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Phil Ashman
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Okanagan College - Assoc. Dean of Science, Tech & Health @OkanaganCollege with 20 yrs in IT and a decade of teaching. Passionate about leadership, education, & technology.
Okanagan College - Assoc. Dean of Science, Tech & Health @OkanaganCollege with 20 yrs in IT and a decade of teaching. Passionate about leadership, education, & technology.

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I was an avid Google Reader user, loved where they were heading when they introduced the social layer into GReader, and jumped onto the Google Buzz bandwagon thinking this was their time to fill in where Facebook and Twitter failed. However as time went on it was clear Google were not interested in curated content and allowing users to increase the signal to noise ratio for the torrent of information bombarding us daily. They let Google Reader stagnate, made critical errors with Buzz, and finally killed them both as they introduced a combination of the failures of Facebook and Twitter in Google+. That was when I essentially abandoned Google products and refocused on my personal knowledge management in a way that stopped going against the flow. I now see that decision was the right one and am thankful I didn't get pulled into a third failure.

Although I sincerely wish Google had taken the suggestions of their extremely passionate Google Reader fans in their decisions for building Google+, I am grateful for the competition from Google that has pushed Facebook to dramatically improve their product and, more importantly to me, putting the boots to microsoft so we now have Office Online and an almost competitive mobile MIcrosoft OS. As a company Google are a fantastic disruptor but always seem to lack the spit and polish on their products that would take them to the next level. That being said, they are certainly not hurting and the unraveling of G+ is just another blip for this juggernaut.

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#SaveGoogleReader  

Wow! The writing has been on the wall for a while since google have focused their effort on G+. However it still feels like a major kick in the gut. It's where I spend 90% of my time when consuming content. In fact this is probably my last major link to Google as I move to another RSS reader. They have been shortsighted with this product right from the get go and treated their users extremely poorly. So much potential just thrown away. I ranted about all this when they killed the local commenting and sharing so I won't jump into that fight again. There will be plenty of very angry posts over the next little while.

Probably won't be posting to G+ either anymore as I focus on where most of my social community gather. It's been a fantastic product even with the little support it has had internally and I truly hope someone else picks up the ball and runs with it.

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good to know if you are into tweaking the graphics card settings for games.

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Yet another victim to the digital print disruption.

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I'm really enjoying Canvas in the Cisco Networking Academy environment.

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A good link to an article from Doyle at Network World and some interesting observations on how multi-area OSPF has very little use for the most part with the horsepower of current routers.

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If you were going to do this as a one off for changing the IP of a machine you'd have to practice one heck of a lot before these commands would roll off your fingers. However you just can't beat how easy they've made it to script all the properties of windows OS.

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