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AJ Durling has been shared in 6 public circles

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AJ Durling05) The fifth of today's circle shares - G+ ChristiansThese are people who, from time to time, share some useful, edifying, thought-provoking and amusing musings on Christianity. Most of them simply add these nuggets into already interesting streams on many other subjects, too.Again, if you like this, feel free to share it. If not, feel free to ignore it.Notable mentions: +Tim Young  +BJ Hewitt +Kevin Minnett +Brian Hoch +James Shiels +Theophilus Ibn Iakobos +Tre Lawrence +Justin Reeve +Keith Tackel  +Jeff Abel +Aaron Downs +Jorge Bessa +K.C. Hartman  +Adrian Warnock  +Rob Lamont  +Kevin Adams +Jeff Abramovitz  +Nathan DiGesare  +2012-10-19 15:26:4522018412
AJ Durling294This is a bonus circle, and is actually pretty much where I started when I was creating my first circles - Top 500 PlussersIt is the people with the highest number of users - and is actually now only 308 people. When I first collected the Top 500 Plussers on Google+, I spend a lot of time weeding out the people whose posts in which I didn't particularly have an interest (e.g. almost all of the photographers - nothing against people who post photos to G+, it's just me: this is Google+, not Flickr; people who only ever promote themselves - so quite a lot of the pop musicians). The list that is left are people who, I think, actually contribute to the stream. You may find some surprising choices (Dolly Parton?! Actually, yes!). But I hope you enjoy it.I've kept the name Top 500 even though it is a lot fewer than 500. I like the irony... #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #celebrity   #topcircles  2012-10-19 15:06:56307302
AJ Durling06) Number six, and the final circle share of the day, the favourite of my circles - Best of BritishThe homeland plussers; mostly interesting people, with a handful of interesting brand pages.If you like this, feel free to share it; if you don't, feel free to ignore it.Notable mentions: +Steve Jaszczak +Pete Graham +Jolyon Walker +Alastair Preacher +Chloe Crouch +Ruth Wood +Edward Hartwell Goose +Sandrine Pitiot +Lucky Charmz +Bruce Boulton +Dave Palmer +Mick SLM +Viki Fairweather +Marcus East +Bal Sangeezer +Antony Pace +Matt Rose +Russell Heilling +Julian White2012-10-19 15:05:044072919
AJ Durling02) Second on my list of circles to share - Android NewsPerhaps of more directly relevant interest to the mobile Plussers amongst us, this is a collection of predominantly company pages, but with some notable personal accounts, distributing interesting, breaking or otherwise mainstream-overlooked Android news, tips, tricks and discussions.If you like it, share it. If you don't, ignore itNotable mentions: +Shane Cloherty +Garnie Bolling +Todd Bailey +Justin Ellenbecker +Martijn van der Meulen +Ravi Patel +Tom Brander +Android Headlines +MIUI ROM +Droidaphile +Android Central +Android Newbies +Android Developers +Samsung Mobile USA +xda-developers +Android Community +Android Authority +RootzWiki 2012-10-19 15:01:2547204
AJ Durling0So, it's a good day to share circles. Here goes:1) The first of today's circle shares - Social Media'ersThese are people who are either influential and informative in the world of social media (including SEO), or actually demonstrate "good" social networking brilliantly in their Google+ posts and social interactions.If you like this, feel free to share it. If not, feel free to ignore it.I hope you find these connections useful, or at least interesting!Notable mentions: +Thomas Morffew +Max Huijgen +Linda Lawrey +Mike Elgan +Johnny Roquemore +Amanda Blain +Dan Soto +Jessica Northey +Thomas Power +Shamil Weerakoon +Chris Lang +Michael Q Todd +Yifat Cohen +Jesse Stay +Denis Labelle +Irene Koehler +Chris Hoeller +2012-10-19 15:00:0545927
Martijn van der Meulen4,273Looking for other Nexus owners? Don't fret!Two days ago I started a search for people that love their Nexus device. Hardware that's made in close collaboration with Google, and that provides the Android experience the way it's meant to be experienced. I found quite a few people and curated the Circle, just to make sure you're only adding the best of the best to your personal stream here on Google+.Please add and share this Circle. Enjoy :).2012-07-19 21:00:226514013

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2014-11-20 20:12:31 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is anyone else having problems accessing Hotmail via Chrome for Android? I've been getting this error for a few days now...

