Operation Get Outta Ma’ Garden!

As one of my many experiments I have decided to break out of my regular iCloud account and use a temporary Apple ID that is fresh and clean. 

The reason for this experiment is to find out two things:

  1. How dependent I am on my original iCloud account. 
  2. How much of the iOS experience depends on the iCloud integration. 

The second point is the most interesting one for me. iOS in of itself is awesome software, but just how awesome is it if you do not use any of the iCloud features that integrate with the operating system?

To find that out I have done the following:

  • Switched to Outlook.com for email, contacts, and calendars via the Outlook app. 
  • Using OneDrive for 1TB of cloud storage. It is set to automatically upload my camera roll for backup. 
  • Productivity suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office Lens, and OneNote all synced with OneDrive. 
  • Firefox browser that is configured for Firefox Sync across my Mac, PC, and Galaxy Tab. 
  • Waze maps. 
  • Amazon Music. 
  • iMessage will continue to work with all of my family & friends who use iOS. It’ll be based on my mobile number. 
  • Viber for IM to my other friends who use various other platforms. 
  • HipChat for work IM. 
  • WordPress… Of course 🙂

I was able to skip creating an Apple ID when setting up my iPhone, but I had to create a new one in order to download the apps above. I would have thought that downloading free apps wouldn’t require an Apple ID, but it wasn’t to be, so I created a temporary one using my Outlook.com address. 

Amazon Music

Once again I have been reading through some of my older posts and came across my review of Amazon’s music service. I decided to see how far it has come since that review and it looks completely different. 

Amazon seems to have poured a lot of resources into their music service and there are a lot of features for Prime members, of which I am, so I’ll give it another try. 

https://appsto.re/us/0NWCE.i

Cloud Storage

I was taking a look at the different cloud storage options out there and reminded myself about OneDrive and the Office365 deal that I saw a while back.

It looks like the deal is still available and I am very tempted to sign up. For $9.99 per month you can install Microsoft Office on up to 5 devices and each family member (up to 5 people) each get 1TB of OneDrive storage!

iCloud and Google have 1TB options for $9.99 per month as well, but the fact that you get Microsoft Office thrown into the mix as well is pretty awesome, especially as I use it all the time!

I currently have 30GB’s of OneDrive storage for free, but if I plan to use the OneDrive app to automatically upload my photos and videos, then I will need more storage.

OneDrive

Fedora 23

I have been reading through a number of my older articles and a couple of things stood out. There are multiple “I am back again!” posts, which just means I am insane and can’t stay away from plagtechism.

A second thing was my previous attempts to use Linux as my primary OS. These experiments were cool and even though I ultimately came back to OS X I want to try it again with Fedora 23.

I have my SSH keys setup properly and ready to use with my jump host, the git server, and my knife environment is all good to go for Chef.

This time around I have opted to use Google Chrome as my browser of choice for both work and personal browsing. I like being able to switch between the two profiles in one browser whereas Firefox currently only lets you sync with one account.

One of the reasons I think my previous attempts failed is because I would was using a really old Dell D420 that was a slow Core2Duo with 2GB’s of RAM. I no longer have that laptop and now have the Dell E6430, which has a Core i7, 8GB’s of RAM, and an SSD.

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I am out of my Vulcan mind!

I just got settled into a harmonious digital lifestyle of all things Apple when suddenly I decided once again that the world of technology is too vast to stick to just one kind! 

It’s me. I can’t help it. I just have to try different things! But the thing is… I love it! I love using all Apple technology, as everything really does just work, but the truth is I like switching it up every once in a while too!

Here is my current setup:

  • Primary laptop: 15″ Retina Display MacBook Pro running OS X El Capitan. 
  • Secondary laptop: 14″ Dell E6430 running Fedora 23. 
  • Workstation: Supermicro running Windows 7 Professional. 
  • Phone: iPhone 6 running iOS 9.1

Why all of these machines? Well, here is where you’ll think I am out of my Vulcan mind, but each one serves a purpose. 

The MacBook Pro is what I use mostly for personal computing and work stuff when I am not in the office. It is setup to use my personal iCloud account and I use Photos to ship all of the pics from my SLR and videos from my GoPro to my iPhoto Library in iCloud. 

The Fedora laptop is for all of my experimental stuff like learning Swift, Python, and the internals of Fedora/Red Hat Linux. Messing around with this machine comes at no risk because if I royally screw it up I’ll just reinstall Fedora. 

The Windows 7 Pro desktop is my primary work computer when I am in the office. It’s the ultimate GTD machine, as I have the latest version of Office installed and I love using Outlook to organize my tasks and emails. Nothing beats it as far as I am aware. 

Lastly, the iPhone is of course the best mobile phone you could possibly ever buy! I have previously tried other platforms and none of them offer an experience that comes anywhere near iOS. 

So there you have it! Plagtech is back and I’ll be writing more posts about the applications that I use across each of the aforementioned platforms.