Having had my Blackberry Bold for just over a week I realised I had not posted any pics of the little beauty.

I’m really loving the interface, battery time and many of the features that were missing from my beloved iPhone.

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Having read a great post from Rhiannon Floyd on her purchase of a new moleskine, it got me thinking about how much I used a note book recently, although there are many digital alternatives for what I used mine for I found the easiest way by far was the good old fashioned pen and paper.

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Setting a budget was always necessary due to the amount of time we were away and the fact that we wanted to keep things to a budget.  I had thought  about using an application on the iPhone, which as mentioned in an earlier post was an awesome all round digital companion.

However I really wanted something that either of us could edit at a moments notice and something that does not hold the constraints that software sometimes does.  In comes the Notebook.  I took away a very small book keeping notebook, this unfortunately didn’t survive very long, pages were starting to fall out and there was also not much room on it for everything I wanted to record.

Whilst in Nepal I bought a local handmade notebook, it was very cheap around a$2 but also very sturdy and somewhat traditional which seemed to fit in nicely with were we had planned to travel.  I transfered the previous books details to the new one and set about organising it for my needs.   Each page representing 2 days of budget, keeping track of everything from room cost to price of bus/train trips etc.

There was also a page for ATM withdrawals, matched with currency exchange rates for the days I withdrew.  As time went on I really enjoyed keeping track of everything, I used to look forward to filling in my book over lunch or dinner, “keeping the spending on track” was my catch phrase I was loving it.

The back of the notebook also got used with silly things to help me remember my trip, such as books that I have read, plus keeping all the business cards from places I had stayed.

Although this was not a journal as such, or a diary for me to remember my trip the book has served as a real resource since coming home and discussing my trip with friends and family that have also travelled India and Nepal extensively, I can tell you where and how much it cost me to stay in every place I visited along with contact details.  I can tell you how long and how much it cost for a train from Mumbai to Goa, something that without the book would be pure guess work.

Since coming home I have started to use a notebook to keep track of many things in my life, spending, hours worked etc. Something easy to fill in before bed each evening and as well as enjoying doing it, its become real handy for keeping my spending on track.

Whilst sitting at home the other day my good lady decided that she waned to play around with my iPhone, something she really has had zero interest in since I got it back in July 08.  I was pleasantly surprised when she actually told me that she thought it was cool and easy to use.  

This got me thinking how much mobiles have come along since my first analogue OKI handset that I had way back in the Early 90’s on Vodafone in the UK.

So I thought I would just write a quick post which lists them, so here goes.

1. OKI handset unsure of model but it looked like this one below, 

Oki

2. Motorola MR1

My first digital handset, could even receive txt messages, but not send them.

Motorola MR1

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Project 365 Twitter

February 17, 2009

Although a late starter I thought I would join the Twitter project 365 daily photo.   Having been taking peeks at the flickr group frequently I decided that now I was back in the real world it was time to take part.

The aim of the project is simple.  Take a picture of you or something relating to you everyday for a whole year.  I find this to be pretty interesting and the ability to look back at the end will be awesome.

project 365 day 2

project 365 day 2

During the project as well, challenges will be issued, based on a theme eg. week 9’s challenge is “you in the mirror” and then voting commences on the best pictures relating to that challenge.

The rules are simple so why not get involved :-

About Project 365

One photo a day for an entire year. [Tips To Get Started]

1. Please post no more than one photo representing each day. Regardless if you take 3 or 30 or 300 photos in a single day, each photo you post must have been taken on a different day.

2. Backlogs are acceptable, as long as #1 is satisfied, but please be considerate. You can only upload 3 photos a day

3. Optional: Tag your photos with project365

The members of this group have self-organized and created a Weekly Challenge that everyone is welcome to participate in. It’s a lot of fun to see how your fellow photographers interpret the same theme. Don’t feel obligated to participate and if you are just joining us, begin wherever you want!
2008’s Weekly Challenges
2007’s Weekly Challenges

http://www.photojojo.com/content/tutorials/project-365-take-a-photo-a-day

Travelling with the iPhone

February 15, 2009

Having used my iPhone for lots of things that i would normally have booted up the Macbook Pro for I made the decision that when I went on my trip I would just make use of my iPhone and nothing else.  It would be my entertainment, camera and way of communicating with friends, family and for use helping me booking tickets, directions etc.

iPhoen Cinema

iPhone Cinema

Of course my girlfriend still took her camera and iPod but my goal was to use the one device.

