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Zigurd Mednieks
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  • Surfaceable.com
    Principal, 2011 - present
  • OpenMobile
    CTO, 2011 - 2013
  • D2 Technologies
  • JumpTap
  • Chasma
  • Ercisson Junpier Networks (EJN)
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Making things with Android. Contact information at zigurd.com
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I'm lead author of Programming Android, the top-selling intermediate-level Android book, now revised and expanded for a 2nd edition. I'm also lead author of Enterprise Android, the first Android programming book to focus on high-performance networked apps with an all-device UI. Now my co-authors and me are working on a 3rd edition of Programming Android.

I run a consultancy called Surfaceable.com. Surfaceable helps companies use the Android OS and Android app software  in their products and systems.

I was the part-time CTO for a startup that ported the Android runtime environment to other operating systems.

A few years ago I co-authored Android Application Development, published by O'Reilly. Many years ago I wrote C Programming Techniques for the Macintosh.

Before I started working on Android software, I designed and helped build a operating system for IP telephony systems, and a presence-centric IP telephony UI built on that platform.

I have designed application UIs, voice UIs, communications APIs, and other combinations of user experience, social media, and communication.

I can speak Latvian, and can get by in German. I know enough Mandarin to tell a taxi driver where to stop. Most of the time.

I like helping people make good and useful products.
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I have created several novel techniques in communications systems and user interfaces. I have an issued patent and several patents in process.
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Last week, the first book in the Android Deep Dive series became available. With that book, we aimed to set a new standard for books about embedded Android, and the author, Roger Ye has done it. You can find the book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Embedded-Programming-Android-Bringing-Scratch/dp/0134030001/

The next book in the series is called Android Concurrency, by G. Blake Meike. Threads and background tasks are critical to responsive interactive android applications. If you want to learn this key element of being a great Android coder, you can get a pre-release look at the material for this book by participating in reviewing and commenting on the manuscript.

Contact me, either in reply to this post or at zigurd.mednieks@gmail.com, if you are interested in both getting early access and contributing to the success of what will be an amazing book. 
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Some of you may know that I'm the series editor for Addison-Wesley's Deep Dive series on Android. The first book in the series is now available!

I am very pleased to announce that Roger Ye's Embedded Programming with Android is the first book in the Android Deep Dive series, and is now available at Amazon and other retailers:

http://www.amazon.com/Embedded-Programming-Android-Bringing-Scratch/dp/0134030001/

Now go make some Android devices!
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Somewhat to my horror, there I am
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Programming Android is the #2 Kindle e-book in mobile app development!
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Today I learned that Topsy was not unusually large. I'm grateful I seldom if ever abused that.

Regular-sized Topsy now sits alongside the fact that there is no proof in pudding, and that begging a question doesn't mean you hinted that it should be asked, as things I'm compelled to correct. I apologise in advance.
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This is true. Splash screens tell me you app is fat and slow.
 
There's been many, many discussion threads about the introduction of Splash Screens to Google design guidelines. Almost in all of the discussions the same arguments for splash screens pop up.

I decided to put my responses to the common arguments in form of a blog post.
For some unfathomable reason Google decided to add Splash Screens to their design guidelines. While they now call it a "Launch screen" it's the same thing. A screen that is shown to the user while the app is loading. Unsurprisingly, this started a lot of (unhappy) discussion in the Android ...
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My mum is back from Latvia with proper Latvian Gotiņas sugar and cream caramels.
The trick is in putting so much of the right kind of sugar that it crystallizes inside the caramel, giving it a granular texture inside a creamy outer layer. It's also a very light texture. They are soft but not gummy or chewy at all. A complex and unique mouth-feel.
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It’s looking more and more like Ellen Pao was, in some sense, set up to fail by her male board of directors. Her predecessor Yishan Wong says it. A top Reddit engineer said it right after quitting. It might sound conspiratorial if it weren’t about this particular site.http://gawker.com/top-reddit-eng... Top Reddit Engineer Quits Saying Ousted CEO Ellen Pao Was Set Up to Fail Top Reddit Engineer Quits Saying Ousted CEO Ellen Pao Was Set Up to Fail...
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