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10/20/2016


Another Cloud Storage Service Dies

Filed under: General, News, Cloud Storage — Charlie Summers @ 12:41 pm

A little after noon today I started going through my normal routine, “leveling-up” on the China free cloud storage service 360 Weiyun. But I noticed I couldn’t get the 10 points for file sharing, since it wouldn’t let me share a file. What’s worse, all of the other shares I set up seemed to have un-shared themselves.

I thought this might be some temporary interruption (I am, after all, using this from the United States), but I started doing a little research anyway, and eventually found my way to the forum. There, right at the top, I found the following (translation by Bing):

Dear 360 users:

Hello! 360 head set on the line since the Internet always strictly comply with the statutory and regulatory requirements, and continue to invest substantial human and material resources and technical resources, to crack down on illegal behavior. However, due to privacy of cloud storage, management complexity, some criminals use 360 cloud storage spread pirated, obscene, pornography, illegal files, such as engaging in illegal and criminal activities, serious violations of the legal rights of copyright owners, has brought great harm to the society.

After careful consideration we have tough decisions, closing 360 personal cloud service, Enterprise cloud services. Network disk storage, content validity and security is resolved no longer considered before recovery.

We are about to adopt the following measures:

  • 2016 Between October 20 and February 1, 2017 a member refund. Membership of users, regardless of the remaining days, full refund;

  • November 1, 2016 cloud upload service, upload, transfer and other data including write feature is turned off;

  • 2017 Year February 1, no longer keep cloud data, turn off all users of cloud services and empty data, please be sure to back up your data before downloading.

This has caused you any inconvenience, we apologize and thank you for all the way!

I should mention here that I have just under 100 terabytes of free space I have acquired over the years (97.4 T to be more precise). And it is there I have been storing my offline backups of all of The Bob Edwards Show archives.

And now, I am rather and officially screwed.

Edit: Oh, lord, it gets better; now the web interface won’t allow downloading any file larger than 50M. Of course, that means I can’t pull it to the linux box to put it anywhere else, and basically have to start all over uploading from my home slow aDSL. Really not happy with the Chinese right about now…

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10/19/2016


XM Igor Nostalgia

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 4:54 pm

Every year around this time I get maudlinly nostalgic for the old XM Satellite Radio’s Igor channel…a channel that did Halloween better than anything Sirius ever came up with, and rivaled Christmas’ Special X-mas.

And also, as Chief Archivist of The Bob Edwards Show, I have access to and am slowly cataloging a lot of the stuff that was floating around the offices, including a recently-unearthed CD with over seventy XM theme bumpers on it. For those who only know satellite radio post-merger, XM programmed head-and-tails over the other guys, and used a Monitor Radio-inspired set of seven notes all across the channels, something to completely unify the service while allowing each channel its own personality.

So to help you remember how great satellite radio used to be before the bean-counters got ahold of it and wrung the soul out of it, here’s one of those XM theme stingers, just right for the Halloween season!

icon for podpress  XM Logo - Creepy Organ Music [0:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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10/1/2016


Adventures in Vaping

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 1:12 pm

Boy, this one is going to take some ’splaining. I have, for quite a while, been watching the vaping (smoking vapors produced by e-cigarettes and other devices) scene. While I am not interested in ingesting nicotine (see below), I looked at it as an interesting and fast way to consume caffeine - anyone who knows me knows I am terrible in the morning, requiring at least two double cappuccinos and sometimes a caffeine tablet as well just to think clearly enough to know which end of the keyboard to type on, and an energy drink in the afternoon to avoid napping at my chair. Since inhalation works so well for other drugs, why not caffeine? It should hit the system much faster entering through the lungs than through the digestive track…and trust me, in the morning I’m all about how fast I can wake up and feel alive.

(Explanation of my fear of nicotine - I am a smoker. Ok, it is true that I haven’t had a cigarette since the day my daughter was born in 1998, about 10:30am outside the Hershey Medical Center to be precise; but I still consider myself a smoker, just as a smart alcoholic who hasn’t had a drink in decades never considers himself “cured.” My addiction to nicotine was very difficult to beat, lasting a year-and-a-half after my last cigarette - and like that recovering alcoholic, I know I am always only one drag away from a two-and-a-half-pack-a-day habit. I have no interest whatsoever in ever going through that again.)

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