Yes I said FREE
I get free mobile broadband from Samba. Just click on this link and you can too Samba Mobile (Link)
I have seen these people advertising before just never got around to looking at it. Well now I’ve tried it and it works.
There is the initial cheap cost of a SIM card, unless you opt for a USB modem for your laptop. SIM cards can be ordinary size or you can get a Micro SIM if you have an iPad etc.
Basically, the account does need to be credited which you can do with a money top up like pay as you go, but if you want FREE interent all you need to do is watch adverts.
At first I thought that would be rubbish, I mean who wants to watch adverts, but luckily when you join you can adjust your preferences to your interests i.e. Films, gadgets, news etc So you only get targeted with adverts that you want to watch and even then you dont have to concentrate on just the advert, you can still continue using your device while advert is playing
Also there are some tools for your desktop which remind you of your data allowance and easy tools to topup in the background.
I am not selling the product, I just thought some people out there might like something like this where internet comes cheap or even FREE.
WebDAV / Network Solutions and investigation for particular iOS Apps
School environment using syncing case, but not actively managing each device with iTunes – looking to get the most out of saving / opening files from WebDAV or other network solutions.
- Internal School network with WebDAV service connecting users to Home Folders
- Portable WebDAV solution – Air Stash (Around £100)
- Free 3rd Party solution such as Box.net
- Web Hosting Solution that has a CPANEL / WebDAV sever
- Other Free 3rd Party servers – see review http://www.free-online-backup-services.com/features/webdav.html
Instructions for setting up on the following platforms
Account email and password
Notice: The account needed to be fully setup on a workstation before it worked properly the iPad
Internal Network WebDAV server
http:// <given IP address or server name>
Student username and password
CPANEL Hosting (This potentially won’t work in schools due to firewall restrictions)
note the trailing slash seems to be important, and not compatible with all apps!
Review of Apps to Test for WebDAV
I will run through the possible solutions for the given list; (Case Study for South London School)
Detail : Office App (Presentation / Word / Spredsheet etc)
Claims : Claims to stay connected and work on the fly with a WebDAV server
Test : Indeed it works well, complicated at first but easy to get used to
WebDav : Yes
- I thought it was interesting that a number of “Cloud Folders” locations could be setup – in other words you can simultaneously have multiple WebDav servers set up (internal network / Box.net / etc)
- You can also move files between the local store and the WebDAV server – although its not obvious where thats done at first.
- Not as slick as the Apple products but it does have some more convenient features
Detail : Music Sequencing Software
Test : There is no way to export to WebDAV
WebDav : No
Existing Output : m4a file to – Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud, ITunes, Mail
- Only the final file can be output, this means you can not edit the file when you import from elsewhere.
- Consider setting up a generic email account on all devices to export to teacher
- Consider setting up a class YouTube account
Detail : Built in photo viewer
Test : There is no WebDAV but there are other output methods.
WebDav : No
Existing Output : Mail, Message, Photo Stream, Twitter, Facebook, Copy
- No output to WebDav
- Consider setting up a generic email account on all devices to export to teacher (this method using ‘Photos’ allows you to export multiple images)
- Photo Stream would be possible, by setting up a group iCloud account, but this could get messy and bloated
- Copy, may work well – Simple “Copy” image and then open up another app perhaps a Document and Paste
- Consider using FREE app WebDAV Nav to upload images to school server (tested and works with Box.net)
- Consider using File Browser for connecting to networks
Detail : Slide creation for other SMART systems
Test : This is an expensive app for what it does – consider other tools
WebDav Compliant : No
Existing Output : Proprietary to SMART software
- Good if you have SMART software
Solution : none
Try : Adobe ideas – email pdf output, Draw Free – email output, keynote/pages – email/WebDAV
Detail : ePub book creator
Test : Application worked well with File Browser.
WebDav Compliant : No
Existing Output : epub
- The file can not be imported for later editing (meaning you have to work on that device until complete)
- On export choose File Browser to send to a network (but coming down from network can only open in iBooks)
- also works with WebDAV nav – but its not so easy!
