Geotag your photos Redux

December 3rd, 2008

On September 29th I had an article about tagging your digital photos with GPS information, now Nikon has officially come out with a Nikon unit that works more seamlessly with Nikon digital SLR cameras.    The cost (about $240) keeps it out of reach from casual photographers, but if you do have one of the more expensive Nikon DSLR’s and want to tag your images with GPS information, more info can be found HERE courtesy of Digital Media Thoughts.

Contests, Giveaways, and Discounts

December 2nd, 2008

Although not directly related to “mobile genealogy”, but who doesn’t like a chance to win free computer hardware?  Or a chance to save up to 35% on purchases?

Contests and Giveaways

Smartphone Thoughts has information on how to enter to win $6000 worth of HP computer equipment.  (That’s ALL to one person, one desktop, 3 laptops, a photo printer and other hardware and software)   Information can be found HERE.

Digital Media Thoughts has information on how to enter to win a Seagate portable hard drive which can be found HERE


Digital Media Thoughts has information on using Microsoft Live Search to purchase “Buy it now” items on eBay and saving up to 35%.   Information can be found HERE.   This isn’t strictly limited to eBay as other vendors also participate.  (although not at such a steep discount)

Good Luck!

Zoom Zoom USB

November 23rd, 2008

You can’t have it now nor will it provide any relieve for current desktop computers or devices, but in the future USB version 3 will offer transfer speeds up to 4.8Gbps.   (Much faster than current USB Version 2 speeds)   To give you an idea how much data that will transfer, a 25GB hard drive worth of data could be transferred in about 70 seconds.

Gizmodo has more information HERE.

As with USB 1 and USB 2, devices built with USB 3 will work (although at a slower speed) on older connections, or older devices will work with new desktop computers with a USB 3 port.  (Also at the slower speed)

Synchronize via Bluetooth

November 22nd, 2008

If you have a smartphone or other Windows Mobile device with Bluetooth, you should be able to setup ActiveSync so that you can do synchronizations wirelessly.    However, most desktop computers don’t come with bluetooth, but here’s one solution to the problem.  (There are many other providers of USB bluetooth “dongles” as well)

Click HERE for Gear Diary article on a new Bluetooth Dongle.

If you already have a bluetooth connection but haven’t installed XP Service Pack 2, here’s some information that you may find useful.   It also discusses how to setup ActiveSync to work with Bluetooth after you install SP2.   (Service Pack 2 adds new bluetooth drivers to XP)

Click HERE for the Bluetooth ActiveSync Guide from Geekzone.

First ActiveSync, then Windows Mobile Device Center, now Device Stage?

November 10th, 2008

ActiveSync is the software that comes with your Windows Mobile device that is used to communicate between your desktop/laptop computer and the device.   However, with the introduction of Windows Vista, ActiveSync was replaced by Windows Mobile Device Center.

Lately there has been quite a bit of news about the future (End of 2009?) Windows 7 release which will replace Vista.  (It’s been getting a lot of good press with regards to interface changes and performance improvements)  

With Windows 7, it sounds like Windows Mobile Device Center will be replaced by something called Device Stage.  (Which is MUCH more than just for syncing your Windows Mobile Device)

Click HERE to find out more information from WMExperts.

Pocket Genealogist 3.30

September 30th, 2008

Northern Hills Software is happy to announce that Pocket Genealogist 3.30 is now available for download. As with all Version 3 releases this is a free update for all those who have already purchased Version 3.

The biggest change in this release is support for Multimedia transfers to the device (Images and Photos). Additionally, if you have a Windows Mobile 5 or newer device and have lots of sources/citations, the new release can significantly decrease the size of your database. For a complete list of changes, click HERE.

This version has changes to the database structure, so all current Pocket Genealogist databases will not work with the new release. Make sure any changes you have made on the device are first synchronized back to the desktop and “processed” before you install this release.

The multimedia support does require the “Advanced” version of Pocket Genealogist. If you have Version 3 Basic or a Version 2 release, you can upgrade HERE.

The downloads can be found HERE and the update to the user guide can be found HERE.

Thanks for supporting Pocket Genealogist!

Geotag your photos

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.

Handy List of WM6.1 Upgrades for Devices

September 28th, 2008

Mobility Site has a article that compiles a list of Devices that have available upgrades to Windows Mobile 6.1.   That article can be found HERE.

And speaking of Windows Mobile 6.1, more information about what’s new and a short video can be found HERE.

Windows Mobile Quick Reference

September 27th, 2008

Smartphone Thoughts has put together a Quick Reference in PDF format which describes all the icons and items that can appear on your today screen, a handy reference for knowing what all those “pesky things” mean.

The article and a link to the PDF file can be found HERE.

Redfly anyone?

September 26th, 2008


What is a Redfly you ask? Well, up until today, it was $399 and in my opinion not worth mentioning because of the price. But for a limited time in conjunction with WMExperts, you can get one for $199.

The Redfly is a mobile device companion produced by Celio, basically a “dumb” mini-laptop that connects to your mobile phone via USB cable or Bluetooth. In other words it’s a larger keyboard and screen for your mobile device.   It’s not a standalone device as it requires a connection to a smartphone… it merely takes what you see on your smartphone and displays it on a larger screen.   It also has a VGA connector so it would be useful for connecting to a projector (or external monitor) for presentation purposes.

Information on the Celio website indicate that Windows Mobile 5 and 6 are supported.   Although they only reference “Smartphones”, it may also work with non-smartphone PDA’s as well.  (You will need bluetooth or a device that can connect via a USB cable available from Celio)   If you are interested you should verify wth Celio that your device is supported before purchasing.

The WMExperts announcement of the limited time $199 offer can be found HERE.

The Celio Redfly website can be found HERE.

And a list of tested devices can be found HERE.