Most reshares: 2

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2014-10-28 10:15:23 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's good to laugh.

See if you can avoid smirking at this old classic! 

Most plusones: 4

2014-01-27 16:38:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A terrific time with everyone at the christening of our lovely twins yesterday. Huge thanks to all of our Belfrey group who helped out! You made our day (literally!).

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2014-11-20 20:12:31 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is anyone else having problems accessing Hotmail via Chrome for Android? I've been getting this error for a few days now...

Is anyone else having problems accessing Hotmail via Chrome for Android? I've been getting this error for a few days now...___

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2014-11-20 12:32:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Well played, Google... well played. 

Well played, Google... well played. ___

2014-11-20 08:44:15 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I've been lollipopped!

Anything exciting I should look for? 

I've been lollipopped!

Anything exciting I should look for? ___

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2014-11-17 10:29:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Morning all. I'm tagging +Steve Jaszczak​ in this one. Because it's awesome. Because it's Monday. And because #GuyLove. 

Morning all. I'm tagging +Steve Jaszczak​ in this one. Because it's awesome. Because it's Monday. And because #GuyLove. ___

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2014-11-15 08:53:32 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is for everyone: make the relationship on appreciation and trust. Great insight...

This is for everyone: make the relationship on appreciation and trust. Great insight...___

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2014-11-11 14:08:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What he said.

Net Neutrality is a key to having an open Internet. Without it, telecom companies have the power to decide who is and isn't allowed to have a business online. (Hint: if you compete with them, the answer is "no." Hint #2: if your business is successful, expect them to ask you for a "tax" for the answer to be yes. Hint #3: expect that tax to be a significant percentage of your income.) They also get the power to do far more sinister things -- like read and modify the web pages you see in order to insert anything from tracking to ads, or even hijack your traffic outright.

Net Neutrality isn't "Obamacare for the Internet," as Senator Cruz seems to think. It's making sure that a handful of the most unpleasant bastards in the country don't have veto power over your ability to start a business or take your business to whomever you please. 

Fortunately, +Matthew Inman has a great explanation of what Net Neutrality actually means.

It's really about crab tacos.

(Incidentally, I was very glad to hear Obama's statement about it earlier today. "Reclassification" is a technical term, but it basically means that cable companies have to treat everyone's traffic the same, and aren't allowed to boost their friends and harm their enemies. It's the regulatory banhammer that the cable companies were being threatened with if they didn't actually regulate their own behavior the way they said they would -- which, in the Netflix incident, they decidedly didn't.)___What he said.

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2014-11-07 09:54:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"The history books are written by the victors"... or, worse, the media. This is interesting, thigh!

Get ready to have your brains blowed the helloutta the back of your skull:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions___"The history books are written by the victors"... or, worse, the media. This is interesting, thigh!

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2014-10-29 11:27:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is a great truth. The fact is, Britain is an island; it is water-locked. Therefore, there is no such thing as an "indigenous" people here: everyone in this country is descended from someone who wasn't born here. Maybe their particular immigration was a long time ago, maybe they integrated less with other (former and later) immigrants along way, but the situation is the same. Integration and respect (for and from all parties) is the key.

“We can’t overburden communities, we have to be realistic about that. But at the heart of Christian teaching about the human being is that all human beings are of absolutely equal and infinite value and the language we use must reflect the value of the human being and not treat immigration as a deep menace that is somehow going to overwhelm a country that has coped with many waves of immigration and has usually done so with enormous success.”

The debate over immigration has become rather toxic, and the hatred towards immigrants thinly disguised at times. It is right that the Archbishop of Canterbury should intervene to remind us that all human beings are of immense value and deserving of respect.

#immigration ___This is a great truth. The fact is, Britain is an island; it is water-locked. Therefore, there is no such thing as an "indigenous" people here: everyone in this country is descended from someone who wasn't born here. Maybe their particular immigration was a long time ago, maybe they integrated less with other (former and later) immigrants along way, but the situation is the same. Integration and respect (for and from all parties) is the key.

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2014-10-29 11:19:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

<snigger!>

when sign language goes wrong.___<snigger!>

2014-10-28 11:50:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Do you mind if I just leave this here...? 