- also works well with DropBox (consider a group dropbox account)
Detail : Comic book creator
Test : – unstable app – crashed many times while trying out app.
WebDav Compliant : Yes
Existing Output : to WebDAV , Dropbox, iTunes as PDF or Comiclife file (also output to facebook/twitter/mail/photo library
- for me – an unstable app
- didn’t work with Box.net, but it may be an unusual setup – should be possible. hopefully works on school network.
- Using Dropbox / WebDAV should be fine
£FREE / 6.99
Detail : iStopMotion / animation utility
WebDav Compliant : No
Existing Output : Camera Roll, Mail, YouTube, DropBox – you can only output as movie
- project files cannot be exported (meaning you have to work on that device until complete), only final output
- consider a group dropbox account
- export (final work) to camera roll then use WebDAV nav
- export (final work) to camera roll then use File Browser for connecting to networks
Detail : Folder Management Software
Test : Tested a number of of uses
WebDav Compliant : Yes
Existing Output : Can only output / work with WebDAV servers
- Where an app cannot be output, it might be possible to at least get a screen shot and then use this WebDAV Nav to upload image to a server.
- Works with most files (some require appropriate app – i.e. if downloading a presentation you need an app like Office / Keynote)
- Take images/ Photos / Camera Roll etc straight to WebDAV server
- file functions like – new folder, delete, rename, Open with
- can have multiple WebDAV servers set up
- Small configuration to do on each device, also need to consider security as credentials are remembered unless you delete setting.
Detail : SMB (not WebDAV) Windows server file browser
Claims : Claims to work on most servers
Test : Can be used to copy files from to to a server (works well on a NAS box, and Apple server with SMB enabled) - actually quite impressive.
WebDav Compliant : No
Existing Output : Relies on applications installed on iOS device
- Works with DropBox
- Works with NAS boxes, and Apple Servers if SMB features are enabled
- doesn’t natively work with WebDAV or Apple Networks(AFP) (Only Windows)
Keynote / Pages
Detail : Presentation and Word processing
Test: Works with most servers
WebDAV Compliant : Yes
Existing Output: Proprietary, and Microsoft, PDF etc
- Works with DropBox – via ‘Open in Another App’ – also from Drop Box you can open in Keynote/Pages
- Email enabled for output
In all cases where a WebDAV / Dropbox / Server connection can be made, the app will remember the credentials unless you log out – unless of course you are using some kind of ‘Group Accounts’ that an entire class can share as a intermediate pool of files.
General Solutions :
If you have the following you are best equipped to deal with most things where apps allow.
- WebDAV server (with on local network, or free external service) in conjunction with ‘WebDAV Nav’ app
- FileBrowser for connecting to networks in general
- General email account setup on a group or individual iOS devices
- Dropbox account for group of iPads
* Some info may dis/credit any particular apps, but results are based on the time of writing and particular needs of an individual study and may not be the same result for different testing criteria or establishment
Before going to Africa on Safari, I knew I wanted to travel as light as possible but have the best gear for the trip. I researched by reading many websites and took what I felt would be best. I know people will benefit from my thoughts, reflections and also have a look at some of the photos.
I will explain the kit I took, a review on the kit I used and what I wish I had.
We flew into Johannesburg on an organised tour with Nomad. Our journey took us through Swaziland, Mozambique and Kruger South Africa.
The kit I took:
- Nikon DSLR D300
- Compact Camera
- Spare Memory cards (I shoot in RAW)
- Decent Compact Binoculars
- Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5
- 50mm f/1.4
- 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6
- Aero Backpack
- Small camera bag (used to hold all the chargers/wires in checked in luggage)
- Macbook Pro (Light Room / Photoshop)
- Card Reader
- Camera chargers
- Freeloader Pro / Globetrotter Pro SC9065
- Mains Power converter – be careful most universal adaptors DO NOT include Africa socket
- Decent Head Torch
We were lucky to see the big five, but one notable issue was that Lions are most active at Dusk/Dawn – basically when its hard to see which is a dangerous time to be out in the wild also any camera will have trouble focusing or taking a good shot.
