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Louis Gray

Louis Gray

Silicon Valley early adopter, tech geek blogger, and dad w/twins +1
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Reddit Style: I had lunch with Cristo today. Ask Me Anything. AMA
Will we have to wait until 2016? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
No. - Louis Gray
Boxers or briefs? - Meg VMeg
Commando. - Louis Gray
Scrunch or fold? - Melly Claus #anticaper
If I ask you a question, will I end up with 2 YouTube accounts? - Johnny from iPhone
Fold. - Louis Gray
I don't believe the two are related, Johnny. - Louis Gray
Will there be a screen saver? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Anyone else? - NOT THE CRICKET
WoH, there is a screensaver on some of the devices. - Louis Gray
Yes, Jimminy, there was. - Louis Gray
I also enjoyed the Milanesa. Lucy is a sweetie. - Louis Gray
They should verify that you weren't sleeping. For all we know, Cristo is just one of your creations. :P - NOT THE CRICKET
No sleep was had. - Louis Gray
You were not drunk. - Louis Gray
What is your real job? No, really. Seriously. - Eric - ill subliminal
Whose real job? Mine? I run Google Developers Live (http://developers.google.com/live) - Louis Gray
WIll you post a video saying "Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers!"? And I think you're really Batman and Google is just your front for crime fighting. - Eric - ill subliminal
Will I? No. As for Batman, it's not me. - Louis Gray
That reminds me, I have $1,000 to spend on that cloud platform from Defrag Con. I need to figure something out. - Eric - ill subliminal
Cloud Platform pricing is here: https://cloud.google.com/pricing... - Louis Gray
Geesh, it's going to take me forever to spend this credit! ;) - Eric - ill subliminal
That's a lotta storage my friend. - Eric - ill subliminal
were desserts had? and if so, what were they? - chaz2b
There was not enough room for dessert. - Louis Gray
Question. Who else was there? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I believe you were, Stephen, in addition to dozens of other patrons. - Louis Gray
Let's go general. Is it bigger than a breadbox? - Eric - ill subliminal
No. - Louis Gray
I've got nothing else, but I know he's cooking up something. I just hope it's not meth. - Eric - ill subliminal
louisgray.com: Are the Big Phone Carriers 'Good Enough' These Days? - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
louisgray.com: Are the Big Phone Carriers 'Good Enough' These Days?
louisgray.com: Are the Big Phone Carriers 'Good Enough' These Days?
"In the process of moving from my aging 2011 Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, I'm now on T-Mobile. This means in the space of five or so years, I've gone from an iPhone on AT&T, to an HTC Evo and Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint, to the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and now the Nexus 5 on T-Mobile. You could say I've tried all the big carriers here in the US, and experienced their positives and negatives. And in my experience, what they deliver, for the most part, is good enough." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Do you know about https://republicwireless.com/ ? Sounds like something Google would do, but not from google. - Brian Johns
I only learned about Republic Wireless recently, with their making the Moto X available. Interesting. - Louis Gray
Are the Big Phone Carriers 'Good Enough' These Days? - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Are the Big Phone Carriers 'Good Enough' These Days?
louisgray.com: Enthusiasts & Evangelists: Pushing Product, Begging for Features - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
louisgray.com: Enthusiasts & Evangelists: Pushing Product, Begging for Features
"There's a fine line separating an enthusiastic user from that of an evangelist, even if the two terms are often thrown out there as equals. For as excited as a user may be about consuming your product or your ideas, it takes an extra level of effort - working as a partner, testing early versions of products, and seeing where a product is headed to be truly considered an evangelist." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Enthusiasts & Evangelists: Pushing Product, Begging for Features - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Enthusiasts & Evangelists: Pushing Product, Begging for Features
Happy Halloween, FriendFeeders!
