I heard about the new app called Chirp (by ASGI Ltd). I downloaded it and immediately though it would be cool to save the chirp as a sound file but the app offers no such option. I used the Voice Memos app to save the playing sound. I converted the voice memo into a ringtone and set it as my alert sound for when I receive a text message.

Cloud Storage Comparison

I’ve been trying out DropBox, GoogleDrive and Microsoft SkyDrive in parallel over the last month. The experience has reaffirmed that DropBox is the gold standard for this category. Other entries like and iCloud do not qualify at this level as they lack desktop integration on multiple OSes.

SkyDrive uses your credentials. You can link multiple accounts together. The desktop integration is improving. Recent versions have added expected features like being able to hide the dock icon. I have had to stop using it because of problems with the Keychain and getting it to reliably sync.

Google Drive uses your Google account or Google Apps account as logged in via Safari. This can be quite annoying as I have multiple accounts and I do not use Safari as my primary browser. Google Drive can get upset if it looses your account information and refuse to sync with it directory forcing you to have to download the directory again from the cloud. I’m still using Google Drive for limited items in a wait and see model. It has otherwise been stable.

DropBox is not tied to any other credentials system which for me is actually an advantage. They have recently doubled the available storage for dollar. I pay $99/year for a ridiculous 125 GB of storage. I love their new link feature allowing me to share a file with a person who does not have a DropBox account easily.

With any of these services you have to remember that you are using a third party to store your data. I use locally encrypted sparse disks to store anything that might be sensitive. I run a program called Identity Finder to scan my hard drive for anything that may contain sensitive data like old tax returns, health form or credit card receipts.

My First Tablet

Back in 1988 I took a summer job working for a construction company. This company built cabinets. I designed a pair of tablets that could be used as portable writing workspaces. The were simply a piece of particle board with maroon colored formica surfaces. They were very solid and very heavy. You could sit with one in your lap and use it as a portable workspace. Eventually they were used as a portable laptop desk. My kids used them as a hard surface when coloring n the floor. They have also been used to block doorways for kittens and ferrets. As the kids got older and laptops got smaller to be eventually replace with iPads these tablets got less and less used. After 24 years the glue holding the formica to the wood has finally let go. It’s time to retire these tablets to history.

Mitsubishi i ES for $249

I love the idea of an electric car and some day it will actually make sense. Here’s another story from about the new Mitsubishi. The monthly price of $249 sounds great even with $3,498 down, plus I presume another $1200 for TTL. This works out to
$12,462 for the term of the lease. We’ll call that $346/month equivalent with an $18,000 residual looming. Even when you factor in the $60 each month I spend on gas, that’s still too expensive.Mitsubishi Now Leasing i Electric For $249 Per Month