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Louis Gray

Louis Gray

Silicon Valley early adopter, tech geek blogger, and dad w/twins +1
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Why Nest Protect Reporting an Emergency Filled Me With Comfort - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
Why Nest Protect Reporting an Emergency Filled Me With Comfort
"This morning, my Nexus 5 chirped with a notification I hadn't seen before. While I was at the office, my Nest application was telling me, in no uncertain terms, that there was an Emergency in the kitchen at home. There was smoke, and the alarm from our Nest Protect smoke alarm was sounding. I called home quickly, and my wife told me, embarrassed, there was simply a small issue with the microwave, and all was fine." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
I really did tweet first and then call home. :) - Louis Gray
Ah, Louis. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I figured my wife had it under control and didn't want to answer the phone while waving her hands at the device. :) - Louis Gray
Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down
Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down
Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down
"Every single time I drive my car, no matter where I'm going, the app (and the dongle which attaches by Bluetooth to keep things updated) are watching and alerting me to when I make any moves that aren't perfect." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Interesting. - Stephen Mack
It's Fitbit for your car, essentially. - Louis Gray
There's an app called Dash that purports to do the same thing, but you have to buy your own bluetooth device, and it seemed like too much fiddling for me. I am interested in improving my driving habits, but not enough to drop $99 on something that requires me to plug in anywhere besides the outlet or audio jack. - Holly's favorite Anna
Brain damage can make people immune to the gambler’s fallacy | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/science...
Brain damage can make people immune to the gambler’s fallacy | Ars Technica
I think you brained my damage! - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
That must explain me :( - Amit Patel
Louis needs MOAR sleep! :P - imabonehead
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Sleep is an error - Mo Kargas
What's The Approved and Accepted Way to Make Money? - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
What's The Approved and Accepted Way to Make Money?
What's The Approved and Accepted Way to Make Money?
There's been a lot of talk about money lately here in the Valley, it seems. Whether it's a product of the exceptional $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook, Google's $3.2 billion Nest buy, the IPOs of Twitter and Facebook, sky-high valuations of private companies, or a real and growing gap between the 1% and the rest, discussion of venture funding rounds and money often appears to be as big a discussion point as the products and innovation that's made this place unique. - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
We've Gone Solar. The Data Already Shows Green Benefits. - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
We've Gone Solar. The Data Already Shows Green Benefits.
We've Gone Solar. The Data Already Shows Green Benefits.
"Long on our whimsical 'to do' list has been to consider going solar. We've always known it was good for the environment, to create our own energy and give it back to the power grid, but after months and months of getting notes from PG&E saying we were using well more than our unfair share of electricity, thanks to keeping three young kids warm and in clean clothes and dishes on a daily basis, I made an investment in solar - calling up Sunrun, and getting panels on our roof that will be making energy for at least the next twenty years." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
35 kWh/day? Where's all that electricity going? My own consumption last year was only 2.8 kWh/day (or 1000 kWh for the year). Granted, that's only a one-person household, but here in Germany a typical family household is estimated at 2000-3000 kWh. When I lived in the Bay Area for a while many years ago, I rarely had to turn on the air-conditioning. Why isn't solar more widespread in... more... - Nils Sandin
Still, the biggest drawback to solar panels on a house is in the event of fire. The high-voltage system is still energized, so any water used by the firemen could electrocute them, so there have been cases of the fire department letting it burn. :-( That could be a major hurdle in the US, where so many houses are made of wood instead of brick. - Nils Sandin
Nils, much of our use is from our washer and dryer, our fridge and freezer, and HVAC. That doesn't even touch TVs or other electronics. - Louis Gray
Nils: In fact, California is adding solar capacity rapidly--but those German figures are much lower than typical California figures, which are in turn much lower than typical U.S. figures. (Our two-person household, a much smaller house than Louis's, uses 11kWh/day averaged over a year. 95-98% of that comes from a small rooftop installation.) I don't believe most U.S. solar installations are "high-voltage," for that matter. - Walt Crawford
I want my solar panels in the desert instead of on my house. They'll be higher efficiency and be better maintained. :-/ - Amit Patel
oh no, I want mine on the house. I want solar to eliminate the need (or radically reduce it!) for distribution lines and electric companies! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
The previous owner of our house had these installed and they do help a lot, but mostly during the late spring/summer months. Generation takes a nose-dive during the winter (especially this past winter) due to more bad weather. I think at best during the past few months our electric bill was halved. But I would think you guys in Cali get more benefit year round than we do here in the... more... - ronin
I don't believe SREC's are available here. But yes, we surely do a lot better than halving our electricity bill. For us: first year, we were positive. Second year, the $4.50/month meter fee paid for whatever we used. Third year, we paid $30 more. For the year. My brother (same town, a few miles away) consistently runs positive--but he has a bigger installation and uses time-of-day metering, which we don't. - Walt Crawford
Shift workers: Sleep loss may cause brain damage, new research says - CNN.com - http://www.cnn.com/2014...
