Your options when personal cloud storage services are being blocked…*cough*Turkey*cough*

Official story is here.

I initially wanted to do a comparison of the various cloud storage services and offer some scenario based comparison of when you should use the various providers and some alternatives. But now I wanted to post about a different kind of cloud storage in case you need access to a cloud storage during this period.

It is possible that the sub-domains for the consumer versions of cloud storage services are blocked but not the enterprise/business versions. You may still be able to access these. You can try to use Amazon’s S3 buckets, Azure’s Storage or even Google Cloud Storage. Of course, you could also pay for a VPN service and try to hop around the restrictions. But if you don’t want to pay for a VPN service, you still have this option.

You can create a free developer account with each of those providers:

All of them offer a free month or some sort of credit to use their services so you may not even pay anything until those options run out.

Why enterprise storage?

You get to pick the location of your storage data anywhere where these providers have a data center. This means, you can keep your data within countries in the EU if you wish. Just saying.

Storage pricing

With Azure Storage (https://portal.azure.com), create a Blob Storage type of account and you get to switch pricing tiers between Hot and Cool. Use Cool storage pricing tier for storing large amounts of data and for data that is access less frequently. Use the Hot pricing tier for more frequently accessed data to get better data access speeds. Here’s the pricing page for Azure Storage: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/storage/blobs/. The pricing is per GB and the tiers are split in terms of how terabytes of data you are storing. Chances are you will be within the 100TB tier. For an example, let’s say you have the said leaked emails, they are possibly less than 100GB. You will pay ~$2 USD a month for storage and data retrieval is free for the Hot pricing tier. My recommendation is to use the Hot tier to start with and then when you are not access the data as much, switch to the Cool tier then to save money on storage.

With AWS S3, you can opt for Reduced Redundancy storage for a much lower cost (almost free). https://aws.amazon.com/s3/reduced-redundancy/. Here’s a total cost of ownership calculator from AWS https://aws.amazon.com/tco-calculator/ to help you decide.

Useful apps for accessing enterprise storage

S3 explorer (Windows; unofficial): http://s3browser.com/

S3 explorer for Android (unofficial): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lysesoft.s3anywhere&hl=en

Azure Storage Explorer (official): http://storageexplorer.com/

Azure Storage Explorer for Android (BETA; unofficial): https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.pl.azurestorageexplorer

Disclaimer: The Azure Storage Explorer for Android is my own app that I have been working on. It is completely free, open source and ad-free.

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It is time to give

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to guilt-trip you into signing-up for anything. Just an informational post about something nice happening during the weekend of 10/14.

A few years ago, I was asked if I would volunteer to help build a software for a cause. That was when I was living in Indiana. I participated in the Indy GiveCamp. I helped build a mini-CRM over a weekend for a dance studio operated by women for women. Of course, it wasn’t just me building the application. We were a team of 4. Coming out of the weekend, it was the best feeling ever, of being able to help someone’s cause with my programming skills. I didn’t even spend a dime. It sounds  simple, doesn’t it? These organizations that need help with IT don’t want your money, they want YOU. Your time and help is all that they would like to get for that ONE weekend.

Fast-forward 2 years and I now live in the Seattle area. There is a Seattle GiveCamp happening during the weekend of 10/14. I am going. I even convinced someone I work with, a friend of mine, to sign-up as well. We couldn’t be more excited. I am looking forward to meeting new people, hearing about their causes and cranking out code.

Learn more about GiveCamp and the Seattle GiveCamp. Find out if there is one happening in your city and sign-up. Do it. And take your friends with you too.

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Transitions 1.3.1

v1.3.1 is out of Beta! I have finally pushed v1.3.1 to Production. You can get it here.

I am also taking a hiatus from updating Transitions for a while unless there are critical bugs to fix. I will be shifting my focus to refactoring Squiggly.

Here’s a preview of what v1.3.1 has to offer. Of course, keeping up with the mantra of Transitions, it’s all free, no ads.

A weird problem with GridView OnScrollListener and ActionBar’s list navigation listener

[UPDATED]: The solution

Has anyone had a problem with setting a gridview’s scroll listener and item listener for a list navigation spinner in a layout? The ActionBar is actually ActionBarSherlock. I tried to use the regular ActionBar and still had the same results as shown in this video.

I have narrowed down the problem to be the gridview’s scroll listener. As soon as I set the gridview’s scroll listener, it causes these issues:
– Prevents the spinner in the action bar from receiving item click events.
– Gridview doesn’t seem to draw the item views until a touch event has occurred in the layout.

In order for the spinner to receive clicks, I have to pause the activity using the task switcher or switch to another and then come back to the activity, then it starts to work again. I am baffled as to why this is happening.

Has anyone experienced this problem before? Click here to see the post I made on Google+ which has a video attached to it.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Very neat!

CSS3 Wizardry

Recreating the iOS 5 Switch Control with HTML5, CSS3 and a Bit of ECMAScript 5

The final result of this post will run in iOS 5, Safari 5.1, as well as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

Previously I had created a version of the switch control in iOS. With the launch of iOS5 Apple complete updated the look of the switch control. They went with a rounded style, which they also did with most controls in their desktop operating system, Lion.

After playing around with the early betas of iOS 5, I came up with the following reproduction of the new switch control look using just HTML5, CSS3 and some JavaScript for the interactive part. Functionally the switch control is nothing more than a fancier way of presenting a checkbox. So, for our purposes we are going to use a checkbox. Except that we need a couple…

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Mass Effect 3: Leaving Earth Theme

So I was searching the internet for a cover of the Leaving Earth theme background score and found this. I liked it so much when I first heard it in the game that I wanted to see if someone already played it and Sebastian did a good job with it.

He has some music related resources for this score posted up on his personal website here. Enjoy!

In case you missed it last night, Skype for Windows Phone beta is here !

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In case you missed it last night, Skype for Windows Phone beta is here !

Check it out: http://bit.ly/AfEaq4

One of the things we know people want to do on their phone is Skype.

Today a beta of the much-anticipated Skype app for Windows Phone is availablle. This brings communication with Skype’s 200 million users to Windows Phone platform (Check it out HERE).

The Metro design in the new Skype app for Windows Phone makes Skype shine in a whole new way, delivering a clean and simple experience. Check out Video : http://youtu.be/zd5BVkI3RzI

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if star wars and vw had a baby

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This combines two of my favourite things…

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