Posterous bought by Twitter – where are you moving your blog?

Do you blog on Posterous? If so, have you read their blog posting abut the acquisition? Which seems just like a simple announcement… with maybe an idea that something might be up. Especially when you read "For users who would like to back up their content or move to another service, we‚Äôll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming weeks." But then you read the FAQ on the acquisition and it becomes pretty clear that you need to start looking for someplace else to blog. I think Twitter bought Posterous for the talent, not for the functionality in Posterous.

I started using Posterous back in 2009. Mainly because they made it so easy to post, just send an email. And it was so easy to autopost from Posterous to Twitter, LinkedIn, and other blogging platforms. I admit I am a little paranoid, I have back ups of back ups, and then on top of that I have back ups in the cloud (hey, burn me once…). So with how easy Posterous made it to publish to other platforms, I start posting from Posterous to Tumblr in January of 2010 and then also to WordPress in March of 2010. Why not have copies of my posting in a second place just in case, right? I only point traffic to my Posterous site, but to me it was worth it to autopost to the other platforms in case something happened to my primary site. Looks like I made the right choice, huh? ūüôā

But the $64,000,000 question is – with the future of Posterous being up in the air, what do you do? Are you going to stay put till you hear more? Are you going to migrate? If so, I’d suggest looking at Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress. I have read that Tumblr is closer to being a direct competitor to Posterous. But I think I am going to move to a WordPress site as my main site (with Tumblr as my back up still). I like the reporting and the customization available.

So, you ask, how do you get your old blog posts from Posterous over to Tumblr or WordPress? Well, the bad news is there isn’t an easy way to back up your blog yet. Notice I said yet! Maybe it is coming? But with the current functionality it isn’t too terrible to post to another site. It’s just manual and it will take some time to do the migration. The more posts you have the longer it will take. Sorry.

The details:

  • Log into your Posterous account.
  • On the left click on "Manage Spaces"
  • Click on the down arrow next to the gear for the blog you want to migrate
  • Click on "Autopost Setup"
  • At the bottom of the page click on "+ Add a service"
  • Set up the new blogging platform you want to migrate to.
  • Now the long tedious part…
  • Click on "Manage Spaces" again
  • The click on the down arrow next to the gear for the blog you want to migrate again
  • Then select "Posts"
  • Start with your oldest post click on the gear next to the post to "Edit" the post
  • You don’t have to actually edit the post, but you do need to click on "Post Options" way over on the right of the screen
  • Then click on "Autopost this now" and select the new Blog site
  • And repeat over and over and over for each posting.
  • Remember to start with your oldest post and work your way to the newest posting, if you want to keep your chronological order
  • And, if you want you can then go edit each new post on the new blog site to change the posting date back to your original posting date

So not fun, and it will take some time, but it’s pretty simple and you can move all your old posts from Posterous to your new platform just by dedicating some time.

What platform are you moving to or do you use (if you don’t use Posterous)? Why did you go with it?

Free 50GB upgrade for Box promotion (cloud storage)

Box has a great offer of a free 50GB account for any Android user!  From their blog

This promotion ends on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:59pm PST, so grab your free 50GB on Box by following these steps:

 1. Visit the Android Marketplace and download Box for Android
2. Log into your account or register for a new one directly from the app
3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud

I have to be honest –  I have accounts on Dropbox, SugarSync, and on Box.  They all have pluses and minuses, but I use Dropbox for most of my day to day cloud storage needs. I started with Dropbox because it worked with my password vault and other apps on my Droid.  And, now on my iPhone, again Dropbox just works with my apps.  Most recently, it was so simple to set up Mindjet (a mind mapping app) with Dropbox on my iPhone.  Dropbox also makes it real easy to sync from the folder on my MacBook Pro.  Just drag a file to the Dropbox folder and it syncs.  How easy can you get?  But… there is almost always a but. But, you only get 2GB free storage.  

That’s why I have accounts on SugarSync and Box.  Their free offers gave me 5GB each.  And of the two, SugarSync has a nice sync manager that comes with the free version.  With Box, you have to step up to the business version (a paid version) to get desktop sync’ing.  So, again, when I have files I want to access from my laptop and from my tablet, and my smart phone (and if I am not using Dropbox) I almost always use SugarSync.

But Box does have a nice clean web interface.  And it integrates with LinkedIn. So I find I end up using Box for sharing documents and other files with other people. It has become my public sharing cloud storage. Box has some great features for businesses and enterprises; things like integration with Salesforce.com and Google Apps, AD groups and version control, and of course desktop sync.  But, you don’t get any of those features in the personal free version. 

