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Jeroen van der Maat
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I haven't posted in a long time as I have been busy with work and life. And currently being unemployed and looking for work is probably not the best time to publicly post political opinions.

However I feel strongly that the US is heading in a dangerous direction very fast, and to sit by quietly is to condone what is going on. This is a really long read, and maybe just some journalist's doomsday scenario that will never come true. But all the signs are pointing in the right direction and if we, the US people, do not stand united and oppose this publicly, this may be where we're headed over the next four years.
I'm a greencard holder. I pay taxes yet I cannot vote. This here is my voice. Honest journalists are my representation.
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My workplace today. Almost 80 degrees out.
Just a tad windy, but it's a comfortable gust, not cold, not hot.
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Mostly good reasons. FB is just my friend connection. And I pretty much have 50% of my "friends" muted. G+ is my daily dose of tech news, world news and my canvas to share my thoughts and pictures. (Though I really need to spend more time doing so)
We Love +Google+ !
http://huff.to/1gERI8H - 12 Reasons Why You Should Check It Out!

[Artwork by +Tim Clary and Photo via +matthew rappaport]

#googleplus   #socialmedia  
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Images of the Dutch king & queen at the Olympics (past and present).

When was the last time your country's leadership got this excited?
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Why Facebook sucks

Excellent video by +Veritasium. The more you pay FB for advertising, the less reach you get, and the more you end up having to pay FB for promoting posts so your actual fans see them. FB wins twice over. And all legitimate businesses are screwed paying for a broken service.
The only real way to get likes on your FB business page is by NOT advertising it on FB itself to avoid the clickfarms.
Or just take the smarter road and ditch FB all together. But sadly, the consumer market isn't ready for that yet. All the grandmas and parents don't know the alternatives that are out there. FB is still the "family connection"
Likes or lies? How perfectly honest businesses can be overrun by Facebook spammershttp://tnw.co/1gppiy7.

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We published this story last month.. Yesterday, +Veritasium posted this video below which refers the article.

Take a look and tell us what you think is going on here...
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Fox sports go was a huge letdown. I'm sure the game we saw was the same as cable, but the commercials were mostly reruns from last year (Quattro tow truck about five times), and a few big game commercials. No clydesdales (oops, i guess i need to take that back. They just played the puppy one twice in the last two minutes of the game, oh, and now a third post ceremonies). Three radioshack 80s reruns (or was it four?), and countless Exxonmobile ads (ten or twenty? I didn't keep track)
Hoping next year a better online streaming option with the actual big game commercials will be available. And announced up front that it's there and not leave us hoping for the best until last minute.
Fox, you're fired.

I guess we should have just tuned in to Youtube for the commercials and left it at that.

However streaming on Chromecast from a browser tab worked great. 720p high bitrate without issues (though had to plug cable into laptop, as wireless couldn't do anything more than 480)
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iOS Android (AKA iOS 7)

As some of you may know, I have an iPhoney. But to Apple's credit they did something right in the latest iOS update.
First off, it took me a lot of work to get the update installed. With an 8Gb phone, it is almost impossible to install without factory resetting to get enough free space. I had to remove all my pictures, large programs and many small programs leaving only the few (a game and a few smaller apps for which I didn't want to lose progress/settings) before it had enough space to install. (3.4Gb was required I believe).
Partway through removal, it said enough space was available, so I started the install. However then quit halfway through saying it needed an additional 500Mb. Sadly, it had already half-installed, leaving me with only 250Mb of free space. So going back was no longer an option, and I had to remove some core apps (Dropbox and a few others). This is really bad, and a very frustrating experience.

When it was finally done, the available "user" space on my phone dropped from 4.5Gb to a measly 3.9Gb. That's right. on an 8Gb iPhone you have less than half available to use for apps and photos. I'm hoping they stop selling 8Gb models, as this is really not enough to be usable and marketable as a "smart phone".

But. BUT! The new feature they added was the ability to turn on the camera flash and turn the screen off. I had been doing this using an Android phone for two years before I got the iPhone. And with iPhone apps, the display had to stay on, so walking the dog at night in the park required me to leave the screen on as well (and not touching it by accident so the ads wouldn't pop up and kill the flashlight. That has left me in the dark on multiple occasions)
So the new control panel where you can turn the flashlight on/off is a great thing for me, and good progress for Apple.

What made me decide to write this post is the fact that the control panel can be accessed from the lock screen. So I do not have to enter my passcode before being able to use the flashlight. This makes me very happy, and makes the flashlight (about all I use the phone for)  quickly accessible.

Score: Apple: 1    -    Android: 157
(Yeah, Apple still has a lot of catching up to do. But this is one step in the right direction)
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Interesting read (As the Oatmeal usually is). Happy upcoming Bartolomé day everyone ;)
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Kitchen

Here's a picture of a nearly complete kitchen project. We went to IKEA Friday night to pick up a couple of missing parts, and I spent Saturday installing the final cupboards, doors and all the door handles. Some minor fixes need to be done still, floor still needs to be grouted in some spots, toekick needs to be installed, but for the most part the kitchen is done and usable. The rest is all rainy day projects.

Robin is slowly moving into the kitchen. The mixer and toaster oven have made it back in, as well as the cutlery drawer. (All other cupboards and drawers are completely empty). One step at a time we'll put things where they most make sense and slowly fill up the abundant storage space.
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Plumber visit

The plumber came by this morning and hooked up the sink water pipes and drains. So now the faucet is installed, dishwasher connected, insinkerator hooked up, and everything working. He added an air inlet valve to the drains to allow the sink to empty faster and without the gurgling.

While he was here he also hooked up the ice maker in the fridge, so we can have easy ice cubes again. (Though I need to replace the filter before it is really usable)

Kitchen is coming together more and more.
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