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This is the one: Cloud storage edition #2 (debate)

I’ve been down this road before. I’ve ranted about OneDrive, and I’ve also swooned about it. Just going to link to that image again:

In my original post from 2015, I captioned this: “How do you like them Apples?” Now I just sigh.

With those storage limits now a long distant memory, yesterday I turned the PC on to find this

Snip of OneDrive cloud icon in system tray showing storage is full - Why yes, I did hodge-podge this together in Paint. I'm not going to spend an hour in GIMP trying to accomplish the same thing.

Why yes, I did hodge-podge this together in Paint. I’m not going to spend an hour in GIMP trying to accomplish the same thing.

I then go to check my account storage and find this:

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PAINT FTW

My last enthusiast bonus expired, so now I’m down to a 30GB limit. Yes, I can probably remove a bunch of (mostly work-related) stuff, but now that I’ve been entrenching myself within the Google ecosystem over the last year, I thought that perhaps it was relooking at Google Drive. Or finally rolling my own cloud solution, which I’m pretty sure I’ve been threatening to do for at least 2 years now. Oh well.

So, my options are:

  • Stick with OneDrive
  • Migrate to Google Drive (and eventually change my digital ecosystem)
  • Roll my own cloud storage

I think this debate and decision needs to be carried out simultaneously with the creation of my home network (now that we know we’re staying) and my backup solution (because, seriously cloud storage != backup).

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This is the one: Smartphone edition #3 (decision)

Last week Sunday I realised that I would be without a phone from the next day. Having long grown tired of carrying around two phones all year, some quick Googling and five minutes later a Takealot order was placed for this:

 

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PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINK

I declared a while ago that phones no longer interest me (with a few caveats), a situation which only grew worse the longer I had the Huawei. I had to quickly find a dual sim phone which would not irritate the crap out of me. The Hisense seemed to be a good choice. Also, rose gold.

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This is the one: Washing machine edition (decision)

That did not last long. Mainly because with us going to gym everyday, and having only 2.5 hours in the evenings at home, hand-washing the clothes was becoming an Ordeal for my husband.

We went into the hand-washing thing with certain assumptions in place. Those assumptions turned out to be just that: assumptions. The reality was far, far crueler. We found ourselves on the hook for yet another big purchase. However, I got to use some eBucks at least 🙂

In doing some research for a washing machine a few weks ago, I realised that washing machines all look the same, are priced relatively the same, and you honestly won’t know how it works until you actually let it wrangle your clothes a few times. We decided on a 7kg LG front-loader, based on the fact that the Spindel is 6.5 kg, but eventually ended up taking a 9kg Samsung top-loader for the same price.

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Trying to live a greener lifestyle: Drying clothes

We purchased a Spindel about a month ago, and it has already proved it is worth more than we paid for it (in my husband’s opinion). No longer do the clothes have to be wrung out, and hand-washing loads timed so that there is enough space and time for it to hang on the line to dry completely.

The Spindel removes almost all of the water from the clothes, and we get to throw the extracted water onto the garden. I have always been against tumble-dryers, seeing them as giant energy-sucking, clothes-destroying, space-wasting machines. The Spindel enables us to dry out our daily gym clothes by simply hanging them over the clothes rack in our lounge.

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Microsoft Flow

I got very excited when Paul posted about Microsoft Flow the other day. Of course, with anything Microsoft, one always has to suffer a bit and ask “Why would they do this???”

Case in point, when I tried to sign up with my Microsoft account, it wouldn’t let me. I tried on a different device with the same result before I realised it was trying to use my school account credentials. This struck me as odd, until I went through the documentation.

Apparently, Microsoft would like to know why on earth I would want to use a personal account for this service instead of a work or school account. Judging by the comments, there are other people who are as riled up as I am. I’ve now had to sign up on the PowerUsers forum so I can post my reasons why.

The main reason is that everything (mostly) is tied to my personal Microsoft account. When I resigned last year, I had to leave my previous work’s Office 365 account behind because duh. I don’t want to attach anything to my school account because I will most likely finish up by mid 2018, and I don’t want to have to extricate myself from services then.

A third reason is all these things that I do for productivity (OneNote, Wunderlist, Pushbullet, programming) is because I enjoy it. Yes, it ultimately does help me with my daily tasks at work, but mostly it’s for my own personal benefit.

Those reasons are neither here nor there now, seeing as to get access I just signed in with my school account so that I could at least test out the service. I eagerly looked forward to building my long awaited Wunderlist > Onenote Flow…and of course Microsoft does not yet have integration support for many of its own products.

I’m not even surprised. I had considered building my own Python app to integrate Wunderlist and OneNote, but time is precious lately. I’ve now posted an idea on the forum.