How Many Users?

Pop Quiz CTL what service has 1/2 billion users?  Go to the head of the class if you guessed Google Photos. Google is self declaring that this is your photo app of choice. And I agree with them for the following reasons.

  • Drop dead easy to use.
  • Unlimited free storage with a google account
  • Sharing is a no brainer
  • Making movies is very simple
  • Backup is automatic.

There is a great article about Google Photos here 

 

Six Years In Ecuador

I have spent 1/12 of my life in Ecuador. It really does seem like yesterday that Sharon and I left our home in Oregon to begin this incredible adventure. Recently, I started thinking in Spanish.

Cuenca is a walking city and I average 2 miles a day. That would make a grand total of almost 4,400 miles of walking. That is about the distance from Cuenca, to Portland, Oregon.

I eat better now. I have Red Meat about once a month. My diet consists of mainly fish, chicken and the wonderful variety of fruits in Ecuador. Cherimoya, Pitahaya, Papaya, Maracuya are now in my diet every week.

The expat community which by my best guess numbers around 6000 is for the most part an interesting helpful conglomeration  of  people from all around the world. There is every kind of group you can think of in Cuenca. There are 4 different writing groups, all different kinds of craft groups. There are 3 major daily electronic periodicals and two different weekly/monthly traditionally published newspapers for the expat community. You can find a poker game on any day of the week. Six years ago Cuenca was a culinary wasteland. Today you can find excellent cuisine from all different parts of the world.

Are there shortcomings living in a foreign place? Yes, but they are becoming fewer as I become more conversational in Spanish and more accustomed to a life in a Latin Culture. Gracias Ecuador por seis años maravillosos.

Below are some random shots of Cuenca. Enjoy.

 

Flashback Friday 3/31/17

Most new viewers to CTL usually just view a couple of posts and very rarely browse entries more than a year old. Flashback Friday is my attempt to bring life to old posts.

One of the appealing qualities of Cuenca is the hard working entrepreneurs who work very long hours selling fruit or manning Mom/Pop tiendas. Below is a two year old video that also shows some of my favorite sites of Cuenca.

 

Cuenca Street Art Revisited

The problem with having 5 years of posts is that the reader rarely finds posts that are more than a couple of months old.

Cuenca is famous for their very talented street artists. Some would argue that it is just glorified graffiti. I think that a lot of the street art could be easily transferred to a commercial mural.

You be the judge. This video was shot 3 years ago.

 

Prisma Photo Editing App Revisted

It is has been 8 months since I started using the Prisma Photo Editing App. The number of effects have grown to 44. As I mentioned in my first review –

WARNING!,  WARNING! Do not load Prisma Photo App if you have an immediate appointment because you’re going to be immediately addicted to this great photo filter editor. This app could not be simpler.

  • Load your photo
  • Choose your filter
  • Adjust the intensity
  • Save
  • Share

The app is free and runs on IOS and Android. My only complaint is that the saved edited photos does not have enough resolution to print these fantastic works of art.

Email me your favorite Prisma photo and I”ll put it up on my next post.

Below are 4 of my favoritesun-compasina-cominando-de-el-mercado_29987277351_o

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5 Year Anniversary

Thank you Cuenca Tech Life subscribers for challenging me to keep this blog an interesting time in my life and perhaps providing you with some interesting tech observations and predictions.

So what has changed since last year:

  • Only an educated guess but I think Cuenca now has about 7K expats
  • Smartphones continues to be the number one subject followed by photos
  • Fiber Optic is now cheaper than ever 50 mps for $60
  • The Tranvia is now 85% complete only a 23% increase since last year and predicted to open in Oct 2017 almost 2 years behind schedule
  • Ecuador will elect a new president today
  • I now am officially  a Fish Monger and you can see more of my product offering at this link
  • Google and Amazon introduced their new smart speakers (Google Home and Echo) and I predict they will be the next paradigm shift in technology. There are more than 13 million of these products in homes as of this writing.

The three most viewed posts are as follows:

Thank you again for viewing Cuenca Tech Life.

 

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