DropBox

08/12/2010

Now here’s a smart way of sharing files between your mobile device and a PC/Mac! DropBox (www.dropbox.com) works with smartphones running iPhone, iPad, Blackberry & Android OSs. The screenshot here is DropBox running on my iPhone 4, but the following features are generic across all OS platforms.
Synchronise Files automatically between your mobile smartphone and your PC/Mac 🙂
Storage free of 2GB and up to 100GB for a small price. DropBox servers are secure 🙂
File Management couldn’t be easier, create folders to organise files, work collaboratively.
For a more detailed description of what DropBox can be used for, visit https://www.dropbox.com/features.
Photo & Video Management is great, enabling you to take a photograph or video on your smartphone and access it within seconds on a PC/Mac. This has some very exciting possibilities what a mobile worker can deliver photographs/videos etc back to their office very quickly, effectively anywhere in the world!


AVG Anti-Virus (Free Edition) 2011

14/10/2010

It’s out now! My PC prompted me today and within a few minutes, the free Anti-Virus by AVG (http://www.avg.com/gb-en/homepage) had carried out the upgrade to 2011.
I’ve been so pleased 🙂 🙂 🙂 with the free Anti-Virus software from AVG, since I gave up with Norton Anti-Virus that I’d paid for, for a few years. In fact, I recall getting clobbered by a virus or two when NAV was supposedly protecting me. Yet, since being protected by AVG, I’ve been virus free! 🙂


Multiple iPhone connections via iTunes & PC

05/10/2010

A hard lesson learnt! 🙂 Beware, if you install iTunes on another PC, to connect with iTunes; make sure you sign into iTunes and AUTHORISE the new PC! Recently, I didn’t and when my iPhone connected to iTunes, all my additional apps were uninstalled/deleted!!! 😦 Ok, I’ve more or less re-installed them all, at no cost for those previously paid for; but it’s been a real pain!
So, apparently, you can authorise up to 5 PCs to connect to your iPhone, but just make sure, you sign-in and authorise the PC before connecting your iPhone to it for the first time.


Need some help with a Palmtop or Smartphone device?

19/02/2010

I’ve been using Palmtop Computers and more recently Mobile Smartphones for 21 years now! Supporting users of: Symbian Smartphones, Psion Palmtops, Palm, Blackberry, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, iPhone & iPod Touch and Android devices, otherwise known as PDAs, oh AND the great new PsiXpda UMPC with:

  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT & TRAINING
  • Transfer of data from old PDAs (E.g. Psion, Palm, Pocket PC etc) to new PDAs (E.g. iPhone, Blackberry etc);
  • Synchronisation of PDA data (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks & Notes) with PC software (E.g. Microsoft Outlook);
  • Back Up of data on to PC/Mac or memory card;
  • Configuration of email;
  • Advice on upgrade options and
  • MORE! (BUT, PLEASE NOTE – I don’t sell PDAs/Smartphones OR repair them)

Look no further, you won’t be dissapointed! get in touch with Ozzie on +44 (0)7889 374086 or via an email to ozziehallosman [at] btinternet [dot] com, also see http://www.palmtopman.com. I trust you can understand my email address (to avoid spamming software!!!).


Nimbuzz – VoIP and Messaging on the move

18/02/2010

NimBuzz is a great FREE 🙂 application to manage multiple communication services in just a single app! Nimbuzz is available on: Symbian, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Android and even Windows/Mac laptops/Desktops.
With NimBuzz on my Nokia N97-Mini in one great little app, I have Skype, MSN Messenger and Twitter connected at the same time! 🙂 and better still, it’s FREE! 🙂 Nimbuzz also works with Facebook, GoogleTalk, MySpace and others. On my Nokia, I use 3G communications for Nimbuzz when I’m on the move and generally use my home WLAN Broadband connection for Nimbuzz, when I’m home. You can get NimBuzz from the ‘Ovi Store’, other OS app stores or from www.nimbuzz.com.
Look at the infamous Steve Litchfield online with Skype, listed in Nimbuzz on my N97-Mini; he’s using Nimbuzz too!!


My current way of working with PIM..

29/01/2010

Introduction – Having used PDA gadgets rather than paper diaries etc for over 20 years now! since my beloved Psion CM; I thought that some of my blog readers might like to read how I’m currently working with PIM (Personal Information Management) with my current electronic devices: Desktop PC, PsiXpda and Nokia E55 Mobile Smartphone.

On my PsiXpda in Microsoft Outlook 2003 I have 820 Contacts, my Calendar, Tasks and Notes, all this data is synchronised daily with my new Nokia E55 Mobile Smartphone. I also have a collection of Word and Excel documents that I share between by my PsiXpda and Nokia E55. I use Nokia’s PC Suite (v.7.1.30.9) primarily to sync data between Outlook on PsiXpda and Nokia E55, although I do have the latest Nokia Ovi Suite (v.2.0.2.42) on my Desktop/PsiXpda, I don’t use it as of yet.  PC Suite is set up to auto-sync periodically every 15 mins whilst connected via USB. I have tried a Bluetooth connection but couldn’t get a connection to the Internet via 3G/GPRS between by Nokia E55 & PsiXpda.

