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Zigurd Mednieks
Works at Surfaceable.com
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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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Somewhat to my horror, there I am
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More evidence that the Drug War is an evil enterprise.

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In the past 50 years, people are thought to have used at least half a billion doses of psychedelic drugs. Psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics are legally sold in The Netherlands. Based on extensive human experience, it is generally acknowledged that psychedelics do not elicit addiction or compulsive use and that there is little evidence for an association between psychedelic use and birth defects, chromosome damage, lasting mental illness, or toxic effects to the brain or other body organs. Although psychedelics can induce temporary confusion and emotional turmoil, hospitalisations and serious injuries are extremely rare. Overall psychedelics are not particularly dangerous when compared with other common activities.
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KPMG predicts apocalypse for insurers. Which makes one think that maybe car insurance is quite a racket.
If self-driving cars end the majority of car accidents, car owners will save big on premiums, while insurance industry gets hit hard, new white paper says.
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The future is a lot harder to predict than that.   Insurers are smart, are prepared, and have political power.
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Software is eating everything, and too many managers are killing software in American business. So not only is software being aggressively neglected, so is the basis of the future of business.
 
The U.S. computer industry is dying and I’ll tell you exactly who is killing it and why
We've lost consumer electronics, half of the automotive industry, millions of manufacturing jobs, and we're about to lose our computer industry, too.
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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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The perfect EMACS keyboard! And, a perfect example of why I edit in vi. 
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Now not only can we get emacs pinky, but emacs ankle.
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4chan skewers Hacker News without mercy
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Spartan, clean, cheap, closest hotel to Union Station. No-password wifi, plus Ethernet in the rooms. Cold AC in the hot summer.
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