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Video: GDL Root Access: The Intersection of Skill and Luck - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Video: GDL Root Access: Timing and Market Conditions - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Real Valley Stories: "The Missiles are in the Air... Please Stay" - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
"Ten years ago was a time of change, or so it seemed. I'd just gotten married, and Silicon Valley was in the throes of a deep recession. The once-packed highways became easy to drive again. Parking lots were empty and constructed buildings didn't have any tenants. Two-plus years into my job, we'd already seen our unfair share of peaks and valleys. The CEO had been replaced, as had our VP of Sales, and the Marketing team had almost completely turned over, making me one of the more senior folks, surprisingly. But while I believed in our technology, our future was not certain, so when a former colleague gave me a call, asking me to interview at his new startup, I figured I'd give it a try." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Real Valley Stories: "The Missiles are in the Air... Please Stay" - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Real Valley Stories: "The Missiles are in the Air... Please Stay"
Balancing Act: Building for Both Future and Current Users - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Balancing Act: Building for Both Future and Current Users
"You're wrong. Sorry, Louis." (Seems like that's all I've written in reply to the last few posts you've written; having not yet read this one, I'm just going to mock myself.) - NOT THE CRICKET
"You're right. Sorry, Jimminy." - Louis Gray
^^^ you got me. I'm so nailed! You win again, Cristo! - Louis Gray
The alternative to iGoogle is MyYahoo of course! - Amit Patel
Status Board for iPad :) - Tinfoil 2.0
I'm pretty much the same, but the iPad (mini) is useful for when I want more than phone but less than a laptop or desktop. - Tinfoil 2.0
And teenagers are rude and take pictures of food and stuff while you're trying to eat dinner and converse. I'm convinced either phones she be banned at the table, or teenagers should be banned from social interaction, because they're horribly inept. It's like, 'Put the phone down, bitch." - NOT THE CRICKET
It was pretty expensive for a teenager. It was about 25 a head the other night. I should have took his damn phone and told him no, since I was paying. - NOT THE CRICKET
My intern said to check FriendFeed and to write this. - Louis Gray
I think your intern was sleeping. - NOT THE CRICKET
I walked Matthew and Braden to Cuesta Park this evening. I put Braden on the swing and looked up to see Paul. I looked to my left and Paul's daughter was on the next swing. Fun surprise. Trivia note: Paul's son was born 5 days after my twins. Here's photo proof of the encounter.
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Now, if only one of them was wearing an ff shirt. - Joe
FriendFeed is always in our hearts, Joe. - Louis Gray
louisgray.com: You Don't Get Any Participation Medals for Just Showing Up - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
louisgray.com: You Don't Get Any Participation Medals for Just Showing Up
"For the past 15 years, I've been working in Silicon Valley, and I've encountered an incredible mix of people who perform as if they are on different gears. Some work incredibly hard, and are driven to succeed at practically any cost, refusing to let traditional limits get in their way. Others seem almost crestfallen if they can't keep up with those gracing magazine covers simply by being in the right place at the right time. And the truth is that life's not perfect. There is an intersection of skill and luck that very often sees great employees at bad businesses punished for their career choices, while less impactful employees at incredible companies gain the benefit of their colleagues' work." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Agreed. I've re-posted it all over the place lol - Brent Schaus
Thanks, Cristo. Good luck with your printer. - Louis Gray
This was the song I thought of (and listened to on the way home) -- Depeche Mode: Work Hard. https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Louis Gray
Do I get anything for showing up late and drunk? - NOT THE CRICKET
Great read, Louis. - NOT THE CRICKET
Hm. Jimminy and Cristo liked it. I should close the blog. - Louis Gray
You Don't Get Any Participation Medals for Just Showing Up - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
You Don't Get Any Participation Medals for Just Showing Up
That moment when you're thinking hard about deleting Breaking Bad and Dexter from your TiVo season passes, and a Web typography issue throws you so hard you get distracted. Thanks Tivo!
