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Read it and weep Rudolph.
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Perhaps my Google+ activity could be limited to Android trolling? :)
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Alvin, Happy Thanksgiving!
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I hoard data. When I pass, my kid will inherit terabytes and terabytes of digital data; quite possibly too much to go through in a lifetime. I never delete any photos I've taken even if it was an accidental shutter press. Same with videos. If I attempt to snap a photo with my phone and I accidentally start recording a video, I keep that weird video of people posing for a photo. I can't complete an online backup of my data onto the cloud, because I produce it faster than it can upload (though, I think it has a lot to do with the throttling policies at Carbonite). Who wants this data? I doubt my kid will. Who would? Maybe people will live on as "Grandpa's hard drive" passed on from generation to generation like some old hope chest. Is it even important?
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In 50 years I see this as a major political issues much like the green movement of today... Call it greening of the data hehe
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Installing OS X Lion. Will it be MAGICAL?
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In August you can get it via a USB stick for $69.99, but it's only available from the Mac app store currently.
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FYI.
Punit Soni originally shared:
 
We discovered an issue with the version of the iPhone Google+ App that was on the App Store. When we launched, the App Store started serving a previous test version of the App which didn't have the stability and fixes that the latest version had. It started serving the correct version a little later. If you downloaded within the first 1 hour 40 mins, you may have downloaded the older test version.

To check:
- Click on the gear icon on the top left of your App's homescreen and look right above the Help button, the version number of the App should be: 1.0.1.1809

- If that is not the version number, then please uninstall and reinstall by clicking on the link below: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google/id447119634?ls=1&mt=8
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It looks like google rushed the app out the door. Limit device compatibility and various stability issues. I'm sure it will be improved in the next update, which hopefully will come soon.
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Lovely weekend. Little Alvin reached the three month milestone on Friday. Three months often marks quite a change in little babies as their brains develop and they begin to start paying attention to the world. A4 affirmed his acumen by intently staring and tracking the local flora during an evening stroll on Saturday. This was markedly different than say, a month ago, when he'd just either fall directly asleep or simply stare at the Mrs. or myself. Now he notices.

Saturday evening we dropped the little guy off at a friend's house so that we could go see Deathly Hallows part 2, which was pretty much the best movie ever made (OK, I exaggerate; however, it was definitely very good). It was an action-packed end to the series, possibly imbalanced in relation to its own arc, but perfect within the context of all eight movies. I'm thinking of going to see it again, but in 3D next time.

On Sunday, after a brief trip to the mall, we decided it was time to join the real world again and take Little Alvin to a restaurant for the first time. We were mildly concerned about how it would go, because it was about an hour before he was supposed to eat and this is typically his most fussy time; he is tired and likes to catch a nap before its time to eat again (what a life, huh?). We considered trying a restaurant another time, because of the prevailing vision of a screaming baby, one parent not eating, the other cramming food into his mouth so that he may relieve the second parent, the second parent harried and facing a plate of cold food, and the other restaurant patrons looking on with disapproval. But we decided that we couldn't always control the timing and environment and needed some practice dealing with baby adversity. We went for it.

The Legend of Little Alvin continues, where not only have we been favored with a child that sleeps 7 or 8 hours at night, who only fusses when he's tired or hungry, who is very accommodating with laughs and smiles and coos (and gas and drool), who is often content to laugh and smile alone in his activity mat while we eat breakfast or have a cup of coffee, who cleaned my gutters, and who filed an amendment on my 2010 taxes that saved me a bunch of money, but ALSO was a perfect angel during our first restaurant venture.

He sat quietly and soaked up the environment while we ordered and ate chicken tacos while a baby at the next table screamed (as well as all the other things we worried about). I thought the best we could hope for was that he'd fall asleep and then wake up angry, but he was content to hang out. After the Mrs. finished her meal, she fed him a bottle, I finished my double margarita, and we left with peaceful hearts, full bellies, and a mild buzz for me.

A big knock on wood for the last three paragraphs.

Finished the weekend off by doing some grilling-in-the-rain with chicken and eggplant on my Smokey Joe (who can wait for the sun to grill during the Summer That Never Was?). True Blood, which is getting better with every episode, and then bed.

Lovely weekend.
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You were a good baby too Alvin.
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For the most part I think that this article is ridiculous and wouldn't go as far as saying "all the steps that typically comprise an online search, including the ads served against search results, become completely irrelevant. He believes Apple can and will circumvent this search experience"

It's a nice try and I do remember reading a lot about the post search age, the answer machines, Wolfram Alpha, but with the Humanities, etc. And Apple does have a good product on their hands.

But it seems to me that all those eggheads at Google would have to do is create their own powerful Answer Machine, center it at the heart of their business, market it, make it actually work great. I think Siri is way better than what Google currently has, but it's not as if Siri is any better at voice recognition or processing. This product will be faster than traditional search which all of Google's competitors will be using.

So maybe Apple needs to build their own search.
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I could see myself picking one up in a fire sale eventually; that is, if the price is really right.
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HP is supposed to be finding more of them to sell. I would like to have been able to buy several of them. They are still starting at $300 on eBay...
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Another possible line drawn in the sand between Apple and Google? I suppose not necessarily. While Apple may opt to not support dedicated NFC, I could see Google supporting both NFC AND Bluetooth 4.0; in fact, its inevitable I suppose.

Makes me a little uneasy, as it would be a bummer for iPhone users to be on the losing end of any protocol battle. A world where everyone but iPhone users can pay for their groceries with their phone is a world where I start using an Android phone.
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I saw that HTC announced they will be including NFC in all their phones released starting this fall. Not sure I would use it though.
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Dids v. Rudy. Jager bombs, FIGHT!
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Dids is an amateur, didn't want to make him feel bad by winning too soon.
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  • University of Washington
    IT Pro, 1996 - present
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    Scone Slinger, 1995 - 2001
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I talk too much, but listen a great deal too.  I love my family, the Pacific NW, photography, bad/good TV, and Steve Jobs.  Food is love.
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I am pretty good at parallel parking.
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