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Noel Sequeira
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There's an Indian SOPA that's spreading like a plague (not brewing), and it seems to be based on a court order that can't be found. Please spread the word.

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#whitespace Finally... a place to put my beer. Thank you Google+. How thoughtful! #usesforwhitespace #useforwhitespace
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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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Must stop sharing funny photos on Google+.
Cleaning off an old flash drive and I found this. Made me chuckle.
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Tch, Sony, tch.
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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Come to think of it, this could be an excellent ad for crowdsourcing.
U.S. Bills mission complete.
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I've tried the app out, and I have to admit, the grouping works incredibly well. I ended up with 18 buckets.
This is MIND BLOWING. I think Google and Facebook should get in a bidding war for this technology. Imagine Google+ being able to automatically build circles for you.

I can't underscore enough how mindblowing this is.

It found my wife's elementary school friends in Facebook (she grew up in Tehran). For me it found most of the speakers I hired in the 1990s for our conferences (and I rarely talk with any of them).

Full blog post about the tech: http://www.building43.com/videos/2011/07/12/katango-organizing-your-social-network/

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Bow.
How I feel offering Google+ Invites on Facebook:
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Pure Unadulterated Awesome.
Drew a quick Google+ cartoon. Needs a caption. Go!
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Twitter Users: This is an Important Point.
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