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Galaxy Nexus unlocked direct from Google Play for $399

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Google just created a new section in the Google Play ecosystem for selling devices, and the first such device available is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, unlocked, no-contract, for only $399! This is a really sweet deal, and I'm due for a new phone, so I was ready to pull the trigger, but...


Unfortunately, like many other cool new things, this isn't available in Australia :-(

I used TunnelBear to get past the IP country verification check, which got me through to the actual page and let me add the phone to my cart, but once you get to the checkout phase, you must login with your Google Wallet account, which uses the credit-card billing address to verify your country and lock you out:


So if anyone figures out how to order one of these from Australia, let me know!

Playing Hide & Seek with the Office Ribbon

It's 2012, and I still dislike the MS Office Ribbon. I spent a good ten minutes today trying to figure out how to automatically resize two objects in Visio 2010 to the same dimensions. Went through all the ribbon tabs one-by-one but couldn't find an option for that. The right-click context menu didn't reveal anything either. I had to hit Google to find out how to do it: View tab > Task Panes > enable Size & Position, then type the dimensions manually in the new overlay dialog.

I've had similar problems in Power Point and Word trying to find commands that I once knew how to access, but now have no idea where they are. I suppose I need to abandon my old mental model of how the commands were organized and try to start from scratch, but unlearning is hard.

It would be really useful if MS bundled an instant-search in the ribbon, similar to the Win7 start menu, where you could just type say 'resize' and it would bring up all relevant commands.

Since the com…