Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Another GPS Image Tracker

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

There have been a few postings on The Mobile Genealogist regarding GPS units that attach to your camera to keep track of location information as you take digital photos.     Now Sony has a product that does not require any connection to the camera, it only needs to be on your person as you take the photos.  

If that sounds interesting and you want to know how it works, click HERE to head over to Engadget to read more about teh Sony GPS-CS3KA.

Electronic Breadcrumbs?

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Pocket PC Thoughts has some information on a simple GPS unit that can be used as a means to mark a location, then find your way back to that location later.  

Leave the breadcrumbs at home and bring the Bushnell BackTrack instead!

Click HERE to read more.

Lost or Stolen Phone… Phone home!

Monday, January 26th, 2009

If you’re concerned about how you might attempt recovery of a lost or stolen Windows Mobile Phone, PocketNow has an article about the “Smartprotect” software which attempts to solve that problem.

Click HERE for more details.

Airport Friendly Computer Bags

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

If you flown with a laptop before you know how much of a hassle check-in can be.   The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has recently changed some of their regulations to make it easier and quicker to process laptops during check-in, and MobileTechReview has an article about a couple of computer bags that take advantage of these changes.

Click HERE for the review.

5 Mobile Productivity Tips

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Although this article has a slant towards business users, most of the information is still applicable for mobile use of your Windows Mobile device when you are out and about doing your Genealogy work.

PocketNow has an article entitled “Get Things Going While You’re Going” discussing 5 things that can make you more productive when you are mobile.   Click HERE for the article.

More Power

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

It’s been awhile since I posted and I have a few items to report on over the next few days.    This posting will deal with power while on the go, either via means to recharge your batteries, or information on future battery technology that may improve on your mobile experience.

Gizmodo has an article about silver-zinc batteries which are supposed to get 40% better run-time than lithium-ion batteries.   The article can be found HERE.

Gear Diary has an article about a “smarter” battery charger which can be found HERE.

MobileTechReview has an article about a solar powered battery charger HERE.

And Engadget has an article about a solar/wind powered battery charger HERE.

More power to you!

Geotag your photos

Monday, September 29th, 2008


If you have a Digital SLR and wish to have GPS coordinates associated with the images that you take, the JOBO AG photoGPS may be what you are looking for.

Digital Media Thoughts has information on the photoGPS which attaches to the hot shoe of your digital SLR and captures GPS information as you take pictures.   The JOBO software then matches the GPS information stored in the photoGPS to the pictures after you upload them to your computer. 

More information can be found HERE.

An Interesting Device

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

The other day I got an email, I’m sure some would call it Spam, from “Earth Products & Accessories”.    It may have been outright “Spam” or a marketing email which came about because of my installation of Google Earth, but in this case the device advertised did peak my interest.

The email read…

Trackstick II Personal Tracker Tracksticks are tiny GPS location recorders capable of continuously logging their own location histories for extended periods of time. The Trackstick records its own location, time, date, speed, heading and altitude at preset intervals. Traveled routes can be viewed directly in Google Earth. Includes GPX photo stamping feature for adding your favorite photos to you own maps.

The first thing that came to mind was it would be handy to track my location when traipsing about the country taking digital photographs of the old family farms, one room school houses, cemeteries or whatever.    (Comparing the timestamp of the image with the timestamps of the GPS location)    And since it will allow you to attach photos to Google Earth, you could then create a virtual tour of your trip.

If that sounds interesting, more information can be found HERE.

The Thought Police

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

We’ve been busy working on implementing Photo support into Pocket Genealogist that we haven’t had much time to update The Mobile Genealogist with current news and events.  We will try and get some of the more interesting items posted over the next couple of weeks.   (Keep an eye on the Northern Hills Software Public Beta area located HERE for the upcoming Photo support)

 The wife was talking about seizures by Customs of hard drives for travelers coming into the United States so this article by Engadget was timely.    The reference to “1984” would be funny if things weren’t going so “Orwellian”.

 Click HERE for the article.