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Backblaze on the Mac

So because of the Jungle Disk + Cloud Files hoopla that seems to have been addressed now, I decided to try out Backblaze for a couple of days as a possible alternative/complement to Jungle Disk. And from what I see, it is a hassle free online backup solution. Something I would recommend to a regular Internet user if asked what online backup solution they should get.

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Jungle Disk now with Cloud Files support

Jungle Disk, one of the services I use for cloud storage, now has Cloud Files support. Previously, it only supported Amazon S3, which made the sign up process a bit cumbersome. You had to sign up for your own Amazon S3 account before you are able to use the Jungle Disk service.

I just signed up for a Cloud Files account a couple of days ago because I wanted to try it out with Jungle Disk. However, after updating my Jungle Disk to the latest version, it never prompted me for my Cloud Files account when I created a disk based on Cloud Files. Apparently, it’s already integrated to your Jungle Disk account. I guess this is because Jungle Disk is now under Rackspace owner of Mosso, provider of the Cloud Files service.

There are some caveats though with regards to the Cloud Files integration though. There seems to be no clear way of tracking how much space you’re using on Cloud Files since you’re not using a personal Cloud Files account. Also, migrating your files from an S3 disk to a Cloud Files disk requires you to manually copy from service to service (which I am doing now). They are developing a service for data migration but can’t give a timeframe as to when it will be available.

[via Jungle Disk Blog]

Last.fm Radio

I’ve read a lot about Last.fm Radio before but never really got around to using it. I was just content with last.fm being able to keep track of the songs I play (on iTunes or my iPod) and recommend me things I might like. Today however, I decided to try and play my radio station since I forgot to charge my iPod. Right from the first couple of sings it played, it seemed like my whole library is actually online. And everything it’s playing is a song that I like. It’s a good thing “broadband” here in Singapore is really broadband so I can practically have non-stop music now based on my musicial preference.

Gmail Labs Send + Archive

Something new to help keep my Inbox clean. Gmail Labs’ Send + Archive. It’s useful for me since I Archive most of my email once I’ve responded to them so I can always have an overview on my Inbox which stuff I still have to attend to. Now I only have to click once to do so.

Dropbox link being considered Spam?

It seems Dropbox links are now being used for spam purposes. A couple of days ago, I was wondering why Google Apps’ Gmail keeps on rejecting every message I send with a Dropbox link. So I tried to shorten it with is.gd and my message went through. However, today I got the following message while trying to shorten another Dropbox link:

Sorry, the URL you entered may be linked to spamming and is listed either in the SURBL or URIBL lists. To prevent the possibility of using this site to facilitate spam, it has not been added to our database.

Please bear in mind that use of this service for spam purposes is prohibited (see terms and conditions) and any such URLs will be disabled, and misuse reported to the relevant authorities. I wonder if other Dropbox users are experiencing related issues.

Gmail has Tasks

Gmail recently released Tasks in Labs. It seems to be usable enough. I have yet to judge though if it’ll be something useful for my quest for efficiency and producticity. Haha 😉

Keeping Google Calendar, iCal and my E71 in sync

After simplifying my email, the next task I needed to do to have a more organized life is to have a calendar I can view and edit on any device I’m on (mobile, notebook, office computer). Since I moved all my email to a Google App domain, might as well use the calendar that came with it. Luckily, Google Calendar now supports Apple iCal, so it was rather straightforward to have iCal and my Google Calendar synced. I just needed to run Calaboration once to automatically setup my calendar on iCal. Once it was done, sync was done OTA. iCal basically works now as an interface to Google Calendar. The downside to this is you need to keep iCal open if you want to make sure your calendar is always syncronized.

As for sync with my E71, I signed up for GooSync to sync with Google Calendar so I can sync anytime, anywhere. I hope there’s some way to make it automatic though. Previously, I used iSync through Bluetooth to sync my E71 and iCal. Now, the only thing I use iSync for is my contacts which doesn’t really change as often as the calendar.

Update: Since Google already supports Exchange via Google Sync, there’s no more need to use a third-party service (GooSync). It would be easier to just sync the E71 via Mail for Exchange. Google has setup instructions for Nokia S60 devices. If you’re using Google Apps, you need to enable mobile sync for your domain via the control panel.

If you don’t like keeping iCal open (like me) and you don’t mind spending, Spanning Sync is a great way to synchronize iCal/Address Book and Google Calendar/Contacts.

Simplifying my email

After reading this post, I’ve decided to finally consolidate all my email onto one account at a new Google Apps domain. At the same time it gave me an opportunity to shorten and simplify my email address so it’s easy enough to prounounce and spell. Apparently, after a handful of experiences calling for food delivery here in Singapore, my last name is not easily recognizable. Thus, the vanity email I currently use would ultimately be hard to relay on the phone. From the same post, I got an idea of how to avoid some of the pitfalls of having a hard-to-pronounce name. Excluding the .com part, he was able to shorten his original domain name, which was his first and last name similar to my domain, from 14 to 4 characters. So i’ve shortened mine from 9 to 6. It’s easier to relay a 6 character domain name than 9, specially if you have to keep repeating letters because the one you’re talking to just isn’t getting what you’re saying. Now, it’s also easier to write on paper based forms, like bank and insurance forms.

Keeping my devices in sync

Lately, I’ve been using my E71 more than my computer — to organize my calendar, read emails, make quick replies, update contact info. And with iSync I’ve been able to keep the info between my computer and mobile phone synchronized.

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More IMAP controls in Gmail

Gmail finally has more IMAP controls. You can now select if a label is visible in IMAP, which means I’ll get more accurate and real-time unread counts in Mail.app since I can switch off the All Mail label on IMAP. Also you can set it to automatically put in Trash what was deleted from an IMAP folder rather than move it to All Mail, which will work better when I delete messages thru my phone. Sweet!

I wonder when Gmail Labs would be available on Google Apps for Domains though.