SatNav (Satellite Navigation) via Ovi Maps is great 🙂 and I’m very impressed 🙂 🙂 🙂 with the way Nokia’s Ovi Maps works with your saved favourites synced with the Ovi Maps server and as such available not only on your Nokia but online on a PC/Mac! I’m getting on with SatNav via Ovi Maps so well on my Nokia E55 that I may well use it as my primary SatNav tool, especially as it’s now FREE which includes voice guidance navigation when driving/walking, traffic updates, speed cameras and more (thank you Nokia) and the fact that my aged Garmin Nuvi 300 needs a £29.99! annual upgrade for safety cameras and a further £59.99! for map upgates.

Day-to-Day use – I use my PsiXpda during my working week from my desk where I use Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Email/Messaging, Word & Excel; as I mentioned before, all changes to Calendar/Contacts/Tasks/Notes are then wonderfully sync’ed onto my Nokia via USB (oh and charging it too). Ensuring that when I go mobile away from my desk, I have all my important data on my smartphone 🙂 For easy text messaging with the great keyboard on my PsiXpda I use the great 🙂 ‘Messaging’ feature within the PC Suite. Text messages can be written/sent/read/deleted from the PC Suite on PsiXpda/Desktop PC whilst connected to the Nokia.

Nokia PC Suite being installed on my home Desktop PC, PsiXpda and family PC (connection via USB Cable or Bluetooth) enables me to update/review my Nokia (not Outlook) Calendar, Contacts, Text Messages, Files (Word, Excel etc), MPs, MPEGs and JPEGs. This is a great quick way of working, alongside Outlook.

Wi-Fi connectivity via my home BT Broadband whilst I’m at home is used by my Nokia E55, making it cheaper and quicker when using Skype (via Nimbuzz), IM and downloading from the WWW.

Backing Up lastly but by no means lowest importance is carried out regularing using PC Suite onto my Desktop PC.

Blackberry now redundant in my ‘bottom draw’, my Nokia E55 actually does more than my Blackberry did! albeit with a smaller screen, but with the 1/2 QWERTY keypad on the E55, data entry is ok; and with QuickOffice as standard on my E55 letting me create word/excel documents :-). So, the question is, will I go back to a Blackberry? eemmm… at the moment, I’m not planning to; especially after RIMs recent Blackberry software upgrade that deleted over 10yrs of my calendar!


Nokia E55

14/01/2010

So!, here are my first thoughts on my latest mobile, the Nokia E55; recently purchased (again from good old www.cex.co.uk) as a companion to run in daily sync with my main (current) PDA, the PsiXpda (www.psixpda.com). When I popped into my local CEX store in Tottenham Court Road, I was simply looking for a ‘candy bar’ Nokia with the best keypad and screen. When I saw the Nokia E55, I fell in love with it straight away…. Read on to see what I’m doing with it so far!
Ok, I had a major clean up of my very old Outlook Contacts and trimmed 1200 contacts down to 900 which fit fine on the E55. I decided to start off a new decade with a clean Calendar on my PsiXpda-Nokia E22 Duo and left my last 8-9yrs in an old Outlook.dat on my desktop. So, along with Outlook sync of Calendar/Contacts, I’m using Nokia PC Suite to sync Tasks-ToDo and Notes; oh and backing up too. I’ve currently only got (and will probably stick with) one of my email accounts being pulled onto my E22 every 10mins; ok not as flash as email on my old Blackberry 8820 but quite adequate. I cancelled by Blackberry Bolt-On package with Orange and instead have bolted on 250MB/month for 3G/GPRS Data. My E22 wakes me up in the morning (after a few snoozes, ha ha) and is used as a Dictaphone to record voice notes on the move. QuickOffice gives read/create of Document (Word), Workbook (Excel) & Presentation (PowerPoint) files. The E55 might just replace my Garmin Car SatNav too! with the E55’s built-in GPS along with Ovi Maps v.3. Instant Messenger (MSN), Skype, MP3 Player, Video RealPlayer, YouTube, FaceBook, FM Radio, Camera/Video, Calculator, Adobe PDF Reader, Dictionary…. gosh, what a lot. A true Smartphone 🙂 did I say initially it was a mobile? I think you’ll agree, what more could I want in such a slim device, which has got such a big screen and big 1/2 QWERTY keyboard 🙂 🙂 🙂
And finally, a brief spec: Symbian OS 9.3, S60 3rd Ed FP2, 116 x 49 x 10 mm, 95g, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, MicroSD, 2.4″ QVGA (320×240) 16 million colour Screen, 3 MegaPixel EDoF Camera, 3mm Jack Socket & 1500mAh battery.