I used to be a heavy Spotify-user before my favorite artists moved away from the service. Now I’m using Apple Music – but all of my playlists have been stuck in Spotify-land. To be honest, I haven’t missed them that much, but it was still very nice to get them back as of today 😀 !

I downloaded SongShift – an app that you install on your iPhone or iPad which makes it really easy to move favorites, playlists and more between different music services. It’s a great app, well made and nicely designed – you should really try it out if you’ve got playlists scattered across several services.

Vi i vÄrt hushÄll handlar primÀrt pÄ Coop, med MedMera-kortet. Det har en rad fördelar, och en av dem Àr att man som medlem fÄr personliga rabatter (nÄgot ICA var först i Sverige med), baserat pÄ sina tidigare inköp.

Coops App Àr en strÄlande produktion tycker jag, bland annat sÄ blir den tillgÀnglig direkt via startkÀrmen pÄ iPhone via iBeacon (gissning?) nÀr man Àr i en Coop-butik. Hypermodernt.

En daglig mindre utmaning för min familj Àr att hÄlla inköpslistan nÄgorlunda uppdaterad. Det resulterar ofta i flera turer till butiken Àn nödvÀndigt. HÀr skulle Coop kunna hjÀlpa oss!

Coop kan förutsĂ€ga min inköpslista, baserat pĂ„ mina tidigare köp. PĂ„minna mig om vad som snart kommer att vara slut (baserat pĂ„ tidigare konsumtionsmönster). Ett exempel: Vi anvĂ€nder ungefĂ€r 2 paket krossade tomater per vecka. En enkel uppgift för en smart inköpslista – varje vecka föreslĂ„r den att vi bör köpa 2 paket krossade tomater. NĂ€r köpet har gjorts sĂ„ börjar rĂ€knaren om för just den varan.

Det vore underbart att ha det sÄ hÀr för alla vÄra inköp, pÄ sÀtt skulle vi ha ett mindre tomt skafferi, och slippa göra smÄinköp för att komplettera vÄr egen glömska.

Detta kanske redan Àr pÄ gÄng, om inte sÄ ser jag fram emot nÀr det finns!

Kima och Amanda lÀser saga

  1. Take photos
  2. Import to local harddrive using Aperture (SSD ftw)
  3. Post process in Aperture
  4. Publish to Internet (Flickr, whatever)
  5. Relocate originals to NAS (using Aperture)
  6. Let NAS make backup (Rsync to another hd, then to far-away location using CrashPlan+)
  7. Delete from SD-card

My workflow is a work in progress. Can you spot any problems with it?
How do you work?

I bought this to extend my ever growing need of space (all of my photographs are shot in RAW). Right now it’s housing 2x3tb connected over eSATA to my B3 (small home server). The first thing that struck me when I turned on the ICY BOX was how incredibly loud it was. I’m very sensitive to sound and noise, so I couldn’t possibly live with that kind of monster in my living room. So I decided to replace the fan.

Thankfully, RaidSonic (ICY BOX designer/manufacturer) has made this very easy:

ICY BOX rear

  1. You simply remove the fan, it’s a 2 pin connector (don’t ask me).  And then you

  2. Buy a silent fan. I picked up the Noctua R-8, which is incredibly silent.
  3. Most fans that you can buy come with a 3 pin or 4 pin connector. This might scare you, but in this case it doesn’t matter.
  4. Splice the cables, and use the connector from the previous fan. Be sure to check and remember which cable goes where. In my case, the yellow was the red. Twine the new fan’s cable with the old one. Put some tape around the naked metal.
  5. Insert new fan. Make sure that no cable end up close to the fans blade.
  6. Tidy up.
  7. Done!

Electronics

The end result

For me, I would have returned the ICY BOX if I had been unable to fix the noise. Thankfully it worked out, and now the HDD’s sounds more than the ICY BOX fan. One thing that I learned from this was how analog fans are. It’s just a small electric motor, and because of this, their cables are really simple. Just like a speaker cable.

 

Raspberry Pi Musicbox

I recently bought a tiny tiny computer – the Raspberry Pi model B. Right now it’s running Pi Musicbox, and I use it as a streaming station. The Musicbox enables the Pi to serve as a remotely controlled Spotify-client and as a AirTunes-player. It’s very nice to not need your computer or phone to listen to music. Anyone can control the music, through a web based control interface, which also opens up for more interestingness.

I’ll probably experiment more with this!