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Have you ever considered using of NAS device (preferably from Synology or QNAP) in stead of multiple external disks ? For a few extra bucks you'll have a lot more functionality and redundancy and are able to have a lot more disk capacity available.
You might be right by about that you actually save your endproduct with Youtube in the cloud. Don't forget however that the danger of using one (cloud) supplier, is not in the technical loss of your data but if your account gets hijacked or you are having a business conflict with you cloud supplier. Things can get very ugly then, a might bring substantial damage to your business if you cannot access your data.
I always recommend to stall your data at 2 different places, no matter how small your business is. This can be on a NAS or if you're using gmail, google drive etc.. and have zero to none technical skills I definitely would recommend to have a look at http://www.backupify.com/ .
People only realize how important backups are when you actually need them.
1 week, 4 days ago on Favorite Comments and Questions from November [VIDEO]
I have to disagree with you on this one, but maybe that's because I am not a marketing person. I personally think the sincerity is in the message is important, not the medium. Yes, you get noticed by sending a postcard in stead of a e-mail. But then again if you get a 100 postcards and 1 e-card who do you think get noticed more ? I would rather get an e-mail with a personal message send to me, than a bottle of wine with postcard. This is because I don't drink wine and everyone who knows me a little bit would know that (sincerity!). It doesn't mean it's not nice to get it them however. I usually give those bottles to my co-worker or wife, and it's just part of the marketing game around Christmas, just don't pretend it's anything more than that.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Connections Made Through Pen and Paper [VIDEO]
@bradleymiller1 I remember that "doing-it-all" blog. Very strong comment section on that one.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on How I Quadrupled My YouTube Subscribers in 8 Months [200th VIDEO!]
Congratulations on the 200th episode ! Subscribed in April 2012. Left once, came back. (let's forget about that). After this period still looking forward and enjoying new SSS videos every week.
My favorite episode of SSS in "Investigate the Deception of Huge Twitter Followings". (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-lrDhyIRvw&list=FLAg4qjXh5728f-5RoSfQ4nQ&index=20). I was just starting with G+, and this video was suggested to me. I found it very funny and educational. I think it was probably the first vlog I ever saw. So Amy, your were the first vlogger I encountered and to me you are still the best vlogger I encountered. I will hope you will make these videos for a very long time..
I have tried the app and tried the "English to German" course ("Dutch to English" isn't available yet, so I thought I try this one). It's a really funny app, and it definitely works so thanks for tip for that.
As an additional tip: if you want to learn a language quick watch kids shows in the language you want to learn. (for example Sesamestreet in Spanish via Youtube) This really helps to improve your pronunciation.
2 months ago on Duolingo App Review [VIDEO]
@schmittastic That answer only makes it worse... :-(
3 months, 3 weeks ago on A Beginner’s Guide to Vlogging [VIDEO]
You're making it almost impossible for me not to vlog...
I am one of those people who often wondered why the views are what they are. But to be completely honest, I don't mind at all that SSS hasn't been "blown up" with followers. Why ? Because it leaves room for interaction, and that's the thing I LOVE about social media. Doesn't matter if it's on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc... That's my thing and there is little room for that if you have a huge amount of followers.
How do you define success?The answer to that question is pretty easy. If you're happy with what your doing then you have success.
What keeps you going every day so you can reach our goals? I am ICT engineer who builds backend-systems for companies, which means I can work/play with expensive cutting edge computer equipment and have a business trip abroad now and then (Hong Kong by the end of year). I love my job.
Are they enough?For now definitely. There is always new technology which you can learn. I am often asked why I don't start my own business and lease myself to clients. My answer is always I am an engineer not an entrepreneur, but maybe in the future that will change.
So Amy, enjoy your success and don't "blow up" savvysexysocial.com. ;-)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on When Are You Going To “Blow Up”? [Sunday Real]
@schmittastic @hellobrio So it's now almost month later and I want to share my experiences with Google All Access with you.
Ok, since I started it using I was overwhelmed with the amount of music that was available and how to handle this. It's funny but I think there is definitely a generation difference between people who grew up in 70's / 80's (listen to albums) and 90's (listen to songs) and this shows in the approach to digital music. So it took me some time how to use Google All Access to the fullest of it's possibilities and use a different mindset to search and select music.
