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glad to have this capability from reader now. but srsly?! i have to create this send-to stuff myself and the UX is all, blah, and whatever. come on google, pick. it. up.
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I use Feedly with Reader—I love Feedly—and it seems to have much better G+ integration.
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"Welcome to the Android SDK!
The Android SDK archive initially contains only the basic SDK tools. It does
not contain an Android platform or any third-party libraries. In fact, it
doesn't even have all the tools you need to develop an application."

srsly? this is your opening line for me?

could somebody in android developer relations please take a moment to contrast your confusing and difficult-to-install/-configure (aka p.o.s.) toolchain to xcode. every 6mo i update my android dev config and i always fight with the slow-as-paste eclipse updating, ADT updating or being misconfigured, and yet-another platform. heaven forbid you bundle any common hardware configs with your device simulator, because i love configuring my own random ram and screen resolution settings that may not match any device in the real world. it feels like developing for wince, rim, and palm circa 1999. and that's not a compliment.

don't get me started about the divergent marketplaces, configuring your account for payout and the joyous variety of devices and platform versions in the wild which make testing so fun.
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Have fun with Android ... figuring out the ide was pretty frustrating ...
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To anybody among my old crew who worked on the mighty Microsoft Publisher... sorry to hear that Quark has passed -- it was a cool product that we admired.
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Congrats to bobmu on a cool landing, the cat's finally out of the bag! Absolutely the most challenging and excellent person I ever worked for & with at Microsoft.
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Was Bob the last of the engineer VPs?
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This is a very cool product for novice and even expert CG animators, the sort of thing that bridges CG to people more familiar with clay or any kind of hands-on manipulation. Hopefully the price will be reasonable and other animal forms will become available as well.
Japan-based SoftEther has developed a cool 3D motion-capture figure [JP] to create computer graphics and animations in 3D. Dubbed Quma, the human-like doll has a set of joints throughout its body, all...
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argh. new gmail UI == new reader UI === horrendous, large, lacking information density. :(
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I think 2 must somehow be considered optimal. e.g. Control Panel and Administrative Tools.
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Really clever commercial! Tug-starting the hand-mixer is awesome :)
Unfortunately it does less to make me feel good about plug-in electric cars than it does to remind about how much we waste electricity and how every one of these little appliances is actually generating exhaust... somewhere else, at the power-plant.
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I've got a rickety old nuclear plant down here in FL so it's all good.
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very interesting data in this article, no interesting conclusions from it.

1. this quote is bizarre "Then Flurry compared the inventory available on mobile apps with the net ad spending on display ads in the U.S. online web market. That amount is just over $12 billion per year. Assuming that the CPM (cost per 1,000 impressions) is $2.50". wow, that's a very wrong number.

2. stupid for flurry to not break down this inventory US vs. world or first-world vs. second-world, as a lot of the hockey-stick in this curve is inventory which will never sell.

3. despite 2, my reaction/conclusion is that mobile has created an inventory/PV glut even faster than the desktop web did, it will grow the size of that glut even faster, and that supply/demand mismatch (ad spends will not grow with that curve) suggests that vanilla ad CPM will plummet to infinitesimally low levels while at the same time creating a flight to quality among advertisers. so who is going to be there curating quality inventory among the huge glut of crap? i do think there is a role for targeting/technology/optimization here, but increasingly i think that an approach like iAd done properly (with great underlying targeting/optimization technology, which iAd does not have) is actually going to take the cream $'s from the frothy crap of inventory.
Smartphones and the apps that come with them are one of the fastest-growing markets in history. It's no surprise then that the opportunities to advertise in smartphone apps are growing at staggering r...
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It's nice to think back that a handful of us kickstarted that little xbox business 11 years ago. Seems we were right that there was some money in it, eh?
Caveat 1: it lost a lot of money for many years. oopsie.
Caveat 2: a lot to be said for Sony and Nintendo screwing themselves up, more so than xbox firing on all cyclinders. i mean, seriously, have you tried to program a PS3? and the xbox ui asking you to be sure you've saved your progress, man is that dumb.
Caveat 3: hubris aside, I believe the console category is about to get very disrupted by mobile devices and smarter tv's -- enjoy the profits while you can, my old employer
Microsoft made about $70 billion dollars of revenue in the last fiscal year, including $17.37 billion in the last quarter. That's a big fat record for the company, led by Xbox and Office sales.
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agree the tv app market is wide open. i spewed a bit about this at http://www.quora.com/Apple-Inc-company/What-will-Apple-come-up-with-next/answer/Nat-Brown.
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  • Seattle Syndicate
    Engineer, 2010 - 2011
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    CTO / Engineer, 2006 - 2009
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    Engineer / Technical Program Manager / Software Architect, 1990 - 2000
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    Computer Science, 1988 - 1992
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