1. The Annual Internet Service Value Test

    November 16, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Every year around December, I assess my business arrangements with Internet subscription services.1 It's easy to forget about reoccurring expenses. I keep a spreadsheet of all subscriptions so the review is pretty easy. It's the maintenance and cutting the service that tends to be the hard part ...

  2. Backing Up a Synology NAS

    November 12, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The most common question I get about using a massive NAS at home, is how do I back it up. While a 9TB NAS can be a challenge, backing it up has the same considerations as any other disk drive. A backup has to satisfy a few requirements:

    1. It has ...
  3. New FastMail iOS App [Link]

    November 12, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    It looks like FastMail wrapped their terrific web app as an iOS app but added push notifications. The notifications are almost instant when a message arrives (from my one day of testing).

    It doesn't appear to support multiple accounts or really add anything other than push notifications. I actually ...

  4. Happy Birthday Babies

    November 11, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies — "God damn it, you've ...

  5. Learning to Love Google Drive [Link]

    November 11, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    There's an interesting new eBook out for Google Drive. Pretty cheap and may very well save money if it saves a Dropbox monthly fee. I use Google Drive only occasionally and the way they've broken up the iOS apps is crazy-making. I definitely need this book.

  6. Maudite and Ratings [Link]

    November 11, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    On this week's Nerds on Draft podcast, Jeff and I talk much less about TapCellar while we drink Maudite from Unibroue. We mostly talk about the variety in rating systems and how we are programmed to think about scores. We also admit how hard it is to rate apps ...

  7. iThoughts and Marked [Link]

    November 10, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Brett wins for so many reasons, least of which is the anthropomorphizing of software and their mutual affection.

    This video excites me way more than it should. My iThoughts icon has three thumbs up, because if I'm going to imagine my application with arms, it damn well will have ...

  8. On iPhone Size and Typing [Link]

    November 10, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Eddie Smith and Yuvi echo my sentiments on phone size. I really enjoyed typing on the 6 Plus but I much prefer the 6 for everyday use. At home on the couch, I still long for the 6 Plus.

  9. Synology DS Video for iOS

    November 07, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Continuing my celebration of a $1000 device that holds hard drives, here's a little something about the DS Video app for iOS.

    I mostly use Plex for streaming video to things like my iPhone and Roku, but the DS Video app is an alternative that's actually a pretty ...

  10. Synology File Management for iOS

    November 07, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    My love affair with my Synology continues to get more serious every week. It's a great NAS but I also really like the iOS apps.1 I figured it might be a nice to highlight what's so nice about them, starting with DS File and DS Cloud.

    DS ...