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SONG OF LOCKE is a novel I wrote entirely in +Google Docs! "Just think LEGEND OF ZELDA meets GAME OF THRONES." — Nate Tucker See how it's formatted in the live doc: http://bit.ly/lockegdoc. Or pre-order it here: http://songoflocke.jwashburn.com #ns  
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Console the boredom.
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Interesting infographic about the color preferences of men and women. Useful when deciding on a design if you have a specific demographic in mind.
From the day that babies are brought home and cradled in their pink or blue blankets, implications have been made about gender and color. Let's take a look at what they say about color and gender.
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That is a good point. Wonder if you could use Google surveys to get some newer data. It would need to be a bit more targeted since you have only a few questions at a time.
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All the animals went 2x2, but what about the leftover few? Excited to premiere the new film, “All Creatures Big and Small." https://goo.gl/Fa5Gug
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Interested in increasing the security of your accounts? Use Google for Work? Then you can use security keys, which are an awesome way to improve your 2 factor auth.

Also, there is currently a special offer to get security keys at a discounted price :)
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Maybe I should post my private key instead...
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New tool alert: OpenSTF (https://openstf.github.io/) could change how we do multi-device testing. Try it out! (it's free)

It's a tool that lets you remotely control multiple devices from a browser in real-time, including full support for open/sync URLs on all devices, taking high-res screenshots (yay!), running shell commands, remote debugging, reverse port forwarding and a LOT more. It'll even write your code for you. Okay, maybe not quite that..but still! It's powerful. I've been tracking the project for a year now and am super excited it's finally ready and open-source. Having tried out many of the mainstream cross-device tools today (everything from GhostLab to BrowserSync), this really is the swiss-army knife many of us have been waiting for. Because of the way it's been written, you can also use it with existing tools, so plugging it into BrowserSync is feasible.

I met with Simo Kinnunen and Günther Brunner of CyberAgent, the developers of OpenSTF in Tokyo this week and had a chance to talk about the project. Their tool allows you to do cross-device keyboard, mouse and multi-touch (!!) interaction (very useful for mobile webapp testing), manage a complete inventory of your devices with visual representations of them all (makes it feel like a REAL device lab) and supports everything back to Android 2.3 (it of course supports Android M too). OpenSTF also works on mobile meaning you can control from an iPhone or iPod touch and screencast (check out the screenshots).

You can use OpenSTF with both Chrome DevTools and Android Studio. It also works fine with Firefox OS and Android Wear. OpenSTF doesn't currently fully support iOS, but the architecture behind it should work with any OS. There may be a way to get it working through something like iOS WebKit Debug Proxy but that's for another day. On the performance front, Simo and Gunther are using HTML canvas for rendering the realtime view of devices (surprisingly very very smooth). I saw no drop in frames when testing it. They may also look at WebGL rendering to see if this can get even better. There's way too much this tool does to cover in this post, but I'm digging it so far.

You can watch a recording of the OpenSTF talk from Chrome Tech Talks in Tokyo this week over at https://youtu.be/VUmA1vCaOA0?t=9369 if you're interested in some demos.

Give it a spin and let me know what you think :)

I'm planning on getting OpenSTF setup for our team at Google London sometime soon.
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If anyone wants to help me test, here is a prototype that I have been working on for a hydroponics air powered water pump.

Attach it vertically in your nutrient solution. Air goes from the bottom (the side with the small notch).
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i tagged you in a video. If you have any others to try send me a link and i will try them and let you know. Cheers
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How does Google's driverless car see the road? Find out in this TED talk.
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.
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Atom 1.0 video. The future looks promising.:)
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Web Developer / UX Engineer
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  • Google
    UX Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Google
    Web Developer, 2013 - 2014
  • Ember Feather Enterprises, Inc.
    CIO, 2008 - 2012
  • MedSeek, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2009 - 2011
  • Utah State University
    Programmer/Analyst, 2009
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  • Capella University
    IT: Information Assurance and Security, 2012 - 2014
  • Utah State University
    Management Information Systems, 2002 - 2008
  • Utah State University
    Computer Science - Minor, 2002 - 2008
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