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Another Music Service Bites The Dust

May 1, 2015 in News, Software

musicWhen I started going to college I felt ahead of the curve and on top of the world. It was only until a family with a younger daughter was sitting around listening to music that I realized I wasn’t “with it” anymore. The service she was using was Grooveshark – something I had never heard of and although the name was strange I made sure to remember it and pass it on.

It seems more and more we are seeing free music streaming services getting targeted and shut down. mrtzcMP3 was a well known spider that hunted out music files and neatly indexed them for anyone to find. Though this website simply indexed them and did not host any illegal files directly, the creator still battled with many legal issues and eventually closed its doors for good. Today the very popular streaming service Grooveshark has shut down as well. With over half the monthly users as Spotify this is a pretty big hit to the music streaming community.

Through my life I’ve watched many free services die. Games were painful until Steam came along. Movies and TV was painful until Netflix came along. Music used to be painful but now there are vast numbers of licensed streaming services. Although I’m a big fan of pay-what-you-want style transactions for artists and believe there should be a better way to find and try before you buy in the world of music, we are moving forward and the trend is positive. What I will miss the most was Groovesharks html5 page which worked fantastic on any mobile device. Soundcloud fills a small gape but there are still holes. Hopefully in time these services will get better and this loss pushes progress forward.

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No More LogMeIn Free

January 22, 2014 in Software

lmiThere are probably more remote access options out there than most people care to think about but one of the biggest and well known is switching their business model and no longer allowing free accounts. Existing users will either need to upgrade to a pro account or switch to a competitor. Hamachi, Cubby and Join.Me are apparently unaffected at this time but will it be long before these free services will stop too? I personally thought Hamachi would be the first to go.

Let us know in the comments how this change is affecting your business or personal life. If you switched to a competitor, what solution are you now using? If you use other free LogMeIn services, will you now be worried?

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AeroFS

December 4, 2012 in Software

Quite some time ago I was invited to the beta of this Dropbox-like program. I wasn’t sure how they found my email and truthfully, wasn’t looking for a Dropbox alternative, i would check it out. It seemed more of my duty than anything. The idea seemed the same only there was no storage limit! The catch was that everything was P2P. Unlike where Dropbox or Google Drive keep your files in the cloud, AeroFS allows you to sync unlimited amounts of data using all your own resources. This means no public folder, no restoring old copies of files and no possible way to get the sync files should your computer crash. On the bright side, if you need to sync 150GB of files between two computers, you can!

Personally, I did not. As a result I uninstalled it without even sending out my two invite codes! To my amazement, a few weeks later a friend had asked if I knew of an alternative to Microsofts Live Mesh sync since it has now been replaced with SkyDrive. Their service used to offer the best of both worlds. Unlimited sync with the ability to store 5GB to the cloud. With this service kicking the bucket, and SkyDrive only offering cloud storage with no sync, he needed an alternative and AeroFS jumped immediately to mind.

I asked my friend to comment on his experience with the software. Out of ten: “11” was honest opinion. It handled the file sync very well and isn’t even out of beta yet! Installation is as fast and smooth as DropBox or G-Drive and is fairly light weight. Software updates happen seamlessly in the background (for beta updates at least. You are able to share sync folders with other AeroFS users just like Dropbox. Release update may require new download). P2P reduces file sync down time too! History of file activities are kept in a log. At the end of the day its a great tool for backup or sync of any size or volume.

If you’re interested in joining the beta, head on over to AeroFS.com

[ AeroFS ]

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Today, You May Not Have Internet

July 9, 2012 in News

Last night a friend asked me why some people would be without internet this Monday, knowing about this issue since last Friday I found it somewhat funny that it took so long to truly circulate. Basically for those who don’t know, some people created malware that changes the DNS settings on your computer – appropriately named DNSChanger. When you type in a website, instead of the DNS pointing your web browser to the real website, it would point you to a website that would make profit off of you visiting the page through ads and other monetized functions. No big D though, the FBI found the fraudulent DNS server and turned it into a proper DNS server.

