Goodbye Bitcasa

After having struggled with Bitcasa for too long I have finally decided to quit the service. Their highly touted infrastructure upgrade had left the service unstable and therefore unsuable.  Add on top of that the fact that my data would be missing half of the time I logged into the service and that customer support did not have much in terms of hope as to when service would be on par (or better, as promised before the upgrade), was enough to make me leave…  Surprisingly with a full refund. Something is fishy.

My take on the situation is that Bitcasa simply got fed up with all the private customers and decided to do whatever I took to alienate them as much as possible.  I know it sounds dumb but the fact that there was no real struggle to keep me as a customer is telling of the situation.

I have uploaded all my content to my Google Drive account and have signed up for a 1TB account.  So far I am very happy with the replacement service and I would recommend switching to anyone caught up in the Bitcasa mess.

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My brand new Moto 360

Unpacking it was a breeze – except I did not see the “blue moto” light after lifting the lid. The watch did not power on before I had connected the wireless charger (which is itself brilliant – also on the night stand – should I have had such as thing).

After springing the watch to life, I got through the setup – including downloading Motorola connect and Android Wear apps on Android phone to connect. Pairing was a breeze.

After having worn it for 30 mins a new update knocks and it transfers and updates without any glitches. I did, however, need to remove the device from “connected devices” in the Moto connect app, and reconnect.

Now I am getting notifications on calendar items, emails, texts and phone calls. My fitness data from Google Fit is also showing it head every now and again. So far I am impressed (not telling too much here… I am easilly impressed, but hard to keep entertained – and retained). I love how it intergrates with Google Now! And how all notifications just pop-in without any additional work to be done.

Sending my first text prooved overly cumbersome resulting in quite a few looks from colleagues wondering wtf. To this time I am not very successful in using the watch to send text to my contacts. replying to messages works without issues – it is only initiating new messages that for some reason pushes me to the limit of my abilities…

And… a few quirks:
Installing new watch faces did turn out to require resetting the watch, removing the Android Wear apps from the phone all together and then reinstall. A very non-user friendly experience that I really hope Google will be on top of in the future. Should you have the same issues, this thread is a good place to start: http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-360/help/motorola-connect-sync-to-watch-t2935490

Step monitoring seems to be broken. There are ways to make it work, but I just cannot be asked to reset and start over. Still – this must/should be fixed in a future update, right +Google or +Android Wear 

Battery life
As always the first couple of days with a new device is almost the worst to start a discussion on battery life (due to all the fiddling and tuning and playing and…), but this will not stop me. Battery life is about 32 hours on medium usage. I have had the watch die after 24 when I was really pushing it – and have it last about 40 hours when just using it as a regular watch. I have not tried using the ambient light mode since rumor has it that it will kill battery. 

Should you buy?
Really – that is for you to decide ;). However, for me the function of the watch comes before the form – for you this may be different. I love the way that I am connected with my OnePlus and it is not a problem for me that the clock does not always display the clock face (yes – it is dark… this means that it only turns on for you – not for the people around you – not really a problem for me). I have no real design  sense – to me the watch is pretty enough to wear. I also love how I can mess about with apps such as Facer to change the look of the watch face (though most real good once get pulled of due to copyright infringements… but as always there are ways). I am happy with the Moto 360.


Bitcasa messed it up for everyone

A couple of weeks ago +Bitcasa Inc.​​ did a dramatic change to their unlimited data storage plan and in doing so alienated itself from the very core of its original users that was there throughout their beta testing phase with all the ups and downs associated with this. Gone are the promise of unlimited storage for a price of 79 USD (yes – original backers was given a life long rebate promise and promised never to pay the 99 USD that new-commers need to pay.  This rebate had also been removed by +Bitcasa​​ – again directly going against their promise).  I am pissed of by the exhibition of disregard shown to me as a customer and by the way Bitcasa has handled the matter.

I want to switch…  But I do not know to what…  Therefore I need your help. I really liked:

1. Not having to use local HD but just having Bitcasa as a separate drive mounted on my systen
2. The ability to stream content from Bitcasa apps on both iOS and Android

These features should be part of the new solution,  if at all possible 🙆

Can you help me? 


Confessions of an Androider

During summer I wrote a small blog post on my thoughts on replacing my iPhone 3GS for an Android device. Frankly, the introduction of iPhone 4 had left me underwhelmed and as such the post could at the time be used as a point of leverage for preparing myself mentally to take the Android plunge. In the end I opted for the Samsung Galaxy S with Android 2.1. (Eclair) – not sure what to expect I fired the up the phone – and all hell broke lose – or… things changed… and in a lot of ways things changed for the better.

I am a geek
First impression – my God what a screen and what an overall nice look and feel. Second impression – this is sloooow and laggyas hell – and Samsung makes the worst PC software ever (note… there is currently no software for Mac-users in order to update new firmware and transfer computer content to you Samsung Galaxy S…. but if the software would have been in same miserable shape as its PC counterpart, I would not let it near my Mac even if my life depended on it). So… what to do… enter: geek-mode.

Rather than just accepting the state of things I started digging into optimizing my Samsung (and Android) experience… and it turned out I was by no means alone. I quickly got acquainted with XDA Decelopers and their forums for Android in general and Samsung Galaxy S in particular. I found myself learning a whole new vocabulary with terms like rooting, SuperUser, Recovery Console and Odin PDA flash and the likes… and I loved it… but… would I want my dad (or in fact any other family member) to get an Android phone (or at least a Samsung Galaxy S) – Hell no!

