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Jonathan Frazer
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45% Programmer, 22% Musician, 28% Entrepreneur, 17% Eccentric.
45% Programmer, 22% Musician, 28% Entrepreneur, 17% Eccentric.

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A friend shared this with me:

http://i.imgur.com/m1GWfg6.png

Sometimes you come across an interesting bit of code.  I couldn't help but smile:

RewriteCond %{Remote_Addr} ^91\.200\.12\.117
RewriteRule ^(.*) http://localhost/?self-destruct=true [R,L]

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Happy Birthday, Google+!  It's hard to believe that it has already been 3 years that I have been here.

I realised that my activity here has lapsed recently.  Perhaps due to a lack of engagement, but also because there are only 24 hours in a day of which 6-8 are wasted sleeping, approximately 10 are spent eating breakfast, working, devouring lunch and commuting, which leaves me with only 6-8 hours available (not including weekends).  Amongst pianos I'm trying to tune, projects I'm attempting to work on, family I'm striving to love, apps I'm failing to update, stuff I'm working on learning, and so much more, social media took a spot on the back burner.

Essentially, to maximise the ROI of my time and accomplish priorities in my life I created a very simple spreadsheet to help me out, giving everything on my list a priority factor.  From there I worked out how much time I believed that I could allot to each item per day, week, month, or year.  To my chagrin I discovered that I wished to spend approximately twice my available hours per week on the items in my list.

What does this have to do with me sharing Scoble's post?  I found that the comments on FB were worth reading.  From my perspective, the most engagement I have on any social network is Google+, shared privately with my friends and family.  I guess I'm just lucky (or unfortunate?) enough to have them all on here and active.  I actually get a lot more activity on my private posts (on a private profile) than I do here.  And since that fell into one of my 5-star priorities in my spreadsheet, I didn't totally lapse in my social media, but merely went "incognito".

The good news is that I'm going to try to spend more time on here again.  I love the community and the unique tidbits of information floating through my stream.  I also love sharing tidbits that I find useful.

So if you have time I recommend that you check out the comments on FB.  I'm also curious if anyone else has had the same experience as I in terms of public/private posts?   Do you post publicly or privately or both?  On the same profile or separate profiles?  If both, on which posts do you have better engagement?

Edit: Here's the post to the FB link: https://www.facebook.com/joelcomm/posts/10152490401770269
Happy Birthday to YOU Google Plus and Friends

+Google+ is celebrating the third year of existence today. I was one of the proud people to get that golden ticket back in the invite only beta days. Guess it helped I was an orkut user and an active Buzz user.

Then one day I got this message in my inbox "The Google+ project is currently working out all the kinks with a small group of testers. If you're not able to access Google+, please check back again soon."

I, like many, left G+ for a few months due to personal reasons, then returned and kept on engaging with new people on a regular basis.

On my return, I found that the conversations were still happening, Hangouts were maturing and the posts that people were making had developed into helpful, insightful and deep conversations.

Then about 2 years ago, things kicked into high gear for me, I started a business around helping businesses with Google Plus and getting to know more and more people on a regular basis via Hangouts.

Almost without realizing it, I stopped using Facebook and Twitter entirely, There was so many exciting conversations and interests going on here on G+ that my time just naturally was spent here... connecting with real people that had something to say that was  interesting to me

I am proud to say, that most of my IRL friends come from G+ and that business has thrived because of it ( not business from in G+ but outside of G+  as a direct result of G+ ) 

Earlier I shared a circle of people that are in my "get a notification of every post they share" ( aka Notify ) circle, these people have helped me on my journey on Google Plus. I encourage you to follow them as well: http://gplus.ly/1wWz8QZ

PS. Join in the Happy Birthday Party Hangout on Air today:
https://plus.google.com/events/c82f9fu4d9qoa6be9rg4edif27g
Hosted by +Carol Dodsley 

One CTA: Share your Google+ story in the comments or link to your G+ story, and name a few people with whom you could not do without on Gplus.

Infographic Source: Source: http://www.dpfoc.com/uk/ from +DPFOC 
H/T to +Irfan Ahmad for the infographic

#googleplusbirthday #whyilovegoogleplus 
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It's bits of information like this that makes me love Google+.   Unfortunately, I don't know how many Pie Day and Google Drive price drop posts I had to go through to see this.  Sometimes I wish there was just a button I could hit to say, "I know it is Pie day now; don't show me anymore posts about it."

A tip: if you are going to post the same stuff as everyone else, make sure you also post some interesting, perhaps obscure or less-well-known, information as well.  :)

Do you often find your stream filled with repetitive information, and if so, what do you do about it?  I don't often uncircle people, because they often post both.

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I just started reading through The Algorithm Design Manual (second edition) by Steven Skiena a few days ago for some of the very reasons stated in this article.  I've been realizing how much I am lacking when it comes to algorithms and data structures.

CS is a passion, but I have never really set aside the time to study it in depth.  I believe I am what Paul would call, a person with "a good brain and a desire to learn, who perceives the complexity of what I'm asking the computer to do".  Of course, my insatiable appetite for learning and ardent desire to write efficient, streamlined, scalable code also came into play. 

I feel like what we used to call a "front-end developer" should have been called a "front-end UI implementer".  Until some time around 2008 (with the advent of Chrome), a front-end developer's primary concern wasn't writing an application, it was trying to frame the code in such a way as to make the UI appear pleasant in all the "browsers" of the day, particularly IE.  Today, the interactions between the front-end and the back-end have grown exponentially, and the amount of "real" developing for the front-end has also increased immensely.

I don't have a CS degree, but studying computer science enables me to stand the shoulders of giants. Even if I can figure something out, the more I study CS, the more I learn from those who have already passed through the doors I am know facing.  Thus, by studying I can decrease the number of successful failures I have to make before I arrive at a successful resolution. 

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BlackBerry's autonomous-driving car

It's interesting to see this project under way but I have to admit that I am a little biased: I just happen know the project manager, and the university is based in my home town, otherwise I probably would not have heard of it.  :)  It's made using BlackBerry's QNX.

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Someone shared this with me a while back.  I can't vouch for it's quality, but the concept is really interesting.  A screen-less camera that makes use of your phone to take pictures.
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/18/sony-qx10-review/

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I just watched this video, and it's really worth while if you're developing mobile websites. I'd say that every web developer today should watch it.

I should add, though, that speed is one of my pet peeves. The only thing worse than a show website is a website that doesn't load, but then can we consider it a web site?

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This is cool:  MySQL on Google Cloud.  This is something I've got to try out.  Has anyone else given it a shot yet?  What are your thoughts?  I'll post an update later with mine.
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