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Revolut - pro koho je?

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Revolut - pro koho je?

Po mých posledních zištných doporučeních Revolutu mi několik z vás napsalo, že by je zajímalo trochu více k čemu je to vlastně dobré. Ona je to banka a není banka, je to účet a není to účet a rozhodně to není pro každého :-).

Co je to Revolut?

Revolut je především jedním z nejúspěšnějších fintech startupů poslední doby, který si uvědomil, že banky jsou tak moc zkonstnatělé, až to není hezké a že má šanci ukázat trhu, jak by mohl vypadat váš účet v dnešní době. Pro mne je to především druhý účet a karta. Jak někteří z vás vědí, zrovna před měsícem se mi stalo, že mi má banka (Moneta) zablokovala platební kartu po nákupu knedlíku v Tescu. A ono být v dnešní době týden bez karty, když se zrovna chystáte na dovolenou, je celkem dobrodružné. Proto se především lidem, kteří hodně cestují, vyplatí mít karet více.

Proto jsem toho názoru, že Revolut je především pro ty, kteří cestují. Je jedno, jestli po celém světě nebo pár kilometrů za hranice na nákupy. Jednoduše se prostřednictvím appky Revolutu zaregistrujete a získáte během pár minut svůj účet, digitální platební kartu (s podporou Apple Pay) a pokud chcete, tak i fyzickou kartu. A můžete začít. Na účet si převedete prostřednictvím své stávající karty peníze a můžete si vyzkoušet, jak by měl vypadat zákaznický zážitek u každé banky.

Co Revolut umí oproti běžnému účtu u české banky?

  • Velice pěkný “budgeting” - můžete si nastavit svůj rozpočet včetně oblastí - tedy, že za zábavu chcete utratit XX, za jídlo XY a appka velice slušně zvládá nákupy do kategorií rozdělovat

  • Kdykoliv si můžete založit účet v další měně, kde si můžete převádět peníze - skvělé pro hraní si s kurzem. Revolut sám o sobě má velice dobré kurzy (lepší než běžné banky), ale můžete si dát stranou peníze na výlet do Chorvatska v kunách nebo do Kanady v dolarech. Když jste pak v zahraničí, Revolut bere primárně zdroje z účtu, který odpovídá dané měně. Pokud často cestujete, tak je to jednak slušná úspora a druhak je to fajn pro přehled.

  • Lidí, kteří mají Revolut přibývá a skvělé jsou také okamžité platby mezi uživateli - prostě v appce kliknete, že chcete poslat 500kč kamarádovi, přidáte vtipný pohyblivý gif a peníze jsou během vteřriny převedeny. Žádné že z účtu 458236478/0100 převádíte peníze na 478562102/0300 - FIlip posílá peníze Jirkovi.

  • Revolut umí skvěle rozdělit útratu. Pro mne asi nejvíc nejlepší funkce :-). Často jezdíme s přáteli do zahraničí na výlety. A znáte to - jednou zaplatí oběd ten, po druhý někdo jiný, ten půjčí auto, ten platí benzín a snažíme se to nějak balancovat, aby se nestal jen jeden z nás sponzorem výletu. Teď už máme všichni Revolut - takže je úplně jedno, kdo co platí, protože při platbě stačí jen řící, že se má rozdělit mezi 3 lidi a těm rovnou dorazí výzva, zda mohou část útraty zaplatit. Tapnete, že ano a kolega má v mžiku peníze na účtu.

  • Dobře umí pracovat Revolut i se spořením - přímo v appce si třeba můžete nastavit, že si “budete dávat spropitné stranou” - každou vaši platbu zaokrouhlí a rozdlí vloží do pokladničky. Takže čím více utrácíte, tím více šetříte.

  • Revolut podporuje kryptoměny, takže zde můžete nakupovat a prodávat základní měny.

  • Revolut umí obchodovat - můžete zde nakupovat americké akcie - koupíte si kousek Applu, Tesly nebo Googlu - bez poplatků. Není to žádná propracovaný nástroj pro ostřílené obchodníky, ale je to tak jednoduché, že vás to na hraní bude bavit.

  • Pokud nakupujete na pochybných místech nebo máte rádi maximální bezpečnost, můžete si přímo v aplikaci vytvářet další virtuální karty pro různá využití.

  • Nově podporuje také některé neziskové organizace, kterým můžete pohodlně přímo z účtu posílat peníze.

