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Louis Gray

Louis Gray

Silicon Valley early adopter, tech geek blogger, and dad w/twins +1
The Myth of the Billion Dollar Startup -
The Myth of the Billion Dollar Startup
Double Daddy Donut Day and Braden Photobombs! (/cc Stephen who just did this)
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nice tie! - Marie
Sarah made me that tie! - Louis Gray
Awww is so cute <3 - Johan Andres Diaz Mora
Awesome! - Stephen Mack
Confession: I still visit FriendFeed about 5x more than Facebook. Maybe 10x.
But Google+ is where your heart is, yes? - Mark H
Google- - Maurizio
Me too! - Farzad
*sleeps on LG's shoulder* - Laruia Ingalls Botts from Android
I am fair to all networks. I use Twitter and Google+ the most. Much of my Google+ activity is in communities. - Louis Gray
FF is a site i see in e-mails, facebook is the network of people I know. Google plus is the reason I use Android now and twitter is thrown to the history books. The community has left twitter. I'm on instead. - Richard A.
I much prefer the Friendfeed interface and feature set for information sharing and discussion over Facebook, Google+, Twitter and all blog platforms. Imagine where FF would be now if it had remained in intensive forward development and tweaking for the past few years. - Sean McBride
Why the preference? -- highest signal to noise in terms of the overall user experience. Look at how clean this page is. Look at how much information is on it. Look at how easy it is to follow conversations and add comments. I could go on and on.... - Sean McBride
But is the clean look/user experience a function of the fact that FF has been basically left alone? I enjoy the way it works, too. And I often wonder why more socnets don't adopt it's interface and feature set. And then it occurs to me that twitter and Facebook were a lot cleaner before the developers started fiddling with them. Also: it is undeniable that FF is great but it's no Google Wave ... *runs* - MoTO Boychick Devil
@Sean, I think my allegiance to FriendFeed for 6-7 years is well documented. You also know I wish they'd had a chance to grow without being acquired. - Louis Gray
Louis -- you have always had impeccable taste in picking superior technologies. It's unfortunate that sometimes the best technologies don't prevail in the marketplace. It's enough to make a grown man weep. - Sean McBride
@Sean, please post a video of you crying to YouTube, and share it. - Louis Gray
Please -- I must maintain my dignity. :) - Sean McBride
I keep wondering if there are any far-seeing parties out there who could revive FF, bring it back from its state of suspended animation. Such a dreamer. - Sean McBride
I still have the app running telling me about new posts. - Daniel W. Crompton
Louis it's still a source of complete bewilderment to me that your friends at Google didn't buy it. Has to be one of the worst "passes" in tech history. - JSLeFanu
Only the people there know the whole story, JS. - Louis Gray from Android
Hi Ladies! Braden says good afternoon.
Hiya handsome :D - Shannon - GlassMistress
Forget the cute babby. What's up with the tub of red vines on top of the desk hutch? And why aren't you sharing? :D - Hookuh Tinypants
4 pounds. Oof. Whomever said I love Red licorice is in for it. Black is favored. :) - Louis Gray
*fistbump* Louis. Black all the way, baby (but if I can't get black, I'd take red for the sugar high) - Hookuh Tinypants
Gosh, they grow up fast. Little dude is the spitting image of his big brother and pops. - Mike Nayyar
I am now kicking myself that I didn't think to get Louis to bring Braden with him. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Braden is way fun in person. He's ALL MINE too. - Louis Gray
Now I want to see that pic of me and Braden again. HE LOVES ME. - Monique the crochet freak
Wow, he's grown so much! Way too cute :oD - Melly
I showed Emily - she did a massive burp. - Melly
Audrey says, "Baby! Crawling. Laughing. Couch." - Rochelle
Josiah says, "That's cool." - Melly
Babies have such beautiful and innocent smiles. Pure joy. <3 - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
<3 :) - Stiletto
the blue strechie brings out the blue in those beautiful eyes - VALZONE#NEWHIP
hi braden:)) - Sima
Bump for 3 year anniversary of this post. :) - Louis Gray
These three measure up.
