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Brian S.



Fort Collins, CO

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January 2, 2013

Tell us your Google-related usage or development background

Long term user, new developer.

What is your favorite app? (web, android, etc.)

The one I'm currently writing. :-) I do not really have favorites... I used Android long before considering development because of the great Google integration (Ataman was an early user of Google Apps). I like most of Google's Android apps and use them daily. Pocket Cloud Pro (VNC/RDP client) is very well done. While I use my phone and two Android tablets daily, I usually use a Chromebook or desktop to web browse and answer email -- I like having a real keyboard. I use mostly the Mantano Reader and Amazon Kindle apps on my Nexus 7 as its primary function is technical reading. I have a personal tablet I use for games, which come and go (currently Empire Defense 2). The phone and tablets all have their various functions, the apps are what make them the useful tools that they are. Asking me which is my favorite is like asking me which tool in my garage I like the most.

What would you most like to learn or share at the Google Developers Group?

Too new to Android development to say much in the way of preferences. Current area of intense interest is in adding UDP broadcast based background services to make Android devices on a local network talk to each other. Really, anything to do with networking, notification, devices I'm not familiar with, like GPS, NFC, etc. As goes with my long term history, I'll be exploring the nooks and crannies of Android system-level capabilities. And of course, I'm always interested in what is coming next. In terms of sharing... I do odd things like monitor market share by watching Amazon's best seller list and seeing what tablets are dirtiest at Best Buy. Here's one of my personal blog posts that might interest the group:


Most of my career, I've been a systems programmer: Unix/Windows/Linux/M­acOS. For 17 years, I have had my own company, Ataman Software, Inc. which mostly got its revenue from Windows. New focus is on Android and Offline Web Apps.

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