Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Another Beatles book - Beatles Gear

I got a new Beatles book for Christmas, "Beatles Gear". It's a very cool. It's an exhaustive look at all of the Beatles guitars, amps, and drums. It is very fascinating.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Amazon Cloud - the jury is still out

I've been using Amazon Cloud now for a few months. I am using it strictly for backup purposes. I was using Amazon S3, but the unlimited space for $60 a year is about half I am paying for the S3 account.

The problem is that the interface is really terrible. You can login using existing Amazon un/pw, which is great. You can go to and start dragging and dropping files, which is also great. You can also install the desktop app, but if you upload file using that, it puts the files in the rooter directory. I can't figure out a way to put files in specific locations using the desktop app. You can go back and move them at, but web interface is really bad.

It's all because the web interface is so unresponsive at times. You click on a directory and you wait a few seconds for it to go to that location, or if you create a folder, you wait. Yes, it's only seconds, but those seconds add up.

Sometimes if I am uploading a lot of files, it will become completely unresponsive. I will click on a directory that I know has files in it, and it shows nothing. Sometimes I can refresh the page and they show up, but other times I just can't get it to load the files. Because of all of this, it is taking me weeks to get on my files up there. Yes, I have a TB+ worth of files, but the pitch is "unlimited".

I want to use this to backup my ext hard drive, and do this frequently to back up new and new versions of files. I use "Beyond Compare" to sync my hard drive with another back up HD, but now I want this same functionality in the cloud, so that's why I went to Amazon Cloud.

I am using NetDrive to load my Amazon Cloud account as a drive on my PC, and then I use Beyond Compare to compare my HD with my Amazon Cloud drive. This works, in theory, but NetDrive will always disconnect with Amazon after a while. I would say this is a NetDrive issue, but my experience with Amazon Cloud tells me that it is the weak link.

Once I have everything backed up I will reevaluate. I have well over a TB to get up there, and I'm only half way. It's a long process. I wish I could just get it all uploading and wake up the next day with it done, but that doesn't seem to be an option.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Saints win, but it's been a rough year. And attention...Brees is not done.

The Saints beat the Jags today. It was a classic Brees-era Saints game. The offense put up huge numbers, and the defense gave up huge numbers. Ironically, the D did have two turnovers, so they stopped the Jags from making it close.

Brees was pretty much perfect. He just about had a 70% completion rate with 400+ yards passing and 3 TDs. This dude still has it.

The Brees era is winding down, but he is clearly not done. He might only have a year or two left to play at this level, but that level is Hall-of-Fame caliber, so please get a defense. Please.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve morning run in beautiful weather

It is perfect running weather. Clear blue skies and 70 degrees. I love me some global warming.

I got in a slow but steady 5 miles. Now I'm off to do a little late Christmas shopping and then getting ready for church and a party this evening with friends. It's a really good start to the holidays.

I even did my part by picking up some trash in the park. Somebody threw some beer cans on the ground only 30 feet from a trash can. I guess that was too much trouble for them.