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Wherein I reflect on the past year and wish everyone a happy 2012
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My bank's online presence is so frickin' amateurish I'm starting to worry. They've disabled right-click on their login screen. It worries me what problem they think they're solving with this.
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Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

-Vic
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The web is now 20 years old.
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First Dumbledore, now Voldemort
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The G+ mobile site is impressive. It even does the pull-to-refresh mechanism. 
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So, uh, Hello World
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Ha. I've gone through this identical thought process so many times. Nice to know I'm not alone.

(Real Answer: Ask them to install Skype and send it over that)
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You could try SkyDrive :)
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Why does YouTube have a sharing option for Facebook and Twitter but not Google+?
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Sometimes its amazing that software ever works at all.
That said, I love Chrome. Its best browser out of the bunch.
Chromium Notes: The zygote process and software updates. This is a blog about the Chromium project, better known as Google Chrome. See the first post for more background and the archive for more posts...
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How not to design a CAPTCHA

Unfortunately Sony missed the entire point of a CAPTCHA. Instead of using an obfuscated image which is difficult for computers to recognize the characters, they include the CAPTCHA's unobfuscated characters in HTML and use CSS and JavaScript to make the characters appear slightly distorted.

While taking a Digital Image and Video Processing class (EE 371R at utexas.edu), I picked up a summer hobby of writing CAPTCHA breakers. Most CAPTCHAs can be decoded with a combination of Gaussian edge detection and XOR difference analysis with known characters. However this one falls to a simple regex.
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Oh, I agree. I also think this kind of thing could have happened to many other companies, just that they didn't piss off hackers with lawsuits and other nonsense.
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The valuables were donated by an erstwhile royal family and devotees visiting the temple. The treasure has been kept under lock and key for some 150 years. Now, Indians are having a discussion about w...
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