I’m not taking tons of photos. I don’t take pro-photos. I’d probably be fine if I couldn’t find some old photos. But I don’t like losing things.
So please help me with links to:
A comment here or a tweet are perfect. Thanks!
Update: I’ve bought the 2TB Transporter as it’s price went down to $349 and I had a coupon for another $50 off. Also, I couldn’t find the exact spec of the hard drives supported by Transporters and I didn’t want to end up with a combination that wouldn’t work well (or at all).
External drives are great. Except for the time you don’t have them around. Which seems to happen to me most of the time.
Lately I’ve been considering getting a network attached drive I could access from anywhere in my network. A while ago I’ve learned about the Transporter which seems to be an even smarter alternative to NAS1. I also know about Synology, Drobo and alikes, but these are over my budget.
Right now the Transporter comes in 4 forms:
With the current hard driver prices, what I’ve been trying to figure out is what model to get; this was triggered by the fact that at $200 you can get quite a big hard drive, definitely much larger than the $1.5TB which is what you’d get from buying the largest Transporter.
The model that tempts me is the Transporter Sync. It’s not only about its price, but also the fact that it would allow me to attach whatever drive I want.
But the way you attach the external drive to the Transported Sync is over USB2.0. The question I try to answer is: is USB2.0 good enough?
In terms of speed USB2.0 is much (x 10) slower than USB3.0. But is this really a problem? The top transfer speed for USB2.0 is 480Mbit/s while the top transfer speed for USB3.0 is 4.8Gbit/s. In a home network using a 802.11n router, you can get up to 300Mbit/s2, so basically the bottleneck will be the network. As regards transferring files over the Internet, I doubt many have connections that would come close to the USB2.0 transfer rates.
But, USB2.0 doesn’t allow bi-directional data transfers. If I’m planning to use the Transporter as an alternative to Dropbox, watching a movie would basically disable this feature.
So, what should I do? Go with the Transporter Sync with an USB2.0 external drive or get a Transporter with an internal drive (that I can probably swap with a larger driver)?
iCatcher! is not a nice iOS podcast app. It’s
athe perfect podcast app with a meh interface. But ask yourself: how much time do you actually spend on its interface and how much do you care about getting everything you’d ever wanted from a podcast app?
According to Apple Store:
32GB subsidized = $300
32GB unlocked = $750
Plan 2: 1GB data ($15 per extra GB)
att2_monthly = $85 total_att2 = subsidized + 24 * att2_monthly => $2,340
Plan 3: 2GB data ($15 per extra GB)
att3_monthly = $95 total_att3 = subsidized + 24 * att3_monthly => $2,580
Plan4: 4GB data ($15 per extra GB)
att4_monthly = $110 total_att4 = subsidized + 24 * att4_monthly => $2,940
Plan2: 1GB data ($15 per extra GB)
v2_monthly = $90 total_v2 = subsidized + 24v2_monthly => $2,460
Plan3: 2GB ($15 per extra GB)
v3_monthly = $100 total_v3 = subsidized + 24v3_monthly => $2,700
Plan4: 4GB ($15 per extra GB)
v4_monthly = $110 total_v4 = subsidized + 24v4_monthly => $2,940
Plan 2: Up to 2.5GB of high-speed data
tm2_monthly = $60 total_tm2 = unlocked + 24tm2_monthly => $2,190
Plan 3: Unlimited 4GB data
tm3_monthly = $70 total_tm3 = unlocked + 24tm3_monthly => $2,430
Cost wise, the choice is clear: T-Mobile. If the 2.5GB/month plan fits you, you could even get the 64GB iPhone 5s and still save money. Not to mention the advantage of having an unlocked model (for travel times and when you’ll sell the phone).
But there’s also the matter of LTE coverage. While not an expert in the area, as far as I know T-Mobile has the smallest network when compared to AT&T and Verizon. And I don’t know anything about their network quality. You’ll have to figure out this part for yourself. Here are some links that might help you with this part:
I’ve played with these prices using Calca.
Make sure you check the suggestion in the comments and also the other suggestions on this Twitter conversation.
If you are not currently on a contract or if your contract is up, customers will have to sign up for another cellular contract to take advantage of the program.
But WTF is this coming from Apple?
I’ve been trying to put some order in how I handle content. Here’s the result:
You can assign keyboard shortcuts to Automator workflows and you can overwrite specific app shortcuts in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts. But there’s no easy way to assign keyboard shortcuts to AppleScripts.
If you don’t want to use a 3rd party app, one trick you could do is to create Automator workflows that execute your AppleScripts and assign keyboard shortcuts to them. It works, but it’s an extra step.
The space of 3rd party apps is wide. Here’re the top options for solving this.
There are a couple of apps I know of—and probably many more that I don’t—whose sole purpose is to provide this feature: assigning shortcuts to AppleScripts. The two I ‘ve tried: FastScripts and Aptivate are apps whose sole purpose is to address this problem. There’s also Keyboard Maestro whose breathing keyboard shortcuts for workflows.
Another option is app launchers. A couple of them provide this feature. The ones I know of to support this feature are Alfred 1 and 2, Quicksilver, Butler. Unfortunately LaunchBar, the one I’ve been using for a while mostly due to his support for presenting results from AppleScripts, doesn’t.
Finally, here’s the trick I discovered tonight and the reason of this post.
You can assign keyboard shortcuts to AppleScripts using BetterTouchTool. If you haven’t heard of it until now, do yourself a favor and download it. Now. The extra gestures that you can add to the Mac touchpad, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad will transform these into Awesomely Magical Mouse and Trackpad.
Back to AppleScripts and keyboard shortcuts though. If you go to the Keyboard tab, you can create a new Keyboard shortcut and make it trigger an Open Application/File/Script.