To jsou za mě základní a nejpoužívanější věci. Revolut toho umí mnohem více, má slušně řešenou bezpečnost a když přejdete například na vyšší tarif Metal, tak má dle mého názoru také nejhezčí platební kartu na trhu - opravdu kovovou. Jasný, v době Apple Pay to není úplně “killer feature”, sám už jsem jí pár měsíců nevytáhl z peněženky, ale mají třeba pro dámy i růžovou kartu a to už může být pro někoho důvod pro přechod :-).

Nejnižší tarif je zcela zdarma, za nejvyšší Metal dáte 300 Kč měsíčně, ale je v něm poměrně hodně služeb včetně slušného cestovního pojištění, ztráty zavazadel, vstupů do letištních salónků apod.

Po roce

Používáme s ženou Revolut více než rok a zatím jsme nenarazili na jediný problém. Nakupuji přes něj kryptoměny, investuji, procestoval jsem s ním Evropu i Ameriku a konečně zrealizoval několik výletů s přáteli, kdy po návratu opravdu nikdo nic nikomu nedlužil :-). Dokonce jsme v Good Sailors založili Revolut Business, proto mít možnost posílat a příjímat chorvatské kuny se ukázalo pro naše banky jako velký problém. Takže používáme i business účet, který dovoluje vystavovat karty zaměstnancům s jednotlivými limity, ale hlavně také podporu pro více měn. Když totiž potřebujete poslat třeba daň chorvatskému finančáku, spoléhat na kurzové rozdíly není úplně dobrá volba :-).

Pokud tedy cestujete nebo často pracujete s dalšími měnami, je Revolut určitě na zvážení. Pokud jste parta přátel, která často sdílí náklady, tak také (ale tam už může pošloužit třeba i Twisto).

A pokud pracujete v některé české bance, tak doporučuji vyzkoušet, ať víte, jak by to u vás mohlo vypadat u vás :-).

Zrovna teď platí časově omezená akce, takže pokud vám Revolut přijde zajímavý a zaregistrujete se přes tento odkaz, dostaneme oba 300 kč bonus ;-).

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Apple

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Apple

I'm a devoted - a true admirer of Apple’s brand and, by extension, founder and visionary, Steve Jobs. To be honest, it started even as a child, with me salivating at the mouth while staring through shop windows, gazing at the ever-elusive collections of Macs. Some kids wanted Lego, others wanted a bicycle, yet my young, burdened heart yearned for the Performa.

Yes, I'm an unapologetic iSheep, with a framed photo of 2066 Crist Drive, Los Altos, adorning my wall. I was one of the lucky few to see Steve Jobs' last WWDC keynote in person and was even amongst the many gathered at Infinity Loop on the day he passed away.

At my core I love Apple, but I’ll be the first one to say they’re not infallible. I can look at them with an open mind and be objective. I’ve followed the company from its near-downfall, through its incredible growth, and into the giant it is today. I was a pioneer of the iBook in my home country of Czech Republic back when being an Applista meant dealing with the never-ending communication struggles of winmail.dat and non-functioning webpages. 

But even though those problems are long in the rearview, I can’t say I’m a more satisfied user today than I was back then.

These Last Few Years

Throughout the ups and downs, the good times and the bad, the only thing that has remained consistent has been Apple’s inability to be consistent with their vision. While Steve’s Apple was driven by innovation and consolidation, today’s Apple, the shareholder’s Apple, begins and ends at the bottom line. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy of a strong market value driving a stale, moribund design process that succeeds in spite of itself merely because of a rabid fanbase that will frequently purchase slightly upgraded products, which are brought to market on a ravenous, bloated release cycle.

But, “the proof is in the pudding”, as they say, and when you look at the evolution, or lack thereof, across Apple’s offerings you can see that lack of innovation on full display.

iPad

In 2010, the first iPad was introduced and it was great. So great that I still have one at home, although my young son has since claimed possession of it. But when you compare that original model with what’s available today, not much has changed. Heck, if it wasn’t for Microsoft Surface, maybe the Apple Pencil would have never seen the light of day, nor Apple’s own Smart  Keyboard. Yet who is to blame for this design apathy? I think a large part of that falls on the consumer.