In Swaziland (and again at Kruger) we had an organised tour to see Lions, this consisted of a tour guide driving a modified Landrover at dusk or dawn. The Landrovers were equipped with a tungsten lamp that the passengers could share and use to try and spot something in the wilderness.
This didn’t help me as a photographer, as the tungsten lamp didn’t provide enough light or breadth/depth., and also you can’t control the light if another passenger isn’t holding steady.
- Flash (should have taken but was travelling light!)
- Purpose Torch for dusk/dawn photography
- Bigger lenses!
I have not done any research on torches but a quick google reveals products like this
also this review site http://fonarik.com/test/indexen.php
Optional – but ideal if you can cope with the weight
- Tripod or monopod.
- Take some zippo bags in case you want to make a beanbag rest with rice (cheap and easy) This is ideal if travelling on a truck/Landrover that is stationary.
End of trip facts:
- 2 Weeks – 2739 Photos – Filtered down to 517 photos (basically pick of the best)
- 182 Photos with Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 (Picked 54 as best)
- 275 Photos with Nikon 50mm f/1.4 (Picked 84 as best)
- 2138 Photos with Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (Picked 319 as best)
- 144 Photos with Compact Camera (Picked 60 as best)
- RAW files on the D300 are around 16MB each
- My data was 41GB
- I didn’t need the Freeloader much as we were lucky to have electricity in most places, but there were issues as sometimes electricity is on a generator and resorts have a lights out time, or areas are prone to power cuts. The Freeloader is still handy as it can help keep phones, cameras and any entertainment topped up. Unfortunately that won’t help you with laptop batteries.
- We had a universal power converter, but discovered that was absolutely no good in South Africa as they have something completely different. 3 Round Pin sockets. This is a cheap accessory or can be bought in a big supermarket – if you can find one!
- I would have managed with leaving either the Nikon 50mm prime or Sigma 10-20mm at home but they both came in handy, but not as much as the 300mm which I needed nearly all the time.
- Kruger was much more wild than Swaziland and wildlife was typically much further away – I wish I had a lens that could reach further than 300mm but you then need to consider stabilisation (might be hard on a truck with other passengers bouncing around)
- If you have a teleconverter or bigger lens definitely take it if you can cope with the weight and if the quality will be good enough. There would have been no point in me taking my Sigma 50-500mm lens as it would have added too much weight, there is no image stabilisation (OS/VR), and you need a tripod and to be on solid ground (which you can’t do in Kruger if you want to tell the tale!) – I can get reasonable photos from a 300mm cropped.
- The computer helped in the evenings to keep a backup of files, and also do favourite selections and minor edits to save so much workload at the end of the trip.
- Take spare memory cards if you can’t take a computer. 3 x 16GB memory cards served me and I had computer for backup or transfer if I needed more space.
See the Gallery:
After a seamless upgrade everything working fine – except the dropped support for a few well used tools.
VMware fusion (V3.1.4 or V4) – Not supported
Mail has dropped RSS support, shame as that was really useful – try Vienna its free and looks like it could be a good tool Website
To install however you will need to remove the new security preference that stops you using apps from out side the appstore. Goto Preferences > Security & Privacy > Allow Applications downloaded from : (change to) Anywhere
Roaring Apps have been working hard on a compatibility list – look here first before upgrading!!!!
What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website.
Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you’re a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! You can relax knowing that Dropbox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.
Dropbox makes sharing so easy that you’ll be amazed at the things you can do. Invite your friends, family and teammates to any folder in your Dropbox, and it’ll be as if you saved that folder straight to their computers. You can send people links to specific files in your Dropbox too. This makes Dropbox perfect for team projects, sharing party photos with friends, or recording your band’s new album.
Even if your computer has a meltdown, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox is like a time machine that lets you undo mistakes and even undelete files you accidentally trash. Your Dropbox is always ready for action from the Dropbox website too!
I am now testing a Flickr plugin – demonstrating some photos from my wild life collection.