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I'm all about startups, and all my energy is currently focues on bitcoin and bitcoin-related startups. I'm always interested in new projects. Are you a miner? Interested in above market price contract work? Contact me on IRC.
I'm all about startups, and all my energy is currently focues on bitcoin and bitcoin-related startups. I'm always interested in new projects. Are you a miner? Interested in above market price contract work? Contact me on IRC.

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Woohoo. Deactivated my Facebook account. I don't use this much either. Find me at guruvan.net (but,seriously, not several thousands of you. I'm not posting much publicly, so there's nothing to follow. Only connection to make if you'd like to talk (directly) with me. Thanks!

Cheers!

I haven't posted much to Google+ but I sure get new followers. Isn't there a way to turn those notifications off yet? I care about new G+ followers even less than I do twitter followers.

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Yes, Googl e, You are going to have to make some changes with how you deal with people - you're used to dealing with sites and bots and spam generators but now you're dealing with real-life human beings, and those require actual communication - There is no excuse for Google not using communication tools that Google has built to communicate with the users of Google+
GOOGLE, YOU'RE MAKING ME LOOK BAD…

Every time I log in here I find that yet another Google staffer or defender has issued yet another iteration of this: "Of COURSE Google doesn't disable your other services just because there's a problem with your profile name!"

By now the party line seems to be that the above-mentioned notion is a "myth." Most conspicuously to my knowledge, that claim was made by +Bradley Horowitz in a post last night (linked below) that was quickly reported by ZDNet ( http://goo.gl/jOvzC ).

Well, as I titled my comment on the ZDNet blog… not quite. And I'd like to iterate that one time for the record here on my little G+ page.

As only those not-so-lucky faithful who were affected are likely to remember, +Michael Hermeston posted a week ago today: "Starting today, users will no longer need to go through SMS verification when their profile name is under review." ( http://goo.gl/oMDI0 ) Thanks, Michael—far as I know, you're the only Googler who's admitted that it was happening.

Great that y'all stopped subjecting people to that SMS verification thing, Google. Because, you know, when you can't log in, you can't use Gmail. Or anything else Google. That's what happened to me early on the Saturday before Michael posted his update.

Now someone could quibble and say I wasn't really shut down because once I got the verification code and logged in, my Gmail, Reader, Calendar, etc. were in business-as-usual condition; only G+ was disabled. But the bottom line is I had to pay to regain access in the form of information I didn't really want to give up.

And that was three days later. Because the sorry-you-aren't-allowed-in-here page I got said I was locked out due to "suspicious activity." I read up on that and decided maybe my account would revert to normal if I left it alone until the work week got under way. I thought perhaps the problem was that I'd been logged in on two different devices for too many hours. Or because the last person I gave a G+ invitation to turned out to be underage. Or because someone was guessing at my password, trying to hack my Gmail. And on and on. Sure, I also wondered if it had something to do with my profile name being the decidedly nonstandard "Kathi d/b/a fuzzyscorpio." But that certainly didn't seem to fit under the heading of "suspicious activity." As far as I can tell or anyone has informed me, though, the name was the problem, and the ONLY problem, triggering the lockout.

As some may recall, the insult added to injury when I did log in was finding myself in the circles of exactly six other users. I had been in the circles of almost 700. That damage, which Michael Hermeston, in a comment on my July 19 post, said "appears to be a legitimate bug," fortunately was repaired somehow.

Although I do appreciate the attention paid to my little train wreck and I hate to keep complaining, I have to say that the "myth" language is hard to take, because it makes me look like (a) a liar, (b) a nutcase or (c) someone trying to throw a smokescreen over TOS violations in another Google service.

Of course I am a mere insignificant speck on the Jumbotron that is Googledom, but I'm beginning to feel like this very early adopter of Gmail, iGoogle and Buzz was thrown under the bus, snatched out of there just in time—and then thrown under it again.

If I may be excused for mixing in another metaphor… come on, Google, would it really kill you guys to admit that you WERE using a bazooka to kill mice in the early days of the crackdown?

Well, thanks anyway for letting me get that off my chest. I'll try to go forth and be merry now. :)

Back on Google+ (with serious misgivings) - My reply to The G after reinstatement:
I think that you people need to handle this better.

1. There was no way to determine my profile was suspended by just logging into Google+ - only the profile page showed this

2. Do you guys not have GMail?! It's really nice. You should try INFORMING people their profiles have been suspended. (am I really saying this?)

3. Did you ever think to just ASK before suspending profiles? I mean, if all it too was removing some punctuation, why upset me, get me to raise a stink on other social networks, and so on? Wouldn't it have been easier to give me a deadline to comply and then suspend?

4. How did your actions build the trust relationship that I MUST HAVE with companies that provide my mission critical communications services, both personal and social?

5. I would like to see a response that includes a clearly defined process that you use to determine offending accounts, inform them of non compliance, give them time to comply, provide a more flexible appeal process, and inform of suspension.

6. I think you must find a away to allow pseudonym use. Without it you cannot support the type of citizen journalism we saw in the Green Revolution in Iran. I would to post under pseudonym to certain circles, and my "real name" in others.

7. These things need to get fixed faster than typical things seem to at Google. We waited for fixes for Buzz, and saw endless delay without real communication from you. We get the secrecy if product road maps, but not knowing when to expect (attempts at) fixes for functional requirements isn't really something I can sell to enterprise clients. This holds Google back massively.

I have returned. I am no longer suspended for having "(guruvan)" in my name. I have compromised and moved it to my middle name.

Legitimate people get suspended & deleted, but I get added by "htc evo" and "pin up bot"

The only thibg I will use Google+ for is to make observations about their ludicrous, and damaging name policy. It is no fun to share as my friends disappear.

Feel free to join me on Facebook or Twitter
Http://facebook.com/guruvan
Http://twitter.com/guruvan 

I'm generally discontinuing my use of Google+ until this is resolved. I am not happy. I would like to suspend my own profile.

Google VP: Why Google+ requires real names | News - Digital Media - CNET News http://m.cnet.com/Article.rbml?nid=20082874&cid=null&bcid=&bid=-93

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I'm generally discontinuing my use of Google+ until this is resolved. I am not happy. I would like to suspend my own profile.

Google VP: Why Google+ requires real names | News - Digital Media - CNET News http://m.cnet.com/Article.rbml?nid=20082874&cid=null&bcid=&bid=-93

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Yelp down for some minutes now. :(
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One of the reasons I've preferred DD-WRT to Linksys firmware: No easy way to reboot a WRT54G remotely from the web interface.

But my Google-fu is well honed today!

http://homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/Wireless-Routers/Reset-WRT54G-router-remotely/m-p/354611#M187849

(also, really? I still can't add a link and a photo to a single post? - maybe it's more difficult than I think, but couldn't this work somehow?)
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