Since then, Google and Facebook have been monitoring incoming DNS requests and provided users with a friendly message explaining that their computer has been compromised and given some easy ways to fix the problem. Now today, July 9th the FBI plans on turning off this DNS server… Now this may not make sense to anyone but the DNS server had the power to point your computer to any website they wanted… So instead of turning it into a normal fully working DNS server, why didn’t the FBI just make it so any website request pointed users to a tool that would fix their DNS settings, thus avoiding the whole catastrophe of having over 200,000 users suddenly not have internet any more! Sure, it probably would have been “illegal” but if it was done by the FBI for a constructive and positive reason, who cares? Everyone would have known about the problem right away and been able to fix it.

I can’t complain though, things like this keep me employed! =)

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Google Drive

April 24, 2012 in Software

I don’t mean that lame firefox plugin, nah bro this is 2012! I’m talking about THEE Google Drive. Not much to explain on this one, It’s all those files that are too big for emails, too hard to sync or collaborate and even that personal stuff you want to have access to everywhere. Google Drive is your one stop shop for cloud storage! Currently available for Mac, PC and Android devices. Nice to know they are doing something useful with those old Buzz and Wave servers they got kickin around!

Well at least it seems like it. They seem to be in the testing stages still. That oh so memorable and exciting time where they test server loads and everyone waits around hoping and praying to gain access to Googles new fidget toy. Anyone wanna send me an invite? 😉

Don’t believe me? Check it out!

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G+ Gets a Face Lift

April 11, 2012 in News, Software

There’s no doubt Google has been trying very hard to get themselves noticed in the social networking world, but I think a lot of people couldn’t help but think they missed the mark. Last week they unveiled Google Play and now they have given Google+ a great new look. Personally I think the home page could use some work since on my monitor it just doesn’t seem to make good use of the screen real estate. I think where this update shines is the profile. A truly good social networking platform needs a good profile page, and I think they did a really good job with this. A very familiar layout to any facebook user with flexibility to add a single cover photo or several photos.

From the video it looks like a Youtube layout change might also be rolling out soon. This may be the start to several design changes Google will be launching through the rest of the month! Keep an eye out for more to come.

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Dropbox is Now Even Better

April 4, 2012 in Software

 

A Gift from Dropbox

I always like to recommend Dropbox to people who need file sharing solutions, sync solutions, cloud storage solutions and many other applications. Today I hopped on to see a nice gift from them!

Dropbox used to give you 2GB free, and an additional 250Mb for every new user you referred to their website. So if you got your friends to make accounts, you got more storage! Now, not only are they offering 500Mb for every referral, but they are making the changes retroactive for all users and crediting their accounts.

You can invite up to 32 people to Dropbox for an maximum additional 16Gb of free storage; total of 18Gb! They also offer paid solutions for upwards of 50Gb and team solutions of 100Gb.

Great service! Thanks for the storage guys.

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Google Play

March 26, 2012 in News

Bored? Google now introduces Google Play! “Now your favorite music, books, movies, apps, and games are all in one place that’s accessible from the Web and any Android device.”

Though we have waved goodbye to Google products buzzkilled, I have a feeling Play will be around for good. Many users may notice Google Music will redirect you to Google Play, and here’s why! Some of Play’s key features are:

  • Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
  • Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
  • Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
  • Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles

So now it seems they have Android Market, Google Music, Google Books, and Youtube’s new movie rental all in the same place! I guess it means this isn’t really new after all…

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Mobile Devices Now Account for 8.5% of Internet Traffic

February 10, 2012 in News

Everything looks like it’s back up and looking good now. I thought I would leave you with this interesting fact I came across. Turns out since 2010 we have DOUBLED the amount of traffic we use on our mobile devices! As mobile internet gets faster I can only expect these numbers will go up in the next few years, how much will be interesting to see.

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