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The improved wire protocol and updated drivers. The improved wire protocol has been in the works for over two months, and makes writing client drivers for new languages significantly easier. RethinkDB...
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Looks very interesting, but the AGPL is unsuitable for certain things.

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Really having fun with NestaCMS and plugging in eCommerce stuff on top of various bits of content. Back when I was at Microsoft, I remember talking to +Bertrand Le Roy about this very thing - that you *should* be able to drop eCommerce on top of CMS without that much effort.

He made Orchard, I left Microsoft :). 5 years later I'm messing with my favorite static blog engine: NestaCMS ( It's so easy to extend....

I've plugged in Knockout and some custom stuff - but what I have so far are ad-hoc invoices running over content I create statically using Markdown. I realize that won't work for 100+ product sites, but for something like Tekpub it's perfect.

The main reason I think it's perfect is you get to design each product/bundle/cross-sell page to say specifically and exactly what you want it to say. It's not content shoved into a text area with some silly Rich Text Editor to fake it's way through user acceptance (oh! Look! pictures!).

Instead - you get to have a canvas for each product that's compelling, interesting, and devoted to the user. 

Love it! I'll share soon...
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Haha. Well, this is weird because way before Microsoft, more than ten years ago, I made another CMS based on exactly those principles. Nice in many ways but some severe limitations. That experience was super-useful when building Orchard.
By the way, on commerce, I also did this: (and I run my business on that)

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Turning off Twitter for a day - want to see how different things are over here
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Hi Rob. I find this a bit more calming than twitter; also I find what you have to say on occasion interesting. Hopefully one day we can have both!

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Wondering if this could replace twitter. I like being able to write more since it has more context - 140 chars is pathetic, and I honestly don't like Twitter injecting ads in a timeline.
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If Twitter continues with their tightening of their API for 3rd party apps, they may find that everyone moves to G+

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Lovely fabulated story. The dialog, the premise of "we didn't notice Samsung until now golly gosh" - the VM running OS X on top of Windows "Shocking" someone...

Good laughs.
I can't make this stuff up

I'm sitting in a Starbucks doing random whatever over an iced americano. While I waiting for my drink, I watched a guy with his friend, pick up a newspaper; and start to remark on the Samsung Apple verdict.

Guy: "Wait, so what they're saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?"
Friend: "I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book"
Guy: "Seriously"

Not 10 minutes later, a husband and wife, same newspaper:

Husband: "... Samsung's iPad is the same as Apple's iPad, and I paid how much for the Apple one? Honey, I told you they were a ripoff", after looking up the Samsung tablet on his iPhone.
Wife: "Oh wow," looking at the screen, "... that's a lot cheaper. Think we can return it?"

I put my Samsung QX410 on my table, and started to plug in, when he leans over to me, "Sorry, you don't mind if I ask, how much did you pay for your Samsung laptop?"

"Oh, no worries, it was $700." I replied. 

I watched shock overcome his face, like actual shock. He looked at me, blankly, for an awkward amount of time, "Mind if I have a look?" he asked. 

So, I obliged, and showed him a few things. He commented on Windows 7, so I opened up my virtual machine of OS/X... By the time the conversation was over, he was ready to kick Cupertino in the nuts, I think.

... Now, the punchline: 

I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything. 

Two of these groups (including the husband/wife) asked me about my Samsung laptop, the second group noticed my Galaxy phone (also by Samsung)... Best billion dollar ad-campaign Samsung ever had.
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I guess I'm just tired of seeing one after the other from Apple, and you can't honestly sit there and say that the majority of their lawsuits are justified (that's the everything in between). I could go on and on listing all of their attempts to hit android/google/samsung/htc...but why?

Maybe this specific attack on Samsung is legit, but they don't seem to be happy with only going after the obvious copies or infringements.

You are right, the real problem is that they allow patents at all for some of these things. I used to be all in on Apple (mbp/ipad/iphone), but recently I've lost a lot of respect for them. I like some of the comments here >  and I see more and more people forming the same opinion. 

Sure wish they'd just stop gunning for others, keep making their customers happy and building the cult, that's what they are good at. They don't have trouble selling hardware and the "experience", I don't think a lot of people care about the price. What I see are people that want Apple, regardless of the cost. They aren't simply going to choose a Samsung device because it looks similar, they want Apple. 

If they keep doing what they are doing, I hope it hits them hard :). 
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