I’ve recently had a few conversations with people who asked about my “ISS” tweets (and maybe wished they hadn’t:-). What is the ISS, and how do I know when and where to look for it? This post is a quick summary of ISS-related info – enough at least to get you started if you want to go ISS-spotting.

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Eye-Fi Connect X2A little while ago I got an Eye-Fi card. My first impressions of it are here. The more I used it, the more useful I’ve found it. One thing I’ve found really useful is the ability to take photos on a real camera, edit them in various simple ways on my iPod Touch, and then post them online – Facebook, Twitter, etc. To do that, though I need a MiFi. The photos go from the camera up to Google’s Picasa (in my case, but could be one of many similar services) via the MiFi. I then download them from Picasa onto my iPod, tweak as necessary and post. The ability to do this out in the field, without the need for a “proper” computer, is more useful than I expected. The iPod, and moreso an iPad if only I had one, is a pretty handy photo editing device when fed with decent resolution images. The only downside is the need for the MiFi. Mobile broadband isn’t always hugely fast, and sending high resolution images through it several times eats up my monthly data allowance pretty quickly. But things have just changed…

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I have, over the last few years, made use of a few online backup/storage systems. I initially started with a free Dropbox account and upgraded that to a 50GB account once I realised how useful it was. Eventually a 50GB account wasn’t big enough but upgrading to 100GB was rather expensive. At that point I switched to Humyo – that gave me 100GB for less than I was paying Dropbox for 50GB, and was more flexible too. Eventually I outgrew a 100GB account too. Co-incidentally, humyo was taken over by Trend Micro and became Safesync with unlimited storage. Perfect, or so I thought. A few months on, and there are a few problems…

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(from Stuff No One Told Me)

People occasionally tell me they don’t understand twitter, and in particular don’t see the point of all the “I am doing X” tweets. Why tell the world what you’re up to? Let me tell you a story. Names of people and products have been omitted or disguised but the details are essentially true. Some of you might recognise yourselves, though!

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I used to blog a lot. Ever since I started using Twitter seriously I’ve somewhat neglected by blogging habit. I think this is because my blogging was really just a means of self-expression and Twitter has taken over that function. I do know, though, that people read and appreciated at least some of what was posted on my blog, and I’ve recently been encouraged to try and get back to it. I’m hoping that by setting up a new, self-hosted blog, that will encourage me to try a bit harder. Not that setting up a WordPress blog is that much effort…

It is going to take a little while to get this blog into shape. I’m sure I’ll be playing with themes and other stuff, so don’t expect this to look the same when you come back! I will also try to transfer at least some of the entries from my old blog. In the meantime you can find them all here.

I was just about to write a blog about feeding Twitter into Evernote via the Twitter RSS feeds and an RSS-to-email service when I discovered I had written about it years ago. What I missed out of the blog, though, was the URLs for the RSS feeds. So here they are.

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Follow-up to Playing with an Eye–Fi card from Steve’s blog

Yesterday, I thought I understood the Eye-Fi architecture. The Eye-Fi card connects to your PC if it can, and transfers images to the Eye-Fi Center software running there, and from there images go the various online sharing services you’ve configured. If it can’t connect to your PC, the images stay on the camera until it can. And if you want to operate without a laptop, Eye-Fi have a hotspot service you can buy (£25/year) that allows that.

At least, that’s what I thought yesterday. A little experimentation last night and this morning has disproved all that, though. I configured my Eye-Fi to connect to my MiFi, and discovered that with my PC off images still end up in Picasa and in Eye-Fi’s own online storage system, and are eventually delivered to the PC when it is turned on. But that’s what I thought the hotspot service was.

The more expensive cards come with a year’s hotspot service bundled. Mine isn’t one of those. Perhaps it has it by mistake? If any other Eye-Fi users have any idea what’s going on, do please let me know! In the meantime, I’ll continue enjoying functionality I didn’t realise was there…

Writing about web page http://www.eye.fi

I was a keen photographer many years ago, but when kids came along I didn’t have time to keep up with it as a serious hobby. Consequently my recent photography kit has been from the, er, consumer end of the spectrum. Recently, though, my eldest has developed an apparently quite serious interest in photography and we have, between us, invested in a digital SLR – a Sony Alpha A500.

Alongside this, I’ve been researching lots of peripheral kit (any excuse to play with gadgets:-) and one thing that caught my eye was the Eye-Fi card. This is an SD memory card with WiFi built-in, which essentially adds WiFi capabilities to almost any digital camera. After a little bit of research and conversations with a few people that have one, I’ve finally taken the plunge and bought one. There’s a range of cards that provide different capabilities. I bought the most basic one – the 4GB Connect X2.

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Facebook places went live in the UK at the end of last week. After a few check-ins “just because” I started thinking about whether or not I would actually use it. I use Foursquare a lot, checking into almost every place I go (with a few exceptions, like my house). But in general I keep that information in foursquare where it belongs. I do not post all my checkins to Twitter too. If I would tweet about the location anyway then I will cross-post, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. I assume my Twitter followers don’t want to know everytime I check-in to my place of work, or to the local DIY store.

And that’s my problem with Facebook Places. If I checked in everywhere I went I’d be spamming by Facebook friends with loads of checkins they aren’t interested in. If I would post something to Facebook anyway about the location, then I will probably checkin to the Place. Mostly, though, I think I’ll be ignoring Places.

If you have a desperate need to know my every move, go find me on Foursquare. That’s where that information is staying…

And that brings me to another reason for not using Facebook Places. I might not want all my Facebook friends to know where I am. I have just about 100 Facebook friends, 600+ Twitter followers but just less than 30 friends on Foursquare. I’m more selective about who gets to see that information, and keeping it separate allows me to be. Facebook Places doesn’t let me be selective, and that’s not a good thing.

So, although I do use LBS a fair bit, in the form of Foursquare, I don’t think I’ll be using Facebook Places. At least not in their current form.

What do you think?