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Can someone please provide some help in how to correct a typo I made in a contact's name. It is driving me crazy. I do not suggest trying it to experiment. I have found no way out.
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The full scenario was an attempt at speedy UI usage, which backfired.

I wanted to paste in both my friend's email address and name that were in a different window. I'm sure this is such a rare sceneario that the G+ developers never considered it. It turns out that, when adding someone in G+, when you only add an email address and leave the window open at the Name field, the whole thing goes away if you change browser tabs (this is in Firefox/Windows).

So in my aberrant workflow, I pasted the email address, I went back to copy the name, I returned to G+, and I had to start over because then entry window was gone and my previously pasted data was gone. Foo.

That was not fun. Two tries at that was enough, thank you very much.

So the third time, I tried adding a placeholder name, figuring I could change it later. I first pasted in the email address and, so that I would not lose that data, I entered a "temporary" real name, "aaaa" to "save me the trouble" of having to type my friend's rather long name from memory. I then went back to the other tab, copied the real name, and then discovered that G+ provided no way to edit the "aaaa" that I had entered.

I tried deleting the whole entry, and when I added a new contact with that email address, the name was "helpfully" filled in as "aaaa", with no way to change it. So I deleted the entry again and this time waited about 10 minutes before I went back. The name was still "helpfully" filled in for me as "aaaa", still with no way to edit it.

It was as if the G+ engineeers assume users with perfect memory and perfect typing skills. I'm sorry, bright as I am, when it comes to spelling someone's unusual name accurately, I would prefer to be able to cut and paste it from what they typed, rather than rely on my memory, especially when I am not allowed a second peek at the name.

I have since been able to add my friend, with accurate information, but the idea that there is no way to correct a typo except by deleting, waiting an unspecified long time, perhaps rebooting, and then finally, millenia later, getting another opportunity to get it exactly right, again with no opportunity to correct typos, seems to be a bit of TOTALLY ABSURD UI DESIGN.

But that's just my opinion. I don't code UIs, I just explain them to users and often try like hell to make them seem logical. I have been known to be pretty good at that last part, but my imagination is failing me in this case.
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Dual Purpose Monitoring

A friend of mine commented the other day on my unusual work setup. I have two monitors, but not the usual configuration. From where I sit, they are next to each other in my visual field, but not for anyone else. One is a pretty standard 1600x1200px 20"diag, the other is lower res, 1024x768px but has a 42" diagonal. The smaller, higher resolution screen is less than arm's length away, the lower res, large TV screen can be seen from my whole living room.

What struck me is how comfortable it is to control both with the same keyboard and mouse while I use them for totally different purposes and different contexts.
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I thought I was unusual by having my two identical monitors set up with portrait and landscape orientations respectively.
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An insightful and optimistic article (a rare combination these days).
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One of the reasons Google+ "feels good" to use, is that it has elements of a utopian society in which freedom is balanced by responsibility, and gentle, user-controllable incentives take the place of authoritarian control and censorship.

But can the utopia last? You may be surprised by the answer.
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The economics still apply if the dishwasher is being paid a living wage.
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YOU will very likely share this post widely, giving mad credit to the genius of Max Temkin at www.maxistentialism.com/prints
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The difference is you're paying someone else to do it.
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Not that homeless people haven't been figuring out versions of this for years ...
SwissRoomBox is a portable modular living system that allows drivers to literally live out of their car.
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She still has her left leg inside the sleeping bag while he is not only dressed, he's cooking breakfast. He probably had to hoof-it for water, hence having pants and shoes on. Your problem is?
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I found this in Mike Elgin's scrapbook. I have seen teeny, tiny cameras atop massive tripods and I have seen tripods holding a huge telephoto lens with a standard camera back hanging off the rear. But this takes it up a level.
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Hmm. Image appears to be gone. Oh well. 5 months later I can't describe it either.
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It's not often you get to claim a 10,000,000 milestone in just a few weeks -- unless you're selling multi-level marketing courses.
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+1... er make that... +10,000,000!

Thanks to each and every one of you. It's been a fantastic couple of weeks and we're just getting started.... +Vic Gundotra, the team and I are going to pause for just a moment to notice the milestone... <pause>

...and now back to work.

Oh! I love Larry's realtime, mid-earnings post while I was jotting this... ;-)
We are in the middle of our quarterly earnings call right now. Here are the remarks I just gave. -Larry ---------- Good afternoon…
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And the multi-level marketing claims aren't true.
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