Andrew Bennett, the CEO of Havas has a great piece in Fast Company that I fully agree with based on my own direct experiences. His thesis is essentially that while we place such enormous attention on STEM education we might be losing sight of the value in a proper liberal arts degree.
At my college there was just a single degree to earn, a Bachelor of Arts. I could have chosen to major in Chemistry, Physics or Computer Science and still left with a BA. Instead I chose Comparative Literature and while that might seem limiting if you can only draw linear conclusions, the foundation my education provided is something I use all day, every day. My job involves continuous critical thinking, synthesis and analysis and clear communication whether written or through public speaking. It’s hard to say whether I would have had a similar exposure or rigueur had I focused on business or marketing or even engineering (at a different school) but I believe and would advise my kids to think broadly to ensure they are comfortable with the pretty steady change that life offers.
There’s always time to specialize and go deep in a particular area. I still feel like I’ve managed to be a bit of a generalist and consume an intense information diet to ensure my continued relevance and importantly interest in learning so I can continue to grow.
Thanks to the power of Google and friends who care, this is now resolved. Thanks to Varun, who found an amazingly helpful thread on XDA. “Simply” remove Android Login Service from you Google Account Security settings. I had 9 in there and clearing them all followed by a restart on my phone and we are back in business!
Last week I started to see my Google Account start to unwind itself and I don’t know what to do other than collect all my details and share so perhaps someone else looking around can benefit. I’d seriously like to get this resolved, but don’t know who to talk to … I’ve called and spoken to reps within Google from both the Nexus and Glass teams as I wasn’t certain initially where things were challenged, but that’s where I’ve experienced the pain.
- This post is when I first noticed there was an issue. Initially it was only Google+ and Hangouts which refused to connect. G+ gave me an error that read “No Connection. Couldn’t Connect to the Server” Hangouts reported a different error “Possibly because there’s a problem with Google account permissions“
- After poking around more I found that there were some sync errors on my account. Calendar, Google Play Movies & TV, Keep and People details were all having problems.
Since the problems began I’ve done a few hard resets on the Nexus 5 where I thought the initial trouble was, but discovered through some intensive trial and error that in fact it was my account. After seeing Google Now completely fail to load (impossible activate, no left swipe on the Nexus 5) I tried initiating the device with a second Google Account and everything works just fine. I’m still working this way today … but I made the (now critical?) mistake of changing my account password thinking that perhaps I’d been hacked in some way. This led to a serious of consistent issues across everything else … Now It’s impossible to initiate ANYTHING with my Google Account. I can’t sign into anything that’s not the web. No apps, no ID sign-in. My other devices (Nexus 7, Nexus 4) bounced on the password change and now I’m not able to re-connect with things I was using before … YouTube doesn’t recognize me, I can’t sign into my feed reader though an instance where I was previously authenticated works, but only on my Nexus 7. Google Play and Wallet seem to be OK for the time being meaning I can connect to prior apps and authorize payments … but I can’t sign into apps like games for the social interactions.
I’m basically locked in place right now. Someone likely needs to perform some account surgery to unlock this mess. I don’t know where else to turn because I don’t know who to even ask.
Help me Google.
Generally speaking I really like the Google Hangouts application. It’s a great way to chat and even make calls between parties. The update for Kit Kat is even stronger with SMS integration making it a universal messaging app. One app to rule them all!
The one thing I was really hoping would arrive along with the update was a universal conduit for multiple SMS addresses. Running hangouts across devices works great and my perhaps optimistic hope was that SMS would also be relayed. Today I tested things using the leaked version of Hangouts and whole things might be slightly different with an updated OS I didn’t see any SMS connectivity across phones. I realize I’m an edge case here but having one base for messages across multiple phones would be a huge win. Apparently just not now.
so a week in and I’ve shared a pretty large number of links as daily reads. It’s not everything I’m reading daily, but the shares I’d typically just blast out via social. I’ve got a pretty solid system courtesy of Pocket and a WordPress plugin called WP Stacker. While I haven’t seen any comments or direct responses per se, I do see some traffic coming in to check out what I’m sharing … plenty more coming.
Popped a SIM into a Galaxy Note and found this lovely message. There’s no way around the activation process on the desktop which makes little sense to me. I’m not a new or novice user and this is far from the first device I’ve even activated on AT&T. Having gone through the desktop process now I see they want to make it theoretically easier for a user to add their account credentials and tweak some basic home screen settings, but that’s really not hard in your hand. It would be nice to see a choice.
I can’t even use the Note until a code gets sent back to the handset.
Actually … with a few extra taps back you can apparently exit out and start with a Google Account, but that’s not exactly obvious.
This should never happen.