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Yehuda Katz
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At the end of the last minute of January 8th, the W3C will close its polls and we will have a new W3C Technical Architecture Group (#TAG).  The TAG can act as a sort of steering committee for the #W3C.  Only W3C member organizations get to officially cast a vote, but two years ago, average developers helped make some noise and let them know we wanted change.  In the process, we filled 4 of the 9 seats with reform candidates who helped lay out a vision.  

This time, we're trying to keep the change going and refine rather than turn the ship, but I think it will take just the right mix of people to get the most out of it, and that's why I'm publicly noting that I support +yan zhu  (we need a security expert who also understands the Extensible Web vision), Travis Leithead who keeps a TC-39 liason and brings his excellent work/insight with Microsoft to the table, +Mark Nottingham  brings an IETF liaison and expertise protocols and, of course, +Alex Russell who was one of the original movers who helped get this movement/vision started.

If you work for a member organization or know someone who does (see this list, I'm asking that you reach out to them and help get one or all of these folks elected.  If you don't, but you belive in the message, just pass it on - chances are pretty good that we'll get the message there somehow if history is any indication - it matters.
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What voting method does it use? Presumably something insane like at-large plurality voting.
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Updated   #w3ctag  circle - congratulations to newly elected +Sergey Konstantinov.  
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Why I support +yandex Sergey for the #w3ctag special election to replace +Marcos Caceres and you should too... It is important, make your voice heard - this is #ourweb.
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This front page is really unfortunate. As far as we know, there are millions of calls being slurped into a database, but the data from tech companies is case-by-case, and not "mined".

This is the sort of thing that is going to make it hard for people who want to do the right thing to take public outrage seriously.

We need a way to rhetorically reward companies pushing back on overly broad requests if we want the market to prefer pushback. If we just treat Google's approach as equivalent to Verizon's, we're removing an important incentive to do the right thing.
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After reading through this, I'd rather only listen to +Yehuda Katz when he's talking about Ember or Rails.
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When I moved into my new house, I realized that I was finally going to be able to do the home automation work I always dreamed of. Our new house was already wired for CAT5e in every room, a lot of A/V wiring, and even in-ceiling speakers in strategic locations.

To be clear, when I say "home automation system", I am not talking about buying some off-the-shelf light bulbs and using an app for that particular automation. I wanted something that automated everything with a single UI, with the ability to define programs that controlled multiple systems at once.

I investigated the options for a while, and came to the conclusion that I had to choose between:

* Systems produced by large hardware companies (e.g. Crestron) that expected an  "integrator" to set up the system and define its UI. These systems tend to be expensive, have hit-or-miss UIs, and are very difficult to customize without involving the integrator directly.
* Systems-in-a-box (e.g. Control4) that try to provide a cheaper solution that comes with a pre-fab UI. These systems also require an integrator to do customizations, and importantly, their UI looks like something out of a bad 90s TV show.

I was started to despair (or consider trying to roll something myself using an OSS solution), when I came across Mile High Automation. These guys were trying for a third model, to use the high-end hardware provided by one of the large hardware companies (HAI) and put their own software on top–software that would both be pretty on the eyes and allow more customization by the end user.

I hit up Josh of Mile High through their website chat (yeah, I know) and chatted for a while about what I wanted to do. He was one of the developers of their software, which turned out to be a web app, and so was somewhat familiar with my work, which was cool.

The fact that it was a web app didn't hurt either: it meant that I would be able to control my home automation system from any web browser, in addition to the more standard fare like tablets included with the system.

Initially, I wasn't sure if I was going to end up using that feature that much, but honestly, I pretty much control my home automation, especially lights and security, exclusively through browsers (both on my computer and the mobile version on my phone). So it ends up being pretty awesome!

One of the things I was especially interested in, even more than the ability to control lights, was whole-house A/V. Our house came with audio in the living room, bedroom, master bath, and outside patio, and I definitely wanted the ability to control those centrally. I also love movies, so I wanted an awesome theater room with in-wall surround sound, a projector and awesome screen.

We settled on a tricked out theater room, a decent setup for the living room, and the potential to expand into a spare bedroom we had converted into an exercise room.

I'm not going to lie, the system was pretty expensive. It was around $30,000 when all was said and done, but about half of that was the AV system. In addition to things like really awesome in-wall speakers, we also got commercial-grade central control–for example, it turns out to be somewhat tricky to take 4 HDMI inputs and send them to 3 HDMI outputs and support fast switching at the same time.

Working with Josh was pretty great. He worked with us from the beginning to scope the project and work with us to figure out how to work everything into the existing wiring. We had a bunch of wiring already done when we moved in, and weren't really in a position to do a huge amount of construction to add more,  having just moved in.

When it came time to install the system, Mile High Automation sent us really detailed instructions that allowed us to put together the rack and rack-mount all of the AV equipment ourselves. My brother came down to Portland to help me do a lot of the work. Unfortunately, my work was slowed down when I fell through the ceiling and broke my back (pro-tip: put down a floor if you want to walk around in your attic).

It took me a while to get back to it once my back was healed. Considering my troubles, Josh was super-great, eventually going above and beyond the call of duty and flew to Portland to help me finish up. He was a class act from beginning to end.

We now have the whole thing set up, from A/V to to lighting, security and irrigation control. Everything can be controlled through a couple of dedicated tablets, but more commonly, through any web browser. I'm glad I got this done, and glad I took the plunge and worked with Josh and Mile High Automation.
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Shame that we have not known before :)
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Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, makes Android smartphones and Bluetooth accessories to keep people connected.
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that is awesome! i did the mint back with white front and metallic grey accents. hotness.
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The top of Angel's Rest in Portland!
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Mmm... Baked crabapples. You don't see crabapples too often so when I saw them at the farmer's market today I snatched them up and made a yummy snack!
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You're a man of many talents! .. or wait, did you just heat pre-made cakes? My faith in rails and ember depends on your response... :]
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I wanted to share an example of really great customer service.

I was on the bus this morning doing my normal morning Duolingo practice session.

I answered a particularly hard question, triumphantly hit the submit button. After a few seconds, the request timed out. I tried again, and it timed out again. And again.

I quickly realized that the problem was on Duolingo's end, not mine. On a whim, I fired off a quick tweet with a screenshot of the failure to Duolingo.

Mentally, I gave up on doing any more practice this morning.

14 minutes later, I got a reply Tweet from Duolingo.

"This should now be fixed (that sentence has thousands of translations and it seems the request was timing out)."

Problem solved, with enough time for me to finish my practice before I arrived at work.

Kudos +Duolingo, Kudos.
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Want to share your location with me on Google+? Turn it on here:
Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Check out Circles, Events and Hangouts, just a few of the things we've been working on.
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We learned two things last week:

• Verizon is handing over indiscriminate metadata about a broad swath of calls to the government.
• Several prominent tech companies have built tools to make it easier for them to comply with targeted FISA requests we already knew existed. This program was called "PRISM".

The first of these is extremely concerning. The second, not so much.

Because the "PRISM" story involves big names like Google and Apple, that story is burying the much more concerning phone dragnet story.

It's a tragedy.
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+Yehuda Katz this is the disturbing part, knowing about FISA/NSL problems does not fix/remove them. Building massive software infrastructure to support those "problems" is where the outrage is at!
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