Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2014 Guide and Vintage Video From 1962 – Deadline Detroit.#

Why I Bought The Google Nexus 9.#

BGR posts an article describing a Motorola Cyber Monday sale that appears to involve a pre-registration to receive. Its clear to me that BGR simply regurgitated a press release and did not actually check out the Motorola site to confirm the deal or the process because when you go to the Motorola site you find no way to register. Several people have posted complaints on Facebook to this affect. #

What is unclear on Motorola's page is whether the December 1 at 11:00 AM C.T. is the time when people can start registering for the discount or when they can starting buying phones at the discounted price. #

In my opinion Tech News sites like BGR ought to follow up with Motorola to clarify the information or ask when the site will begin to allow people to register so that they can inform their readers accordingly. Instead, I expect that this article will simply float down to the bottom of BGR's home page with no updates.#

If in fact the registration time has come and passed, Motorola ought to update their web page informing people of this fact. So far there has been no response from Motorola on their Facebook site.#

This quote from Jason Micheli sums my feelings on Ferguson: "The assumption that a black man suspected of a robbery is dangerous enough to be shot is the heart of the issue. The inability of the black community to trust that police offers will not see them as immediate threats and act accordingly is the heart of the injustice involved."#

Nexus 9 Review: No Doubt About it, This Is A Nexus Device.#

A Legacy of Fear. I wonder how the Brits felt about those uncivilized colonials in 1776? #

Fear <> Respect. I was raised to respect authority, others have been raised to fear authority. Respect is earned, fear is learned. #

Ars Technica writing about Lollipop on the 2012 Nexus 7: "So, no, it's not a pleasant experience and even the one-year-newer 2013 Nexus 7 is a drastic upgrade that still glides easily through anything Lollipop throws at it. But none of these problems are new. The 2012 Nexus 7 had the same multitasking hiccups in KitKat and later Jelly Bean releases, so it's not surprising that they continue in Lollipop."#

What Ars Technica describes above is consistent with my experience. Lollipop on the 2012 Nexus 7 is the same as KitKat. If you are trying to use the 2012 Nexus 7 as your daily driver, it is probably time for an upgrade.#

Factory Images for Nexus Devices - Android — Google Developers.#

Finding Your Phone With the New Motorola Keylink - The Official Motorola Blog. I wonder why using Keylink as a trusted device only works with 2nd Gen Moto Xs? #

Amazon Fire TV Stick Initial Thoughts I have one of these on order, and I have been notified I should receive it on Saturday. I am not sure I am thrilled by the power requirements, if true. I've come to appreciate the USB approach that Google took with Chromecast.#

Washington Post launches twice-daily tablet editions on Amazon Fire app - The Washington Post.#

Happy birthday Windows: Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released on this date in 1985.#

AH Primetime: Google Now Voice Commands Grow - The List.#

The Post-PC CEO: No Desk, No Desktop - WSJ. Look at the comments. I find it funny that as soon as you attach a keyboard to a tablet, it ceases being a tablet in the eyes of many people. #

Got Lollipop? 10 cool things to try with Android 5.0.#

The other day Lollipop (Android 5.0) was pushed to my 2012 Nexus 7. At that time I decided to do a full reset to get a clean experience. So far I like Lollipop and very much look forward to installing it on my other Android devices, but it seems to push the limits of this old Nexus 7. For example, when I tried Guest mode, the tablet essentially locked up and I had to restart it to get it to function again. #

I've noticed that running Facebook seems to also cause stutters when scrolling and switching between apps. It looks to me like this Nexus 7 simply does not have enough RAM to run the latest versions of Android comfortably, and it makes me wonder why Google even makes it available. #

Android Central has a great tip for enabling a number key row on the stock Lollipop on-screen keyboard.#

Packers debut self-serve beer at Lambeau.#

Why Free Marketeers Want To Regulate the Internet » De Civitate. An important point is made in a follow-up post, what is being talked about as needing to be regulated is the Internet infrastructure, not the World Wide Web, which is what most think of as the Internet.#

New bill would split Michigan electoral votes. How about we scrap the electoral college? It seems archaic in the 21st Century and lends itself to this type of monkeying around. #

So, people complain about the roads in Michigan, and they complain about having to pay to fix them. Do you think the roads get fixed for free? Now I don't want to pay more gas any more than any one else, but I don't expect that I am not going to pay some how to repair the roads. #

Here is a very thorough review of Android 5.0 Lollipop.#

Nearly 100% of us will thank Veterans and the young men and women currently serving in the military, but last week just 36.4 percent of eligible voters turned out to vote. If you don't understand what is wrong with those numbers, you don't truly understand the value of the sacrifice of those who died while serving, served, or are currently serving today. People who truly appreciate those who enable their freedoms fully participate in governing, which includes among other things, careful determination of the legitimacy for putting the people who serve in harms way.# "So a computer that has it’s own inherent complexity that is in between you and the knowledge of the universe is your enemy and the computer that removes as much of that as humanly possible is your friend."# Division I Men's Poll 2014-2015 Michigan Tech is the only undefeated team in NCAA men's hockey, but is still only ranked #5 this week. #

Detroit News: Edmund Fitzgerald Legend Lives On.#

Today's background picture is the bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank in Lake Superior 39 years ago today. The bell was retrieved by divers and replaced by another with the names of the 29 sailors who perished engraved, serving as a permanent memorial.#

Gordon Lightfoot: "The church bell chimed 'til it rang twenty-nine times, For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald"#

Microsoft Office: iOS, Android users have to pay for some features. Among the restrictions is that Word cannot create documents in landscape. I hope this means the landscape orientation of the printed page and NOT the orientation of the screen, because the most common way one will use Word on a tablet is in landscape.#

The creators of Google Inbox explain why it's the future of Gmail.#

I've been using Inbox for about two weeks now, and I really like it. What I like most is that it enables me to quickly process my email, and easily keep the things most important to me on top for me to quickly find. #

Amazon Echo is a $199 connected speaker and voice assistant for your home - Liliputing. Can you say Star Trek? Hmm.... Amazon might have something here.#

Motorola Droid Turbo Review: An in-depth review of the Droid Turbo. The Droid Turbo appears to be the best Android smartphone to buy if you are on Verizon.#

iPhone: How Did We Get There On this page is a cool infographic that shows how the very simplest things, such as the earliest known tally stick and abacus found thousands of years ago lead to the iPhone. I imagine this infographic is relevant to just about all modern technology. #

My first impressions of the HP Chromebook 11.#

Google voice search with third-party apps is about to get really cool. Google is making it easy for developers to integrate voice search in their app. I've seen the Dominos commercials showing how to order pizza with their app, but I am not sure that it is using this Google API.#

Google has announced a new version of Calendar for Android. I am using Sunrise because of its support for desktop OSes as well as mobile. If Google does the same with Calendar as they did with Inbox, I may consider switching back.#

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