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Everlane: Slim Fit Denim Oxford Shirt

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Another hit from Everlane

Their new Slim Fit Medium Denim Oxford Shirt (pictured in the top left) is great for Spring. The price ($55), fit / overall experience/quality is great once again. They also have other patterns and lighter solids as well.

As always with Everlane’s button ups, I wish they would shorten their Small size 1/2in to 1in on the length (just a personal preference/my body).  I would say try it no matter what since they make it Free shipping if you grab more than one item.

Grab one over here and look at all the Slim and Regular fit Oxfords they just released.

I’d also suggest their Snap Backpack and their T-shirts are all I wear now.

Saintseneca - Dark Arc NPR Stream

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Stream the new Saintseneca - Dark Arc over at NPR. (Out April 1st on Anti- Records)

I couldn’t be more excited for this record. I was lucky enough to meet these kids over 5 years ago, released their first 2 records on my label Paper Brigade and now get to listen to this record on repeat.

So go forth and listen to this record. It’s beautiful. It’s going to be on my records of the year and my soundtrack for the beginning to Spring. (in a few weeks in NYC when it shows back up)

Tell your friends. See them live. Buy Dark Arc on April 1st. Buy their past records on Amazon. Stream their last records on Rdio, Spotify, etc.

Two Apps For Sending Cash to Each Other

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Below are two services that make it easy to send money quickly to each other. Request or send money to roommates, co-workers and friends; like that friend who never, ever has cash, ever.

Square Cash (Free Email/iOS/Android) - The free, fastest and easiest way to send anyone money from your phone. All you need is their email address and your debit card. (From the creators of Square.)

All you need to do to get started is either send an email (explained in the image above in three steps) to whomever you want to pay, download the Square Cash app or go to their website (via the website they’ll even give you $1 to get things started so you can fully see the process). It’s as easy as getting an email, then clicking a link to enter your debit card. You are now setup. Next download the app if you’d like.

Now you can open the app or just email someone, type in the amount you want to send or request (from one person or a group), type in their email address when your email opens and click send. You’ve now sent or requested money.

The best part about Square Cash over others is actually getting people to use it. Since you don’t need an app, an existing account, or a link to your bank account using an account number / routing number, you can request the money from any friend as long as they have their “smartphone” and debit card with them (or they can do it at home later). Another benefit over other services is that you don’t need to “withdraw” a balance. It automatically shows up in your bank account in 1-2 business days (which is faster than Paypal or some others.)

So in those vague “I’ll pay you back” moments, or any time you want to collect money from friends and they don’t use Paypal, Chase Quickpay, Venmo, this is the easiest thing to have them use.

(For those worried about security or “can’t someone just spoof my email address, this and that, whatever,” read their FAQ on their security measures. also thanks to Mark for opening my eyes to using this on #spiritquest2015.)

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Venmo - (Free iOS, Android, Web) Before Square Cash this was my favorite to recommend and it’s still a great way to make payments to friends using the App. This is more for people that will pay or request more often between a group of friends using the app. Examples of paying your roommate rent, co-workers going to lunch, splitting the bill between multiple people, etc.

To get started with Venmo you can signup on the web or download the app. You’ll need your bank account and routing number to receive money and send money. You can use a credit card but there is a small fee to send payments that way.

Once you’re all setup you can search for friends using the app via Facebook contacts or your address book. Venmo is a social payment app so when you send a payment you can add a comment (usually we just put silly stuff, but it is useful when sending so the receiver knows what they’re getting paid back for and it’s a nice way to keep track of it all.) And that’s that. Once you receive money you can withdraw it whenever you wish. It’s fast (usually within 24 hours) and similar to Paypal (who also recently bought Venmo).

Recap:
- Square Cash is great to pay someone back quickly with just their email address if they don’t have Venmo already. Perfect for someone who doesn’t want to go through a complicated setup (adding bank accounts etc), bother with withdrawing balances, downloading an app etc. FREE.

- Venmo is great for setting up reoccurring payments to co-workers and roommates, splitting bills between multiple people etc. A little more work but fast and easy once it’s setup. FREE (credit card payments have a small fee.)

As always if you have any questions just send me a quick note on Twitter @mattrubin.

How I Back Up My Computer and iPhone

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Friends, this is just a simple reminder, Backup All of Your Stuff. This isn’t geared towards any specific person, just in general. It’s cheap and/or free.

Below is my setup as of now. I’m constantly refining it and finding new options, but for now at least use one or all of these.

Computer Backup:
Time Machine - Mac Only (Use any external, they’re cheap)
Backblaze (for offline automated backups similar to Time Machine. Also check out Crashplan)
WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB External HD (RAID 1 Mirrored, for all media)
G Drive External 1TB (For Additional Photo backup)
Dropbox - For files I want accessible everywhere. (Not a full backup but can be. Runner up: Google Drive.)

iPhone:
iCloud Syncing - Please make sure this is turned on. Address book is turned on (people still post on Facebook, even if they have an iPhone, after it’s lost or stolen, to request phone numbers) And for the love of all that is holy, make sure FIND MY PHONE is turned on as well.
iCloud Backup (More into this these days vs using iTunes. For friends who don’t ever backup, it’s a very affordable $20-$40 a year -  set it and forget it option. Highly suggested for those who care about their Camera roll and other iPhone settings staying. Also removes the need for iTunes)
iPhoto Import (For my precious mobile photos)
Picturelife - for additional Camera Roll backup/syncing that is Cloud based. (Sync over Wifi or Cellular. Also check out Loom, Dropbox, Flickr)
Rdio - For all my music in “The Cloud”.
Google Music - since I am free from iTunes syncing for now and I use Rdio, the free version of Google Play Music is a good way to keep anything that isn’t available via Rdio (all of Dragcity ahem) always available via your phone using the Google Play Music App. (Free)

In closing, just do one or all of these. Thank you in advance. If you have any questions feel free to Tweet @mattrubin.