Do you mind if I just leave this here...? ___

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2014-10-28 10:15:23 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's good to laugh.

See if you can avoid smirking at this old classic! 

It's good to laugh.

See if you can avoid smirking at this old classic! ___

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2014-10-17 08:38:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My favorite roll up of "Lollipop" so far. Thanks to +JR Raphael for the informative and entertaining overview

My favorite roll up of "Lollipop" so far. Thanks to +JR Raphael for the informative and entertaining overview___

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2014-10-16 08:56:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Lollipop lollipop, oooooh lolli-lollipop!"

Hello Lollipop Android statue at the Googleplex.___"Lollipop lollipop, oooooh lolli-lollipop!"

2014-10-16 08:54:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Spam winner: it's all about the personal touches...

Hilarious bit of spam email today.

illuminatiworld781 <illuminatiworld781@gmail.com>
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But I'm having trouble finding any 5s in 781, fnord.___Spam winner: it's all about the personal touches...

2014-09-29 13:48:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is there no way of conducting circle management from the G+ app, or am I just being thick? How can I add/delete/edit checked in the app? And adjust my stream? 

Is there no way of conducting circle management from the G+ app, or am I just being thick? How can I add/delete/edit checked in the app? And adjust my stream? ___

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2014-09-10 09:38:55 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

And again! Will they ever learn?

Cleaned-up version:   #TheVerge   #iPhone6Plus   #Samsung   #GalaxyNote3   #Funny  +Ron Amadeo +Marques Brownlee +Artem Russakovskii ___And again! Will they ever learn?

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2014-09-10 09:35:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

And again... you just gotta, Apple!

Couldn't help myself. Sorry.___And again... you just gotta, Apple!

2014-08-08 12:58:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Social engineering on a telemarketer. This guy wins the internet!

Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"
<click>

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!___Social engineering on a telemarketer. This guy wins the internet!

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2014-08-02 10:23:32 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

To us parents clowning our way through this anxious journey, some useful pointers for cultivating a faith that lasts.

http://www.faithit.com/3-common-traits-of-youth-who-dont-leave-the-church/

To us parents clowning our way through this anxious journey, some useful pointers for cultivating a faith that lasts.

http://www.faithit.com/3-common-traits-of-youth-who-dont-leave-the-church/___

2014-07-27 20:24:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My little girl just prodded my face and called me "daddy". And now my heart doesn't work properly anymore.

My little girl just prodded my face and called me "daddy". And now my heart doesn't work properly anymore.___

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2014-07-27 08:57:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm sure this isn't perfect, but still - one of the best, simplest and least biased explanations for the Middle East conflict. Long, but worth it...

I'm sure this isn't perfect, but still - one of the best, simplest and least biased explanations for the Middle East conflict. Long, but worth it...___

2014-07-15 09:12:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Now that Mr Gove is done with the education system, will he roll over and have a cigarette? #reshuffle

Now that Mr Gove is done with the education system, will he roll over and have a cigarette? #reshuffle___

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2014-07-09 09:26:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

As you know, I am a dunce when it comes to football. But even I can see this...

Brazil vs Germany summed up in ONE GIF

#fifaworldcup2014   #lol   #BRAGER  ___As you know, I am a dunce when it comes to football. But even I can see this...

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2014-06-10 19:32:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Classic, now never to be repeated. RIP, Rick

Cliff Richard & The Young Ones - Living Doll - (F…: http://youtu.be/gGOU0o9K89g

Classic, now never to be repeated. RIP, Rick

Cliff Richard & The Young Ones - Living Doll - (F…: http://youtu.be/gGOU0o9K89g___

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2014-06-06 09:43:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is the best thing in the internet right now. Happy Friday, everyone!

BROZEN: http://youtu.be/yM89Yfa9FDM

This is the best thing in the internet right now. Happy Friday, everyone!

BROZEN: http://youtu.be/yM89Yfa9FDM___

2014-05-31 11:45:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I've got a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel...

I've got a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel...___

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2014-05-28 20:59:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Says it all...

Etwas für die mit einem Sinn für Humor..___Says it all...