So, at first, I was kind of thinking “that’s nice, but I don’t really need it.”  But in the end my thought was, “I can always use 50GB more storage, so why not take advantage of the generous offer?  What’s the downside?”  So I downloaded the Box app to my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and took advantage of the 50GB for life offer.  Maybe you should too?

External links:
Link to get your own free Dropbox account.
Link to get your own free SugarSync account.

Google Chromebook for business users?

The argument for Chromebooks for many consumers is easy. I just look at my Mom and its easy to see the value.  

I have been using a Google Chromebook at work for a little while now and I am starting to see the value to business users too.  I have seen that enterprises will be able to lease Chromebooks for $28 a month per user. With enterprise apps moving to the cloud and the ability for many workers to do their job via a browser it has all the features required for most employees. Especially with what I have read about the coming partnerships with VMware and Citrix. The OS is so simplified end users don't see anything except the browser interface. And with everything in the cloud, no backups are required. Add in no viruses and no known malware on top of that.  Then you throw in the management tools available to organizations this could be a great solution for many. Talk about a great TCO over MS Windows PCs and possibly even over Macs (especially now since Macs are being targeted with malware)!

An added point I noticed yesterday – once you put a full wrap around leather case on an iPad 2 there isn't much size nor weight difference between a Chromebook and an iPad. The interface (and maybe the targeted use) is totally different of course, but size and weight really isn't that different honestly.

Employees will just have to get over the fact there is no local storage. This was my biggest hang up for the first week or so…

Google’s Chromebook Cr-48

I've gone a couple of days now with the Cr-48 Chromebook and I can see the use.  But I also miss my MacBook Pro sometimes too.  

It took a while to figure out that the Chrome browser was all there was. It's hard to break old habits.  The first few days I kept trying to move the mouse down to get the program dock or to a corner to see what other apps were running.  But there is nothing else.  Like Google said it's all in the cloud. There are no other apps; no iTunes (but Google had good timing releasing Music Beta when they did), no MS Office (but Google has Docs which I actually like to use), no Firefox or Safari (but of course there is Chrome).  In the end I used Chrome for everything I'd normally do.  Even Evernote worked ok and I use Evernote a lot in a normal work day.  

There were only two times where I had to find a work around. Once when I wanted to move photos off my camera (which I have read I could move them to Picasa).  And then when I wanted to listen to music and Google's Music Beta didn't have the ability to connect wireless to my stereo like I do from my Mac.  And I didn't have an option to download Airfoil.  So I had to connect the Chromebook to the stereo by plugging in. 

I don't honestly think Google is selling the hardware, it's all about Chrome and the cloud, but the Cr-48 is decent.  The keyboard is great.  The monitor works well and there is no glare. The biggest issue has been getting use to the mouse.  Oh, and the battery has been awesome, I am recharging it again tonight after using it for just about everything for the last two days.  From everything that I have read the Samsung and Acer Chromebooks have as good, or better, specs. 

I could see a Chromebook being the main device for some business users.  Especially when Citrix rolls out the Citrix receiver for Chrome.  And VMware is suppose to be working with Google also. Talk about a great TCO for organizations. 

And for quite a few consumers a Chromebook is all they really need honestly. What else do you need if all you are doing is surfing Facebook and youtube?  

Google Speech

I am betting very few people with a Droid phone even know what the cool little mic symbol to the left of the space bar is on the on screen keyboard.  And if you don’t have a droid phone I bet you haven’t heard at all about Google Speech.  I think it is Google’s coolest unknown released product.  You push the little mic symbol and start talking.  Google does a great job of transcribing what I am saying to text.  I use it all the time (ok and occasionally when I am driving, but I am not texting!).

Using Google speech now (punctuation and capitalization added) “I am very impressed with google speech transcription, it is so easy to use, no buttons to push, no onscreen keys to press, it just works! I know Apple (got to) set what people expect with a tablet but I think google speech is the unsung new technology. Why aren’t (they) talking about it or (how) it works so well?  I just talk, it’s natural. Yes (why did it add “yes?”) I am very interested see where it goes next year or two. Will they add the functionality to google docs? And I want to see what happens when Apple, Dell, HP, Samsung (etc. finally) take note. Interesting times.”

