Yet again I delve into why my family chews up so much data when on travel and I take a first look at the $7 menubar app TripMode from tripmode.ch to limit and measure my data usage. I give you some thoughts about Apple Photos now that the honeymoon is over, and it’s not all happy happy joy joy. A lot of people say we don’t NEED smart watches but I had an example where the Apple Watch really saved me. Donald Burr goes crazy about two dock adapters from CableJive: Compact dock adapter and Dock adapter with 2 foot cord. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart takes us through all of the crazy security news from BlackHat and Defcon this week and tells us whether to light our hair on fire, and then he gives us a short and sweet explanation of what JSON is and what we might want to do with it. Here’s a link to Bart’s blog post.
When I write up a blog post or talk about something on the podcast, I like to wait until I have a problem to be solved, a potential solution, and an assessment of how well that solution worked out to solve the real problem. This is not going to be one of those nice little wrapped up in a bow stories.
Instead, I’m going to talk abut something I’ve covered before but for which I have yet to find an answer. I pay a fortune for a Verizon Mifi just so that I have secure, fast Internet when I travel. By a fortune, I mean $56 a month for 6GB! The tragedy of the story is that I hardly ever need it, but when I DO need it I somehow chew up all of my data in the first few days of a trip so it becomes useless to me. So here I am pouring $56/month down the drain when I don’t need it and then when I DO need it, it runs out almost immediately.
Nearly 2 years ago I had Katie Floyd come on the show to try and help me figure out how to control my data usage on travel, and I even made a checklist to follow to make sure it never happened again. A lot has changed in the last two years, we’ve only become more and more reliant on cloud services, in fact so many new cloud services that it’s hard to keep track. iCloud Photo Library, Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox…the list goes on and on. My checklist is limited to what we knew 2 years ago.
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