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Boo. TiVo.com issue? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Often, sir Stephen. - Louis Gray
Gimme the steps to reproduce and I'll file a bug! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Log into Tivo.com. Go to your season passes. Delete a season pass. - Louis Gray
louisgray.com: Developing for the Web or for Classic Mode - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
louisgray.com: Developing for the Web or for Classic Mode
louisgray.com: Developing for the Web or for Classic Mode
louisgray.com: Developing for the Web or for Classic Mode
"Again we have a choice - to a more modern platform with more opportunity for a rapidly-evolving set of users for whom the Web and anytime access are a given, and for whom nearly all their time is spent in the browser. Making the leap as a developer to a lesser-known path may involve some risk, but unlike that time at the beginning of the last decade, you don't need the overwhelming majority of a small market base to upgrade and get to your product. Most of those online are already there - and they want your app." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
In the US, if we can't get carriers to move forward on increasing bandwidth, large portions of people cannot live like you (which you did mention). Such as me. I don't see it changing anytime soon or at the scale necessary. Also there are security consequences for storing all your data online. Who knows when someone's going to manage to get access to some financial data and order a... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
Jimminy, no doubt there is always a tradeoff. The entire Snowden/NSA discussion is a big mess right now and I don't think anybody feels better about that - which is making a lot of people even more skittish about the Cloud. Assuming fast broadband constantly is not a reality in many places. Offline apps support is critical. But I see this trend being real, and what we're able to do today on the Web is tremendous compared to where we were 5 or 10 or 15 years ago, and progress doesn't seem to be slowing down. - Louis Gray
I forgot I changed my name. - NOT THE CRICKET
Louis, I agree with you, just not the time scale. Maybe 10-20 years from now, but I don't think the switching point is as soon as you would hope. - NOT THE CRICKET
Or, it will be sooner and those of us without constant access to unlimited and ultra fast connections will be left in the wake. - Johnny from iPhone
Or neither. I don't think proprietary OS's are going away "soon", nor are we so lucky to have Steve Jobs around to bury them. But I think it makes more sense, where possible, to build for the Web instead of for Windows or Mac. Mobile is a whole different story, of course. - Louis Gray
The way to make this masses friendly is to get it out of the browser. Have a stand alone interface. Having my word processor in one tab and my Facebook in the other would make my boss uneasy. - Johnny
Johnny, Mozilla did that 3-4 years ago with Prism. Unfortunately, it's been dead for a few years. https://mozillalabs.com/en-US... - NOT THE CRICKET
Any proper Californian will inform you that 59 degrees is freezing and warrants winter clothing.
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Cute! Also: Cosign. I also had mixed success in dressing my kids weather-appropriately today: It ended up being shorts and jackets, like yours. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
is 15 degree C, really freezing ? LOL - Peter Dawson
nice click - Chickenmeuk
Card sharp used infrared contact lenses in Cannes poker scam - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
Card sharp used infrared contact lenses in Cannes poker scam - Telegraph
"An Italian card shark has been sentenced to two years in prison after using infra-red contact lenses to count cards marked with invisible ink." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Hard to catch that scam if the cheat is careful. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Infrared contact lenses!??! How does that work?? - Amit Patel
Two Paragraphs, a Link, and a Cloud of Dust - http://blog.louisgray.com/
Two Paragraphs, a Link, and a Cloud of Dust
"Our platforms, and their limitations, are changing the way we communicate. Rather than accommodating the many ways we as humans like to share and engage with others, most of the online services we use have limits in how much we can share, how items can be staged, and how easily others can discover or respond." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
tl;dr :p - Tinfoil 2.0
I kid. Very thoughtful, and spot on. - Tinfoil 2.0
Thanks, Tin! - Louis Gray
louisgray.com: Our Fragile Web of Dead Domains and Lapsing Links - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
louisgray.com: Our Fragile Web of Dead Domains and Lapsing Links
louisgray.com: Our Fragile Web of Dead Domains and Lapsing Links
"For all our talk about how much information is produced every year, and how every little piece of our lives is being shared and instantly discoverable, it is surprising how difficult it can be to find information on the Web, in its original state from just five years ago, let alone ten or fifteen." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Our Fragile Web of Dead Domains and Lapsing Links - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Our Fragile Web of Dead Domains and Lapsing Links
New FriendFeed Logo.
