
you can do the following in normal mode :
- plug your cable
- wait for at least 60 seconds
- go to chrome://system
- in the "dmesg" section, the kernel log will show traces like these ones :
[  121.172637] PDLOG 2015/11/04 19:58:18.074 P1 SNK Charger Type-C 5000mV max 5000mV / 3000mA 

#USB   #TypeC   #ChromebookPixel  
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Thanks +Google Photos​ for these suggested edits and stylized photos. Here's one of my dog Sasha posing next to a Japanese Maple after fetching a stick.

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That Japanese Maple dropped all of those leaves the very next day.
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Rogers MMS - picture messaging
Anyone getting their new Nexus 6P or 5X devices in Canada may need to tweak their APN settings on the phone to allow MMS messaging on the Rogers network.

All I did was go into Settings / More / Cellular Networks / Access Point Names then selected "Rogers Internet" and scrolled down and selected "MMS Proxy".

The default setting of was not working for me. So I changed that to and hit "Save"

As soon as I did that I was once again able to send and receive MMS picture messages through Hangouts and Google Messenger.

This information was obtained directly from Rogers online support. Reference URL:
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Good save! Always had issue using unlocked devices.
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This is stupendously idiotic. It is the equivalent of banning the use of door locks on all homes to make it easier for when the police serve search warrants. That puts everyone at risk and makes things even easier for the bad guys to compromise our digital assets.
Companies such as Apple, Google and others will no longer be able to offer encryption so advanced that even they cannot decipher it when asked to under the Investigatory Powers Bill
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Not bad at all for November weather.
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Hm.  But you can only see 24km.  Sucks to be in Hamilton right now.
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Pool closing day
My pool has been spotlessly cleaned and is about to be closed up for the winter. I thought about going in for one last swim, but that didn't seem like fun as it's only a few degrees above freezing. So I did the next best thing and had a beer beside it as the water drained.
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In these parts the horse is still king along the trail and always has the right of way. 
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Wow! Would you believe that the artist is blind?
Native American artist George Redhawk creates eerily beautiful gifs even though he's legally blind. With help from computer software, the designer utilizes the art of gif-making to show others how he sees the world as a man who suddenly lost his sight.
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Cleaning up the home screen on my phone. I'm liking the look of this simple time and weather widget Chronus Flex. I'm not sure how accurate the forecasts are, but when I need that I always check anyway.
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Founder & Chief Connection Officer @ Sky-Fi Networks
Information Security, Enterprise IT Systems Management, Enterprise IT Architecture, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Solution Selling, Public Speaking
  • Sky-Fi Networks Inc.
    Chief Connection Officer, 2014 - present
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    Co-founder. Director, Business Development, 2012 - 2014
    A small FinTech start up developing software for identifying suspicious stock market trading activity through pattern analysis of historical market data.
  • Microsoft
    Datacenter Solutions Specialist, 2005 - 2011
    Solution Sales: IT Infrastructure security, systems management, datacenter virtualization and cloud computing.
  • Microsoft
    Enterprise Group Security Lead, 2003 - 2005
    Security architecture: building solutions on the Microsoft platform. Educating customers and partners on security best practices.
  • Various niche IT security services companies
    Information Security Architect, 1998 - 2002
    - Directed the development of a private branded, managed security service including firewall, VPN, IDS, and reporting tools. - Managed and directed both inside and outside sales teams along with being responsible for vendor/channel relationships. - Became one of the very first CISSP certified security professionals in Canada
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Dundas, Ontario
Build bridges not walls.
I'm an IT Infrastructure Security and Systems Management Architect. For best results both of these fields need to work hand-in-hand, just like chocolate & peanut butter.

Geek! I am a dedicated gadget freak and recently changed religions having converted almost all of my computing needs over to Android, Chrome and Linux from Windows. I'm currently sporting a much loved Nexus 7 (2013), a Nexus 4 and a MacBook Air.

On a more personal level I'm an avid photographer and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys wilderness canoeing and backpacking.  My favourite home away from home is the interior of Algonquin Park. Three days in that park is more relaxing and revitalizing to me than a whole week at resort lying on the beach. 

Country Living! My wife and I live out in the country, with a network of 100's of kilometers of beautiful trails just a few steps from outside our door.  Almost every day I'm on one of them walking my dogs, riding my bike, or, in the winter, cross-country skiing.  Yet, we are less than 10 minutes away from a Costco, Home Depot, Vintages Wine Store and one of the best cafe's on the planet: Detour Cafe.  For business travel I even have quick access to three airports.

Coffee! Does it really taste that good, or does the caffeine simply trick our brains into thinking that it is? Doesn't matter, I love it anyway. I'm very fussy about the beans that I buy; I get them from a local roasters and prefer them between 8 to 10 days off roast. I hold them there for as long as possible by splitting the package up then vacuum packing and freezing them. Would you believe that I'm still enjoying espresso from a dry processed Yirgacheffe that I bought and packaged this way over three years ago!? The trick is to keep the whole beans in the freezer until the night before you need them, maintaining the vacuum seal until they come up to room temperature. My standard drink in the morning is a cappuccino, in the afternoon a mochaccino.

Wine! I have this crazy memory for the wines that I drink. You know how some people never forget a face? Well, I never forget a wine or the label on a wine bottle. I'm into big, heavy, meaty, almost chewy reds. In general I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from California, Malbec from Argentina, Shiraz from Australia, Brunello di Montalcino from Italy, and Margaux from France. Locally, we have some outstanding wineries in the Niagara Region, less than an hours' drive from home. For now they are just local secrets, but soon you'll be hearing more about them.

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Are You Still Here?  If you've gotten this far then you may be interested in watching this 3 minute video that I recently shot of myself. It highlights some of my professional background as well as some of the challenges that I see with securing/managing mobile devices in the Post-PC Era.  Me in a nutshell
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Perfected maple infused, white chocolate & vanilla bean creme brulee. (the secret is a splash of Cointreau)
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