Lies. All Lies. - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Sleep is productive and a good use of time. - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
louisgray.com: If You Took a Photo, You're Sharing it, Right? - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
louisgray.com: If You Took a Photo, You're Sharing it, Right?
louisgray.com: If You Took a Photo, You're Sharing it, Right?
"As technology advances forward, the way we share changes. We've moved from slide carousels of vacations and Walgreen's photo labs to online photo book replicas, and in-stream editing. We're not backing up our photos to CDs and DVDs, and I don't see a future where I'll hand my kids a microscopic Flash drive upon graduation. They'll just know. Any photo that's ever been taken that I want them to have will be available - and I shouldn't have to do anything." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Great post, Louis. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks, Stephen! - Louis Gray
With all the work that's gone into surfacing good content, it's sad that this is still true: "Or worse, we'll just delete the ones that make us look bad, and post the entire glob of photos as a collection - a digital slide show that hopes our friends will care enough to find their favorite, and leave us a comment, Like or +1 in return to give a head nod of agreement." - Bruce Lewis
Happy St. Patrick's Day, FriendFeeders!
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Top of the shillelaghs to you all! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Work attire, obviously. #friendivus
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Congrats to Stephen Mack for 15 years at TiVo! I love the day by day blogs. Fascinating lore of Windows NT and Frontpage! http://estephenmack.com/posi-we... (via http://ff.im/1gnoUd)
Thank you, Louis! And thanks for the tweet as well. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Season Pass renewed - Josh Haley
QuizUp ownage, Gunny edition.
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I fatfingered a couple of answeres Damn you Louis :D - A Gunny named Slickback
The most important bit of this isn't that you missed a question, Gunny. It was the perfect score. - Louis Gray
OH. I see. Smart Louis is smart :) - A Gunny named Slickback
The Oscars appear to have broken Twitter. But FriendFeed is up!
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Such good times. Such memories. So Johnny.
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Our hobby of showing up at Stephen Mack's house without any warning finally paid off! They let us in. Thanks for being a fantastic impromptu host, Stephen. :)
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Thanks for visiting, Louis and kids! 10 more minutes and you would have missed us a fifth time! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The secret to beating Stephen Mack at Fitbit is to wait until he's asleep, and then cram 15k steps in the last three hours of the day. #20k #sleepisunproductive
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Alternative headline: Lazy Louis putt putts around the house with kids all day and only has 5k steps by 9, somehow manages 20k by midnight. - Louis Gray
Ha ha! - Yvonne from FFHound!
:) Good work, Louis! Also helpful to do that on a day where I fall asleep at 9pm... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Touché! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Why You'll Never Make A Living Playing Live Poker Tournaments - http://regressing.deadspin.com/why-its...
Why You'll Never Make A Living Playing Live Poker Tournaments
"It's nearly impossible to be a tournament specialist in the States unless playing high stakes. Even in Vegas, the full schedule of tournament series supplemented by dailies isn't a viable profession. Yeah, you can make money doing it, but not nearly as much as you can make playing $1-$3 no-limit. If you want to be a tournament specialist, move to Mexico and grind online. If your cash game has holes, it's time to plug them." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
During the height of TV and online poker a few years ago there were very regular tournaments in Vegas, but most casinos have cut back their poker rooms and tournaments. Back then my friend bought into a tourny at Caesar's and they had cameras everywhere. Not so unusual for the time. It's all about the cash game now, which is many hours of grinding with a sufficient bankroll as the article points out. - Eric - Watch Me Now
The FBI ruined everything in 2011. - Not Me
Looks like Joyly wants to be a sister wife! - Jenny H.
