Backblaze.

The more I do on my MacBook Air, as higher is the need for me to have a backup in the case something goes wrong. That’s why I installed Backblaze.

Backblaze is the solution for me to make sure all my important files are stored in the cloud. Doing so, I will always have them available on any Mac when mine crashes. Of course I have some external harddrives with backups and clones of my MacBook Air. But if everything goes wrong, I know I can trust on Backblaze to get my files back.

They have an app for your Mac that makes sure all it’s data is backed up to the cloud. For me, the app works flawless. The only downside I discovered is that I sometimes have to pause the backup since our network is not that performant all the time. Their app will throttle automatically but it doesn’t take into account other computers in the network. Besides that, they also have an iOS app. This means you can always access your data on your iOS device. Oh, Backblaze also works with Windows…

I like Backblaze and will continue to use their service. I you’d like to subscribe too, you can get one month for free when you use this link. In addition, I get one month for free too :).

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Apple did it again.

Monday, Tim Cook presented the long awaited WWDC keynote. A lot of people were really excited for what would be the new things. I followed the keynote via livestream and I have to say I was pretty amazed with some of the things they announced.

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Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs, but there is no need for that. At least not for the keynotes. Even if you don’t like Apple, you should at least watch one of their keynotes. The way they present their message, simple and clean is a good example for everyone. They know how to sell their products. Talking about their why inspires people to buy their products. Add some ’amazing’, ’huge’ and ’powerful’ and you have the perfect marketing.

Like always, Apple managed to amaze us with some remarkable updates for OS X and iOS. For me, the most amazing announcement was about letting all your devices work together better than ever. No matter where you are, you can always switch from device and continue what you were doing. Being able to pick up a phonecall on my Mac is just a nice example of it. Imagine yourself editing your household budget in Numbers. You have to leave for the dentist and while waiting your iPhone prompts you to continue editing your budgets. Amazing, isn’t it?

There is a lot more but their are a lot of people that are way better in explaining all those new features. iPhoneclub (Dutch), iMore and MacStories are a couple of examples.

It’s not all good news at WWDC. iCloud drive is a nice new feature but we only get 5GB free storage. Pretty stupid if you ask me. My biggest request for iOS 8 was Siri in Dutch. Unfortunately, Apple didn’t announce that one. We get some new dication languages so maybe Dutch is among those. Maybe I should send Tim Cook this blogpost with the request to teach Siri Dutch…

Can you help me to reorganize my photos?

Until last weekend, I was perfectly satisfied with my photo management workflow. But something made me doubt…

Starting with my first MacBook, I started using iPhoto to manage my photos. iPhoto is a very handy tool, especially for people that do not need a lot of bells and whistles. With a minimum amount of time, you can get your photo’s organized the way you want without knowing a lot of computers.

But all of the above also has a side affect. I’m starting to get a lot of events and photos and it’s getting difficult for me to keep a clear view on al my pictures. When moving pictures from one event to another I get frustrated because I have to scroll up and down in my event list to find the event I am looking for. It seems impossible to get a decent list with all my events in iPhoto. This causes me to have duplicate events and looking for photos without finding them.

I don’t want to say iPhoto is bad because I am convinced that without iPhoto I won’t even notice these problems. Without iPhoto, my pictures would be spread all over the place.

So now I’m looking for something else but before moving all my pictures, I want to know what tool will help me to get my pictures organized again. I need to be able to organize them by date and event. Sorting, renaming and quick edit would be nice too.

I want to ask you to let me know in the comments what tool you use and why. If you can add the strong and weak points, that would be nice.

Windows computer or Mac? A choice between low price or usability.

A lot is written about this topic, but in fact it is easy. If you want to use your computer without effort, choose for a Mac.

I have a Mac for almost three years now. If I knew what I know now, I would have gotten one a lot earlier. Before I got my Mac, I was told that it was too expensive and only for people who make money with their computer. Well the more I use my Mac and see how others use their Windows computer, the more I am convinced that this is not true. Macs are built for daily usage and everything works out of the box. Easy intitial setup, automatic backups and everything synced with your iCloud account. All of this is not available on your Windows computer. At least not with the same ’ready-to-use’.

Last week, I helped someone with configuring Windows 8 on his new computer. It opened my eyes. Windows 8 works fine but is so complex that normal users don’t like it. Settings are everywhere, your computer is divided in two systems, Windows 7 and the new interface. It is just not logic. Even their initial settings are strange. Why would you like to split mails bigger than 800kb?

So if you ask my advice for your new computer, I definitely go for a Mac. It will cost you more but you will gain this back in no time. My parents bought their Mac a couple of months ago and besides some explanations, they did not need any help from me. And they’ve always used Windows.

Get rid of your Windows computer and go get your Mac!