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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: Planning app (debate)

This is more of a horses for courses topic. I’ve tried in the past to use one productivity app for everything. I’ve somehow ended up the situation where I just throw a bunch of random, unorganised nonsense into OneNote – gone are the days of my meticulously organised notebooks 😦

I then attempted to do the same with Wunderlist, and again with Trello. I then tried to link all my stuff with IFTTT and then with Microsoft Flow. I even tried just using my Outlook.com calendar and a spreadsheet. What I now have is bits and pieces all over the show, with nothing really to show for it.

I then realised that I was kind of already separating my workflows out into different apps. I tried using Trello as a shopping list – it was terrible. Wunderlist is definitely the way to go on that front. I tried using Wunderlist to keep my recipes – Trello’s card interface with checklist/description options and photos on the cards proved more suited for that use case.

I tried using OneNote to track the status of my ongoing projects at the overview level – why would I do something so insane when Trello is clearly made for that? I tried to use Wunderlist to keep notes about my tasks – as a OneNote user for over 5 years, I should know better by now. Or rather, Microsoft should know better.

Either way, just because I’ve been doing something a certain way for a long time, doesn’t mean that it is still the best way to do it. Currently, I do the following:

  • Trello: Track projects, recipes, meal planning, school assignments
  • Wunderlist: Shopping list, daily work tasks
  • Outlook.com calendar: Household activities, workout calendar
  • OneNote: Detailed project notes, school notes, everything else
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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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This is the one: fitness tracker edition #3 (debate)

I’ve been waffling around on the topic of whether or not to get myself a new fitness tracker. I’ve been happy with my Vivofit (mostly), mainly because it served its purpose, and I’m still on the first battery (16 months later). Since I’m now only using the tracker out of habit, and as a heart rate guide during gym, I haven’t been focussing on these types of devices.

That was before I came across the vivomove in my daily Flipboarding. I was immediately intrigued, and once I saw my dealmakers (fully waterproof and year-long battery) I was hooked.

So of course, during my research for this post, I came across the vivofit 3. Now, when the vivofit 2 came out, the differences weren’t enough to make me jump (yes, a backlight for the screen would have been nice, but I got used to just not looking at it in the dark because duh).

However, the vivofit 3 has MoveIQ, which automatically recognises the activity you are doing (walking, swimming etc) and logs it as a separate activity. Initially, I did try separating my swimming activities from my boxing and cardio activities manually on Garmin Connect, but that grew old fast. Garmin also always classified my boxing as running or walking. The vivomove also lacks MoveIQ, but since I don’t have access to a pool anymore this isn’t a critical feature.

I’m torn at the moment. I like the new sporty design of the vivofit 3, while I like the classic Rose Gold version of the vivomove. Wearing the vivofit hasn’t impacted on the style of my outfits as much as I thought it would though, and the vivofit 3 is half the price of the vivomove. In my new role though, the vivomove would look more professional, and I can get additional sports bands for it.

As I said though, my vivofit is perfectly fine for now, so this debate is more about what I would like to upgrade to eventually. Although now that Nokia owns Withings, I may have to reconsider looking at their products again.

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This is the one: Navigation app edition (decision)

Location, mapping and navigation is very close to my heart. Not being able to have one which fulfilled all my needs annoyed me extremely. On my N8 (a phone ahead of its time, which should have been promoted better, and used as the basis for the Lumia line but never mind all that) I used Ovi Maps, which was rebranded Nokia Maps, which eventually became HERE maps.

Navigation on the N8 was extremely accurate, and included offline mapping at a time when that wasn’t a thing, and free turn-by-turn navigation, also at a time when that wasn’t a thing. I didn’t have a car at the time though, so I used the app once every few months maybe?

When I got my Lumia, I juggled Windows Maps and HERE Maps for a while before eventually settling on HERE. As time went by, and the Nokia sale took place with the exclusion of HERE, I could see the writing on the wall.

HERE stopped being a Windows Phone exclusive, and launched on Android. When the Android app surpassed the functionality of the WP app within a year, it was a concern. When I got my Huawei, I carried on using HERE, mainly because all my places from the last few years are saved in there, and it really was so much better to use on Android than WP.

Two weeks ago, HERE dropped support for Windows Phone. I then decided to research my options. Sadly, there is no other option is there?

Google Maps it is. I knew this would happen. I’d switch to Android out of necessity while keeping all the services I hold dear and adding a few more. Now I’ve replaced the Windows Phone launcher with Microsoft’s Arrow launcher, because I can never get my Live Tiles back. I tried to hold on to the best piece of what’s left of Nokia, but I couldn’t anymore.

What if I start using Google Docs instead of Word? I said I would never do that, but I also said I’d stick with Windows Phone to the bitter end. Even worse – what if I join Google+???

As a GIS person, I can appreciate what Google has done in terms of bringing GIS to the masses. I can also resent them for making my job so much harder. That being said, the Maps app is an absolute dream, and when I realised I could draw my own routes online and save them to the phone…

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This is the one: Personal computing device (debate)

Paul published this headline riff a couple of months ago:

“How similar is the iPad Pro to the Microsoft Surface?”

Well, one is a toy and one is a full-featured 2-in-1 PC. So. Not very.

I just thought it was funny. I rolled back my decision on getting a Surface Pro, because it is still super expensive and I have to keep things tight on the money front since I became a Mrs.

I then started debating the very core of my argument: Do I even still require a 2-in-1 device? I’m studying now, which requires me to sit upright at a desk and work. There’s no more playing around, lounging around on a couch with tablet in hand. What’s the point of paying so much for a device that isn’t even going to leave the house?

I already have a working tablet running full Windows. Sweetie Pie (my old computer the SO now uses) is in need of a core upgrade (CPU and motherboard), so would it not make more sense to use the outdated (but still very much in working order) components for my computer, and upgrade Sweetie Pie instead? Hmm.