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Hahaha! - Stephen Mack
That will turn it around! - Morton Fox
It would be awesome if the logo could actually be changed for just a little while. But, could Yahoo! sue based on the use of the exclamation mark? - Joe
I don't think I can handle two logo changes in one week. - rönin
yahoo 的新 logo 迅速成为吐槽对象。 - ashbee
yaaaaaahoooooooooooooeeeeey! - AJ Batac
So whimsical! :D - AJ Batac
FriendHoo / YaFeed - Stephen Mack from iPhone
ADD ME FRIENDS - Wahyu Cah Brosela
The Steely, Headless King of Texas Hold ’Em - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
The Steely, Headless King of Texas Hold ’Em - NYTimes.com
The Steely, Headless King of Texas Hold ’Em - NYTimes.com
"Poker is a game of skill and intuition, of bluffs and traps. The familiar adage is that in poker, you play the player, not the cards. This machine does that, responding to opponents’ moves and pursuing optimal strategies. But to compete at the highest levels and beat the best human players, the approach must be impeccable" - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
You might be interested in this guy's (Dr. Michael Bowling) AI CS poker research group. http://poker.cs.ualberta.ca/ - Joe
I read this article this morning and was going to share it but Louis (as always) beat me to it. I was fascinated. The section on page 5 detailing the pro who thinks he's beaten it has really jumped out at me: "A very few poker professionals, particularly those who specialize in one-on-one limit Texas Hold ‘Em, actually have a shot at winning regularly. Michael Reed, a pro gambler from... more... - Stephen Mack
louisgray.com: Shared Items Might Be Gone, but the LG Stream is Back - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
louisgray.com: Shared Items Might Be Gone, but the LG Stream is Back
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"With a cobbling together of a few products, and thankfully, the continued support for standards like RSS, I was able to reboot the "LG Stream", as friend Thomas Power has long referred to it, and you can once again subscribe to follow the posts I pick from my journey on the Web, getting a hand-curated selection from the land of tech blogs and beyond. And again, you can follow the stream in your favorite RSS reader or on Twitter." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Cool. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I don't think I should pump LG Stream back into FriendFeed, given how this place has changed. RSS and Twitter are enough. - Louis Gray
Hmm. I've added the LG Stream to my Feedly, and I was surprised/dismayed that the stream is just the headlines with links off to other sites for the articles. Any chance there is some configuration to include the article in the RSS stream, rather than pushing me off to the other sites? I'm a lazy RSS reader - I want to read the articles from the RSS reader, not click thru to unknown... more... - Ken Gidley
As an example, clicking thru to the article on the Yahoo! logo redesign took some 30-40 secs to load, I don't have that kind of time to wait around... :) - Ken Gidley
It should have the whole thing, Ken, I agree. Let me check. Thanks for letting me know! - Louis Gray
Ken, you're right. I don't see a way to make these a full feed, but you know I'd like the same. I'll keep looking. - Louis Gray
Shared Items Might Be Gone, but the LG Stream is Back - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Shared Items Might Be Gone, but the LG Stream is Back
louisgray.com: Tech's Halflife and Accelerating Forgetfulness - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
louisgray.com: Tech's Halflife and Accelerating Forgetfulness
louisgray.com: Tech's Halflife and Accelerating Forgetfulness
"Woe be unto the companies and achievements of yesteryear, who once held lofty positions in business, made headlines with their every rumor or news leak, and broke the rules on the way to setting records. For once their time has past, proud memories rapidly decay in a world that focuses on the new shiny thing and casts them out as no longer being relevant." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Tech's Halflife and Accelerating Forgetfulness - http://blog.louisgray.com/2013...
Tech's Halflife and Accelerating Forgetfulness
Sometimes... you have to let somebody pass you a little bit so they feel valuable. Then crush them to bits. Sorry, Ben.
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Finished today with 52,000+ steps, 25+ miles, 5,000 calories burned. How to beat it tomorrow? - Louis Gray
That's 40 km, or 8 hours of walking! I guess there really is no sleep. What did you do, walk to San Jose and back? Or up to SFO? - Nils Sandin
Just all over Mountain View and Sunnyvale. - Louis Gray
This should dispel any thoughts that the Gray is mortal - Mo Kargas
How come you're 100k steps behind me, Mr. Gray? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Because you were a major burner, Mr. Mack. Nice job! - Louis Gray
Part 3 in our 3 part series from GDL Primetime: Google's Transparency Report http://www.youtube.com/watch... with Brian Fitzpatrick
Part 3 in our 3 part series from GDL Primetime: Google's Transparency Report http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWm4HwMbRmY with Brian Fitzpatrick
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