Google product circle of life.

“This new Google product can’t possibly suck that much, millions use it“ ➡️ Transfer all music to YouTube Music as Google suggested ➡️ Uninstall Google Play Music from phone and go “all in” on YouTube Music ➡️ Realise that among others, YouTube Music doesn’t have sleep timer and no way to switch off auto play suggested next song (which misses mark ~100% of time) ➡️ “This new Google product sucks, I’m definitely not for this world” ➡️ Reinstall Google Play Music on phone and return using it ➡️ Time passes ➡️ “This new Google product can’t possibly suck that much, millions use it“ ➡️ …

Google Play Music ➡ YouTube Music: I caved (so far).

Google released a handy tool to transfer your Google Play Music stuff to YouTube music:

It “may take a few hours”, but from the look of things that’s still quicker than what it takes me to find a proper alternative to YouTube Music. Continue reading Google Play Music ➡ YouTube Music: I caved (so far).

Google Play Music ➡ ?

A little more than half a year has passed since I naively wrote this (here):

As of 2 days ago, the “holdout” Google services on my phone are:

  • Google Music (won’t go in the foreseeable future)

Oh, to be young and ignorant! With Google’s decision to send Google Music to the ever growing Google Graveyard, it will be time for me to look for an alternative. Continue reading Google Play Music ➡ ?

A quick look on Jitsi, the self hosted Zoom alternative that doesn’t sell your data.

Zoom has turned into the de facto default conferencing solution for the lockdown, and as we all know this hasn’t worked out brilliantly for Zoom so far.  (Side note on the larger scale of things, another opportunity Google has missed to get some conferencing/video chatting market share.)

Bruce Schneier has possibly the best brief overview of the situation, but his summary is what I’d like to highlight for the purpose of this post:

In the meantime, you should either lock Zoom down as best you can, or — better yet — abandon the platform altogether.

His next suggestion is to look at Jitsi, and ethical/open source/privacy minded/call it what you will alternative; so I did. Continue reading A quick look on Jitsi, the self hosted Zoom alternative that doesn’t sell your data.

Life in the Time of Corona.

We are all getting used to our new life under COVID-19 lockdown, where the end of our explorable world is the end of our property, and after that the computer suddenly turns us back and walks us back to our house. My work day can now officially start at 8:30 because hey, it’s not like I’m stuck in traffic. I’m also saving some € on fuel, and by the way on food as well, it seems so far. How’s your lockdown going so far?

Continue reading Life in the Time of Corona.

Nextcloud 18.0.2: my first hands on take on NextCloud Photos.

Nextcloud 18.0.2 arrived on my box. (This time I actually let things run their course and didn’t early adopt, it took 2 months for it to be pushed. Admittedly I also simply didn’t have time.)

To me the biggest real news in this release is the new Photos app. Continue reading Nextcloud 18.0.2: my first hands on take on NextCloud Photos.

I’m really stoked about Calendar/Talk integration in the new Nextcloud Hub.

Nextcloud announced the Nextcloud Hub last Friday, with a galore of changes. Changes include workflow automation, a new mail client, a Google Docs-like online office client integration, and much more. You need to read the presser to get the whole list.

Nextcloud users saw something was up early afternoon…

To me however, the most interesting upgrade so far with this change is the new major version of Calendar.

Continue reading I’m really stoked about Calendar/Talk integration in the new Nextcloud Hub.

Hey wolf moon.

I’ve prepped for the lunar eclipse earlier today, but to what end — turns out it was only a “penumbral lunar eclipse”. Fun fact: “penumbral” is latin for “if you don’t read about it before, you won’t even notice it.”

(If you are an ignorant jerk like me, you can read more on what this eclipse was about, here.) Continue reading Hey wolf moon.

New house for my Kodi. (Geek alert.)

My Netflix enabled Kodi is, apparently, hot stuff. Literally hot. After some time Netflixin’, especially when watching at graphically heavy stuff (like fire, or a forest), it’ll give me the little top right thermometer we all know and (dis)like:

Raspberry Pi overheating icon (the icon is not overheating, the Raspberry Pi is)
As seen on TV!

Continue reading New house for my Kodi. (Geek alert.)