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Lucas Marinho
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Irreparable skeptic, crazy dreamer, iOS games and web developer.
Irreparable skeptic, crazy dreamer, iOS games and web developer.

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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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Red Tails is based on the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American combat aviators to serve in the US military. Starring Cuba Godding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, and Daniela Ruah.

Incredibly inspirational pre-battle chant:
"From the last plane, to the last bullet, to the last minute, to the last man we fight!
WE FIGHT!!
We fight!
WE FIGHT!!
We fight!
WE FIGHT!!"
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Filtering your stream by Circle shouldn't show all messages from people in it, only messages and activity done by people in that circle with other people in the same circle.
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This is very troubling. I wonder how the war over patents will affect software innovation and startups during this decade.

The gist of the article is that, in the current state of affairs, big software companies live in a condition of mutually assured destruction. Their weapons being huge patent portfolios, which basically contain patents for almost anything you can do with software. These portfolios are curated by companies like Intellectual Ventures which seem to "enforce their value" by bullying small and medium companies with lawsuit threats over the usage of commonplace software practices.

How commonplace? There is a patent for putting a form in your mobile app! http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2011/05/worse-than-lodsys-macrosolves-sues.html
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How cool is this? It's a motion-capture voodoo doll.

It comes from the Japanese company SoftEther. Called QUMA, it's a USB-connected doll that translates its body position to any on-screen 3D character you create. Great for game developers and animators.

(Props to Akihabara News)

http://en.akihabaranews.com/102262/robot/quma-a-3d-motion-capture-for-3d-cg-production
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Don't bother installing the Google+ iPhone app right now if you are running the iOS5 Beta, it keeps crashing. Google developer +Punit Soni said that iOS 5 is unsupported at the moment.
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Seriously awesome.
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