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Chromecast Audio, Device Of Awesomeness

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So, Google is offering us new Chromecasts Yes, yes, we all know. Google released some new stuff. Among that stuff, new Chromecasts. I've got a few Chromecasts laying around the house. They're used nearly every day, and they work great. I don't feel a need to replace them, so I wasn't all that excited about the new Chromecast video device. Sure, it looks cool, but that isn't enough to justify throwing away the old ones when they won't add any new functionality for me. The Audio only version, on the other hand, really got my attention. They market this as a device that can plug in to your existing speakers, and give you music anywhere. For me, it's not so much plug in to the speakers, but it's still a crazy interesting idea.

Missing Feature From Google Maps Timeline

Creepy, cool, and missing a killer feature I won't bother going in to Google Maps Timeline. You can either go directly there or you can go here to find out more about it.  My issue is that it seems to be missing a killer feature. Notes on timeline places. Sure, you can take pictures on every stop to remind you of what you were doing at a given place. That's all well and good, but I'm on vacation and I've just realized that there are a couple of notes that I'd really like to add to some specific places. Maybe I discovered a new beer (I did) at a pizza place (where I'd like to remember my order), and I didn't happen to snap a pic.  Google could even take it a step further and create a Google Keep note with a title of something like "Timeline mm/dd/yy" for easy searching.  Feels like a winner to me. You're welcome, Google. You can use the idea. I'll gladly accept a Nexus 6P or a Pixel device as payment.

WWGD

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WWGD (What Would Google Do?) I love Google's UX. Yes, love is a strong word, but as far as one can love the manifestation of a technology, the word may well apply.  When I'm on a Google site I know where stuff is. I know how things work. I know what is going on. When I build a Web site or an app, I always try to start out with a Google minimalist feel (but rarely finish that way). For me, it's the perfect application experience, Web or otherwise.  I think I finally understand why.  Events leading to my epiphany I've never been a UI guy. It's unimportant to me. It is simply a means to an end. HTML, Win32 client, mobile app, command line. I simply don't care. My application architecture and implementation won't be changed by the UI because the UI exists as little more than a window in to the world that is the logic, the stuff that interprets your data, applies algorithms, serves you with information. The details of the UI are irrelevant as long as the user c…