Do your back-ups now!

We were robbed of our laptops yesterday, and I can’t remember when I last did my back-ups…

They took 3 lap-tops out of their bags in our house, as well as two cameras and most of my nice jewelry.

But it is the photos and the videos that are the most precious!

I found some albums backed up on Dropbox, but I don’t think I have done any back-ups on our external hard drive this year.

Why did I not use iCloud on my computer as well? *banging my head*

Please do your back-ups! Now!

(Empty lap-top bag)

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Breather this week

This week is a breather week, and I am extremely glad. There are still some stuff of the previous weeks’ ANZ 23 Mobile Things I want to check out…

I have been playing around with Animoto some more.

I uploaded some photos and videos for an Animoto video.
I was very glad to see that videos are also incorporated, not only photos.

Tiny Tumbles

I want to try and embed it, and it seems it is possible through a YouTube upload. (?)
I will try it this week at the library.

Testing Animoto for ANZ 23 Mobile Things – Thing 6

I tested Animoto for ANZ 23 Mobile Things.

I used photos of our recent trip on the Johannesburg Red Bus, traveling the city:
Jozi Red Bus

It is a very polished animation, and it looks very professional!

It takes extremely long to upload the photos, which is a bit frustrating.

Again, I saw that this was only available to upload on the iOS store, and not on Blackberry. I would not have gotten very far if I had to do this on my BB!

The weekly wrap-up post for Thing 6.

Screencasting to use QR codes

I missed out on a day of blogging in June. This is a very difficult challenge to keep to.
So today I am doing two posts…

Screencasting is part of Thing 6 of ANZ 23 Mobile Things (http://anz23mobilethings.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/thing-6-youtube-screencasts/)

Wikipedia has the following definition for screencasting:

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot is a picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.

I thought of using a Vine to do a screencast for using QR codes in the library.

(It needs a bit of practice, but Vine combined with screencasting has a lot of possibilities).

Last year we did a blog post about QR codes, and also used screen shots to demonstrate using QR codes.
What do you do when you see a QR code?

Whatwasthere – Testing Thing 5 for ANZ 23 Mobile Things

I have been trying to use the whatwasthere (http://www.whatwasthere.com/) app for the whole week. I have not been very successful.

Maybe it is dependent on the network, or my iPad2 does not play along?
Maybe also because the uptake has not been great in South Africa?

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screen grab from Whatwasthere

It finds my location perfectly.

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But it seems nothing else is uploaded…

I also tried it today in the middle of Johannesburg City, but it did not give me any more information.

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It says that there are 10 photos, but I am not able to see it?

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Not an app that I will be using, for personal or business reasons!

(Blogging from my WordPress app, which also has its own frustrations… Each time I have to go back to the desktop to fix some issues!)

Historypin – Mobile Thing 5 of ANZ 23 Mobile things

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Historypin – screen grab

This week I am trying out the suggested apps using GPS location on my iPad.
(I am not even going to try using it on my Blackberry 9360, because of its short battery life and low memory issues!)

I downloaded the Historypin app yesterday and uploaded my first photo. It alerted me that I had to wait six hours for it to be placed on the system. It was there this morning, but without the date and the information that I had attached to it.
It also places the location of the photo about 4000 km away, which is not the case.

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My pin, without a date and details, which I have uploaded yesterday

When I use my device to get my location with nearby photos, there are only two of a grandmother and a dog. Not very inspiring!

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2 photos nearby me, without the photo I have uploaded yesterday (which I thought would have been here)

I also get a lot of interference messages, which are fine, since I am using it in a building.
I will have to check it out outside.

When I look at uploaded pins, it also gives me pins from worldwide, which I find frustrating. I would have liked if it only showed me pins of nearby places, or at least in South Africa.

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Random pins

So far I am not impressed with the app.

Maybe if there is more uptake in South Africa?

I also find that although we can sign up with Google, our profiles are not linked. It also does not seem as if I can import a photo or Avatar for my profile.

I will be checking back with ANZ 23 Mobile Things to see if others had a better experience?
But so far not something that I would use in the library and archive environment.