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9/24/2008
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Eric Ogren
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Sergey Brin: 'I'm A Bit Of A Geek'

That couldn't be a bigger understatement. Yesterday, at the Android launch, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page showed up on in-line skates. You'll never guess what the first application is that Sergey wrote for the Android phone.

That couldn't be a bigger understatement. Yesterday, at the Android launch, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page showed up on in-line skates. You'll never guess what the first application is that Sergey wrote for the Android phone.Sergey Brin and Larry Page made a "surprise" appearance at the T-Mobile G1 with Google launch. According to Andy Rubin, they were in town for another Google event, something to do with New York City's transit authority. Brin made a comment about the difficulty of navigating through NYC, and said that that was why he and Page showed up on the Rollerblades.

Whatever the impetus behind the blades, it was amusing.

What was funnier, though, was a comment made by Brin. He said that he's been using the G1 Android phone for a few weeks now. One evening he was tinkering with it at home and decided to write a program for it (you know, because Android is so open).

The application makes use of the accelerometer, which Brin happens to think is a particularly cool feature of the phone. All it does is measure how long the G1 is in the air when you toss it.

Yes, the co-founder of Google, one of the world's richest men, wrote an application for a phone that times how long it is in the air if you throw it.

I think that qualifies Brin for a lifetime membership in the halls of Geekdom.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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