Reese's Peanut Butter Oreos are Real and Available |Foodbeast -
Reese's Peanut Butter Oreos are Real and Available |Foodbeast
Hello Heaven. Derrick, when are we going to sit down and eat a bag of these? - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
If I find this, I am buying this. - Akiva
I'm potentially disappointed that it looks like the creme is half peanut butter and half chocolate. This makes no sense since the cookies are already chocolate. - Akiva
No luck at the nearby Safeway, unfortunately. - Akiva
i am doomed. - Big Joe Silence
C'mon, now. Everyone's made the mistake of trying to eat a Hershey's chocolate bar with JIF spread on it. It ain't the same. Then again, Reese's Peanut Butter in a jar tastes nothing like the peanut butter in a Reese's cup so we're all doomed anyway. - Akiva
When I was young, we moved around a lot, so I was the new kid in school each year. By 3rd grade, at the 4th school in 4 years, I had no friends, and hung out at recess with some 6th-8th graders who were essentially elementary school slackers and would-be stoners. Their drug of choice was chew (which they got from their dads, probably). #SaturdayFF
For some reason, they accepted my being young and nerdy and nicknamed me "Puffer", which suggested I smoked, even though I didn't. - Louis Gray
I'm not even sure what we did, except I followed their orders to be some kind of low-quality bully, to go attack schoolyard enemies. Like "Get him, Puffer!" and I'd run after and rough up or tackle some kid who was older than me but younger than them. - Louis Gray
It was weird, and didn't last too long, but after eating in the cafeteria, I'd run out to the grassy area where these white trash roughies would be lazing about and perform my role as Puffer, and for a short time, they were my posse. - Louis Gray
This Puffer creature sounds a bit like Reek (of GoT fame). Btw, please, go ahead! - ıɔ ǝɯɯǝ ˙ɹp
No one ever leaves me a massage. Louis is lucky. - Janet from FFHound!
When I type F in my browser bar, it still autocompletes to FriendFeed.
Mine comes up I stream a lot of shows from there. - Akiva
Foursquare for me ;-) But then, FriendFeed is constantly open in a tab anyway. - Nils Sandin
Same here. - Sean McBride
Facebook *sigh* - Eric - Let Me Know
Foursquare for me too - Maryam Ardakani
Friendfeed for me - Steve C, Team Marina
what Eric said. - Laura Norvig
FriendFeed. - John (bird whisperer)
Friendfeed :D, every browser... didn't try on IE, do I ? - Vincio
Friendfeed. Old habits. - Iain Baker - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
La ilgilenin şu friendfeedle bu böyle gitmez. - «Zarifoğlu»
Friendfeed for me, too. And Friendfeed is 1 of only 3 urls listed in my browser's top 10 that isn't work related. - April Russo (friendfeed is second) - Eivind
Friendfeed for me on both laptop and phone browser. - Jenny H. from Android
(And please, keep an eye on it from time to time...) - Xabaras (G.O.)
Confession: Every time I beat Stephen in the Computer Science category on QuizUp, I am filled with glee.
Brag: I could have shortened this sentence to read: "Every time, I beat Stephen in the Computer Science category on QuizUp." - Louis Gray
0-3 :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Sorry, Stephen! I'm just irrationally stunned when I actually do win with my lame liberal arts degrees. - Louis Gray
8-1. - Louis Gray
It asks too many Google questions. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
8-3. - Louis Gray
If I had a Secret account, I would fill it with high quality things like, "I really want Pop Tarts".
That where all your "I could really use a nap" tweets live. - Spidra Webster
:) I could really ... wait! You're trying to trick me! - Louis Gray
I don't know, a preference for young singers might prove popular. - Todd Hoff
++spidra - Yolanda from Android
I have a feeling that when Braden gets to be about eight, you're gong to sleep for a month. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
I've been eating pop tarts … after sleeping. - Amit Patel
Sleeptarts™ - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I love this photo. Such great smiles!
Awww! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Staying Ahead of the Curve on Tech Trends Isn't Trivial -
Staying Ahead of the Curve on Tech Trends Isn't Trivial
"When it comes to picking choices in tech, making the wrong decision on formats, manufacturer, or version can set you back in terms of dollars, leave you with rapidly obsoleted hardware, or find you investing time in something that provides you will non-optimal returns." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Good post -- and you earned bragging rights in the prognostication department. - Sean McBride
Thanks, Sean! I tried to keep it short. - Louis Gray
As predicted. - Todd Hoff
Staying Ahead of the Curve on Tech Trends Isn't Trivial -
Staying Ahead of the Curve on Tech Trends Isn't Trivial
Some Silicon Valley signs need updating. #sgi
Petty Theft? I'm on your land, stealin' your views!!! - NOT THE CRICKET
SGI lives! - Stephen Mack
Penal Code 404. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Micah’s my favorite Micah. - Akiva
Seen at the Computer History Museum? - Brian Johns
I found this one by 1842 Shoreline, by the building previously owned by Egnyte - guarding a dumpster. - Louis Gray
Hey Glen, you're right. This post was "special". What's up with your blog, sir?