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2014-05-27 11:31:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I love this - a funny, and very clever, take on the often-sensationalist media attraction to statistics, and the difference between correlation and causation. Read this before you get taken in by a stats-based headline. 

I love this - a funny, and very clever, take on the often-sensationalist media attraction to statistics, and the difference between correlation and causation. Read this before you get taken in by a stats-based headline. ___

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2014-05-16 14:17:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I love this! Still a handful I've never done... guess they're something to look forward to with the kids! Also, Grylls makes an excellent point.

http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Bear-Grylls-says-let-children-risks-s-50-things/story-21065961-detail/story.html#PApkYSsIUCUSzB2j.01

I love this! Still a handful I've never done... guess they're something to look forward to with the kids! Also, Grylls makes an excellent point.

http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Bear-Grylls-says-let-children-risks-s-50-things/story-21065961-detail/story.html#PApkYSsIUCUSzB2j.01___

2014-04-19 12:13:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

At this time, exactly one year ago, I had been the father of three children for precisely 10 minutes. What a year...! #twinsbirthday

At this time, exactly one year ago, I had been the father of three children for precisely 10 minutes. What a year...! #twinsbirthday___

2014-04-15 12:16:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

So my new job is located in a 4G area. Coincidentally, my new is 4G capable. Guess who's going to be catching up on missed episodes of Big Bang Theory at lunch? #winning

So my new job is located in a 4G area. Coincidentally, my new is 4G capable. Guess who's going to be catching up on missed episodes of Big Bang Theory at lunch? #winning___

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2014-04-05 10:00:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Here's what happened when I tried to host a party for 21 four year old kids... +Steve Jaszczak, I hope you enjoy this!

http://www.roadtripradar.com/roadblog/blog.php?title=How+To+Not+Suck+At+Throwing+A+Kids+Party___Here's what happened when I tried to host a party for 21 four year old kids... +Steve Jaszczak, I hope you enjoy this!

2014-03-19 16:26:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Funny! #firstworldproblems  

12 First-World Transport Problems (RoadTrip Radar RoadBlog) - Details: We all know what it's like when life seems hard, when the road ahead seems full of red-lights, when the world seems to conspire against you.Our affluent lifestyle here in the first-world seems seldom to protect us from the, frankly, unfair and faintly prejudicial adversity from which we should expect immunity, given our prosperity. How much more difficult it is when your bad luck is aired for the wor... http://ow.ly/2EQB6D___Funny! #firstworldproblems  

2014-03-19 09:52:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Please share:

Is there anyone who has any of the following brands of satnav that would be willing to be part of a beta test?
- TomTom
- Garmin
- Navman

We’re testing a route=planning program. You will not need to alter your satnav for any part of this test, and your satnav device will not be affected. Just need to see if the program runs.

Just add a comment to this post and I’ll get in touch.

Please share:

Is there anyone who has any of the following brands of satnav that would be willing to be part of a beta test?
- TomTom
- Garmin
- Navman

We’re testing a route=planning program. You will not need to alter your satnav for any part of this test, and your satnav device will not be affected. Just need to see if the program runs.

Just add a comment to this post and I’ll get in touch.___

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2014-03-12 14:26:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-03-07 13:20:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Ah yes... both are true.

Something familiar for everyone?___Ah yes... both are true.

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2014-03-04 10:27:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I want this. I want every dripping, sugary inch of this. And I want it now. Now! NOW! #Now!

It's the day of the #CremeEggBake Hangout - join us and +Eric Lanlard at 7pm GMT tonight!

This pancake stack from +Great British Chefs would have been the perfect Shrove Tuesday bake: http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/creme-egg-pancake-stack-recipe___I want this. I want every dripping, sugary inch of this. And I want it now. Now! NOW! #Now!

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2014-02-28 20:21:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Pardon the puns in this one, folks.

Most prestigious St David’s Day parades, festivals… and the world’s biggest Welsh cake (RoadTrip Radar RoadBlog) http://ow.ly/2Ei8Ut___Pardon the puns in this one, folks.

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2014-02-24 15:30:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Eccentric Britain - Roadside pictures (RoadTrip Radar RoadBlog) http://ow.ly/2E9QsM

Eccentric Britain - Roadside pictures (RoadTrip Radar RoadBlog) http://ow.ly/2E9QsM___

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2014-02-17 08:11:33 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A terrific perspective on church, community, Godly power, heavenly intervention, our place in God's world, and a whole load of other really cool theology - pretty good work for a blog post! Worth reading.