Here is a short overview of possibilities and options I use:
Offline use:Phone -> You can download streaming music for offline use to your phone after you've added the album to your library. After that it works exactly the same as your uploaded your music to Google music or when you bought music from the play store.PC or iPod, MP3 player -> Today I found tool called Songspout (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaaZOcbiaM8). The tool has been released on June 23rd (beta release) and allows you to download every song from the Google All Access as an 320Kbps MP3 file to your PC without any DRM security, so your able to put the music on any iPod or MP3 player. I have tested it, and it works. The only disadvantage is that you have select and download one song at a time. The legal status of this tool seems also a bit dodgy to me, but it does the job and I am able to put the music from Google All Access on my kids iPod.
Playlist and Radio option:As with Spotify you can also create playlist of song and share them publicly, so people can search them within Google Music. I made a remark in a previous comment that I wasn't interested in what my friends playlists are. I need to rephrase that remark, and that is that I don't want to see their playlist when I am not looking for it. In Google music I can search for it when I want to search for it, or I can look for playlist in a G+ community. So the difference is that I am not getting bothered with musiclists when I am not looking for it.
The Radio option is also a great way to discover new music. You listen to a song you like switch on the Radio option and it creates a playlist for similar music in that genre that are also popular by other listeners. It's Google so it's all about statistics. As a sidestep: I also have a great story about another music app who automatically generated playlists.A friend of mine used it for a birthday and the program selected music from his and his wife's collection. This meant that first music from Michael Bublé was played and after that music from Slayer. It made the party interesting to say the least...
I believe that the Radio option is similar that what Pandora does, but Pandora is not available in the Netherlands so I cannot compare the two.
20.000 songs to upload:Even though 20 millions songs are available there are still a lot of songs missing (no AC/DC for example). You can upload these songs yourself to Google Music to fill in the blanks and have a complete package of your digital music library.
With all the options above I think Google All Access is currently the most complete digital music platform on the Internet for me and I will continue to use it. The only thing that is missing is an app for iPhone users so it's not 100% complete yet.
This still leaves the comment about I mentioned in my previous remark about the costs. Rent music for $120 a year or pay for individual albums. That one I haven't figured out yet, but I will see that after I have used it for 12 months.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Google All Access vs. Spotify for Music Streaming [VIDEO]
As an addition. Please make 100% sure everything (opt-in form, links etc..) works on your website, because it's killing when it does not. I say this because I experienced today a website on which it didn't. We were trying download a trial version of some software and weren't able to select it due to errors on the form of the website. Even tried different browsers. These are painfull mistakes, and leave a very bad first impression.
Good video, Amy!
5 months, 1 week ago on Email is NOT Dead [VIDEO]
@schmittastic I think you also can consider point 47 done, since you were a guest at the LYGHO channel. And ehhh, can we skip no. 46. I think some audio from singing under the shower would be more than enough.... #JustTeasing
5 months, 2 weeks ago on 101 Things in 1001 Days: Countdown to 30
Thanks for another great episode of Shoot The Schmitt. Too bad it was a bit quiet on the comment section, because that is what a hangout gives something extra.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Shoot the Schmitt with Cassidy Quinn, ep. 8 [VIDEO]
@Jeff Kasten Hi Jeff, maybe it will help if you switch Google Music to use HTML5. If you go to the settings on the website, you have an option to select "Music Labs". There you can switch on HTML5.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Google All Access vs. Spotify for Music Streaming [VIDEO]
@schmittastic OK, you convinced me to give it a try in music streaming. Just tested the desktop Spotify and it is impressive, especially switched songs was really. I activated my Google Access Now trail, because I prefer my music in one hybrid digital platform. Since Google Music is not officially available in the Netherlands I had use my virtual American Credit Card (via www.usunlocked.com) to activate it. Funny thing is that site and the receipts are all availlable in Dutch so I think it is just a matter of time when it becomes officially available.
So I will see what I can discover for new music, and I come back in a month to share my experiences.
@hellobrio The great thing about Google Music that your able to upload your own music and download the music you've bought via the Play Store as MP3, which you can then put on your iPhone or iPod. I use it like this to put the music on my kids iPod. So I have basically 2 copies of my music. One copy on my local hard drive (or in my case a NAS device) and a copy in the cloud at Google Music, which I can stream from basically anywhere. Combine this with Google Access and you have a full hybrid digital music solution.
Are you totally missing out ? Well if you can listen to favorite music via whatever medium you like I don't think so. Hopping on the spotify bandwagon just for the sake of listening to streaming music sounds a bit pointless to me.