Cupertino is quite content that I, as many others, continue to purchase new models, despite each model offering little in terms of innovation. Animojis guys? Really? In my mind, I pictured Infinity Loop collectively brought to tears, laughing at their WWDC keynote presentation as the sheep applauded the animated poop. The “evolution” on display was a far cry from Steve’s vision for Apple, yet the money we’ve spent on their products and services has fueled and will continue to fuel the current situation. 

iPhone

If you want another prime example of the sheer lack of innovation at Apple, look no further than the iPhone. Yeah, I said it. If I look at my first one, purchased back in 2007, and compare it with today’s offerings, you can clearly see the hardware leaps, but can you honestly say much has changed in terms of its features and functionality? I would venture to say that the iPhone’s design path was dictated less by customer desires and needs and more by the lucrative Apps and the subsequent ecosystem built to develop and market them.

Despite that, I have purchased every new iPhone Apple has introduced and that begs the question, “Why would Apple change their philosophy when the status quo is just so damn effective?” They simply don’t have to, nor does it seem to make business sense. 

Siri

Believe it or not, Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, is now smack dab in the middle of childhood at the young age of eight years old. Unfortunately, Siri has seemingly been left back a few years at school, possessing the aptitude and common sense of a Pre-K student.

Harsh? Maybe. But for comparison-sake, have a look at what Google offers with its Google Assistant, which is simply more comprehensive, accessible, and intelligent. Not to mention, the WWDC update of adding functionality like “Shortcuts” is merely a step up and not a true step forward.

I foresee Siri’s fate running in parallel to Maps, where Apple will announce that they’re going back to the drawing board, redesigning it, and that everything is going to turn out perfectly. But even if it were to happen, I believe it may be too little too late. They’ve missed an opportunity to shape the public’s perception of Siri being less of a toy, and more of a transformative tool that would redefine how we use virtual assistants and the devices running them. 

MacBook Pro

Imagine this scenario: you have an existing product that has good performance, great features, and lasts for years, yet you have fanatics bursting at the seams for something new, with money burning a hole in their wallets. What to do?

Step one, lose that pesky light-up apple on the front and the power button because they’re both so “2015”. Step two, remove the MagSafe because it’s just too darn user-friendly and it can’t work with USB-C, right? Last, but certainly not least, let’s put a beautiful Touch Bar above the keyboard for the 5% who may actually use it and, more importantly, to justify the jump in price.

The problem, a large percentage of the MacBook Pro user base don’t even use the built-in keyboard, preferring to hook their laptop up to an external display and accompanying keyboard and mouse. But hey, since they liked the animated poop so much, why not spice up the keyboard as well and see how excited that will get them. It may just be the greatest MacBook ever produced!

Software

But it’s not just the hardware. For example, take a look at Apple Maps, which has become a great tool for thrill-seekers when you consider the chance of getting to your desired location hovers around 50-50. Or Face ID, which while it’s unreliable and grossly underdeveloped, presents Apple with the perfect opportunity to give their fans a taste of quality assurance testing. Myself, I’m currently batting around .500 with Face ID recognition, which is not to shabby for a $1,000 phone. Steve must be turning in his grave.

CarPlay is another app in need of some love. While it’s good we now have Waze integration and no longer need to blindly wander around via Apple Maps, I was expecting a bigger revolution for my car. Of course, I know it can be hard to break into and negotiate with the old-boys club of the automotive industry, which would probably play out much like the DMV scene in Zootopia with the sloths.

Aside from the examples mentioned above, I disagree with others who believe Apple’s overall software quality has declined. Who doesn’t fondly remember the first version of Mac OS X?
It’s simply now a matter of scale as today Apple products are under a much bigger microscope, being used by half the world and I'm no longer the only one sporting an Apple product within a 30 kilometer radius. Of course, that’s not to say that both macOS and iOS could be much more than they are today, but I challenge anyone to try a competing product and dispute the quality of Apple’s software.

Fragmentation

The first thing Steve Jobs did upon returning to Apple was to trim the product lines and simplifying the entire portfolio, alleviating one of the most crucial ailments the company faced at the time - that customers couldn’t effectively wade through the busy and costly waters of their catalog.

As they say, “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Look at the segments: 5 iPhone models, 4 iPad models, 7 Mac models, and an ever-growing assortment of software and peripherals, from headphones to home assistants to speakers. Isn’t it prudent for Apple to concentrate on about half of that, ensuring quality that Steve would be proud of? 

