Monday, October 5, 2015

Nice... HTTPS on blogspot

You can now choose to use https for your blog on 
Currently no custom domains are supported, but nice to see my MicroRyo blog is now available through https for your security.
A little life sign of The recent silence makes me very nervous that blogger is no longer "welcome" at Google in favor for... yeah for what? Google+ is no longer the king at Google. Maybe a comeback for blogger?
It would be nice if we could have a clear statement on such an important platform where so many thousand people write real articles and have their home in the web.

Couldn't resist... Chromecast Audio ordered, too

Well, well.
I wanted to wait, but couldn't resist to buy a Chromecast Audio to try. If it's good for the purpose I want, I'll order another one. Together with the recently ordered new Chromecast for the TV, I have 3 rooms covered.
If everything is here I'll try to integrate my FireTV, too. Should be working at least for local audio streaming via Plex or something like it.
And to connect the CCA to the speaker, I also ordered these little mini amplifier from Amazon. Lepai has some acceptable quality for this purpose and doesn't use much space.

And now I have to wait... oh dear.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Updating Windows for hours now

And that's not even a big update. Maybe sometime my Windows let me update to 10. But at the moment I'm stuck at 8. Won't let me update to 8.1... Guess I'm screwed...

Friday, October 2, 2015

Instantly bought a new Chromecast Lemon

I've ordered the new Chromecast in Lemon the day. Finally you can buy something within the hour of the presentation. Good. That's how it should be, worldwide with any product. If you're not ready, don't introduce it.

However, that was not the reason I bought one. I tried the old Chromecast a few days ago, and it was horrible. Not working. No chance. It has problems with some widely used popular routers in Europe. There is no "expert option" to configure it manually. Horrible. I hope it will be working with the new Chromecast, that now has better Wifi-Support, or even have a method to configure it manually to hook it into your network.

For the Chromecast Audio, I'm all for it. But I realized that you can't just use your speaker. You need an amplifier in between. What kind of speakers do they have? A speaker has no amplifier but will be connected to one. Those "bluetooth" speakers or small transportable speakers with integrated amplifiers are either very bad or very expensive.
So I'll first take a look for a good, small amplifier that I can attach to my speaker, and then I'm gonna purchase the Chromecast Audio to plug into it.
I think advertising this as connects to any speaker, is misleading.

But I appreciate the new devices and look forward to get them. Oh it will be shipped on October 12th. That means no new Chromecast here before October 15th. Oh dear, that wait...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Just signed up for the Google User Experience Research Studies

Let's see how I can help improving Google services. I like :).
This form says it all. It shows what I'm using. There are more services of course.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Doctor is back... SOON

In 5 days, on September 11th 2015, the doctor returns (unfortunately Clara Oswald, too).

I'm ready to see if he can finally be the doctor again and already looking forward for the series 10 after this, hopefully with a new companion and not a burden.
However I'm excited to see what new adventures awaits him and where the center of the story lies this time. Doctor Who is too good to be a love-drama series.

Link: Doctor Who - New series

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fast enough I'll guess

My old provider was about 4Mbps faster, but this is still quite okay. Physical connection is 106Mbps. Upload-wise I'm even faster now. 2.5 vs 6Mbps.

Lucky, it could have been a disaster.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Still here despite hell has frozen over new Google logo

And here we go... The new Google logo started, guess what, a lot of whining. Geez, it's a logo. I think it's very nice and beautiful. Simple and playful together. I'll guess it's just the matter you comes up with a new design. If a fruit company would now write their name in this font, everyone would be up in arms about the beauty of simplicity  blah blah. And you don't like it? Well it doesn't change their services anyway.

However, I have to research for the netcasts tomorrow.
This will be only a little topic. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What is a beautiful design?

It's interesting seeing so many experts whining about the rumored design of the new Nexus 6 (2015) from Huawei in social networks.
No matter if the leak is fake or not, I have the feeling that, if so many "pros" are saying it's a bad design, it is in fact a very good design for the mass market.
Photo source: Tiesen Fu. All rights reserved.

The beauty of tech isn't beautiful for non-tech savvy people.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Playing Fallout Shelter

Check out my Vault!
Really a fun game. But very hard to move along free.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Twitter now with 10000 chars for direct messages instead of only 140

A threat to email? I'm not convinced.
However this is a good try to make Twitter more relevant and to bound users stronger to the platform.
I can see some usecases not even for private stuff, but also for commercial purposes. It could be THE service platform for companies. At the moment quite some companies offer great support via Twitter, but mainly in public posts. With that 140 char limit blast away and the easy adding of photos, it might be an alternative to other private support systems.
Not only that, users can communicate now within the platform without leaving the app or the website for quick private messages with more content. 

So, potential is there, but do users accept that with email, Facebook, Hangouts, and other proprietary chat apps?