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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:52:21 +0100

Just got the Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade on my Nexus 5. So far, went mostly smoothly. Will comment further after I've had time to mess around with it.

#android #androidlollipop #tech

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:02:10 +0100

With the latest Material Design update to their Android mobile apps, Google gives us a huge bright red bar in Gmail to match the one in Google+. I'm so glad they're taking color psychology into account, because the world really doesn't have enough angry emails or social media posts.

#sarcasm #gmail #Google #tech #materialdesign

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:03:03 +0100

This explanation for why Inbox was split off from Gmail certainly fits well with my experience comparing the apps: If, like me, you typically get a handful of emails per day, that are mostly promotions/updates that get glanced at and deleted, Gmail works great, while the features of Inbox are mostly useless, and in some cases even get in the way. However, if you're the kind of person who gets hundreds of emails a day and needs help sorting and managing them, Inbox may be worth a look.

#gmail #googleinbox  

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:15:24 +0100

Original Post from Ōctavian Athenis Lōkī:

Better than the "original" ten commandments 

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:53:54 +0100

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:44:03 +0100

Stupid always wins.

Because you just can't beat its sheer numbers.

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:39:41 +0100

The Oatmeal explains what net neutrality actually is to Senator Cruz... #tech #netneutrality #comics  

Original Post from Yonatan Zunger:

Net Neutrality is a key to having an open Internet. Without it, telecom companies have the power to decide who is and isn't allowed to have a business online. (Hint: if you compete with them, the answer is "no." Hint #2: if your business is successful, expect them to ask you for a "tax" for the answer to be yes. Hint #3: expect that tax to be a significant percentage of your income.) They also get the power to do far more sinister things -- like read and modify the web pages you see in order to insert anything from tracking to ads, or even hijack your traffic outright.

Net Neutrality isn't "Obamacare for the Internet," as Senator Cruz seems to think. It's making sure that a handful of the most unpleasant bastards in the country don't have veto power over your ability to start a business or take your business to whomever you please. 

Fortunately, +Matthew Inman has a great explanation of what Net Neutrality actually means.

It's really about crab tacos.

(Incidentally, I was very glad to hear Obama's statement about it earlier today. "Reclassification" is a technical term, but it basically means that cable companies have to treat everyone's traffic the same, and aren't allowed to boost their friends and harm their enemies. It's the regulatory banhammer that the cable companies were being threatened with if they didn't actually regulate their own behavior the way they said they would -- which, in the Netflix incident, they decidedly didn't.)

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 01:46:55 +0100

How DRM hurts sales and increases piracy.

#drm #tech #copyright  

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:10:56 +0100

With virtually every major Hollywood film in the past decade using it as a template, Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet, described in his screenwriting guide Save the Cat, may be the bane of creativity for Hollywood professionals... But for budding writers still trying to learn the mechanics of effective storytelling, it looks like one hell of a set of training wheels.

#writing #storytelling

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:21:16 +0100

A handy cartoon guide to dealing with introverts.