Ditch your Phone and Tablet Cables!

Wireless Tether

One of the most common questions I get is how to take photos (and videos) off your phone.  Whether you are working with an iPad, an iPhone, Android or any portable device, tethering these devices to your computer really has become so tedious. There are some handy features to post content directly online like the WordPress app, and even YouTube posting functionality built into many of these devices.  But when you want to tweak your photos or videos on a computer, it’s kind of tedious to use those darn cables every time. Well fret no more, because you can ditch those cables for data transfer!  (Just don’t throw them out – you still need to charge up periodically!)

So, how do you do it? The simple answer is Dropbox! This handy little app has made my life so much easier. No more pesky file limitations on email, data messaging or any of that rigamarole.  Check out the YouTube Video I put together to help explain this:

How Much is Too Much?

iPad 2

We all love gear.  I an a gear freak! I guess it goes with working in the IT sector, scuba diving, and photography – the gear excites me, entices me, and I just can’t help myself sometimes.  But it has to end at some point, right?  After all, as David DuChemin is known for saying, “Gear is Good, Vision is Better”!  I couldn’t agree more…or could I?

My wife’s birthday is right around the corner – literally.  The next time I post, her birthday will have passed.  The funny thing is, she has received her typical stipends from the parental units and now has some extra cash to spend (which is odd enough in this economy), so finds herself in a bit of a pickle.  What to do?

She has a point…take a look at our current technology library:

1.  Windows XP desktop (Dell Optiplex)

2.  Windows XP VOIP system

3.  Linux Video Camera Surveillance system

4.  Macbook Pro OSX

5.  Acer Netbook

6.  Motorola Android X Smart Phone

7.  LG Smart Phone

8.  iPod Touch (2nd Generation)

9.  Amazon Kindle

Know what the one thing is that’s missing?  Yup, you guessed it – the iPad.

iPad 2

We all know about them, more know about them, and some even fawn over them…claiming they are the only device in their category – the iPad is it’s own category.  So, when she had this extra money for her birthday, she came to me and said, “I don’t know what to do..there’s nothing I really want or need…any ideas?”  My response was:  Get an iPad!

Then she said, “Why”…and recited the list to me.  She has a point – we really don’t need an iPad. It looks so cool…but, is it something that we need?  Probably not.  It is something we’ve thought about, but given our connected nature already, do we really need it?  My truthful answer is, “No.”  She asked me to put together a list for her of why she should get an iPad.  I came up with tons of reasons – for me…

So, it looks like the iPad will not be coming to the house any time soon – simply because, as Tracy put it:  “How Much is Too Much?”  So, with that in mind, I’d really like to pose a question to the reading audience:

How much gear do you own?  When would you draw the line?  How much is too much?  Sound off in the poll:

When do you prefer to capture your images?

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The Winner Is…

Easy Release Winner

Ladies and gents, we have a winner!

From the comment contest last week, the winner it none other than Richard Hales – a.k.a. #4 from the Random Number Generator:

Easy Release Winner

Congrats to Richard, and thanks to the folks from Easy Release for their contribution – if you could get in touch with me via email Richard, I’ll connect you both to arrange distribution of the license or discount code for iTunes.  Thanks to all for their participation!