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Tyler Kiefer
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Mechanical Engineer, Photographer, Linux fan, Computer tinkerer
Mechanical Engineer, Photographer, Linux fan, Computer tinkerer

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Gah!! +Google+​ is so full of #spam and crap posts now! I'd estimate about 30% of my feed is just pure junk! Even the "recommended" posts are spam. Come on +Google​, no wonder no one takes Google+ seriously.

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Of all previous & present Android versions, what is your favorite taking into account UX/UI (status bar, notifications, quick settings, general usability). I'm only talking stock ROMs here. Ignore any bugs in each version.
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Gingerbread
1%
Ice Cream Sandwich
3%
Jelly Bean
13%
Kitkat
83%
Lollipop

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A photo I took in 2011 of the US Navy Blue Angels performing at Randolph AFB, Texas. One of the best aviation photos I've taken so far. All 6 f-18 crossing from different directions.
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Well... It is March. It's been 3 months since Christmas, so I guess it is about time to start getting back into the Christmas mood. Thanks for the recommendation Google
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They've teamed up! This can only mean one thing.... The end of the world!
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Went up to Heber Valley for another sunrise.  Unfortunately, it was overcast so there were no spectacular sunrise colors.  I did stay around for some wildlife and still life, though.  Saw lots of ducks, geese, and 1 bald eagle.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128693563@N05/sets/72157650175274957/

Ditching Android 5.0 to revert back to Android 4.4.4.

After about 2 months of using Android 5.0 on my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7, I'm finally just sick of the "improvement" in UI.  

1)  The notifications on the lockscreen are nice, however, the notification lockscreen page adds an extra swipe to get to the pattern lock... even when there are no notifications.

2)  The intrusive, "heads-up" notification has just become too annoying to wait around for it to go away while it covers critical parts of the UI of apps.  Most noticeably, the navigation bar in Chrome and every other app.  I think the notification ticker in every previous version of Android was done perfectly.  You could see the notification, the text scrolled by so you could read it if it was important, and it stayed completely contained in the notification bar... PERFECT!  Not sure why +Android felt that this would be an improvement.

3)  Location settings just keep getting weirder and weirder.  In Android versions prior, the setting available in the quick settings pull down was to toggle GPS on or off.  This was primarily to save battery.  You could keep it off most of the time, conserve battery... then quickly toggle GPS on when you needed the added precision.  Now, however, Android 5.0 has gotten rid of the GPS toggle and replaced it with a "location" toggle.  So you can toggle whether Android knows your location at all or not.  To me this is something I never toggle.  I don't mind my phone knowing my location, but if I did, I would change the location setting to off.... permanently.  This doesn't seem like something that anyone is really needing to toggle regularly, but GPS IS something that I toggled regularly.

4)  No true silent mode.  I used silent mode all the time pre-5.0.  Holding the volume button down would turn the phone to vibrate, then one more press would go to silent phone.  In silent mode, your phone would still get notifications but there would be no sound or vibration when the notification came in.  Just silent.  If you wanted to check the notifications, you could just turn the screen on and they would all be there waiting for you.  In 5.0, the closest open is "Priority mode".  In this mode, only apps that you select as priority get through to notifications, but there is still sound for those apps.  And then there is "none" which blocks all notifications, including alarm clocks.  This, however, still does not turn off vibrations from typing and phone touches.  So in situations where you truly need silence, you can't because the phone still vibrates when you type..... and then you don't get any notifications, even if you are actively using your phone.

I'm not sure why +Android is making these weird changes.  I've read countless articles comparing Android and iOS in the past, and one big winning point to Android in all of those articles was the non intrusive notification method Android has.....        Now it seems that Android decided to throw that winning notification system out the window and adopt all of what made iOS notifications worse in one fell swoop.

I gave 5.0 a chance, but it's just too intrusive, annoying and takes more steps to accomplish tasks as 4.4.4 and previous versions did.  Hopefully 5.1 will fix these problems, or at least give the option to disable certain things (heads-up notifications, etc).  For now though, I am returning to the glory days of Kit Kat!

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Exposure Triangle (Moving from Auto to Manual Mode)
In my last post I mentioned carrying my camera around 90% of Christmas day.  For most of the pictures I took that day, the camera was in Auto mode since I really didn't understand anything about how cameras work.  Everything I had heard about DSLRs, though,...

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Early monring sunrise in Heber Valley, UT

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128693563@N05/
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