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Chris Boraski
Relentlessly Inquisitive Mobile App & Web Specialist
Relentlessly Inquisitive Mobile App & Web Specialist
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Might want to think twice about using a Custom URL widely...
Did everyone read the Google+ custom URL terms? Google has a nice surprise :)
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Glad you were able to spend some time using it. The 45mm is definitely one of my favorites, I've gotten great shots out of it. It is one of those really special lenses that make a system shine. I agree manual focusing is a pain with the e-p3 and I don't do it much. Some of the newer cameras with auto-zoom and/or focus peaking would be a huge help for these, as well as a viewfinder.

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Impending storm at sunset in Mongomery, NJ, USA.
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My step-by-step guide for migrating away from Google Reader, which shuts down July 1 #Reader  

1) Backup Your Feeds: Save your feeds by going to http://google.com/takeout - You can export just your Google Reader data or all of your Google data if you would like to. Another way is to go directly to this link for just the Reader feeds - http://www.google.com/reader/subscriptions/export
2) Clean Up Your Feeds: Go to Google Reader and clean up all of your feeds, remove ones you no longer want or are no longer active, and reorganize them into folders if you would like to. I highly recommend creating a "Slow Feeds" folder which contains all feeds that update infrequently but you would like to make sure you don't miss.
3) More Clean Up if you have an iPad (optional): If you have an iPad, get the Mr. Reader app, connect to your Google Reader account and after it is done syncing go to the Options and run the Subscriptions Checker (picture attached). You can then migrate feeds and remove more of the disabled ones.
4) Backup again: Go back to http://google.com/takeout or http://www.google.com/reader/subscriptions/export and export your Reader data again after you have completed all of your cleanup.
5) Create a Feedly Account and Import: Log in to http://cloud.feedly.com/ with your Google account and let it import everything. Feedly has a great web interface, and now has a cloud service that integrates with many apps. They are free for now, but promise to have a paid pro tier in the near future. The nice thing about integrating with Feedly now is that it actually is able to keep your unread messages marked properly. After Google is shut down, this won't be possible, as the data export only has feed locations and not the data for the read count.
6) Alternatives: Feedly is my primary recommendation, but you also might want to try Feedbin ($2/Month or $20/Year) or Feed Wrangler ($19/year) as alternatives. There are a few others available, but these are both good options. Feedbin has good infrastructure, and Feed Wrangler is new but has "Smart Streams" functionality that can group posts based upon content that you search for and also can exclude posts with certain content.
7) Final Thoughts: Your choice of service might depend upon how you usually consume your feeds and what they can support, but regardless of what you choose, I would highly recommend giving Feedly a try in addition to anything else.

Good luck with your migration, make sure you do this as soon as you can, as Google Reader might be inaccessible on July 1 and the third party services will probably be overloaded as we near the end of the weekend.

I'd love to hear your feedback or additional tips on your experiences. Good luck and happy reading!
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My flagship iPad/iPhone/iPod app, Chatty Addie: A Virtual Friend You Can Talk With, is on sale for 33% off for a limited time. Please check it out, try it, reshare this and spread the word! Thanks!

Chatty Addie is a fun app for four to twelve year-olds that listens, understands, and talks in English using voice recognition, an artificially intelligent chat engine and speech synthesis. It feels like having a FaceTime video call with a charmingly beautiful animated character.

http://chattyaddie.com

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Chris Boraski hung out. <a class='ot-hashtag' href='https://plus.google.com/s/%23hangoutsonair'>#hangoutsonair</a>

“In Defense of New Jersey” a passionate & eloquent essay post-Sandy by +David Deutsch -
http://synergisocial.com/blog/in-defense-of-new-jersey/

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As the world record parachute attempt approaches 23 miles in altitude, the YouTube live stream is approaching 3.5 million viewers.
[LIVE NOW]: Felix Baumgartner jumps to Earth from 23 miles up.

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Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I've actually been to this but my memories of it are not as spectacular as this photo. +Tom Anderson has been doing some great work lately, you should follow him and take a look at his posts for more great photos.
Yesterday I went to the Batu Caves on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These are massive caves. First you walk up hundreds of steps high into the mountain, then you wander through the impressively tall limestone caves until you reach the center of the mountain and a small Hindu temple. Above the temple is an opening in the caves above where light shines through illuminating the chamber and giving it a heavenly feel. While I was there 30 or so monkeys climbed down from above and greeted us at the temple below... I was so excited but the HIndus worshipping at the temple seemed to find the monkeys an annoyance.  I probably won't put the monkey pics up here on G+ here's one I put on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/QaP6KTASfY/

I went there because my Malaysian friend showed me an awesome photo of a temple inside the cave. I thought my trip would be complete if I could go to that place! The link she sent was from an uncredited list of photos on the world's "must see" list... Later in the day I discovered it was a photo by my BFF +Trey Ratcliff Go figure!  I talked to Trey about the photo and he says he's not happy with it... Double go figure! Here's mine, which I'm not entirely happy with either. I think I'm going back today to try and capture it again before I leave tomorrow to Langkawi.

Here's Trey's photo that inspired me to visit, taken many years ago: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/4250355834/
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Pea soup fog from dawn to dusk at the Asbury Agile Conference today.
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