Mac Mini hasn’t been updated for a quarter of a century; Mac Pro is beautiful but unusable; and, I’ll be damned, but in 2018 shouldn’t I be able to adjust my iMac more than just 20 degrees up and down? 

O Steve, Wherefore Art Thou?

When Steve died, a huge part of Apple died with him. Many, including myself, were pessimistic about how the company would perform without their leader. But since then, Tim Cook has performed admirably and provided shareholders with someone who can churn profits with the best of them. But what happened to changing the world? An Apple where profits came second to that constant pursuit of innovation.

As crazy as it sounds, the most forward-thinking product Apple has put out these past few years are AirPods - headphones Steve would be proud of. Great workmanship, good sound, and brilliantly simple and functional. These heavenly little buds represent the qualities that used to define Apple, but are in the end just headphones. We should expect more from a billion-dollar, industry-leading company.

The Grass is Greener

How about Microsoft? Google? While Microsoft and Google are always trying to innovate, in many ways their efforts amount to a continual cycle of reinventing the wheel. If you’ve tried Windows 10 or Android, you’ll see that Apple is still miles ahead with how everything is stable, intuitive, and just simply works. The core that Steve’s Apple built, that thriving ecosystem of software, development, and marketing, is so strong that it’s hard for other companies to compete.

Yes, call me a hypocrite, after ranting for a few paragraphs, but Apple still has the best products on the market. Even their worst is still far better than the best from other companies. But that only drives me further up the wall because I know they have the resources and foundation in place to do so much more if it weren’t for their complacency and misguided principles.

An Apple a Day

Today, I’ll be woken up by my iPhone; receive some good morning vibes from my HomePod; alerted to weather conditions by my iWatch; and then make my espresso remotely through an app. With coffee in hand, I proceed to my car, where my favorite podcasts are already downloaded and ready to play over CarPlay. Ding! My Ember mug has just alerted me that my coffee is now at its ideal temperature, but before I get to that I proceed to add a few tasks to my day via Siri.

I'll get to work, pick up my first call through my iWatch, then get on my MacBook to finish up the email I started last night on my iPad. Around lunch, I’ll log into the Household app to check in on my dog to see if she’s destroyed my garden or made any progress on that half-meter trench around the garage. Finally, on the way home, I’ll access the Find My Friends app to see where my family members are so I can start to plan out our night.

This is Apple in 2018. Not perfect by any means, but I couldn’t imagine my life without it. While I pull my hair out thinking about their current issues, I realize it’s only so frustrating because of how high they set the bar. But they set that bar, they were the trailblazing pioneers who brought us to where we are today. Because of that, I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt. They’ve forever earned my adoration for what they’ve already accomplished and they continue to be source that fuels the dreams of that young boy in me who wonders just where they might take us tomorrow.

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AirPods - Apple je zpět!

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AirPods - Apple je zpět!

V poslední době jsem Apple hodně kritizoval. Aby bylo jasno, jsem "apple ovce" více než 15 let, mám Apple rád, ale to, co tvoří poslední dobou je prostě podle mě špatně. Novým Macbookům stále nemohu přijít na jméno a tomu, jak kašlou na iMacy, Mac mini nebo MacPro je také ostuda. Ale dneska konečně nebudu nadávat.

Dorazily mi domů AirPods. I když mám stále starý iPhone 6 (nevidím důvod pro upgrade, další u mě trochu "lack of innovations" v 6s a 7), AirPods jsem si objednal, bylo to pro mě to nejzajímavější z poslední keynote.

Unboxing experience byla jako vždy báječná (to umí Apple stále dobře), zpracování celého produktu také. Futrál s nabíječkou na sluchátka je propracovaný do nejmenšího detailu (ledka nabíjení a párování, magnety...). Nenašel jsem na něm zatím nic nelogického (jako třeba u Macbooku Pro jack na sluchátka na pravé straně, kde myšujete nebo zdířka na nabíjení u Magic Mouse 2), designově pěkné, působí to i celkem odolně. Sluchátka jako taková také parádní. Zvuk mi přijde přijatelný, ale samozřejmě to nejsou žádná hifi sluchátka.

Když jsem je vytáhl z krabičky, iPhone se hned ozval a zeptal se mě, zda je chci připojit. Jednou jsem tapnul a je to. Paráda. První pocit v uchu byl takový zvláštní - jako kdyby sluchátka neseděla a měla každou chvilkou vypadnout. Ale nevypadla, drží a po chvilce použivání si člověk zvykne a vše je jak má být. Pouzdro na sluchátka jako nabíječka mi přijde také jako super nápad. Konečně někdo v Cupertinu zase přemýšlel ;-).

