Safely back in the UK and in catchup mode following my recent extended holiday to the UAE, India and Napal.
Despite the best of intentions, I wasn’t able to post many photos of the trip. There are various reasons, but they may not hold up due to the fact that others on the trip did so much better than I did!
However, between us we managed to create over 500GB of photos and videos. I’m sure you’ll be seeing some soon – fresh media is always good for demonstrating various apps in the ScreenCastsOnline screencasts. Especially due to the fact that I should be doing the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library screencasts very soon, once they come out of beta.
The trip did have some unique challenges as far as the tech was concerned.
One of my fellow travellers (and ScreenCastsOnline Magazine contributor) Allison Sheridan has done a great write up of International Travel Through the Lens of Technology as part of her NosillaCast Podcast which describes some of the challenges.
I do get a mention in the piece:
Don McAllister brought a drive called the Western Digital My Passport Wireless. This is a cool device that lets you stick in an SD card and it automatically backs it up, all without a computer. It did work well but it was impossible to verify that it was actually doing the job because there’s no display. We used my Mac to verify it from time to time because it would sometimes lose power, or take so long that we were sure it had failed. It’s a good idea, but I sure wouldn’t erase my memory cards if I were using that device. Don said that he wouldn’t travel on a trip like this with only an iPad again, he has his eye on the new 12″ Macbook for future trips.
Just one slight correction in that you can monitor when the data transfer from the SD card starts and finishes by viewing the flashing white light on the front of the device. Insert the SD card and a flashing white light indicates that data transfer has started. Once it stops flashing, the data transfer has finished and you can eject the card. You can also double check that it’s been successful by using the iOS app to view the content on the MyPassport drive. Saying that, it is pretty slow but if have patience, it seems to do the job just fine. One really neat feature is that incrementally copies your SD Cards into separate folders organised by days – very neat!
However, on such a long trip, I really would seriously consider taking a laptop with me next time, to manage, process and organise my photos and videos “on the go”. Although technically I could have used my iPad Air 2 with the SD Connection kit, even with the 128GB iPad, I soon ran out of space.
The fact I was using an iPhone 6+, a GoPro Hero 4 and a Panasonic LX100 shooting JPG, RAW and 4K video, I suppose that comes as no surprise.
The new MacBook is looking very attractive as a travel based laptop!