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Yes, we know we are an AWS Consulting Partner, but we still love Google! From search to G-Suite to Docs we use Google a lot!  In fact you probably arrived here from Google, so take a load off and get meta!

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    How Cloud became the most important buzzword in business

    Cloud is not the first (and probably not the last) disruptor to business via software.  Over the past 50 years or so there have been four major epochs of software, with Cloud being the latest. SaaS software is dying and the Cloud is coming for all of us.

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    Creating a Scavenger Hunt on Android With TensorFlow

    Prior to Google IO 2017, I would have expected creating an image classifier that functions on an Android device to either not work, be terribly slow, or be completely inaccurate.  Fortunately, with the current Machine Learning offerings from Google, including TensorFlow, none of these are true assuming you take some care into putting everything together.

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    Google Stadia: The Cloud and the Client

    My earliest network gaming experience was playing Netrek in a campus computer lab. The game was played on UNIX workstations with up to sixteen simultaneous players. It was incredibly fun. It was also terrible for the local network.

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    Evaluating and Choosing A/B Testing Services

    One of the first documented A/B tests was run by Google nearly 18 years ago as a spearpoint test into the world of web performance optimization. The test ultimately glitched due to slow load times. (Nice to know that even Google isn’t infallible!)

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    Google IO 2018: Android has a Jetpack

    One of the biggest announcements for Android developers from Google IO 2018 was the announcement of Android Jetpack.

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    Google IO 2018: Android Things 1.0

    We’re just starting the week of Google IO 2018 and already there’s a major announcement, before the event’s official start.  Android Things has been moved out of beta is now at version 1.0.

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    Android P and Wi-Fi RTT

    Recently, Google launched the first developer preview build of Android P.  With this, several new features were announced, including two that caught my attention.  Those being Neural Networks 1.1 and Wi-Fi RTT.

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    Speed Kills: How Much does a Slow Web Site Cost?

    In my last post, I wrote about the cost of tech debt, using a case study of skyrocketing hardware costs. Here's another, subtler effect of poor performance: impatient customers don't stick around when they experience slowdowns.

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    Save You a Search - Protractor Tips

    I had trouble with two problems recently: Disabling some features that pop up when test automation is running on Chrome and writing a test that could pass Google reCAPTCHA using Protractor. Here are some tips to save you a search.

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    Initial Impressions of Android Kotlin

    As almost every Android developer has heard of by now, Kotlin is being included as a first class language in Android Studio. Kotlin is a language created by JetBrains, the same company that is responsible for IntelliJ Idea, the core of Android Studio.

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    User Story Insights Using Google Sheets

    By using Google Sheets as a tool to glean metrics on user stories, Product Owners and Product Managers can increase the probability of project success by ensuring their team is building the right features for the most value and assisting in creating a healthy balance between releases.

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    What I Learned Today: Check Your Default Google Analytics Settings

    Google Analytics Module Settings

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    Going Paper-less with Google Drive

    As a technology company, we tend to go full-bore with any tools that can move us away from paper. When Google Drive (formerly Google Apps) made authoring, organizing and sharing digital documents something available to the masses, we jumped on it. Fully three years later, for us it has been a huge success.

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    Switching from Apple OSX apps to Google Apps in the Browser

    I’ve been using the Apple OSX suite of productivity tools (Safari, iCal, Mail) for as long as I’ve been using Macs (PowerBook G4 in ‘03). I’ve dabbled with other applications like Thunderbird, Firefox, and Chrome, but I’ve stayed true to the Apple products because they worked.

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    How (and Why) Google Needs to Invest in Open Source

    As more and more people start using the internet, and as websites get increasingly full featured Google continues to see growth in its userbase. Open Source CMS platforms (Drupal, WordPress, etc.) are increasingly the go-to technology for many companies with over 800,000 sites using Drupal or almost 60 million on WordPress. As big as these numbers are, they are a drop in a bucket compared to the 4+ million Google searches that occur each day. So why should Google care?

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    ToadCast 006 - Google Fiber, OOCSS, and some nostalgia

    ToadCast #6, I was joined by Dan Linn to discuss Google Fiber, MTV (unexpectedly), personal audio devices, cool javascript projects, and CSS.

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    How does Google do a barrel roll?

    By now you've probably seen Google "do a barrel roll". If you haven't, head over to and enter "Do a barrel roll". What? You're using IE? Ok, well then no tricks for you. I suggest Chrome. For the rest of us, Google's page does a nice little in place spin. When you saw it you may have thought "How the heck did they pull that off?" or maybe you said "Since when does google use flash?" or possibly "I feel the need... ...the need for speed!". The answer to the first question is easy. I'll show you how they did it:

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    Google +1 The Phoenix of Buzz?

    Google +1 was officially announced yesterday via the Google Blog.

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    Google Hotpot Rates Portland 5/5

    Google, the king of the internet, and Portland, OR, also known as Beervana; at first the two may seem unrelated, but at closer inspection it seems as if Portland has been targeted by Google's new service called Hotpot.

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    Deadline for Google Code-In quickly approaching!

    Quick summary for those out of the loop about GCI: We define bite-sized programming tasks, Google comes in and finds people who want to do them, we mentor them and get new participating members in the community. Friday is the first deadline for GCI, it is the day where we decide as a community whether there is enough interest to continue. Right now we are seriously lacking. If you're interested in getting some more people to help out with D8, if you're feeling a little burned out please take 10 minutes and write up an idea or just comment on someone else's idea and offer to help mentor. 10 minutes and D8 will have a whole new crop of skills friends to help out. Webchick's post about GCI: Place to propose tasks or get involved:

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    Hey Google! All your base are belong to Facebook...

    As a long time Google Ad user, I've been a big fan of the ability to submit ads on Google. It's (relatively) easy and allows you to tailor your ads. All of this is great, right? Compared to everything out there it was really great and very affordable. But that was close to 2006. Fast forward to 2010 and...

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    Big news for web fonts and video today

    The codec wars around the HTML5 video element might be settled sooner than you think: Basically, Google just open-sourced VP8, a video codec. VP8 is being combined with the Vorbis audio codec to create a new video format called WebM.

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    Using PHP/MySQL w/Drupal to update missing Google Geocode data

    We recently needed to fill missing geocode values in a project's database. Using some PHP magic and taking advantage of hook_cron() this is how we filled the missing values: /** * Implementation of hook_cron() * When the cron runs, try to resolve any locations that have a lat or lon = 0 */ function overmap_cron() {

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    Ubercart Checkout + IE7 + Google Toolbar Autofill = broken

    Working on an Ubercart site recently, I ran into a small snag : some of the collapsible fieldsets weren't opening under IE7 when using the Google Toolbar w/ AutoFill enabled.

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