Making my Samsung Galaxy S usable
Again… loved (and love!) the screen… but hated the laggy feeling – and missed some of my favorite iPhone apps. It quickly dawned on me that my Android phone suffered from bad coding in the carrier made  rom (yet another sexy concept) that comes with the phone – and that the “über-geeks” over @ XDA had a fix for my woes. It was a lag-fix that was applied through an application downloaded from the market… that same application also “rooted” my phone (same as jail-breaking on iPhone) and did some other tricks that I to this day am unaware of.

So… there you have it… had it not been for the geeks, and had I not been a “small geek” I would properly have attempted to turn my phone in and gotten an iPhone 4 instead. But…. now… as they say “The first cut is the deepest” – this means that I am now throwing geek-lingo left and right, am trying custom-made roms for my device and pushing the phone to its limits and beyound (which explains the “Force closes” and instability experienced by some Android users).

So I guess the real confession here is that without being a geek (to some extend) the Android/Samsung experience would have had me run back to Apple and iPhone and lie flat on my back and pledge my eternal support for iOS… but it did not happen…

Next page -> Android day2day


Android – day2day

Getting used to Android was much simpler than I thought… to be honest it is not all that different than my iPhone 3GS. I like being able to do multi-tasking and I really love how my device is always connected to my Google-cloud. Setting up the phone was extremely easy and straight forward. And despite Google’s initial attempt to sabotage their own product by not giving other users than the Americans access to paid apps in Android market (again – that was circumvented by the nice people over at XDA), the Android market has so many nice apps that I would claim that Android should not feel too embarrassed when compared to the App store for iPhone.

Things I hate

  • No EyeTV application – and radio silence from Elgato in spite of numerous queries to the matter
  • No Boxcar application
  • iTunes for media and updates (pretty sure I am the only one here…)
  • That Samsung does such a horrible job in supplying their phones with the latest releases and patches to Android
  • That Samsung has disabled the option to get Android software updates over-the-air

Things I love

  • There is nothing I cannot change or customize. If a want a different home screen and layout of my applications – I download it from the market and apply it. If I want a different SMS application, I download it of the market… and if I want a different dialer to handle my phone calls.. (you get it now…) There is virtually nothing that I cannot do.
  • Using my device as a hot spot
  • How lightning fast my Galaxy S is as soon as I abandoned stock Samsung ROM
  • The community that “comes with” the Android. Due to the open nature of Android the number of foras and communities that make contributions are stunning. An abundance of tips, tricks and help is available – if you know where to look
  • Tight integration with Google

A word on Samsung and Android

2010 must have been “The year of Samsung”… with their massive gamble on Android devices around the globe (and the Galaxy Tablet) Samsung is now a player that must be treated with respect. However, Samsung has to realize that they, too, must treat their customers with respect. Right now a movement set fourth by various forums such as Samdroid.net is gaining momentum on twitter. Under the hash tag #NeverAgain Android users are showing their frustrations with Samsung as the provider of the Android solution stating problems both with the stability of the Android software, the extreme time-to-market to update stock Android to their devices and the reluctancy of Samsung to release their source code to developers (as is required under Open Handset Alliance).

For me, on Samsung, there is not doubt in my mind that I will never buy a Samsung-powered Android phone again… but if I do, I will only do it to remove the Samsung ROM and replace it with a custom open ROM. My twitter-friend said it like this:

Gunnar Þór Hafdal
The Samsung Galaxy S is first class phone burdened with a second class OS.


Next page -> Android Final thoughts


Android – final thoughts

Final thoughts
It should come as no surprise that I am not relying on Samsung to supply me with the latest and greatest in Android development. For the time being I am using a custom ROM made by “Darky” Called Darky’s Rom – it is blasing fast, has superb battery life and outperforms the Samsung ROM in all possible areas. The setup of it all is very geek-ish, but again there is a fantastic community behind it to make the transition a breeze. If you are on a Galaxy S phone I would get it now.

My own experiences with Android still leaves me with a feeling that Android is still not ready for prime time (at least not when it is on a Samsung hardware platform). I must admit that the numbers show otherwise… but I have a feeling that a lot of Android users either do not know better  or believes so much in the whole concept that it makes up for some of the issues. Again, it is very important to point out that I am writing this based upon my experiences with Android on Samsung. Users with HTC, LG, Motorola or other vendors may see things very differently.

For myself – I am pretty sure that I will remain on this platform.. I thrive on it and I really like all the options of the OS; I am also pretty sure that I will try and jump on to the “Android vanilla” experience as soon as I get an option… it just will not happen on a Samsung phone… that is one thing I am sure of.


How Qatar got the FIFA World Cup in 2022

I know… the below is a bit far fetched… but taking into consideration the abundance of  “do not do it” hints provided to FIFA before electing Qatar to host FIFA World Cup 2022, my take on the actual vote is pretty much summed up in the small joke below…

So… here goes

Three women were all applying for a position in the accounting department. The interviewer asked each of them this question: “If you were to find $100,000, what would you do with it?”.

The first woman said that she would give it all back. The second woman said that she would give half back and keep half for herself. The third woman said that she would keep all the money.

Which woman got the job?

The one one with the biggest tits!