Happy Valentine's Day FriendFeeders!
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Happy Valentine's Day, Louis! - Anne Bouey
'mmazza che paraculo - vaux_hall
ammazza che paraculo +1 - vertigoz
Brutte persone che siete - Laura Vanderbeat from iPhone
come si dice paraculo in inglese? - vertigoz
Sales of Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish Show We're All Still 11 Sometimes - http://www.businessweek.com/article...
Sales of Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish Show We're All Still 11 Sometimes
"U.S. sales of Sour Patch Kids—one of the country’s best-selling gummy-or-chew candies—were $184.9 million last year, while sales of Swedish Fish were $111.4 million. The official name for the category is “pastilles, gums, jellies, and chews,” and overall sales of all these were up 6.1 percent." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Yay for sour patch! - ronin
I LOVE Swedish fish. Got a bag at home from my wife just this week! - Ken Gidley
<333333 Sour Patch Kids - Chris Topher
Swedish Fish have Swedish Crack in them. - Spidra Webster
If I eat too many Sour Patch Kids, my teeth hurt. - Louis Gray
Makes the dentists happy - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
louisgray.com: All Product Experiences are Personal - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
louisgray.com: All Product Experiences are Personal
louisgray.com: All Product Experiences are Personal
"There's a well-worn saying in the world of politics: "All politics is local", spawned by former House Speaker Tip O'Neill, who explained that a politician succeeds by understanding the needs of the people who voted them into office. What directly impacts the individual's happiness and well-being will almost always trump a more philosophical issue - even if it is one of national interest. Product development isn't all that different." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
And thus beginneth the eighth individual calendar year in which God hath delivered us FriendFeed.
Happy New Year, Louis! :) - Anne Bouey
are you still using friendfeed? it's nice :) - Joan Miro - sosyalulas
are you still using friendfeed? it's nice :) - Joan Miro - sosyalulas - M. Sait Yağlı
are you still using friendfeed? it's nice :) - Joan Miro - sosyalulas - M. Sait Yağlı - ॐ tutti tranne me Ω
Is nice - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I like - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Like like like. - Betsy
Apparently, FriendFeed is nice. - Jed from iPhone
I like it nice. - Doge Joe from iPod
Medium rare for me please - JAson FLeming from Android
1/nice - Mo Kargas
1/nice - Mo Kargas - Not Me
1/nice - Mo Kargas - Pinkman - 1/Pinkman - Mo Kargas
1/nice - Mo Kargas - Pinkman - 1/Pinkman - Mo Kargas - Louis Gray
1/nice - 2*Mo Kargas - 5/4*Pinkman - Louis Gray - Mo Kargas
such repeat - Akiva
1->∞ ∑ n(1/nice) - David Lounsbury
It is nice to be nice. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
:) - Janet from FFHound!
That puts Friendfeed about 3 standard deviations from the mean as far as expected lifetime, I'm guessing. (For social media sites in general, that is.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
are you still using friendfeed? it's nice :) - Louis Gray
FriendFeed been-a berry berry gooood to me. #ChicoEscuelaSNL http://www.hark.com/clips... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
The shirt is older than the kid.
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In Tech, In Order for X to Win, Y Doesn't Have to Lose - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
In Tech, In Order for X to Win, Y Doesn't Have to Lose
In Tech, In Order for X to Win, Y Doesn't Have to Lose
"As a user of these technologies, and someone who watches the market closely or writes about these technologies, I see lines forming - not just of people who prefer one technology or one company relative to another, but also display an equal and opposite of reaction, to strongly dislike the company or technologies less preferred." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
X already won. It represents 75% (assuming a spherical human population in a vacuum, or something) of our species' total gender-deciding chromosomes. - Steel Penguin Slippy
1/X - Mo Kargas
I'm pleased that you've recovered from your breakup, but you must remember that non-metallic humans don't speak mathematics as a first language. - Steel Penguin Slippy
X > Y? - Louis Gray
X > Because. - Steel Penguin Slippy
I asked Python 'X' > 'Y' and it said False. - Amit Patel
Books Step Behind the Curtain of Tech's Leading Companies - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
Books Step Behind the Curtain of Tech's Leading Companies
"The end of 2013 brought us an unusual array of tales on technology going behind the public faces of some of technology's biggest names, including Apple, Google, Amazon and the newest $30 billion kid on the block, Twitter. So I spent a good amount of the holiday break taking in stories, with their own various embellishments, covering the challenges of building a mobile operating system at Google and Apple, the executive tug of war and pivot of Twitter, the focus on design in Jony Ive's laboratory, and how Amazon has craftily executed on its plan to become the single store for everything under the sun." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
I enjoyed Hatching Twitter even though it was ... a little sensationalist. It's the only book I've finished reading in a long time. Usually I start a book, then go be a mom, and then start another book a few weeks later. - Laura Norvig
Gmail down. Google+ down. FriendFeed up. Total victory.
