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Stephan Beal
Works at www.consol.de
Lives in geltendorf, germany
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The king is dead! Long live the king!
Google's 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 tablet has been discontinued. You will no longer find it for purchase on the official Google Play Store.
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TV bloopers: is that a metal fence in the background of this scene from "Merlin"?
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Hillary Clinton so resembles Giorgio Tsoukalos in this picture...
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Starbucks Coffee just announced a commitment of up to $250 million to ensure that each of its U.S. employees–whether full or part-time–can go to four years of college and graduate without any tuition debt. (Let me start with the specifics–the "what"–of Starbucks' new initiative and then get to why Starbucks is doing it and [...]
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My interpretation: either "There is no Holy Grail here" or "No Holy Grails allowed"

(Location: Obletter toy store in Munich, Germany.)

PS: that picture on the left is an ice cream cone, not a flaming torch.
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But a flaming torch would go much better with the holy grail ;)
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The battery display in Android 5.x is just one of its many usability regressions compared to 4.4... 
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I also used to look forward to the updates impatiently. The thing that might make me still want a nexus tablet is that they also get some of the best ROM support.

I think when I've finally had enough of my N7, I'll try Ubuntu Touch or something on it. I've heard that it's pretty disappointing,  but the goal is admirable and maybe someday they can get it working.
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 #O2
 
Mixed messages from o2...

Indeed, the content of both mails is identical except for the price.
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So just choose the cheaper option.
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The debate over mobile OS supremacy gets serious...
Android and iOS, two of the most widely used smartphone operating system on the planet today, have dedicated sets of fanboys who will defend their OS of choice
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It would have been funnier if they had broken their phones, instead of beer bottles, and used the glass from the screens to attack each other.
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(I do keep a modern Mint in virtual ... I go there to hide sometimes)
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Open Source at work...
 
I am not a designer myself. But few days ago when i went to order invitation cards from a printing press local here, the matter of anti piracy rules came up and those guys were using some pirated software (i know the name but i am not going to say it :P) which (the software) is de-facto standard  here in India. They told me that company is demanding large amount as license fee from them. As a developer myself i told them it's company right to charge you fee for the product they have developed, bcz it took efforts and hard work of many people developing that software and piracy is kind of stealing from them. But the guys from printing press looked worried bcz they have very small business and the license fee is high. So i told them about open source products and suggested them to use inkscape instead of pirated software. Then next day when i went there to collect cards, they looked happy and told me that software is very nice and easy to use but will take some time to migrate.
I am happy bcz i helped those fellas and stopped them from committing crime, but it couldn't be possible if Team behind inkscape had not developed such a wonderful software and (most importantly) made it free & open source. So keep up the good work guys, bcz you are changing peoples lives in a good way. :). Thanks guys !! :)
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Strange playgrounds, via +Chad McCullough ...
 
Yup. I'd have done the same thing. 
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Perfect-timing placement of two completely unrelated adverts...
 
Manchmal finden sich die passenden Plakate ;-)
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Occupation
Senior Software Developer/Consultant
Skills
C, C++, JavaScript, Java, PHP (ugh!), HTML/CSS, technical documentation, Unix administration, various related skills.
Employment
  • www.consol.de
    Senior Software Developer/Consultant, 2010 - present
  • Self employed
    Boss, 2004 - 2010
    Software development and Unix administration.
  • einsurance.de
    Software Developer, 2000 - 2003
    Software development and Unix administration.
  • Compaq
    Various, 1995 - 2000
    Software tester, internationalization engineer, release coordinator, internal tools developer
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http://wanderinghorse.net/home/stephan/
Introduction
Primary G+ posting topics:

1) Software development (my own, mostly) and the occasional forward in the genres IT, science, and tech.

2) Pen/paper gaming topics, most of them about board-gaming in the strategy/tactics genres.

3) The normal range of typically geeky/nerdy topics, e.g. Firefly, comic books, quotes from and thoughts regarding various authors of the sci-fi/fantasy genres, and so on.


Notes and caveats:

A) If you add me to your circles, that does NOT mean that i will automatically add you back. i will check your G+ profile; if you post things that interest me, i will add you back, otherwise i will most likely not. i'm not in this to gain followers, but to share information.

B) i try to keep politics and "life choices" of all types out of my posts (e.g. religion, sexual- and dietary preferences, etc.), but on rare occasion something mildly divisive may slip through. (If _you_ post primarily about politics or religious matters, i won't be adding you to my circles, as few topics are less divisive than those. i mercilessly remove people from my circles whose posts primarily fall into those two genres.)

C) Nonetheless, _all_ posts are kept "family-friendly" and i _never_ post about highly-charged political topics (though sometimes highly-charged _philosophical_ software development topics, like the utter braindeadedness of the definition of "REST").

D) Most posts are written in English (a bastard mix of U.S. and The Queen's), but on rare occasion a post or forward will be in German.

Bragging rights
Actively contribute to Free/Open Source Software projects in various capacities. Been using Linux since before the term "Open Source" existed. Was born before Episode IV and remember standing in line to see it.
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geltendorf, germany
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munich, germany - las vegas, nevada - houston, texas - berlin, germany - paris, arkansas - nashville, tennessee
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i just returned from Dr. Steffen. i have never in my life seen a doctor's office with (A) so many patients in it and (B) where the patients are processed so efficiently. There were no less than 12 patients in the waiting room when i arrived, but within an hour i was done (as were most of them). The woman at the front desk tells me that 10-12 is very low compared to what they get sometimes. They have a large staff of assistants who constantly rotate the patients in and out of the various tests and machines. i was incredibly impressed by their efficiency - i've never seen a doctor's office operate anywhere near so smoothly (even under much lower loads).
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Just today we picked up our "re-imported" car from Europamobile. Despite hours-long delays on site due to pure boneheadedness on the part of my bank, the attendant at Europemobile was exceedingly helpful and patient. We (well, my bank!) took up far, far more of his time than was reasonable and he never once displayed any signs of impatience (not even a sigh of frustration). They were flexible throughout the whole ordering/waiting process (for those who don't know, re-importing can take several months) and we can/will certainly recommend them to friends and colleagues looking to get a good deal via re-importing.
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Horrible service, slow (5+ minutes on average), and sometimes downright frech/rude (not just to me - i've seen them argue with other customers about what the customer claims to have ordered vs. what the cashier entered into the machine). Most employees barely speak german. Got food poisoning last time i ate there (late november 2011). Been there many times, but never again.
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