Now in the car  “I am so impressed with google speech pretty good job.  Right now I’m in the car and it still works well. I don’t know what the f*** is the princess apple is making ice cream eclipse request is google voice to voice the new input. I have to admit it’s much easier than touch anything. (yeah, I don’t even know what I was trying to say in that third sentence).”

Okay and there is one big bug that has to get fixed, I’d like it if Google Speech would do punctuation and capitalization.  They don’t even try now.

How do you delete extra home screen pages on a Galaxy Tab?

I love that I can add as many home screens to my Samsung Galaxy Tab as I want.¬† But I hate that when I add a widget that is too large that the Galaxy Tab automatically creates a new home screen to add this new widget to.¬† I guess the designers thought this was a better behavior than saying “sorry, your widget is to big” but it still annoys me.¬† More often than not when this happens I have to delete the widget and then delete the newly created home screen.¬† Both are quick and easy to do but one is more intuitive than the other.¬† Just a waste of time is all.¬† Ok, so… 

How do I delete the widget and the extra home screen pages? 

How to delete a widget you have on your home screen page. 
Just like removing an application shortcut, all you have to do to remove a widget from a home screen is hold your finger down on the widget till the application short cut at the bottom of the screen turns into a trash can with the word remove under it.¬† Then just drag the widget down to the trash.¬† Easy, right? 

How to delete an extra home screen page.
For some reason this is the one that I always have to think about.¬† It’s just not as intuitive as removing an app shortcut or removing a widget. 

From any home screen page click on the menu hard key (down on the bottom of the Galaxy Tab you will find the hard keys for menu, home, go back, and search).¬† Then select edit (little pencil symbol). This will show you all the home screens you have in a grid and turns on the trash can down at the bottom of the screen. Hold your finger on the home screen you want to remove and drag it down to the trash can.¬† The screen will turn red and you can left your finger and it will be deleted.¬† If you had shortcuts or widgets on the home screen a message will pop up telling you “This page has items, remove?”¬† Just say ok and it will be deleted. Still pretty simple. 

Note: From this same home screen page grid you can also add more home screen pages.  Up to a total of 9 home screen pages.

Samsung Galaxy Tab update

The Galaxy Tab is almost perfect – for me.

It is still the screen space that has really sold it so far for me. As I said before the Galaxy Tab has about three times more screen space than my Droid X. I really notice this when taking notes at work (Evernote app) and then when reading (Kindle app). I just wish the screen was slightly bigger to make it easier to type (I have seen an accessory dock with a full keyboard which I might need to look at).  But it is the perfect size when I am reading or surfing the web.  Where the iPad is just slightly too large the Galaxy Tab is perfect. I am also finding in landscape mode it is perfect for movies too.  The screen resolution and ratio works perfect.

Speaking of movies – I wasn't thrilled with the idea of one more account to have to manage (the Samsung Media Hub) – I already have a bunch of media (TV shows and movies) in iTunes…¬† But I¬† found Doubletwist!¬† Doubletwist is kind of like iTunes for Android. Works great with music and video.¬† I am very happy!

Surfing the web has been surprisingly speedy. I still haven't run into a flash heavy site yet though (but the Tab comes pre-loaded with Flash Player 10.1).  I end up using the default browser most of the time, but I do have Opera and Firefox loaded up and they both work fine.  I haven't used any of them enough to have a favorite yet.

The other selling point over an iPad you hear people talk about is the two cameras Рa 3-megapixel camera (with an LED flash) in back and a 1.3MP lens in front for video chat using Qik. Still pictures look fine, even if I do feel a little silly hold up the Galaxy Tab to take photos. I have only used it to take photos of whiteboards after meetings to add to my notes in Evernote.  But I still haven't tried out Qik yet.  I own a Galaxy Tab and I am using it day to day and, honestly, I don't know if the cameras are really that big a deal. 

Samsung seems to have done a better job with their phones on provided "value added customization."  The Galaxy Tab seems pretty vanilla right now, probably because we are all waiting for the tablet-specific version of Android Р3.0 "Honeycomb." This is an area where Apple's control of the OS and the hardware (and somewhat over the apps) gives them an advantage.

Other than that is has been a very similar experience as using my Droid X (which is a positive statement – I love my Droid X, it's the perfect phone), just with a much larger screen. And I am not quite as envious of people with iPads, in fact I am pretty happy I waited for the Galaxy Tab.

I am happily looking forward to what Android 3.0 will bring and what new apps will come out to take advantage of the extra screen space (come on flipboard – time to support Android now).