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He just felt like adding it in the Roman chars? The rest of his posts were sane. - NOT THE CRICKET
Why not NT Greek for an NT quote? - Pete
It was my first post - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." I thought it was appropriate. I've deleted it since I moved all my old stuff into it. - Glen Campbell
Rumors that I am going to leave my position as Senior Vice President of FriendFeed are false.
I am here for the long haul. - Louis Gray
*gets popcorn* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
As long as you don't fall asleep at the post, I think you'll be okay. - Marie
Going and leaving are unproductive and a waste of time. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Permanently fix search and I believe you. - Stephan
As long as you are doing that, can you make it so that we can like individual comments. K thx, bye. - Joe
The new version of FriendFeed doesn't need search. It is you who needs to upgrade. - Louis Gray
Happy Birthday to both Stephen Mack and Tudor Bosman today! May this day be your favorite day every year! (via
That pic is 5 years old, sir! - Stephen Mack
That means you're five years more handsome! - Louis Gray
Happy Stephen and Tudor Day! Yay! I'm glad you guys were born! :) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Happy Birthday to both Stephen Mack and Tudor Bosman today! Both great guys and good dads too!
I'll let you guess who is who. Photo 1 I took and Photo 2 is courtesy Thomas Hawk. - Louis Gray
Happy Bday Dudes. - VALZONE#NEWHIP
Happy birthday Stephen and Tudor! - Georgia
Happy birthday Stephen and Tudor. - Jim #teamFFrank
Happy Birthday! - Kevin Johnson
Happy B-days! - Ken Gidley
Happy Happy - Rodfather
Happy Birthday, gentlemen. - Monique the crochet freak
Happy Birthday! - NOT THE CRICKET
I know who is who but I'm not gonna' tell... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOYS!!! - Lisa L. Seifert
Thanks Louis and all! But don't forget it's also Kelly's ( birthday today too! - Stephen Mack
Happy birthdays! - Laruia Ingalls Botts
Happy Birthday, Tudor and Stephen! It's a great day for birthdays! - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Happy Bday! - Heather
Happy Bday guys! - Steve C, Team Marina
Happy birthday great guys and dads! :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Happy birthday to you both! - Jenny
Thank you! - Tudor Bosman
Whose code are you looking at in that picture? :-) - Bruce Lewis
Happy Birthday Stephen! - AJ Batac
Happy Birthday Tudor! - AJ Batac
Thank you! - Tudor Bosman
Happy Birthday, Stephen and Tudor! :-) - Half Pint
I will reshare this every year. - Louis Gray
I will comment on this every year, provided Louis finds it and bumps it first, of course. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
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
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
Why Nest Protect Reporting an Emergency Filled Me With Comfort -
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
So, you get notified every time someone makes the toast a little too dark? As paranoid as I am about fire, I'm not sure I'd like that. It would drive me bonkers to be carrying around a device that notifies me every time my hubby cooks something, without telling me what he is actually cooking. - April Russo
April, it's the first time I've ever been notified. As my home is appropriately smokey, it was a good call. - Louis Gray
Louis, I think you might have miss the humor in my statement. - April Russo
Oh yeah. I have zero sense of humor. Zero. :) - Louis Gray
Why do you have a smoke detector in your kitchen? - Brian Johns
In the event of smoke? It's actually in our dining area to be more precise. But it's by the kitchen. - Louis Gray
How long did you give her to answer the tweet before you called? - Bruce Lewis
There's so much not-buring-the-house-down smoke in the kitchen that most fire peeps recommend NOT putting a smoke detector in the kitchen, exactly because of the false-positive situation you are encountering. - Brian Johns
This wasn't a false positive. My house still smells like smoke. The smoke detector is in the dining area next to the kitchen. You'd approve of its placement, even if not its name. - Louis Gray
Brain damage can make people immune to the gambler’s fallacy | Ars Technica -
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? -
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
What's The Approved and Accepted Way to Make Money? -
What's The Approved and Accepted Way to Make Money?
We've Gone Solar. The Data Already Shows Green Benefits. -
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... - rønin
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
We've Gone Solar. The Data Already Shows Green Benefits. -
We've Gone Solar. The Data Already Shows Green Benefits.
Shift workers: Sleep loss may cause brain damage, new research says - -
Lies. All Lies. - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Happy St. Patrick's Day, FriendFeeders!
Top of the shillelaghs to you all! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Congrats to Stephen Mack for 15 years at TiVo! I love the day by day blogs. Fascinating lore of Windows NT and Frontpage! (via
Thank you, Louis! And thanks for the tweet as well. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Season Pass renewed - Josh Haley
QuizUp ownage, Gunny edition.
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
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