The webpage for Google Music http://music.google.com or https://play.google.com/music/listen#/now . I wouldn't be surprised if the site is blocked at your work since it doesn't fulfill a business purpose like it does for Amy ;-)
6 months ago on Google All Access vs. Spotify for Music Streaming [VIDEO]
I am a fan of Google Music as a digital music platform since day one. I loved the option that I was able to upload 20.000 songs for free. Since me and wife have approx. 500 cd's we've converted them to mp3 and are now able via Google Music to play them on my phone, computer, car, tablet, stereo etc. and add new music via the Google Play Store (with weekly discounts on records every Tuesday). You mentioned that Spotify offers something similar for your own music collection. I wasn't aware of that.
I have also looked into digital streaming services like Spotify, Sony Music Unlimited (and now Google Access) some time ago. The one thing I don't like about these services is the fact that you actually "rent" music in stead of buying it. This means that if you want to stop the service after for example a year, you've paid $120 and have nothing, while if you have bought music via Google Music, iTunes etc.. you still have the music available since you're able (in case of Google Music) to download it in MP3 format.
Your argument that you can listen to a lot different of music is a valid one. However if you want to listen to non-mainstream music like obscure 80's metal or Asian music (both are real life examples) the streaming services often don't have this music in their catalogs. That is also one of the reasons why I love the 20.000 song upload from Google Music, since you're able to have this music available via the cloud.
The argument about the option shared playlists from Spotify. I (and I am not the only) always hate those Facebook messages what someone is playing on his spotify since I absolutely don't care what other people are listing to their spotify. Play the music that you like, but don't bother me with it.
Great video as always and keep up the good work.
PS: A tip for every digital music lover. Have a look at the http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-speaker-adapter . This device provides a bluetooth connection to every conventional stereo amplifier, meaning you can stream the music from your smartphone or tablet to your stereo. I bought one some time ago and stream all my music via my tablet to my stereo. It's not that expensive and very easy to setup.
It took some time start-up due technical difficulties, but it was a great show. Even us in the comment section had a great time. Also came to the conclusion after talking to Vinnie22ify this that I am a "Schmittaddict" (but in the good sense ;-) )
6 months, 1 week ago on Shoot the Schmitt Ep. 7 with Csandreas and Stewdippin [PODCAST]
As a follow up of your mailing this morning and this article I would share a little experiment I did with Google+ ("G+") last month. The goal of this test was:
1. How can get a lot of G+ followers pretty quick ?2. Am I able to handle newsfeed this generates ?
The first test was pretty easy. You're able as G+ user to share your circles (group of users) with other G+ users, so one person I followed had shared his circle of 600 most active G+ users. I added those to my circles with automatically generates a message to these 600 users that I have added them to my circles. Now, since G+ is a fairly young social network people who you follow tend to automatically follow you back even though you have no social connection to them. So I got 200 followers within 2 days, and more and more followed the same week. You can use this behavior to your advantage, although I expect as G+ matures this "trick" won't work anymore. As a funny side effect my account was added to circle of the "Demi Levato Fanpage" and the"Miley Cyrus Fanpage" which is, being a 41 year European male, somewhat interesting.
The answer to the second question can be answered pretty quickly. No I can't. Although that has more to do how I use social media than the possibilities of Google+. I love to interact on a personal level with individuals on social media, which is impossible to do with a couple of hundred circle users. But as an entrepreneur or a brand who can use G+ more as a marketing tool you can organize you users very easy in G+ by seperating them into circles by for example Language, State, Country, Male, Female, etc... Keep in mind that you can add followers to more than one circle, so you are able to target your message to a pretty specific group of followers. Facebook has also the possibilities of using groups, but it is not so easy to use as G+ circles.
Hope you don't mind my little story as an addition to your article..
Keep up the good work, it is much appreciated.
Erik de Bont
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Google Plus is New New New [VIDEO]
Thanks for the tips Amy. I will definitely use them to revive my blog. It basically all comes down to discipline.
As always, thank you very much for all content (blog & vlog). It's greatly appreciated.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Manage Your Blog When You’re Employed Full-Time (Or Not)
This one is very difficult to fill in for my profession (ICT Consultant). I can't use presentations in my linkedin portofolio since most of them contain information about ICT infrastructures of a company which are not allowed on public channels for obvious security and client confidentiality reasons. Any ideas on how to deal with this issue ?
8 months, 1 week ago on Adding Portfolio Items to Your Linkedin Profile [VIDEO]