comScore: 2017 Cross-Platform Future in Focus

It is no surprise that mobile viewing is increasing/ doubling. Below are the reports from comScore. Click for full image.

Flash is reportedly to be (finally) killed off in year 2020. Source here and here.

We’re encouraging all clients, past, present and future to move to mobile and HTML5 for mobile viewing compatibility. Any past clients are most welcome to contact us for a 1 time discounted rate for converting their Flash or even Quicktime panoramas we have taken for you.

Get in touch with us 360@itcow.com

The One Shot Pano solution – Ricoh Theta

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If you have to ask… It’s a handheld, lightweight camera with 2 lens that takes a single shot and stitches the photos on it’s own. You can then transfer the stitched panoramas in 2:1 ratio to your phone or copy it to your computer via the supplied cables. No stitching software needed, one press of the button and you are done. Share it on your own Theta page to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook.

Read about what we have to say here.

We are 7!

7 Years. Wow!

It’s been a great 7 years and it’s the first time we look back at all the panos these passed 7 years. This started out small with tons of trial and error, frustrations and happiness. As the years passed, people has come to know about us and our work both here and overseas. We’ve made a lot of friends and with the rise of social media, even more friends and acquaintances, equipment manufacturers, clients from hotels and museums with some turning into friends after the projects. We’ve also embarked on many personal projects that we are passionate about, private museums, churches.

We’ve met passionate people who love their jobs and it drives up us to do even more pro bono work. Along the way, we won some panorama awards when we tried to preserve some memories through panoramas of the Bukit Timah Railway station in Singapore.

From a blog, adding more technical articles, writeups and reviews. We’ve grown. It continues to be fun when we show people what panoramas can do when photos may fail.

A New Home

ServerMove

We’ve moved to a new home on the Internet.

From 12am midnight, 8 March 2014, GMT+8/ SGT, all links that start with moonshine.homedns.org:2655/ may become invalid. All links are migrated http://360.itcow.com as we move to a new home on the Internet.

Backing up – Backblaze and Bitcasa

Update 20 Nov 2013 – This totally suck. Bitcasa just raised their price for new users from $99 a year to USD $999 a year! Yes, that is $999.00 http://blog.bitcasa.com/2013/11/19/our-new-pricing-and-the-evolution-of-bitcasa/#comment-5000

As many know, we’re big fans of Backblaze having written about them and recommending them in the past.

Recently, we’ve moved some backing up tasks to Bitcasa. What’s different is they have no file size limit (Backblaze has a 4Gb per file limit). Both offers unlimited storage. Backblaze is more of a install and forget application, Bitcasa allows you to copies upon copies of files you need plus a “mirror” function of folders that you constantly change. The changes are replicated to them for backing up.

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The application does different things (Backblaze pure backup/ Bitcasa cloud storage) in ways but some small scripting will allow me to even backing up my network folders that Backblaze still has not release anything technically or pricing wise.

As one of our most precious asset are our photos, we mirror that folder first and foremost to have Bitcasa act as a backup solution in place of Backblaze.

Pricing wise, USD$5 per machine per month for Backblaze whereas Bitcasa is USD10 per month per account. A single account across all my machines. So if you’re calculating, I have 5 machines including 2 laptops that runs backblaze. Cancelling any 2 accounts will allow me almost the same thing to have a single Bitcasa account that can cover all my PCs/ Laptops.

USB harddirves works as well. Mirroring works on these USB plugged in drives too. USB thumbdrives are automatically detected when plugged in and Bitcasa will asked if you wanna copy EVERYTHING into it’s Bitcasa Cloud.

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Our photos being mirrored

Like other cloud storage, Dropbox/ others, it allows you to fully backup your phone’s camera roll as you take your pictures. It also allows you to set that you upload to Bitcasa cloud only on Wifi only or otherwise.

Bitcasa being a 2 year old company, there’s concerns over what will happen to our data should the company fold, get acquitted, merged, bought or otherwise when we have load up everything into Bitcasa’s cloud, It took us 3 weeks to copy almost everything of about 11Tb into Bitcasa. We’re running Singtel’s 100Mbps fiber. It’s quite amazing how it plays back things even when it’s on the cloud. Loading the mp3 from the bitcasa cloud via 4G on my Samsung S4 plays it smoothly when i’m not moving around that is. On the train, it does skips. Loading a full HD 720 movie while at home, it plays smoothly even fast forwarding and all.

We’re running it for a month now and trying to delete and retrieve any lost files. Reading it across iPhones, iPads, Android and across PCs via a web browser and it works great now but we’re still holding off for a while more on cancelling all Backblaze…for now.

Good reads:

http://forums.bitcasa.com/index.php?/topic/201-upload-experience-frustrating-and-slow-my-working-method/

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/use-robocopys-multi-threaded-feature-to-quickly-back-up-your-data-in-windows-7/