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While the Taiwan trip was absolutely enriching and invigorating, the reality check side of it included air quality warnings from Google on 6 out of 21 days.
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Got ASA5505 I no longer use, will give away. Message me to pick up at Chicago Gold coast.
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Is it just me or +Microsoft timed the +LinkedIn acquisition announcement to fly under the radar in Apple's WWDC noise?
REDMOND, Wash., and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — June 13, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE: LNKD) on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at ...
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The reliable location information delivery needed for 911 services, resilient to bad actors, requires a similarly reliable and resilient encryption and privacy controls deployed without restrictions. Something which government vehemently fights against. Just an observation.
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This Douglas Crockford's Seif project - another "let's redo the web the right way". https://youtu.be/FHRXPlq9XNw . A few issues to resolve:

While addressing security they request mic and cam access to an application for seeding. Exactly security-minded users with block it.

A new protocol over TCP - so EVERY sysadmin will LOVE to open an extra port in a firewall? Oh, that good will hardly happen.

This is a rewrite, not a refactor effort. Rewrites rarely succeed. If this effort does - kudos, it may make sense architecturally.
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Fantastically awesome (in it's social message) video in response to refugees harassment incident http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/feb/19/mob-blocks-bus-carrying-refugees-in-germany-video

The November 9th referemce is explained here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_9_in_German_history
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Well, that is not a surprise given how bad were Seagate drives. All five 3TB HDDs I got 3 years ago died. I only have two Seagates left, received through a warranty exchange. Shall see how Hitachi works out.
The storage giant said the cuts equate to 3 percent of its workforce and are part of a previously-announced restructuring effort.
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Note to future self - if the Bluetooth mouse behaves erratically and the system boot is slow - then power off the USB hub by removing all cables from it, let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then power everything back up.

Shaman dance is optional.
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Afternoon drowse
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How sweet. I never saw your kitty cat, she's beautiful. 
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This one won't survive in the wild. Hiding skills are absent.
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Funny how it goes: wife's the least expected culinary finding from the Taiwan trip is using Korean pepper paste in cooking.
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A view from our window will soon lack the Reza's sign. Too bad, it was a good place.
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As your left and right neighbours are about twice closer than a companion across the table, forget about any meaningful conversation. Well, forget about it regardless as the noise is ridiculously high anyway. Drunk people from the bar were hitting my head 4-5 times, while passing waiters took care of kicking the chair. The food is below average, definitely not worth the money. Show, no go, much like Publican. But - if you are in for salty stuff, you are going to like that lasting impression. Service fails mostly because they can not hear what patrons are saying. Asked for a cider bottle, got a glass, wrong dish. Could not flag the waiter down for more than ten minutes to pay and get outta there. But - if you like a screaming "hip" scene - this may be your type of place.
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Originally the MTM Property Management family business appeared to be friendly and easy (albeit not always quick) to address maintenance issues. It turned out that they swept the issues under the rug and accepted a poor contractor job as it turned out when the time came to sell the property. At that time Stacey (the original owners we used to communicate with originally were not available for some reason, although they seem to be Stacey's relatives) was extremely hard to get a hold of. She unequivocally and unreasonably took the tenants' side on ALL financial issues, schooled us that we should have more compassion, and told us it is not the management company problem that the maintenance job was poor quality through out the years - as "we could have come and inspect it" (while we lived in a different state). The original owners' value proposition was exactly to be good shepherds of our real estate remotely. After some googling it seems that Stacey has a strong social stance toward the disadvantaged people and minorities. Which is great in by itself. What I have a problem with is that she apparently believes it is OK to push her agenda at the property owner's dime. Stay away from the MTM Property Management if you prefer to be in control of the value of your assets.
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reviewed 2 months ago
A very pleasantly diverse store, reasonably accessible from major condominium rentals if you are a tourist. A couple things things that are not immediately clear from Google Maps or the company website which a savvy shopper may want to know. First, this is a vegetarian store, so we got funny looks when asked which aisle has bacon and where to find eggs. Secondly, by multiple accounts the company is involved in the Krishna religion/cult and so by shopping there one implicitly supports it. Neither of those bothered us, but make your calls fully informed.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
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Authentic food with authentic attitudes. Very pleasant summer veranda. One of only a few places places serving Malamatina retsina (strong Pune flavor). We love their florins and fried zucchinis. Grilled octopus is very flavorful and with a good texture. Excellent leg of lamb. Love their honey-nuts yogurt with Greek coffee at the end.
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We contacted SOAR Travel a month prior to our planned 16 day stay in Taiwan in January 2016 and Kevin responded immediately. He patiently helped us with the trip planning, while in a comfortable way providing his honest opinion when our wishes would make the trip less interesting according to our own criteria. He is a good listener and logistics is his strong side. Kevin became our guide for 11 days in Taiwan, driving us from Kaohsuing to Taipei over that time, with some detours. All but one activities worked out great, and the one we did not care for got immediately substituted with something we enjoyed. From all our travel experiences it is a stellar performance considering between four and six activities each day and that he accommodated a fair amount of extras we asked for on the ground. Our trip was about four priorities - food, local culture, photography, and sightseeing. Kevin catered to all of those. We spent a fair amount of time at the markets - both at daytime and evenings. He patiently waited while we took time to setup the tripod, change glass, find the right angle, stopped when we requested at an irresistible mountain view - while gently explaining what our schedule options are if we would delay longer on the spot. He arranged a great local cooking experience (dumplings, soup, salads), excellent jade workshop visit, and a right amount of historical and cultural context along the way. We appreciated Kevin's humbleness and willingness to ask people around or vendors in rare cases when he did not know something about a product or a building. Kevin's own cultural curiosity and travel experiences are very helpful and his English skills are great. The vacation turned out to be more interesting and satisfying than we thought it would based on the information posted on the Internet. We credit Kevin for a large part of that experience.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Very cooperative and accommodating shop for any custom need or repair we could throw at them. Punctual and high-quality. Often they offer some very interesting estate jewelry.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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