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Jakob von Essen
I try first to find the best solutions to problems, then to get people to understand why they are the best.
I try first to find the best solutions to problems, then to get people to understand why they are the best.

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+Notepad++ You are just awesome.

Anyone happen to have an extra OnePlus One invite?

You'll get four dollars via PayPal and my eternal gratitude in return!

Update re: TrueSmart refund

Hey all!

About two months ago, I sent my TrueSmart to Hongkong for a refund. Since early July, it's been sitting at a HK Post collection point close to the address Mr. Le Oen gave me. (I told him this.)

This morning, the status was changed to say it is being sent back to me. This means that thanks to Mr. Le Pen's "helpfulness," I've just wasted another $50 (shipping) on the TrueSmart.

I just wanted to check to see if anyone else has sent it for a refund and actually got their money back. What did you do different than I?

How will the I/O news about casting devices not having to be connected to the same, or any, WiFi affect the issue of using only one's phone, as both WiFi hotspot and casting device in e.g. hotels?

Should it work, since the phone still has cellular Internet? Would be pretty awesome for those of us using our phones as hotspots while traveling!

Hey all!

Has anyone had any success in contacting everyone's favourite company about refunds for the TrueSmart?

I haven't even opened mine, because I don't want it. I tried contacting,, and with this question a few days ago, and haven't yet received a response.

Does anyone have any ideas about how I should proceed?

Hey all!

A few questions about the watch from a fan-just-turned-contributor:

* How well does Google Maps work on that small screen? Will it be easy to navigate with the TrueSmart on a bike?

* Can you create a wireless 3G hotspot from it?

* Will/could there be a mode where you say, "What time is it," or "OK Smart, navigate home" and the watch starts up, without you having to press any button, and shows the time or (in the second case) runs the last part in Google Voice Actions?
This would be perfect for when you can't use your hands (e.g. when you're on your bike).

* Will non-developer (pledgers) get access to the SDK?

* What temperature range does it work in? Will it stand up to winter just south of the Polar Circle?

* What spare parts are included?

* What water depth is max supported - would it survive the Mariana Trench?

* How good is the built-in speaker? Is it good for anything else than voice?

* What about supporting microUSB to headphone adapters (e.g., if at all possible, for people who want to use their hard-earned wired headphones?

Does anyone know how to turn off subtitles when Chromecasting Netflix to your TV? I can't figure it out!


Does anyone know how being in different countries affects the ease of use of sharing a #Netflix account between two people?

Will it work, and what will happen if one of us tries streaming while the other one watches something?

I want to help change the world.

I'm looking for a non paid volunteer project in the field of renewable energy and sustainable development, suitable for a fresh High School CS graduate with an eager interest in learning more about the climate crisis we face and a will to stop that crisis from happening.
I’ve read a great deal about it, and chosen to become, a vegetarian after finding out the environmental impacts of living like I did.

Know someone who could use a helping hand, or some other way for me to find a position? Shout it out, I’ve got things to learn!

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