My Life in Viña del Mar, Chile: Part 2, Home Office Edition
Meet the New Life, Pretty Much the Same as the Old Life
As you may know, I’m a stay-at-home/work-from-home dad who does various technology-related things to try and make enough money to buy shiny new things every once in a while. As such, my days are generally a mix of running errands (grocery shopping, etc.), working on the computer and doing around the house things like cleaning and laundry. And when we moved to Chile, things didn’t really change much, as discussed some here. And in the last week or two I’ve been able to stare getting back to my tech work. Here is that part of my story.
When Did the Macbook Air’s Screen Get So Small?
For several years now, Cecile & I have shared an 11″ Macbook Air as our traveling laptop. It’s about the perfect traveling computer, so small and light it can fit into any carry bag and be carried around without anyone knowing you have a computer. But, even though it is 3 1/2 years old, it can handle our regular everyday tasks and more (the more in my case generally being advanced video editing and sometimes graphics work). It’s biggest downsides are the small hard drive (64 GB; I still can’t believe that’s considered small, having been working closely with computers for, good golly, over 20 years now) and the 11″ screen.
That screen is fine for you regular people (I think of you as “normals”), but for any sort of content creation, web design, heavy duty photo work or video editing, it’s annoyingly small. Plus I’m used to working with my 27″ iMac. Sigh. So much for arranging windows for maximum visibility, now it’s just Command-Tabbing between them and trying to figure out what’s open and what isn’t. That said, performance wise things are still fine, but I am have to juggle hard drive space in a serious way.
Hey, You, Let Me Onto Your Cloud
And so I’m testing the various ways of offloading things I need, but not necessarily right now, into the Cloud. I’ve been using Dropbox for years as a place to keep various work related files so I can access them on any device. This has very useful as I spend much of my evenings in Peoria with Joel at ballet; I head to Starbucks (lacking a better coffee shop nearby) to do some work. But two problems I have with Dropbox are that I’m running out of free storage and things I sync with Dropbox still take up space on my computer. Previously I didn’t mind that, in fact I preferred it for security reasons even though there have been occasional issues with things not syncing and versions getting confused.
Now, however, I need a place to store stuff so that I can still use it, but it doesn’t take up space on my hard drive. Currently, I’m using Copy, a newer cloud service I heard about many months ago. I believe it started with 15 GB free and I got two referrals bumping me up to 25 GB. And I can have stuff up there that still shows up in my Copy folder on my computer and, I think but haven’t tried it yet, can still work on it as though it’s on my computer. I’m still not 100% sure it’s working the way I think, shortly I will move some video files I don’t need anymore right now over there and we’ll see if the space gets cleared up.
Pictures, #AppleFail, #PhotostreamFail, and More
If you read this, you know I’ve been having some issues with Photostream, which would help a little with pictures not taking up all my hard drive space. The problem continues & I’ve given up on it as a way to keep pictures in sync and off devices. Right now, as Copy does not have the photo sync feature that Dropbox does, I’m leaning towards letting the Google (gasp!) take care of my photos. I’m not crazy about it, don’t trust them any more that Facebook, but I’ve heard good things and it might be the best solution for now.
Hey, Get Back to Work
This is as opposed to Cecile who was, as could be expected, given a computer that isn’t just running Windows (the poor, poor dear), but in Spanish with a Spanish keyboard. I don’t want to sound suspicious, but I think one reason she wants me to visit campus is to see if I can switch it.
And now, for putting up with this, enjoy a picture of the full moon over Viña del Mar, Chile. Does it look upside down to you?