“What Digital Diva Says…”

As the Digital Diva, I’ve decided to start 2014 by writing a new blog I’m calling, “What DD Has to Say about Digital Devices”, to share how I navigate through the world of digital electronics, in hopes of helping others.  I know levels of frustration (and sometimes joy) exist in using these devices, sometimes in the same moment, and will share my “tips and tricks” that might ease you through one of those “moments”.

I teach and travel and find it necessary to  own many digital devices: iphone 5S, ipad, macbook pro (laptop), iMac (desktop),  2 digital cameras, Canon D5 and Olympus OMD.  Each device provides different uses and capabilities but also creates challenges.  A simple example of this is when I tried to use airdrop to transfer files from my ipad to my computer only to discover they work on different platforms and it wasn’t possible to do this. I can only transfer files via airdrop, computer to computer.

Here’s my first tip:  when you want to get files from your iphone or ipad  wirelessly to the computer,  I use the app PhotoSync.  I generally use this app once a day to transfer, which also then backs up my files on the computer.  It is a very robust app that allows transfers to/from computers, to/from cloud services and between devices.  It’s available in the app store for $2.99 http://www.photosync-app.com/ You’ll need to install it on any device you are going to or from.

My first journey of 2014 was a road trip to New Orleans. My daughter attends Tulane University and wanted to have her car, so as an exceptionally good parent I agreed to go with her.  On January 3, we left Santa Barbara for New Orleans with stops in Pasadena, CA, Tucson, AZ,  Odessa, TX, and Dallas, TX,  before arriving January 8 in New Orleans.

Most people pack their bags, get in the car and go. For me, I need to decide which electronic devices I want and/or need to take, besides my clothes, shoes and toiletries.  Before packing I ask myself, “what am I willing to carry and what time will I have for editing.    Do I want my “big girl” camera or just my iphone, do I need my laptop or just the ipad?  This is always a challenge for me due to space, weight and time. I was driving to NOLA but coming back on an airplane.  I’m not sure what possessed me, but I took everything, except the desktop computer.   BIG MISTAKE.

I won’t bore you with the details of what I didn’t use but share a few things I discovered by what I did.

During our journey, we used our cells phones incessantly for: directions, the weather, restaurants, hotels, taking photos, listening to music, writing reminders, etc.  Of course we got frustrated when we had no service, because we are so spoiled and think we should have service everywhere.  It’s at times like these when I say to myself, “how did we ever live without, the cell phone, or the internet?”

One of the benefits of having a smart phone with data services is you can “google” or use an app for any and everything (positive of digital device). What we used the most were apps for hotels (hotel tonight, http://www.hoteltonight.com/?gclid=CNqfjuykgbwCFTRo7AodqAsAFg and Trip Advisor, http://www.tripadvisor.com/) and restaurants (google, trip advisor, urban spoon http://www.urbanspoon.com/).    I am so thankful for those who take the time to write reviews and because of this I write reviews as well.

When we were approaching Abilene, TX, I asked my daughter to look for a place to eat for lunch.
She googled: vegetarian restaurants and actually found one, The naturalfoodcenter.net We laughed, thinking we are in West Texas and there is a Health Food restaurant. naturalfoodcenter.net is not only a restaurant but also a food store that has been there for over 40 years. We were so happy, and the food was great. A nice little place to stop if you are ever in or driving through Abilene.

While driving we noticed that our phone batteries were draining faster than normal. When we got in the car our phones were at 100% but just a few hours later they were down to 50%.  It took me a few days to realize it was the Maps app that was the culprit. 

Tip #2:If you are using the Maps app (either Apple’s or Google Maps), be aware of this battery drain and make sure you have a charger.

As I mentioned earlier, when I’m packing for a trip I need to decide what equipment I’m going to take. My intention was to use my “big girl” camera (that’s my DSLR) while we were driving to document our travel, and thought I would have time to process the files once we arrived wherever we spent the night, what was I thinking! I didn’t take out the DSLR until the 3rd day and was so exhausted at the end of each day’s driving that there was no way I would have worked on anything.

(use at the end) DD would like to know how has your world changed because of these devices?

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