Free photo storage, and other fairy tales.

Google is ending its free unlimited photo storage option in June 2021.

By the way: all the media, including this one, has missed a chance by not having articles with titles like “Google is ending!” with subtitles “…its free unlimited photo storage option”. But hey, there’s always another service that Google is ending, so maybe next time.

So, we could say, yet another fairy tale of free service is ending, but hey, this is the fairy tale: who doesn’t remember that other famous piece of tech market analysis — the story of Hansel and Gretel, the two youngsters lured into the hands of a cannibalistic witch living in a house made of gingerbread, cake, confection, sweets, and many other treats and pastries” (as Wikipedia so graphically puts it.) Continue reading Free photo storage, and other fairy tales.

The companies that know most about you – which ones do you trust?

Clario’s summary on the types of personal data collected by various companies is a sobering / fun (depending on which side of the aisle are you on) article. Continue reading The companies that know most about you – which ones do you trust?

Nextcloud conf 2020.

After god-knows-how-long, last week I finally attended a conference. (I guess the last one was MWC and the Digital Dutch, which are more a trade shows then conferences… and before them, some Hungarian mobile related ones and Mozilla Summit back in the early 2010’s… So it was long ago.)

Anyhow, so I was at a conference, out of my own will — it was the Nextcloud Conference 2020 in Berlin, or in my case, my desk with my cat: Continue reading Nextcloud conf 2020.

Sharing calendars between Nextcloud Calendar and Google Calendar – a howto.

At the time of writing this blog, the typical calendaring situation still is: me, maybe-hopefully you, and a (growing) bunch of other people using Nextcloud Calendar, while the vast majority still uses Google for calendaring needs. Luckily sharing/syncing between these calendars (say, between you and your family member) is possible, and relatively easy — but not trivial. Recently I had to do just this: set up calendar sharing with a loved one to and from Google Calendar. Although this is documented in various forum topics, it can be hard for a non-technical person to parse and understand that, and I haven’t found a good clear explanation I would comfortably share. So I wrote one for my own use.

I’m posting this here so I can simply send it to the next family member when it’s needed, and for you to use if you need a cheat sheet. I also post a “screenwalk” gallery at the end of each sync direction to make things a bit more straightforward, plus here’s a pdf of just the steps, because why not.

Continue reading Sharing calendars between Nextcloud Calendar and Google Calendar – a howto.

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 ➡ ?

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.

Note ars left to cry.

Apparently Ariana Grande is struggling with finding a good note taking solution as much as I do, my arse left to cry too (almost) looking for it — who thought that of all things, the most mundane workflow, note taking, would be the hardest to find an alternative to! We are soulmates, Ariana and I!

Continue reading Note ars left to cry.