A terrific perspective on church, community, Godly power, heavenly intervention, our place in God's world, and a whole load of other really cool theology - pretty good work for a blog post! Worth reading.___

2014-01-27 16:38:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A terrific time with everyone at the christening of our lovely twins yesterday. Huge thanks to all of our Belfrey group who helped out! You made our day (literally!).

A terrific time with everyone at the christening of our lovely twins yesterday. Huge thanks to all of our Belfrey group who helped out! You made our day (literally!).___

2014-01-24 12:32:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Imagine that the income tax form asked, 'Can we use $30 of the taxes you’re already paying to protect 120 children from measles?' Would you check yes or no?" - Bill Gates

A great piece (albeit quite long - maybe one to read when you have the time) about the need for, and the very real benefits of, giving generously, from a man who redefines entrepreneurial philanthropy.
http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/

"Imagine that the income tax form asked, 'Can we use $30 of the taxes you’re already paying to protect 120 children from measles?' Would you check yes or no?" - Bill Gates

A great piece (albeit quite long - maybe one to read when you have the time) about the need for, and the very real benefits of, giving generously, from a man who redefines entrepreneurial philanthropy.
http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/___

2014-01-10 20:35:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Success! I have a phone again! Shame... that's all it is. Text and calls only. For the time being, I'm going to be off Twitter, Whatsapp, Video calls, Google Hangouts, Skype... in fact, when you look at it like that, I really over-complicate my communication channels...!

Success! I have a phone again! Shame... that's all it is. Text and calls only. For the time being, I'm going to be off Twitter, Whatsapp, Video calls, Google Hangouts, Skype... in fact, when you look at it like that, I really over-complicate my communication channels...!___

2014-01-10 10:52:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Heads-up for anyone trying to contact me - my phone has died. RIP Galaxy Nexus. Will be replacing shortly. Watch this space (Number to stay the same). :(

Heads-up for anyone trying to contact me - my phone has died. RIP Galaxy Nexus. Will be replacing shortly. Watch this space (Number to stay the same). :(___

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2014-01-06 13:03:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today's "Best Headline of the Day". If you can find a better one, please let me know: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25618683

Today's "Best Headline of the Day". If you can find a better one, please let me know: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25618683___

2013-12-31 16:23:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

T’was the night before New Year… and Clare and I have decided that we have seen more than enough midnights’ this year to last us for a very long time; if we have the choice, I think we are going to choose sleep instead (just as soon as we have all three children asleep… which, let’s face it, could still be well after midnight!). In the optimistic event that we are, in fact, asleep before 12 – Happy New Year! I hope you are able to make your 2014 successful and exciting.

T’was the night before New Year… and Clare and I have decided that we have seen more than enough midnights’ this year to last us for a very long time; if we have the choice, I think we are going to choose sleep instead (just as soon as we have all three children asleep… which, let’s face it, could still be well after midnight!). In the optimistic event that we are, in fact, asleep before 12 – Happy New Year! I hope you are able to make your 2014 successful and exciting.___

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2013-12-31 12:27:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sing it every year, never had a clue! Great little post to get you in the #NYE  spirit. Thanks, +Dolidh Young, for the translation!

A wee translation! - Auld Lang Syne #HappyNewYear     #AuldLangSyne   #NYE  and #Goodbye2013  

Every year, I've been asked what Auld Lang Syne means... So, I put together a little translation for you. 

We're having a quiet new years this year. But we hope you have the new year that you want, wild, or peaceful...

Happy Hogmanay and a prosperous new year everyone! Here's to 2014!! Slàinte mhath!!