Before leaving I made sure that the iPhone was unlocked by inserting a simcard from another service provider just in case OPTUS hadn’t come good in the unlocking department, all was fine.  I then made sure that it was filled with sufficient music, podcasts, video and applications that would see me through the 14 weeks that I would be away in total.

I had made a decision not to activate international roaming on my OPTUS account and settled for purchasing a local simcard from the county that I would be spending most of my time, in this instance India.

First port of call Borneo, Malaysia.  I found myself really loving the fact that I had everything to hand in one device, OK the camera is not great but for recording the days activities it was just fine, to be honest when you have good light the camera for shots that are to be posted to the web are pretty dam good.  Although the one thing I did start to find annoying was that I did not have any means of connecting to the web, easily rectified of an evening because as in many places there was lots of unsecured wi-fi that  I was easily able to latch on to.  Meaning that emails got through, pictures could be posted to the likes of Flickr and the big thing was that we could make Skype calls to family via the iPhone app Fring.  Things were going well.

As well as the great ability to communicate for free I was finding the games that I had loaded onto the iPhone pretty enjoyable as well.

Next location Nepal.

Once again the iPhone proved a very capable bit of kit taking great pictures and helping me relax at night with a great selection of music, plus in the more populated areas such as Katmandu and Pokhara once again wi-fi connectivity was never an issue.  I was really glad that I did not commit to bringing my big heavy MBP with me.

Once we headed into India it was time to grab a local simcard, this was really cheap to purchase as were the calls, txt’s and data.  Easy to set up on the iPhone and worked just as good as it does in Australia, there is no real 3g coverage but gprs and edge served me well to keep the emails coming in and wi-fi was always pretty easy to find especially in the more populated area’s, which is pretty much everywhere.

So in summary the performance of the unit, its ability to take over the tasks that would normally require a laptop with internet connection or a cyber cafe was simply awesome.

Is the iPhone rugged?  I happen to thing it is, the invisable shield kept the wear and tear to a minimum and protected both the screen and case with ease.  having also dropped the unit a few times I was pleased to find everything held together with no issues.  I did however in a moment of madness throw my bum bag at the wall in a temper from not being able to unlcok my back pack, not realising that my beloved device was in the bag.  It did recieve a bit of damage but everything is still working 100%

So next time you go on a holiday/trip that you were thinking of taking your laptop on, maybe travel light and just go the smartphone option.

Applications I used.

Fring – skype client, also supports msn, google talk etc

Maps – Helped me find my way many a time.

iBlogger – ability to post to your blog away from your computer.

Twitterific – keeping upto date with the world of twitter

Facebook – Letting people know whats going on.

Currency – Ideal for keeping track of the excchange rate

iShoot – to relieve the stress.

I also have to say that the guys at mactalk.com.au did a great job of keeping me upto date with there podcasts.  Its nice to keep in touch with the things you enjoy, makes the whole time away feel less foreign.

Back at last (almost)

February 13, 2009

OK. I’m almost back from my 4 month trip, boy am I glad. Currently I am visiting friends and family in Wales. It’s my first trip back in 4 years and boy it feels weird. Things are the same but oh so different at the same time.


The weather has really hit me hard with the snow and wind really making a dent in the things that I wanted to do. However as always its good to see everyone and catch up so in that regard its been an awesome 7 days so far.

I will finally be back in Australia on the 20th Feb and the thought of starting back my life is really appealing, bike ride’s, BBQ’s and all the outdoor things I like so much are now so close. To all those who are interested when I get back to Perth I will post the pictures for you all to look at.

Dehli

November 7, 2008

Been in Dehli a few days now. I have to say it sure is one crazy place. Fast paced, vibrant, colourful and not to offend but smelly at times. I love it.

We are staying at Majnu-is-tulla. A small Tibetan colony it’s a great place as you would imagine very quiet and a different world from the hustle and bustle outside the camp.

We have ventured in to New Dehli , Old Dehli and various other places over the last few days.

The poverty has been in your face everywhere you go which is hard to ignore but I guess you have to.

Tomorrow we will get the over night train then a 6 hour bus to Kathmandu , Nepal.


— Post From My iPhone