Turning off iCloud Photo Library

After finally getting fed up seeing a “Your iCloud Storage is Full” message on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad occasionally I’ve decided to turn off the photos and video backup offered by Apple.  I’ve probably ranted about this before on Facebook or something but this time I’ve gotten peeved enough about it to actually risk losing all my pics in the iCloud library.  Im not all that worried though, I’ve backed up everything to Google Photos.  I think I won’t have everything at full resolution but I don’t look at my pics all that often anyway. I might miss the slow motion videos but those can be recreated.

What would be awesome is if Apple would give iCloud account users storage that equals their current device size and for each device that is signed in.  That would give me over 300GB of space so I can actually back up my device to the cloud instead of my laptop.  I’ve resorted to backing up my iDevices to an external drive which kind of goes against my whole home mobile strategy by having to tether my laptop to an external drive but I needed the space.  I don’t think Apple anticipated that over the long term, backups would et up tons of drive space on computers.  Although this may be a clever ploy for the consumer to buy more storage from them which I refuse to do.

He kicker now is that I have to constantly remember to run Google Photos and my IFTTT recipes so my pictures on my iPhone is all backed up.  I’ll have to figure out something else for my DSLR and my water proof camera.  So long iCloud Photo Library, when I get more free space maybe I’ll come back.

Update: Bose vs. Beats

I finished my week of testing my new Beats Wireless headphones and I have to say that they were pretty useful.  Obviously the bet part about it is that the headphones are wireless which means one less cable to worry about if I’m using them to listen to stuff on the plane or somewhere else.  The area where its weak is the noise cancelling.  I’ve gotten pretty used to what Bose provides in terms of noise cancelling and their stuff is definitely way better than what my Beats were pumping out.

The sound from the Beats headphones were pretty good.  Lots of nice bass which is what I like in my music and if you’re on anything other than a plane the noise cancelling is decent enough that you’re just surrounded by your music or whatever you’re listening to at the time.  The pairing and controls were really easy, there were times when I didn’t pair it and I blasted maybe 1 second of my music in the office by accident but I quickly caught that and re-paired the headphones.  What was really nice was that I could pair 3 bluetooth devices to my iPhone 6 at once and use them all independently.  That wasn’t a main test but still pretty decent.

The rechargable battery was also pretty nice to have, I charged it at work.  I think thats one of the nicest part of the headphones, you don’t need to buy more batteries like the Bose.  The flip side to that is that you have to carry an extra charger with you but I have one for it anyway since I have a Chromecast and some other things that require micro USB.  If you don’t fly in a plane week to week, the Beats are pretty awesome but I think the Beats are going to stay at home for now.  I’m going to re-pack my Bose headphones because the noise cancelling just can’t be beat right now.  Sure I need a healthy supply of batteries for it but I need to also save my hearing and sitting next to large turbo fan engines week to week will erode my hearing over time and this is my way to preserve what little hearing I have left.

Beats gave Bose a good run for its money but the Bose is what I’m packing for travel.