Ale co je na celé věci opravdu skvělé je opět propojení do ekosystému Applu. Sedíte u počítače a posloucháte přes repro hudbu, dáte si do ucha sluchátka a automaticky se hudba přepne, vytáhnete sluchátka a začne zase hrát v reprobednách. Můžete střídat různá zařízení - počítač, iPhone, iPad... Nebo si představte klasickou situaci - sedíte v kanceláři, sluchátka v uších a někdo vejde a na potřebuje s vámi promluvit. Vytáhnete jedno sluchátko z ucha, hudba se automaticky pauzne, odpovíte kolegovi na dotaz, vrátite sluchátko do ucha a hudba pokračuje. Drobnost, ale wow. Občas mi přišlo, že chvilku zvuk nebyl nejlepší, ale po vteřině jakoby se přeplo na vyšší kvalitu a už to bylo vpohodě. Dosah skvělý, i po své roubené chalupě (kde mám na pokrytí wifi 4 AP) si mohu se sluchátkama chodit a vše jede.

Uvidíme časem, ale myslím, že tohle budou sluchátka, která budu nosit pořád u sebe - pro poslech hudby, skypování i telefonování.

Milý Apple, udělal jsi mi radost, tohle je zase produkt, který dává smysl. Produkt, který má v sobě řadu skvělých inovací, produkt, který je neuvěřitelně návykový a dělá život příjemnější. Tak snad to takhle půjde dál a budu moci kritizovat méně a méně! :-)

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First 2 weeks with my Boosted board

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First 2 weeks with my Boosted board

I've bought my Boosted board 2 weeks ago in Santa Cruz, CA (is there a better place where to buy your first electric longboard? ;-)). Then, traveling across US national parks for the next 2 weeks was simply amazing. Riding in Yosemite Valley, downhill from Tioga Pass (3,031m) to Mono Lake, riding on the ridge of Grand Canyon or in Sierra Nevada and Santa Cruz...

Boosted board is the best device I've bought in the last years, so happy with it!

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The future of our productivity by Microsoft

How could emerging technology transform the way get things done 5-10 years in the future? Watch Kat, a young independent marine biologist, and Lola, a corporate executive, work together in a highly interconnected and information rich future.

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The End of Web

Now let me have my own little forecast: In a few years time, the web will not exist. At least not in the way we know it today. Your everyday ritual, when you open up a browser and type the address, won’t be here any more.

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Migration from iCloud to Google Apps

I use my iCloud account for more than 10 years, from 2002 when it was called .Mac and it wasn't very good. I've been paying for this service from its beginning and I've been always quite happy with it. But my companies run on Google Apps so I decided that it’s time to change this 2 weeks ago. iCloud is nice, but without supporting your own domain and with only a little features for sharing your events, I just have to move to Google.

What are the reasons to migrate from iCloud to Google Apps?

  • iCloud sharing and working with calendars is quite a pain with people without iCloud account

  • My mailbox has more than 25GB so I’m paying for my iCloud account 100USD/year but I’m not using the majority of my space

  • iCloud file syncing is a great idea but only few apps support it, so I’m unable to use it for all my documents (another 30+ GB), at this moment, I’m paying 100USD/year for Dropbox for this

  • iCloud does not support mapping your own domain

Pain #1

So how is it for Apple user to migrate to Google? Hard. All the process from registering my Google Apps account, setting it up, mapping my domain, paying for this. Google has quite nice services but the UI/UX of their apps is just terrible. Can’t imagine that my father could do this on his own - no way! But he was able to setup and manage his iCloud account in a minute.

Pain #2

I have my old Google account, my friends on Google+ and everything on my standard @gmail address. Is there a way to transfer this to my new account? No! After an hour of searching, I’ve managed how to transfer my Google+ information. Ok, still waiting for the migration at this moment. All other things - you need to export it (documents etc.) and import to your new account.

Pain #3

I had more than 800 meetings in my calendar last year, so my calendar file is quite big. Don’t try to import/export data in your Apple iCal. The only working way is to export ICS file from your iCalendar and then import it in google web service. It worked great. The same with your contacts, export it from your Address Book and import it in your gmail.

