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Rey Villa
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Thus is from the creator o f Linux
Toys, toys, toys..

Hey, I've joined all the cool kids in having one of the new Google "Pixel" laptops (aka Chromebooks).  And it is a beautiful screen, to the point where I suspect I'll make this my primary laptop. I tend to like my laptops slightly smaller, but I think I can lug around this 1.5kg monster despite feeling fairly strongly that a laptop should weigh 1kg or less.

Because the screen really is that nice.

And I really appreciate not just the pixels, but the form factor. I despise widescreen displays, but I had gotten resigned to them. Until now. 3:2, baby!

I don't understand why people complain about "black bars", when I can't see why it would be any different to have "no pixels at all", which is what the silly widescreen displays do. 

I'm still running ChromeOS on this thing, which is good enough for testing out some of my normal work habits (ie reading and writing email), but I expect to install a real distro on this soon enough. For a laptop to be useful to me, I need to not just read and write email, I need to be able to do compiles, have my own git repositories etc..

Side note: I also have the Nexus 10, which also has tons of pixels, but on that one I didn't get the feeling that I could use the pixels very well... Sure, I could run a web browser and make the text smaller, but without a keyboard I can't reasonably write anything, and without the option of installing a full Linux distro I couldn't see it replacing my laptop anyway, so getting a BT keyboard didn't seem all that relevant either. 

One thing that the Chromebook Pixel really brings home is how crap normal laptops have become. Why do PC manufacturers even bother any more? No wonder the PC business isn't doing well, when they stick to just churning out more crappy stuff and think that "full HD" (aka 1080p) is somehow the epitome of greatness.
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Anyone running a CM 10.1 nightly on the Toroplus? If so, what's your experience?
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Today I saw the movie "Lost in Translation." What an amazing move with many great themes.
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Old but interesting article. Still difficult to compare players between completely different eras.
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Anybody know why the Toroplus hasn't received a stable build of CM10?
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The nightly's have always been pretty stable, but I am currently on AOKP so...yeah lol
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Another great +Google Wallet experience. I went to a fast food restaurant who shall remain nameless, and below was my conversation with the person receiving my payment:

Worker: "Payment is $...."
Me: ::Proceed to use my #nexus to pay at the drive-thru PayPass terminal::
Worker: "That doesn't work. We're not that high tech"
Me: "I works! I've done it before."
Worker: "Don't think so. If it does, I'll give you something free"
Me: ::Proceed to tap my phone on the terminal and was done in seconds::
Worker: "Wow I can't believe that worked. That's gonna be the future"

He then immediately asked me what I wanted, and gave it to me free.

It's great to have this experience with my +Android phone and am looking forward to the future of what Google Wallet can bring.
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+Carms Perez Since you pulled my leg, it was pollo trop. Lol
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This is a powerful message...
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That's awesome 
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Developing web apps in Python on Google App Engine is so much fun.

#civilengineering   #geotechnicalengineering   #geotechnicalnews  
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I'm noticing a couple of things running CM 7.1 on my toroplus:

1) Google+ app is a battery drain. Nearly 20-25% of my daily battery use. This is the case even if I don't open the app.

2) The Google Voice voicemail icon appears after every text I get.

I know these may not be CM issues, but do any toroplus users see this?
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Or just turn off sync ;)
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Looking forward to discussing some +Python in here!
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Just try it out :) I learnt it by porting one of my JS apps over to CoffeeScript. There are lots of time savers in there, not only due to the shorter syntax but also because of list comprehensions and things like that. And since everything maps 1 to 1 to JavaScript, it's very easy to debug your code which can be difficult with other languages that compile to JavaScript unless you use Source Maps in Google Chrome.
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Deleted Windows Vista and installed Ubuntu #WindowsRage
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+Rey Villa You sound like you have the right attitude to do well with Linux. If you keep digging you will hit pay dirt eventually. Scratch the surface of closed source and you just run into a black box. That frustrates me.
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  • Universal Engineering Sciences
    Branch Manager, 2012 - present
  • GEOSOL, Inc.
    Project Geotechnical Engineer, 2004 - 2012
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  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
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Very nice hotel that is in the middle of renovations. Disney staff is always courteous and great to be around. Pool is great for family atmosphere is a very good life and kiddie areas. The beach access is great with some nice waves. There is not much to do other than pool and beach. Also, pool kept getting closed due to Storm's within 6 moles even though the sky was blue and sunny in the pool. This was very frustrating as we had to keep leaving the deck and hoping they would open. Very big inconvenience during vacation stay. Only very few places to eat and expensive. I would come back except better prepared with our own food.
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Very nice location and staff
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The food was exquisite and the price was reasonable. I'm excited about the fact that they have deep dish pizza. The menu is full of a variety of food and drinks. The beer they brew is really good at a fair price. Will definitely see myself going there often.
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