Here's my own translation:

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, Should people we used to know be forgotten
and never brought to mind ? And never brought up again
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, Should people we used to know be forgotten
and auld lang syne? For the old long past

CHORUS:

For auld lang syne, my jo (or my dear), (Toasting) For the old long past, my joy
for auld lang syne, For old long past
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, We'll take a cup of kindness yet
for auld lang syne. For old long past

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp ! And surely you'll pay for your drink
and surely I’ll be mine ! And surely I'll pay mine
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, We'll take a cup of kindness yet
for auld lang syne. For old long past

CHORUS

We twa hae run about the braes, We two have run around the hills
and pu’d the gowans fine ; And pulled wild daisies fine
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit, But we've wandered many a weary foot (as in distance)
sin auld lang syne. Since old long times

CHORUS

We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn, We two have paddled in the stream
frae morning sun till dine ; From morning until dinner
But seas between us braid hae roar’d But seas between us broad and roared
sin auld lang syne. Since old long times

CHORUS

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere ! And here's a hand my trusty friend
and gie's a hand o’ thine ! And give me a hand of yours
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught, We'll take a right good toasting drink
for auld lang syne. For old long past

CHORUS___Sing it every year, never had a clue! Great little post to get you in the #NYE  spirit. Thanks, +Dolidh Young, for the translation!

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2013-12-30 13:03:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Yes, I am back at work today. If you are, too, then please enjoy this:

I just had to share this "innocent drinks" post from twitter because it cracked me up.

https://twitter.com/innocentdrinks___Yes, I am back at work today. If you are, too, then please enjoy this:

2013-12-30 12:22:22 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

YouView - does anyone have a good thing to say about them?

This isn't just a rant (well, it is a rant, but not just a rant). I genuinely would like to know if anyone likes YouView technology, as I am bitterly disappointed.

Until recently, I was using a +Virgin Media V+ box - great technology, did everything we wanted, but a bit expensive for what it is, and I wasn't using a fraction of the services that I was paying for. Before that, I had been using Sky+  - same again. I decided that, considering most of the TV I watch is available on freeview, I didn't need pay-for-TV, but I still really want to keep my PVR and catch-up/on-demand TV, so I decided to look at a +YouView TV  box because... well, there isn't really anyone else, is there?

So, it all started after I bought my Humax DTR-T1000, directly from +HUMAX, in December. Plugged into HDMI, set itup,... more »

YouView - does anyone have a good thing to say about them?

This isn't just a rant (well, it is a rant, but not just a rant). I genuinely would like to know if anyone likes YouView technology, as I am bitterly disappointed.

Until recently, I was using a +Virgin Media V+ box - great technology, did everything we wanted, but a bit expensive for what it is, and I wasn't using a fraction of the services that I was paying for. Before that, I had been using Sky+  - same again. I decided that, considering most of the TV I watch is available on freeview, I didn't need pay-for-TV, but I still really want to keep my PVR and catch-up/on-demand TV, so I decided to look at a +YouView TV  box because... well, there isn't really anyone else, is there?

So, it all started after I bought my Humax DTR-T1000, directly from +HUMAX, in December. Plugged into HDMI, set it up, bingo. Great stuff.

Then I started getting a pink or purple screen - nothing else, and no way of sorting other than switching it off and on again with main (rear) power switch. Not great - certainly an inconvenience - but not a huge problem. I then was advised by Humax Support to go through through the Humax-approved "maintenance mode" reset program, which didn't sort it... so not great at all. Now I have a new problem: I have no picture at all! I get the Humax startup screen and then, at the point at which it normally goes to the YouView splash screen (and the helpful "Nearly ready..." updates), I get nothing - no signal to the TV at all. I can't even go through the maintenance screen, because of the same problem - I can't see the menu. Clearly there is a serious problem with ther HDMI handshake. The good news is that it does work over SCART. The bad news is... well, it's SCART! I am now watching my Humax TV through SCART - terrible picture quality, but at least I can watch TV again! Having been on various YouView/Humax forums, it appears that this is quite a known HDMI problem - since at least June of this year (2013). Why hasn't there been a software update in the past 6 months to rectify this fairly fundamental problem? Crazy... Anyway, until a suitable HDMI solution is implemented I am watching TV with picture quality from 1977 (yay!)... or seeking a replacement technology. I think the Phillips PVR looks pretty good...

Does anyone else have a way of getting around this? Is there some HDMI adapter that can rectify, or am I at the mercy of +YouView TV  who seem either completely incapable or completely uninspired to fix the problem for themselves?

#complaint   #CheesedOff  ___

2013-12-23 13:06:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Oh, the weather outside is frightful...

Oh, the weather outside is frightful...___

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