That time I almost quit Google...
In retrospect it put me on a more thoughtful relationship with Google the company and where I put my efforts, both inside/outside the company.
I make the internet a better place for humans.
Remember when @amazon Delivered Dance and DJ
This email from 9-9-99 by @mikemcgonigal is nothing like what you'd see today. I remember @ezrakilty mentioning that he worked with @djkevincole in those early days!
Much thanks to the fine folks on /r/LongBeach
It's the internet doing what it does best.
Can't believe that Google Photos still does not have a way to find photos without location/face tags. :(
You'd think we'd want this for better quality data as inputs.. People are motivated to add this data to get better maps/timelines...
Through some intermediaries I'm trying to help a Saudi https://
Sadly the Account Recovery process is proving to be its own form of pain.
If anyone wants to further escalate case 2-0838000031065 I'd really appreciate it.. I've gone back and forth for a few days already on this.
Apparently Twitter was very proactive about getting her back on. I'd love for us to outperform their customer service!!!!!
Only checking email a couple times per day. Using Android extreme battery saver so use 4154251601 if you really need to contact me.
According tothe whole system has collapsed with cascading failures. Auction rate for electricity is k/MWh instead of avg 8. Bonkers... Water pumps offline or frozen. Gasoline refineries offline so Gas supplies dipping. Not enough power to even do the promised rolling blackouts. At least the bridges to the island I'm on reopened..
Also another wrinkle in my situation. Staying at friends place down south Texas, but the electronic lock jammed in the cold, so had to pack up to a temp place, which also has no power (and no food). So no access to my laptop until power comes back so I can enter using the garage code (or a rock through a window)
It sounds worse in the place I was staying in Dallas which we fled from. Power out there too and much much colder with lots of snow.
I wonder if fairness in power supply cuts is an area worth investigating. Needs analysis could be interesting overlaid with circuit layout..
Will have a lot more to say when I'm online again....
Wrong answer.. This effort does not scale. You want to make it such that facts added by anyone can be easily imported with a simple opt-in.
GDPR data portability could be expanded to include defined formats for export so that import can be done in an automated fashion.
One thing that someone might consider is working with Data Portability laws to allow for export of user contributed data to corporate map platforms.
I'd like to add my Google Maps contributions to OSM
I'm a Level 7 local guide there and was an active user of MapMaker back in the day..
I'm in Dallas for a few weeks. If there are any Googlers that want to say hi in a socially distant way I'm up for it!
I have a chromebook with a noisy fan, so it sounds like a truck engine..
Actually kind of fun as the fan revs and slows. Launching gmail is like pressing down on the gas pedal hard :-D
hi5 (RIP) was originally a dating site and Pivoted to a Social Network.
Most profiles fake? I can say for sure that's not true. I maintained Postgres/Memcache/Graph DBs and the write load was real.
That said hi5 did engage in address book scraping and other dark patterns that you'd rather not see these days.
Fun fact: hi5 had a featured photos/profiles section based on popularity. Folks that ended up there deleted their account by 5x or more due to the unwanted attention their 'popular' photos garnered....
So many thoughts about OpenSocial and the reference implementation, Shindig. I have it thank for my time at hi5, LinkedIn and then Google.
Some little known facts about OpenSocial
- Hangouts Apps (remember those?) were based on OpenSocial containers.
- OpenSocial powered the LinkedIn Apps Platform and Labs for a number of years. The team built Rails and Node apps and deployed on Joyent.
- Eric Schmidt gave a pep talk to the working group pre-launch and mentioned about how open always wins in the end...
- The work on OpenSocial led in small part to the Activity Streams spec which led to ActivityPub and thus the latest Fediverse protocols. I like to think of OpenSocial as dead, but a good organ donor.
A must watch documentary on voting rights now on Prime Video. Was lucky enough to see this at the Drive in a couple weeks back.
cc @westwinddrivein @primevideo
Please help a good friend give their little fella a life saving surgery. I'll match any contributions. https://
Used my WFH budget to buy a 500W/520Wh battery pack.... (I already have solar panels with bypass circuit to recharge..)
Product Idea: Terraform for Teams using Google Calendar/GSuite.
Just let me put agendas and crontab lines in a text file and have it drive the whole thing. Right now it's all pointy-clicky and there's no way to rollback in a coordinated way.
Also would make it soooo easy to split a team into two or clone a team...
Income targeting seems.. problematic on a number of levels given the distribution of income by ethnicity and gender.. I probably don't want to know how we calculate rich vs poor traffic.
Can't seem to find a way to get Desktop PWAs to work on a new laptop..
Currents/G+ isn't offering an install option and the PWA Anywhere app isn't really doing it's thing.
I seemed to have gotten some entries created but clicking on them opens a tab. Then I can go to the triple dot menu and click 'Open in Gmail' and the application window opens.
Google could refuse to work with Law Enforcement Agencies until they clean up their act. Minimum legal effort and that's it.
Not doing so puts people at risk.
Our time and assistance is valuable and a privilege so we should prioritize good actors over bad.
"The Purpose of a System is What it Does"
Change, or replace, the system to get better outcomes.
Finally solved a really weird network issue on my home network.
Multiple interfaces with different firewall rules on the same wire cause great confusion, but a few sysctl entries fix it.
Adding some new background music to the WFH mix. Come play! You can chat and make requests!
Managed to teach an elderly aunt how to
- get text messages on her flip phone,
- so she could sign up for Skype
- so she could share her screen
- so I could help her diagnose her email problem
- using Windows Live Messenger
- by doing a Skype + Conference call with her ISP to change her password and settings.
So Skype requires a gmail/yahoo account (won't let you use a "business" account like kmtel) so sign up with phone was the only option.
Had to explain 'soft keys' plus there were 100 texts that had never been read.
Skype created account password wasn't confirmed, so had to change password
Windows Live Messenger is a hot mess. SO. MANY. BUTTONS.
pop3 + smtp with differing passwords (pop3 was fine, smtp not)