Cloud Storage

With the death of my NAS a year ago, I looked at many online backup solutions. I needed a multi-OS solution since I have a MacBook, a Linux (Ubuntu) desktop and some Windows desktop.

And as a good geek, I didn’t had any other backups, everything on one single disk NAS. So when it died, the archives that were on the disc died with it.

My Seagate FreeAgent lasted 26 months and I paid 210$.  When we divide the price of the NAS by it’s lifetime, it’s cost is then 8.06$ per month plus electricity. For a multidisc NAS it easily climbs to 750$ (if it lasts 50 months, it’s 15$/month). Most cloud solutions costs less then that.

Cloud drives

Cloud drive solutions are usually a live copy of your live files on the cloud. You can share them. When you delete them from your disk, it gets deleted from the cloud drive too (at the next synchronization).

OneDrive

The Microsoft cloud solution, that works on OS X and iOS, is available for 6.99$USD/month (7$CAD/month) for 1Tb with one month free. And you get 5Gb with the free account.

DropBox

Dropbox is well known and you can share some folders with others. You get your first 2Gb free, and you can add up to 500Mb per person that creates an account with your reference. You can have some folders on a computer and others on an other one, so it might be used as a backup solution.

The paid version is 8,25$USD/month USD (12.99$CAD/month) for 1Tb.

Google Drive

The google drive solution is 9.99$USD/month (9.99$CAD/month) for 1Tb, and with the free account you get 15Gb.

iCloud

The Apple cloud drive solution is 9.99$USD/month (12.99$CAD/month) for 1Tb, and you start 5Gb for free. And it can save stuff from your iOS devices too, iBook, photos and video.

Cloud backups

The next solutions are truly backup solutions that keeps your data for a certain amount of time. A lot of them is 30 days, this is what we are talking when we talk about backups. And those solutions are usually cheaper, since it’s a copy of the file and not made for sharing. But it’s not an archiving solution.

DripBit

This is the solution I was using the DripBit solution since 2015-06-18 up until 2016-06-19 (Only one year) when the company closed without notice. I bought on MacLife Deals a 3Tb Lifetime subscription for 54.99USD. It was doing a good job. The interface was mainly for Windows, but worked well with OSX. DripBit was “leasing” space and software from Live Drive (The next solution), which looks more professional.

Live Drive

With Live Drive you have unlimited space for 8USD/month, as long as your data is on all your disk and attached drives within the last 30 days. After 30 days, it gets deleted. And for 16$USD/month, using the same application, you can have a 2Tb (the equivalent of 8$/month for 1Tb) cloud drive (Briefcase).

BackBlaze

For 5USD$ a month (or less if you pay yearly), you can have a “fast and reliable” solution (I can’t see the difference between LiveDrive and BackBlaze) to backup your whole data. Including any drive attached. The files stays on the backup for 30 days after being deleted (or not attached for 30 days for removable drives). They have a Refer-a-friend program that gets you a free month when a friend subscribes.

You can an restore files online, or the whole backup by ordering($$$) a physical disk with you data.

Other solutions

Evernote

I put Evernote in the other solution, since you can send files to Evernote and get them back sometimes later. Mostly for document, e-mails, or notes. For 60Mb/month of upload, it’s free (using 2 devices). For 46.99$/year (3.92USD/month) you can upload up to 1Gb per months. This could be a good archiving solution for documents. And the have a very good search engin to find your document back.

 

In summary, Cloud Drive are useful, but they do not keep deleted files for very long. Cloud Backup solution is mostly what people needs, but you must select your provider wisely because they might bankrupt without notice. But not a lot a solutions are available for archiving files.

Now I’m using an online service has a backup. I’m currently using most of the cloud drive solutions (the free versions), the  BackBlaze backup solution, and Evernote. It cost me 8.08USD$ per month (paid yearly, it’s almost the same price has the Seagate free agent) to have a reliable solution without the risk of hardware failure. I think it’s a mind freeing solution.

