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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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Developing web apps in Python on Google App Engine is so much fun.

#civilengineering   #geotechnicalengineering   #geotechnicalnews  

Anyone running a CM 10.1 nightly on the Toroplus? If so, what's your experience?

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?

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.

Anybody know why the Toroplus hasn't received a stable build of CM10?

Looking forward to discussing some +Python in here!

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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