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Comment: Re:Watches (Score 1) 141 141

I like keeping my phone in my pocket rather than taking it out 50+ times per day to see if an email or text is trivial or not.

This. I didn't realize how annoying it actually was until I didn't have to do it anymore. I like my current Pebble 2 quite a bit, and am looking forward to the Pebble 3.

Comment: As the current owner of a Pebble... (Score 1) 141 141

...I was excited to see this, and backed it immediately. My Pebble has changed my use pattern of my phone quite a number of positive ways. I didn't realize how many email notifications, calls, texts, etc. that I was reaching in to my pocket to check and respond to, but could have ignore for a while (or forever). Also, I have Tetris (err... Pebtris) on my wrist! :)

Comment: I'm a coder who stands all day... (Score 3, Informative) 312 312

...and I've been doing it for over two years now. I used to experience back pain when I sat all day, but that went away after a month or so. I used to get sleepy after lunch when I sat all day... not so much anymore. You really do get used to it. A few suggestions for those who want to try it:

1) Make the switch the first day you get back from a longer holiday and are already out of your normal routine.

2) You *must* get a nice floor mat, preferably a dense memory foam mat designed for standing cubes. Working in your socks (if your employer will let you) while standing on said mat almost feels like a foot massage.

3) Another *must* - don't get a desk-height chair! At least, not for a while. You'll find yourself sitting way too often and never get adjusted to standing all day. Most of my fellow "standing" co-workers that have tall chairs sit at least 80% of the time.

4) It takes a couple weeks to get used to standing. Stick with it.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 5, Informative) 312 312

As someone who has been standing at a desk for the last 2+ years (programming), I can attest that a really good foam floor mat helps a lot. They make some specifically for standing desks that are quite comfortable. Standing on it in your socks actually feels pretty good. It does take a couple weeks to get used to standing most of the day.

Comment: You get out of your education... (Score 3, Interesting) 127 127

...what you put in to it. I went to a local state university for CS, and I studied hard and did well in school. Four years later I had my BS in CS in hand having paid less than $15K in tuition (and that wasn't all that long ago). I got a job locally with the help of referrals by professors who had good working relationships with many of the local tech employers. In short, my entire education was a helluva bargain, and helped launch my career.

Comment: Provo's nearest neighbor is the NSA! (Score 3, Insightful) 338 338

Does anyone find it just a little coincidental that this latest Google fiber rollout is only about 20 miles from the NSA's newest datacenter in Bluffdale UT? Lots of bandwidth infrastructure was already in the neighborhood :)

Comment: Re:So, what SHOULD it have done? (Score 1) 137 137

I'm not sure about iOS, but the Android SDK gives access to a excellent and easy to use crypto libraries, as well as a Keystore class to securely store any keys your App generates. Check out the Security Tips section of the SDK docs. I would assume iOS and Apple's SDK provide something similar. I would hope they do, anyway.

Comment: Re:A laptop is necessary for vacation! (Score 2) 140 140

This! I do the same. It's nice having a daily backup of the new images (I leave them on both the camera and the laptop). After a daily backup, I try to type a few paragraphs about the highlights of the day to go along with the photos. I've had a camera stolen whilst on vacation once, and it *sucked* losing half my pictures. I was far more upset about the lost pictures than the loss of the actual camera.

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