I take credit. Thanks for the tour. :P - Not Me
*cough* "The irSIR model is then applied to search query data for 'Facebook,' which is just beginning to show the onset of an abandonment phase. Extrapolating the best fit model into the future predicts a rapid decline in Facebook activity in the next few years." http://arxiv.org/abs/1401.4208 *cough* - Meg VMeg
Blink blink. Looks outside. Maybe it's time for an early lunch. - Louis Gray
Try /r/outside - Glen Campbell
Facebook is unproductive and a waste of time. - Steel Penguin Slippy
None of these things matter in face of the fact that friendfeed, be it up or down, still exists. - Steel Penguin Slippy
'Flawless', one could say. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
And all thanks to an Executive Decision - Steel Penguin Slippy
Seems a strange thread to start naming films that feature our favourite actors, but whatever :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
g+ and Voice still down - Peter Dawson
Either you are in Engineering, or you are in Sales. - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
Either you are in Engineering, or you are in Sales.
Either you are in Engineering, or you are in Sales.
"At BlueArc, our longtime CEO and executive chairman Gianluca Rattazzi had a saying which he often weaved into his presentations at our company all-hands meetings. "Either you are in engineering, or you are in sales." The idea was to have employees from all corners of the company take ownership of our shared revenue goals, or think about what each of us could do, whether we were in Marketing, HR, Finance or Support, to encourage us to meet our number. Even if we weren't dialing for dollars or meeting with customers, if we weren't the people actually building the product ourselves, we had to think like salespeople. It also was aimed to reduce conflict between teams, as we wouldn't shake our heads at the antics of account managers, or point fingers when one territory or account proved harder than expected." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Root Access: Timing and Market Conditions http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Root Access: Timing and Market Conditions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AhaVS9qIIg
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Cover Makes My Android Phone Smart and Personal - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
Cover Makes My Android Phone Smart and Personal
Cover Makes My Android Phone Smart and Personal
Cover Makes My Android Phone Smart and Personal
"Instead of being an unchanging brick that waits for my next instruction, smart services like Google Now are bringing me updates relevant to my interests at the right time, and the relatively new Cover app is showing me what applications I might want to do next. Developed by my good friends +Todd Jackson and +Edward Ho, along with +Gordon Luk, and designed only for +Android, Cover learns when I use different apps, and where, and brings those applications to a key piece of real estate on our phones that doesn't get much love - the lock screen." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
happy year 2014 - Awwal Gafarta Ibrahim Gaf
NetNewsWire Author Debuts Feedshare.net for OPML Swapping - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
NetNewsWire Author Debuts Feedshare.net for OPML Swapping
"One of the earliest tinkerers in RSS and the main coder behind the application which first got me addicted to feeds (See: RSS A Demanding Mistress), has dropped a retro OPML sharing service at Feedshare.net on to the Web, letting you share your news sources and find new sites through those posted from your peers." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
First Friday Feature: MightyText: Web and Gmail Texting App - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
First Friday Feature: MightyText: Web and Gmail Texting App
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"For nearly three years now, the overwhelming majority of text messages I've exchanged with friends, family and colleagues haven't started with my phone, but instead, with my computer, thanks to the ever-improving application MightyText." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
I think Stephen sees himself! - Louis Gray
I do! Or at least one side of the conversation. (Is that really how it works?) - Stephen Mack
It is a way that it works. The other side does happen on the screen as well. In this view, it is not displayed. Makes me look like I never respond to texts. :) - Louis Gray
(o' and i just thought, um, maybe, you slept through those texts, ;) - chaz2b
I don't drop by here too often, but this is a great tip Louis - DC Crowley
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