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If I recall, I was playing my arrangement of Mahler's 6th symphony to a group of musical heathens.

...although, arranging Mahler for guitar could be equally heathen...
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Once upon a time, I found Android fun to use.
No, I found it delightful to use. I used to enjoy just swiping through the menus and scrolling through the apps. It was always nice in some geeky, esoteric fashion.
The notification pulldown amazed me the first time I saw it, and the app drawer was a source of endless fascination. Then, 2.0 Eclair came asking, and we lost the funky app drawer, but we got something cooler: the "waterfall" drawer. Yes, this was great!
Then 2.3 Gingerbread was released, and it gained a fantastic new black theme. This was amazing on all our fancy new AMOLED screens, and it made the OS look just that bit more professional.
3.x Honeycomb was next, and although it was effectively a bodge job, it was divine. Google had somehow reinvented Android to work well in tablet form. Sure, it wasn't actually all that great an OS, but it laid the foundations of what was to come next.
4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is probably my favourite of all Android versions. It was fast and smooth on phones. On tablets, it built on the foundations laid by 3.x.
At this point, Android was still fun to use. Phones were much nicer to use than previously, and tablets were still mighty fun. TabletUI really was a thing of beauty.

Google relegated TabletUI in 4.2, and removed it completely after that. In my opinion, that's also where Android stopped being fun.

In 5.0, they went back to a white system theme, which imo looks pretty poor. The toast notifications became large and intrusive. The notification drawer became slow and clunky.

I no longer use my devices simply to play with the OS. I guess that's a sign of its maturity, but it makes it significantly less appalling for me.

I'm not saying that I'm about to jump ship, just that I've lost the passion I once had for the OS. It no longer seems magical, or even whimsical to me.
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They haven't removed it from the OS though; the devices are - by and large - fine. It's the OS that's become dull.

The only thing that I still find delightful about it, weirdly, is the extensions that Motorola put in there for the Moto X. I've had the phone for a year and it never fails to amaze me with its funky IR proximity detectors, or its uncanny ability to know when I'm driving.
The way it unerringly knows that I just want to see the time or notifications is fascinating.
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I'll never understand distribution licensing.

I've been reading the rather excellent Alex Benedict series by Jack McDevitt (purchased through Google Play Books), and just finished book #5. It really is an excellent series, so I thought I'd get a sample of book #6 so I have something to tide me over until payday tomorrow.

Nope. Can't have that in Australia!

I can buy book #7, and the previous five books, but definitely not #6. Unless I can read German. Which I can't, really.

Very, very annoying, and completely illogical.
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I think it's about time +Ian Rawlings​ was introduced to the traditional Australian birthday greeting.

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Oi! Happy birthday, cunt!
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We call 'em praaaaawns, mate!
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RIP the man who sold the world
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And here I am like a chump, without a spare $26k lying around :(
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You know, you could sell your Esprit for a decent amount to some sucker down here...
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I wish Android Wear devices didn't force me to factory reset every time I need to pair it to a phone.
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This is the first time I've had the error. It's just not going away, and it's very annoying indeed. I guess this is what happens when I flash firmware using a strange method and without seeing anybody's impressions first...
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Obviously I'm biased about this, but I'm of the belief that an unmolested MR2 SW20 is a damn fine looking automobile
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Once upon a time...
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Ha! I was only seventeen up there.
Don't worry, come August there'll be more contemporary imagery of my musical stylings, perhaps with video!
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Goodbye, Pepper. I'll miss you always.
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Anybody else on Android 6 not getting notifications from Inbox?
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