If you were previously interested in Dindy, my (now defunct) Android app, for the purpose of auto-reply while driving – you’re in luck. Samsung created their own app (which will be available sometime this month on the Play Store) called “In-Traffic Reply”.
The app is smart in that it auto-detects when you’re driving or cycling (using the GPS).
The big Four Oh! Unbelievable. It’s one of those milestones… I wonder if I’m going to go through a mid-life crisis and do something crazy. We’ll see.
To celebrate the event we went hiking in the desert, very similar to what we did the year before. Only this time we’re living together, so we went back home together. And this is probably the biggest thing that happened over the last year – I moved in with a girlfriend, effectively for the first time in my life.
The other big thing is Ace’s death. I still think about her, and miss her, from time to time.
I went to two Prodigy shows this past year – #21 and #22. But not all my travels were to go see The Prodigy. This year’s trips also include Denmark & Faroe Islands, and Northern Spain with my girlfriend. Both were really great,
I still work out 2 days a week. And I follow a diet I said I’ll write about, but obviously forgot (or got lazy about). All things considered – life is good :)
Not too long ago we moved to a new apartment. Ace had a sheltered place outside where she could sleep comfortably. And for a about ten days she was happy. So happy, in fact, that she started climbing trees again and enjoying the new out-of-the-city quietness.
But one morning we found her lying dead. Presumably, she was attacked by stray dogs.
Ace has always had access to the outside and could always take care of herself. Throughout the years I had a few scares with her when I heard cats fighting outside or when she came back home bleeding and I rushed her to animal hospital. But I learned to count on her instincts and preferred to let her live freely – going outside as she pleased.
I picked Ace up from the street about ten and a half years ago. She was just over a month old at the time and she was a part of my life since. I can’t even find the words to describe how I feel about her being gone. Sometimes I still imagine that I hear her outside.
I’ve been using Dropbox for a long time (more than 7 years, apparently) and it has been very useful. I use it mainly for file syncing across devices and backup, and apart from sharing I almost never used any other features (undelete was useful a couple of times.)
But Dropbox has a package that is too expensive for me – paying 10$ a month while not using even half of the provided 1TB of storage seems very wasteful. So I’ve been looking for an alternative and decided to go with Seafile Cloud (shop link). Since my main requirement was a native Linux client, this didn’t leave a lot of services to consider.
I like Seafile Cloud for a few reasons:
There’s a native Linux package.
It’s based on an open source project (you can create your own Seafile server and not pay anyone.)
It has a package better suited for me, for less than what Dropbox costs (500GB for 5 € a month.)
Files are stored on servers in Germany, a country that is better at keeping people’s privacy than the US is.
Registering to Seafile and using it isn’t as smooth as Dropbox, but once you get it going it works great (as far as I can tell.) I hope it’ll stay that way.
I forgot how nice Kiev is. It’s been 3 years since my previous visit there. This time I went with 3 great friends and although we were there for only 24 hours, we had a blast both before and during the show.
The people in Kiev are really nice. Even during the show, in the mosh pits, people weren’t aggressive. Just there to have a good time.
I still don’t have a date for the next show, unfortunately. Hopefully some new interesting dates will be announced soon.
Here are some pictures from our visit, and a video of the madness (give it the minute :)