Pain #4

OK, 28GB of my e-mails in iCloud. How to transfer it to my Google Account? Google says he can do it! Wow. Now way. Their import filter is an old script not working with current iCloud. I found a service called YippieMove that can do this for you for another 15 bucks. It’s now more than a week ago and still transferring my e-mails from iCloud to Google. But it seems that it works great. Thanks God.

Pain #5

I’ve decided to use web-based Gmail client as my primary tool for e-mails. Apple Mail is not working very good with Gmail and I don’t like other clients (AirMail, Postbox, Mail Pilot). I found that I can turn off my Sane subscription because Gmail can do this for me for free. Great! Another saving on the way.

Pain #6

The main reason for migrating was the ability to share my calendar with my co-workers. I did it. But again - Google, you should really hire someone who will make your products easier to use! The ui/ux of Google Calendar is terrible compared to Apple iCal. Can’t use the web-based service for this. Bought Sunrise for iPhone and iPad and I’m quite happy on mobile devices.

Android Device

As a long time Apple user, I decided to try Android (again). Now I’m fully transferred to the hands of The Big Brother so why not to complete this with an android phone and tablet. I borrowed a Samsung Galaxy tablet from our office, restore it and setup it with my Google Apps ID. The setup itself was quick and easy - as on an iPad. But that was the end of everything good with it. I’m sorry Android users but your systems is a piece of shit. Working with it for 15 minutes. Found that the Gmail app in it is quite outdated (Gmail app in my iPad is much more better), trying to find where to update it. Failed. Giving the tablet to my son (3 yo) - changed for my iPad in 3 minutes. Gave it to my wife - What the hell is this? Does this have a button? Yes, it has plenty of buttons there. No way. Trying to browse the Google Play Store, trying some apps, contacts, e-mail, browser. I’m sorry but this system us useless. That’s a Linux with KDE 0.9 and not a good system in 2014. Google, you should really do something with this, I’m very sorry that milions of people use this!

Conclusion #1

It’s possible to move from iCloud to Google Apps, it’s not so easy and it’s quite time-comsuming, but you can do it.

Conclusion #2

Google is a great way for your business or personal use when you need all of its services. Gmail, Google Drive, Priority Inbox, Calendar. It works. Can’t say “It just works” but “It works”.

Conclusion #3

Speaking about the design, ui, ux - Google needs to work on this hard. When you’re a long time MacOS and iOS user, you’ll repeat “WTF?!” all the time in the first days.

Conclusion #4

You can save money with migrating all your stuff to Google. I can cancel my Dropbox account, Sanebox account and iCloud storage upgrade. I have now everything in my Google Account.

Conclusion #5

iOS and MacOS devices is the best way how to use your Google Apps. I understand why the majority of Google employees uses Mac. Google, your web services (not Gmail) are very complicated and your Android system is simply useless compared to iOS. It’s great for developers and geeks but not for people who wants to work on it or play on it.

Before the migration:

  • iCloud for e-mail, contacts, some files, calendars

  • Dropbox for document storing and sharing

  • Sanebox for a “priority inbox” with my iCloud account

Afther the migration:

  • Google Apps with a storage upgrade, everything on my own domain.


That’s good!

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How to kill a good idea - Livescribe

 There are good and bad ideas, successful and failed startups. Among the areas that I find very interesting and with huge potential is connecting of paper and digital world. Many people are gradually returning to the written form, whether planning your time or writing notes. Digital devices have many advantages, but the paper is paper and Moleskine is Moleskine.

One of the great ideas from this world is Livescribe. Pen that can record what you write or draw and add to it some additional features (audio recorder, applications, etc.). Unfortunately, it seems that Livescribe has produced an interesting product that wants to kill.

Their pens didn’t bring something new over the last few years, their software was replaced with Evernote (nothing against it), but especially when you look at their range of paper accessories, it is quite dismal. No partner program for supporting 3rd party developers. I contacted Livescribe unsuccessfully several times that we would like to produce a scheduling system that would use their technology. No response. They have a great product that needs some next development, but it seems like they are not interesting in it. Also, look at their website and e-shop – good for year 2002!

Connecting the planning system could move this product to a completely new market. And it would be enough just to create a partner environment.

But unfortunately it seems that Livescribe will die soon. Goodbye, I’m selling my Livescribe pen…

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