Top Secret Mission

As of this morning The League of Extraordinary Platform Agnostic Technologists (LEPAT) has formed an all new top secret mission, which has been code named: Drano

There are no further details at this time.

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Cloud woes

Since moving back to Box as my cloud solution for storing all of my documents (I have a free lifetime 50GB storage plan) I no longer use Amazon Cloud Drive.

I was hoping that I could cancel the 20GB storage plan ($20 per year) I have with Amazon and pay a reduced fee for just music, movies, and other media related items.

However, I just found out that unless you have a 20GB storage plan you will be stuck with a restricted Cloud Player service. The restriction gives you just 250 songs! Even for somebody like me who doesn’t have a whole bunch of music this is quite poor! Sure, it’s free, but I would be happy to pay $10 per year for Cloud Player without the storage 😦

I am only using 485MB of that 20GB right now, so I cannot justify paying $20 for it when I can use Box for free. Now that I know I will lose all but 250 of my songs on Cloud Player I have kick off the process of uploading my music to Google Play, which allows up to 20,000 songs for free.

As we have a Prime account we can stream movies from Amazon. The problem is that we never do because a.) our AppleTV does not have an Amazon app and b.) we already use Netflix 🙂

We could buy a Roku, which supports both Netflix and Amazon in addition to a whole bunch of other online media like Pandora, Hulu, etc.

The reason I am hesitant to do such a thing is because if we want to repurpose the AppleTV device in the bedroom then we will need to upgrade the TV that’s in the bedroom ha ha! So, that would be $79.99 for a Roku 2 XD and then $200-$300 for a 21″ LCD TV w/ HDMI for the bedroom.

Hmm, now that I am thinking about it I may just have a way around this… Watch this space!

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Power to the other Browser!

It didn’t take long did it lol!

I just re-read a previous post of mine named My Life is the Web and I was quickly reminded why I started using Chrome.

As much as Firefox does good for the world I can’t deny Chrome’s performance and how much less of a memory hog it is. It’s supported on all of the Desktop OS’s I use as well as there being a native app for iOS. Plus, my Chromebook will be in sync with my browsing habits too and seeing as I am trying to push everything to the browser it could find more usage in the coming weeks.

End of an era

I have started the process of retiring an age old username/alias that I have been using since I was 15-16 years old.

That username/alias consisted of the first three letters from my first and last name i.e. Alexander Graham Bell would be alebel.

However, I am now going to use my entire first name followed by the first letter of my middle and last name i.e. alexandergb

So far the conversion process has been going well and I have not run into any drawbacks just yet.

Power to the Browser!

On my personal machine I am going to see how many applications I can get rid of in favor of their web-based counterparts.

So far I am using the following:

  1. iCloud.com: Replaces native Mail, Contacts and Calendars
  2. Evernote: Replaces native Evernote app
  3. Amazon Cloud Player: Replaces iTunes
  4. Google Docs: Replaces iWork and Microsoft Office

In addition to that I have Twitter and Facebook pinned as app tabs as well, but there are no native apps that they are replacing. Here is how my browser looks right now:

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No more streaming

I’m not even half way through my monthly Verizon billing cycle and I received an alert that I have consumed 75% of my data allowance!

I have never come close to churning through my data before, but it didn’t take me too long to realize how this has happened… Streaming!

I pushed everything to Amazon Cloud Player, which unlike iTunes in the Cloud, does not download each track after it has been streamed; therefore by listening to the same playlist over and over I am repeatedly paying for that data.

Does this mean a return to iTunes in the Cloud? Hell no! The reason I can’t switch back is because the streaming is terrible. Songs cut out at any given time and if cant reestablish a connection your music just stops there and then. All of my streaming is done via 3G because I listen to music most when in the car.

Instead I am going back to the old fashioned way of doing things. By old fashioned I don’t mean I am going to bust out the Sony radio cassette Walkman. What I am going to do is download the playlists I listen to directly to my iPhone and leave the rest on Amazon’s servers.

My playlists will only take up ~200MB (if that), which will be better than downloading my entire music library (~10GB).