Author Archives: Martin

SpotVPS

I have now for a few years had a VPS at SpotVPS and while I have a few issue here and there with the vps reboots, their service is second to none. You post a question in their ticket system and they respond faster than you can even imagine. They always resolve any issue right away, no hassle. Kudos to them.

If you need a VPS, go give them a try …

Chrome Cast via Chrome

I got this awesome chromecast thing (picked it up at bestbuy) and wanted to re-broadcast shows to my tv, which I otherwise would watch on the laptop or by connecting the laptop via an hdmi cable.

It works, and the idea is really great. Looks like youtube works really well, but that was not the idea. Re-broadcasting via the laptop sometimes result in a bit sluggish video and blurred pictures. Granted it works, but it is not as good as using the hdmi cable.

My first thought was, well chromecast is over wify – mybe my connbection, but I strongly doubt it as if the a laptop is on the ethernet connection it is exactly the same. So I still like the little dongle, but I’m not sure I will use it much .. I wish it was better in this respect.

Mobile Data in Italy

We went on a trip to Italy this summer, and the one thing we were wondering was how to have mobile data access while there. It’s not that we are big consumers of data features “out and about”, but maps sure is cool and the occasional mail or even Facebook posting while on the go is always nice.

While roaming, and data roaming, as gotten less expensive over the years, it’s till no match to getting a prepaid card. We got a 10 EUR Wind GSM card with 5 EUR usage and a refill of another 10 EUR – a grand of total 20 EUR, but only due to the refill minimum being 10 EUR as we only needed to fill one EUR to get the 2GB data .. They may have cheated me for 9 EUR, but 20 EUR is still cheap.

The only catch (imho) is that you can not get this before arriving. Find any large mall or similar (MediaWorld) which has a Wind representative and they probably can speak English and help you (I had friendly service and was out of the door in 15 minutes). Be ready to show your passport as they need a picture ID.

Never use PureSync

It is not often that I find it important to write any warnings, but I started to use the program PureSync (version 2.8.1)  from Jumping Bytes Software. At first it seemed as a really good idea. The free version could react on file changed and push a new copy to a “sync dir” and it even could delay deletions for a while to be able to access a file which should not have been deleted for a while.

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Funny Coincidence

I was sitting reading TechCrunch today and suddenly I just had to stop. There, on the TechCrunch page, was a funny sign talking about taking the air out of the tires

I don’t know what it has to do with net neutrality, but what made me stop was a picture we took in New York when we were there in 2008. Sure it is NY and anyone can post a picture which TC can used, so it is maybe not really that unlikely, but I still find if funny that they happened to use the same motive.

Not the same angle, but if this is not the same sign I’ll be more than amazed.

TechChrunch Air will be taken out of tires

Google Voice and PBX

Many people are interested in using Google Voice together with a software PBX and there is an option. Google Voice let you forward your voice to a gmail chat account (the one with the same user id as Google Voice). Now this is interesting as with the right software you can integrate it via the Jabber/Xmpp.

PBXes has done it and there is talk that Asterisk 1.8 will do it 🙂

I’ve not tried any of them, but it sure sounds good ….