“None of you guys are paying attention to the fact that we have a one mile per gallon engine.” -Clay Johnson
Politics aside, the process of selecting government contractors seems broken. With that said, building an application who has a potential audience of 350 million people that has to interface with several public and private sector companies is pretty daunting. And with that said, it seems like Healthcare.gov should’ve been, at the very least, a staged rollout (by State, Zip Code, SSN, etc.), to work out the kinks before the kinks destroy your brand.
Source: The Verge
Smartphones are becoming ubiquitous, thus cheap. There is no reason to need to sign a 2 year contract to be able to buy a smartphone at an affordable price. I haven’t been tied down to a cellphone contract in over two phones, yet have had great smartphones are great prices (Samsung Galaxy Nexus & my current Nexus 4). I have been on a rather ridiculous number of carriers in the past 12 months (AT&T, AiO, T-Mobile prepaid, T-Mobile – current), but I digress.
Enter the $179 (straight up) Moto G that’s compatible with AT&T & T-Mobile (or any GSM carrier for that matter). It may not have LTE, but its $179. Available today at Motorola.com.
If you’re even considering springing for a Moto G, stop thinking and just do it. Is the G the best phone you can buy? No, it’s not. You won’t win any National Geographiccompetitions with the camera, and the amount of on-board storage is a concern when there’s no microSD expansion slot. The lack of LTE, too, is sure to put off customers who would’ve jumped at the handset otherwise. We’ll have to wait and see whether any other phone makers can respond to the G and address what’s missing, but for now, it stands alone. The carefully built handset is a great all-rounder, with particular credit going to the 720p display and hardware performance. Google has managed to repeat what it did with the Nexus 5: The Moto G is quite simply the best phone on the market in its price range.
The Moto G would make a great holiday present.
Source: Moto G Review (Engadget)
Your feelings about Kanye West’s perception aside, this is definitely worth a watch.
Kanye West drops a lot jewels in this one, intertwined with a few questionable statements, which (to me) is the definition of Kanye West, his public perception anyway.
This was driving me crazy. I have a Dell XPS 15 running UbuntuGNOME 13.10 that I use all the time. I use a work provided Apple MacBook Pro for work, so transitioning from a perfect touchpad to a rather irritating one was tragic (#FirstWorldProblems). My primary issue was on tapping to click or even tapping the touchpad the cursor would move, which caused a lot of irritating clicks or taps.
However, I found the fix (thanks to some Googling). So if you are running Ubuntu (or some other distribution of Linux) and your TouchPad is too sensitive, your welcome.
I found the fix here (I assume this works with Synaptics touchpads only): AskUbuntu
Open terminal and type
synclient -l | grep FingerHigh && synclient -l | grep FingerLow
You will get something that resembles
FingerHigh = 25
FingerLow = 20
Increase these values:
synclient FingerHigh=<your value>
synclient FingerLow=<your value>
Keep in mind FingerLow needs to be less than FingerHigh. I increased each in increments of 5 until my TouchPad was at the perfect sensitivity. Unfortunately, once you reboot your laptop, the settings will be reset, however, they can be made permanent by creating (or modifying) the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf with the following:
Option “FingerHigh” “<your value>”
Option “FingerLow” “<your value>”
I’d bet that most Android users don’t know that they can lock, wipe, ring, and locate their phone from the web. Android Central posted a pretty good
Back at the beginning of August Google unveiled a new service called “Android Device Manager” that let you locate and remotely wipe your phones and tablets, and now the service is getting a some much-needed refinement. Today Google updated ADM to include options to apply and change lock screen PINs and passwords, adding to the nuclear option of remote wiping the device completely.
The feature that allows you to ring your device is good to me. Found my phone numerous times, even when it was on silent or vibrate.