CloudOn merging with Dropbox

In a midnight press release, CloudOn announced they are merging with DropBox.

CloudOn was one of the earlier iPad apps for cloud storage, but it never really caught on like their competitors did. In the press release, CloudOn stated they are starting off 2015 by “joining the Dropbox team”.

The bad news is that effective immediately, no new accounts can be created on CloudOn, and on March 15th, “the CloudOn app and service will no longer be available.”

In an email sent to existing CloudOn subscribers there are two links intended for “any inconvenience caused by the discontinuation of our service”. One link is for activating an additional 1GB to DropBox storage for free, and another link is for 3 months free and 1 TB of space for DropBox pro accounts.

I chose the additional 1GB option and immediately saw my existing DropBox storage space increase.

CloudOn Dropbox Boost


Thanks CloudOn!

You can see the full press release on their website. If you are an existing CloudOn subscriber, check your email for the offers to switch to DropBox.

A brief comment on evil…

I’ve learned one thing well. Evil people may have an abundance of allies, money and power, but the one thing they never have is the truth.

Truth is everything. It is the best and only weapon to have. It cannot be destroyed. Only hidden.

To find it, to go through the fire and darkness, you must have the focus of a monk. The strength of a prizefighter. The faith of the innocent.

Fight. Endure. Believe.

You. Will. Prevail.

Monday Morning Music : 01/19/15

Every Monday I like to post some music to start the week off on the right foot.

This week…

“The Man” – Aloe Blacc

“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz

“A Girl Like You” – Edwyn Collins

..and, as part of an ongoing theme, “Uprising” – Muse

It’s just the third full week of the new year – one more week and we’re in February!

HEB is recalling some of their Homestyle White Corn tortillas

For those of you that don’t have an HEB – my sympathies.

HEB is a supermarket chain that runs from mid to deep south Texas, and they’re very, very good. Once an HEB opens in a city, no other grocery store remains for long. They’ve got their own products that spank national brands senseless, and if it’s not on their super-sized store shelves, it’s not worth your time. I think there’s even a little HEB logo in the corner of all Texas flags.

Having said all that, today HEB announced they’re making a “voluntary and precautionary recall” on some of their Homestyle White Corn tortillas.

Nobody is sick, and nobody is hurt, but HEB noticed “on January 13, 2015 during quality assurance product reviews at [their] manufacturing facility… the possible presence of foreign material.”

The products to kick out are…

  • H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas 12 ct. packages with Best By dates of January 22, 2015 and earlier
  • H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas 30 ct. packages with Best By dates of January 22, 2015 and earlier

If you’ve got either of these, take them to a local HEB to get your money back. “Customers with concerns or questions may contact H-E-B Customer Relations at 210-938-8357 or 1-800-432-3113 between the hours of 8AM and 5PM Monday through Friday.”

Monday Morning Music : 01/12/15

Every Monday I like to post some music to start the week off on the right foot.

This week…

“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

“Elephants” – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

…and finally, of particular significance this week, “I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

Second week of the new year! Kick it up and knock it out!

A serious question on police body cameras and evidence admissibility

I have a serious question about police body cameras.

Supposing a police officer with a body camera apprehends a suspect.

In the process, the suspect says something very incriminating about the issue at hand.

The suspect had not been mirandized yet. (The whole “you have the right to remain silent” bit.)

Does the admission on the police officer’s body camera count?

On a traffic stop, the courts have found the stop to be a variation of an arrest and detention, so anything said or caught on the police officer’s vehicle camera during a traffic stop is admissible as evidence. However, in the “normal” performance of their duties, a police officer only arrests and detains an individual upon the announcement of such, which is always followed by a miranda warning to that suspect.

Speaking to a police officer with a body camera, about anything, is a whole new paradigm.

Assuming the admission of anything in the proximity of a police officer with a body camera WILL count as admissible evidence, is the very notion of a police officer present with a body camera mandate a “standing/universal” miranda warning? Or will the concept of a miranda warning need to be re-examined and re-evaluated?

Thoughts for the near future, folks.