(The links to DropBox and BackBlaze have links into them to get me more drive space, free months or affiliates commissions)

Happy learning.

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Work-Life balance

I stumbled on this inspiring TedTalks lately. For most people, work-life balance is a very fragile one, if it’s not a myth.

One of the most touching phrase, for me, in the presentation is: “the reality of the society that we’re in is there are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”

That’s true, everybody knows it, but we don’t do a thing about it.

Meditation: I or it

I have been meditating for a couple of years, once in a while (less than once a month). I didn’t see a change. or all the wonderful changes that other people talks about

Am I doing something wrong, or is meditation useless for me?

So I’m trying a 30 days meditation challenge (with myself) to see if I can see a difference. If meditation can bring me something more, something different. Be able to feel an enhancement.

It’s been 21 days now, I don’t feel any difference. Is it because:

  • I don’t do it right?
  • I’m doing it wrong?
  • I already have a calm temper?
  • Suffering from asthma, I already learned to control my breath?
  • The sessions should be longer?

Comparing to running, which helped me have a better cardio, gave me some  alone time to think or time to listen to podcast/TedTalks and help me control my weight. And were I saw improvement almost each time I went running.

Maybe I should compare that to martial arts, it takes longer to learn. It’s harder to feel the difference, since we grow with it.

I will still continu the exercise. Maybe I’ll go for a 60 days challenge…

Happy learning.

GIT

Git is a version control software. If your not a programmer, it might be useless to you.

It simply store each version of your code (files) in a repository (a directory, a local database or a distant database). And after you can go back in the version. If the programmer brakes something, it’s easier to compare and find the differences.

Atlasssian has a very detailed Git Tutorial.Ok, they sell a private repository application. So if their clients are more knowledgeable, they have less questions. A good business model from my point of view.

Here’s a 10000 ft view of the concept that helps me understand the application and commands.

GIT Overview

 

Here’s a interactive, more detailed and complex version of my image. A GIT Cheat Sheet. And an other cheat sheet for those who like text, text, and more text

They’re many web repositories available. But the one I prefer is GitLab. And the most popular is GitHub.

Happy learning.

 

Renewable energy

I stumbled on an article about this company.

UVolt
This a very great idea, I don’t know how it can work. But harvesting the body’s heat to make energy to recharge a battery.

If it works with the body’s heat, it could work on the sun’s too, or any other material. This is a promising tech.

If it’s movements, that is wise, since some automatic watch does works like that. But it need to generate much more energy to charge an electronic device, them to power a simple watch.

I wish I could know more.

Happy learning.

Diner planning

In our modern life, everything moves so fast. We are always trying to find some shortcuts to allow (find) us more free time.

So for a couple of weeks, I have been (and my girlfriend) planning the meals for 2 weeks at the time.

Most of the diners during week are prepared or almost prepared. So everyday, we need to unfreeze or put the prepared ingredients in the slow-cooker, and Voilà.

Ricardo has a lot of good recipes available on his website.

Ricardo Cuisine
Some of our favourite recipes are:

The recipes are simple, sometimes with unusual ingredients. But they are easy to follow and really detailed, just like build a LEGO set.

Happy learning.

Comparing yourself to others VS Setting goals

I like this posts from NerdFitness. But reading the comments, I can see that not everyone understood it the same way.

Rey from Star Wars deadlifted 187 pounds: How does that make you feel

Setting goals is better then comparing yourself to the #1.

The way I see it is that comparing yourself to someone else can be harmful. Comparing to somebody that is lower than you, could lead you to not pushing yourself enough. And comparing yourself to an elite player could lead to discouragement or overtraining.

This goes for physical skills as well as mental skills, so be careful with who you compare yourself to. We are unique, and our path (learning curve) is unique too. Comparing yourself to some else can only tell you:

  • I was there x time ago
  • I could be there sometime in the future

Happy learning.