Changing It Up

Happy New Year! It may not look like much has changed since I last posted, but behind the scenes I have been pretty busy. One of the big things I did was move Adventures in Play to a new hosting company. It wasn’t quite as simple as clicking a button to backup then restore. After my domain moved, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get my blog transferred after a few failed attempts to migrate my WordPress site, but it all came together yesterday and now I can focus on my much neglected blog. Yes, I have high hopes to continue blogging into 2015 with posts that are sure to grab your attention by providing you with invaluable tech tips and other useful tidbits. I’m grasping here but I am sure it will be worthy of your attention at some point (if you are bored of playing YouTube videos or games on your phone—does that ever get old?)

Well, I hope you had a good start to the new year. Now, I need to go and make some late New Year’s resolutions… Resolution sounds monumental, like enacting a law. Maybe we should call them New Year’s Goals or the Big To-Dos.

Oh, I almost left without posting an image. I just spent an hour creating a new favicon for my website and you might have missed since it is so small.

New favicon  for Adventures in Play
Adventures in Play favicon – Actual image is 32x smaller.

 

 

The New iCloud is Coming!

If you haven’t heard, Apple is updating its iCloud service, providing a better integrated cloud experience for all your iDevices at a price that won’t bust your budget.

The main feature of the new iCloud service that I am super excited about is Family Sharing. Now, up to six members of your family can share their App Store purchases, iTunes, iBooks, family photos, calendars, etc. This will save you money in the long run because now you don’t have to buy multiple copies of your favourite apps (like 1Password) to share in the fun. Although a lot of apps today are free-ish, some still cost over $15, a fee I don’t care to pay more than once.

The other reason that I am excited about this announcement is the reduced cost of online storage. Now, you can afford to backup all of our Mac data to the cloud and if you are like me, you have a lot of data. No worries, now Apple has provided all the space you need at a reasonable price. Gone are the annual fees where you had to guess how much space you would need for the year ahead. Now, you can upgrade or downgrade month to month. If you decide that you don’t need 500 GB of space, you can drop down to the 200 GB level.

You might be a little concerned about storing all of your private data in the cloud, especially with the recent stories of hackers breaking into Apple’s beloved iCloud, but Apple has investigated the issue and apparently shored up their security. I understand that part of the issue is weak passwords. Perhaps the lesson here is to make sure that your all of your online accounts have strong passwords. Hey, another reason to use a terrific app like 1Password to auto-generate some unguessable passwords for you! (Really, I don’t work for AgileBits but I think 1Password does deserve high praise).

Space Monthly Cost
20GB $0.99/month
20GB $0.99/month
200GB $3.99/month
500GB $9.99/month
1TB $19.99/month

 

Check it out:
http://www.apple.com/icloud/

Blogger’s Block

Can it be? I haven’t written a post since March 2014?! Wow, where did the time go? Well, it wasn’t like I was a regular blogger to begin with, but seriously that’s six months! Shameful I know. To be fair, I have been busy with my new job and then there was summer vacation. Okay, that just sounds like a lame excuse. I know what happened, I developed “Blogger’s Block”, a condition worse than the common writer’s block. Once you stop blogging it is like 100 times harder to go back and write something or anything, really. You stop visiting your own website and feel bad for any loyal visitor who comes back day after day only to see the same post about a donut that I ate back in March. Granted, those were some yummy donuts. So now it is time for me to promise that I will return to my former semi-regular pattern of blogging, but that would be a comfortable lie. No, I cannot promise that, but I do at least aspire to write about something interesting, and maybe even helpful. I’ve read some truly great technical blog posts recently that sure helped me out (Thanks Jonas for your post about resolving an annoying SSRS Scale-out Deployment Error. Check out his blog:  http://www.widriksson.com/).

Okay, it’s Friday night and I am off to eat some pizza and spend time with the family. That sounds like a Tweet… Hmmm. That reminds me, I haven’t tweeted in quite some time. Appears that my blogger’s block has transferred to my social networks.

Ending March Break on a High Note

Ol' School Donuts

Rumour had it that there was a bus with fresh, homemade donuts just off the Bedford Highway across from the Bedford United Church, so we had to go check it out. We packed up our little campers to scope out the scene. Sure enough, there was an “Ol’ School Donuts” bus waiting to take our requests.
Ol' School Donuts Bus

What a great way to finish off a super-fun March Break week!
Strawberries and Cream Donuts
Yummers!

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