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Matt Strum
Works at Amazon Web Services, Inc.
Attended University of Utah
Lives in Seattle, Washington


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Too good
I'd tell you a UDP joke, but you might not get it.
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Because you won't be laughing, "Ack ack ack ack ack!"

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A Googler who spent a year at IBM is back at Google, and he wrote what he missed the most. Spoiler: it's not the free food.
As those of you who know me through other media or in real life are aware by now, I'm starting a job at Google (again!) after just over a year at IBM Research. So, why am I going back? I'm reminded of...

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Interesting find on reddit, just another reminder to be careful.
You surely know this: You're looking at some website with some useful shell commands. However, those commands are long as hell and you know you're probably not gonna need them for a few years or so (s...
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Watching the Samsung Galaxy S4 presentation was so incredibly painful.

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Very cool
Easy privacy, coming soon.

I'm working on a new feature that will hopefully make it's way into CM. It's called "Run in Incognito Mode". It's a simple privacy feature designed to help you keep your personal data under control.

I've added a per-application flag which is exposed via a simple API. This flag can be used by content providers to decide if they should return a full or limited dataset. In the implementation I'm working on, I am using the flag to provide these privacy features in the base system:

 * Return empty lists for contacts, calendar, browser history,and messages.
 * GPS will appear to always be disabled to the running application.
 * When an app is running incognito, a quick panel item is displayed in order to turn it off easily.
 * No fine-grained permissions controls as you saw in CM7. It's a single option available under application details.

The API provides a simple isIncognito() call which will tell you if incognito is enabled for the process (or the calling process). Third party applications can honor the feature using this API, or they can choose to display pictures of cats instead of running normally.

We aren't providing ad-blocking or device info (IMEI) spoofing. This feature is designed explictly to help protect your personal data, and it will remain as such.

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It's official, Provo, UT is the next Google Fiber city ... still wouldn't make me want to live there.

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#ONSLive for those who can't physically be there!

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That moment of nirvana when you architect something new out and it just works the way it should ... pure bliss.
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Sadly I was woken up and had to venture into the deep, dark corners of the there's-a-bug-in-the-framework-I-use world (again) where the error being thrown didn't tell me anything about where I should look or what the problem was. fun.

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Very neat!  I loved studying in Korea.

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Google Now in Chrome? Yes please.
Google Now is behind an eponymous flag in chrome://flags in the last Chromium build (

Sadly, we still can't play with it yet because the Google Now server URL still remains secret.
If you know it though, all you have to do is set
localStorage['server_url'] = ''; in the background page.

Living life to the fullest

I've been all over the US and spent some time in Canada and Korea.  I absolutely love programming, taking pictures, browsing the interwebs, and having fun.

NOTE: My posts do not necessarily represent Amazon.

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  • University of Utah
    MS Computer Science, 2012 - 2013
    Thesis in network management and operation of open access networks.
  • University of Utah
    BS Computer Engineering, 2009 - 2012
    Sponsored senior project in secure communications in wireless sensor networks.
  • Wright State University
    2001 - 2004
  • Brigham Young University
    Computer Engineering, 2004 - 2009
  • Seoul National University
    Computer Engineering, 2010 - 2010
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Software Extraordinaire
Programming, photography
  • Amazon Web Services, Inc.
    Software Development Engineer, 2013 - present
  • University of Utah School of Computing
    Research Assistant, 2009 - 2013
    * Create and update user tools for network testbed experimenters * Follow rigorous timelines and demonstrate updated project at various national engineering conferences (GENI) * Research into managing and operating Open Access Networks
  • Google
    Software Engineering Intern, 2012 - 2012
    I worked and contributed as part of the speech team.
  • Raytheon BBN Technologies
    Software Developer Intern, 2011 - 2011
    * Updated user tools for multi-team tutorial at engineering conference (GENI) * Collected user feedback and improved accordingly
  • Strum Studios (Owner)
    Web Developer / Programmer / Entrepreneur, 2004 - 2009
    * Created and deployed 2 programs, each with 10,000+ lines of OO C# code * Developed business model from idea to production and sales within a year * Recruited 20 testers and managed their testing and feedback over three months * Designed modern, future-friendly XML/XSLT storage and export engine
  • Air Force Research Labs
    Summer Scholar, 2003 - 2004
    * Proposed and completed 3 large projects * Programmed robots, simulations and tested various hi-tech devices * Presented progress and findings to supervisors
  • BYU Marriott School of Business
    Web Developer, 2007 - 2008
    * Worked with a team of 4 developers on dynamic web applications for 7 institutes and centers, 4 departments, admissions, clubs, newsletters, etc. * Tested coworkers’ code daily for quality assurance * Developed and maintained applications using ColdFusion, SQL, HTML, JavaScript and CSS
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Seattle, Washington
Salt Lake City, Utah - New York City - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Wichita Falls, Texas - Buffalo, New York - Baltamore, Maryland - Anchorage, Alaska - Satellite Beach, Florida - Fairborn, Ohio - Provo, Utah - Vancouver, Canada - Seoul, South Korea
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