Transporter replacement for Dropbox?

You might have seen a company on Facebook or on the web called Connected Data offering a product call a Transporter or Transporter Sync. The products allow you to setup your own private cloud service, Great idea right goodbye dropbox, iCloud, one drive, copy, etc.  so I purchased a sync ( it allows you provide your own usb hard drive for storage). It takes an hour or two setup and get working, To access your drive you will need a helper app ( they have the app for MAC OS and Windows) they also have apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. As well as a free account on contacted data site so you can claim your transporter device, The transporter works as advertised wight he following warnings IT DOES NOT SUPPORT SSD DRIVES, or DRIVE OVER 4 TB, you MUST PLUG IT INTO a !Gig ETHERNET port. the USB port is on 2.0 yet the recommend that you use a USB 3.0 drive. Copying of files is REALLY SLOW on both wired and wireless ethernet connections. It reformats your usb drive and wipes out all of your data. If you need to upgrade your external hard disk you must copy all of the data off of your existing transporter drive to another disk. Replace the existing drive with a new drive wait for it to reformat the new drive.. Then you can copy your old files to the new drive, and as I have stated that is a SLOW PROCESS!. Another oddity is that it does not like long file names (I found this on PDF files I use for work) I opened a ticket with support on this one to find out sorry it does not do that. File sharing is kind of different too, you have to create an email request to add people to the file or folder, in turn they have to sign up for a free account to gain access to what you are sharing. You can add other Transporter into your private cloud, they will replicate data to and from each other. 

It is a cool device but it will chew up your bandwidth since it passes data over your internet connection. 

I have to give the Transporter 2 out of 5 stars for now.  

They just released an update to the helper apps. I will test them and see what is fixed.  UPDATE: The new helper apps seem to be a bit faster in loading, updating the Transporter and Transporter Sync folders. So that is good. Now 2.5 out of 5 stars for now. 

Looking for a Genealogy App for your Mac, iPhone, iPod, iPad? I got some answers

Here are my recomendations base upon testing and usage: Updated! 

iFamily is a great genealogy app for the MAC, it is easy to use and support importing of data via gedcom files up to version  5.5. iFamily for Leopard is a genealogy application for people who think differently. Whereas other genealogy software tends to emphasize the family unit, this software's focus is on each individual person. This distinction is subtle and is a feature of iFamily for Leopard. In iFamily for Leopard you can see at a glance whether an individual has more than 2 parents, more than 1 spouse or the number of siblings they had. Parent-child relationships may be natural (the default), step, adopted or foster relationships. Available for purchase since October 2006, iFamily has had more than 60 versions released, leading to a richly featured product that is stable and user friendly, utilized by a healthy community of users.

Pros: great support forum, customer focused.  Cons: no iOS application. 

Reunion is another really great app for the MAC, it is simple to use and has a Mac World Editor's Choice Award: Reunion is a genealogy software program — a "family tree program" — for the Macintosh. Reunion is also available as a companion product on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad. The current version of Reunion for Macintosh received the highest rating for genealogy software in MacWorld, MacAddict, and Mac Home Journal magazines. Reunion also received a MacWorld Editor's Choice award. The latest release 10 (2012)  the upgrade price 49.95 (unless you are in PA then it is more)..

I bought this app because it was suppose to the be the best genaelogy app for the MAC (2009) , at the time it was now not so much.

Pros: Great user interface (UI) good documentation Cons: iPad app cost 15.00 and you proably shell out 100.00 for the mac app that you must have in order to use the iOS app. 

Mac Family Tree is a very visual applcation for the MAC.  I have been using this app since release 3  (now at release 7), the developers have made great strides in the user interface! The reports and charts are first class! Your family tree:

Easily enter and then visualize your family history. Be it creating reports, diagrams or browsing your data in the innovative 3D view called Virtual Tree - MacFamilyTree offers a solution for every task. Get an overview of where you hail from and maybe enthuse your relatives about exploring your family's past at your upcoming family reunion.

Pros: Great UI, activily being improved, very visual, resonable price for product and updates, iOS app 15.00, iOS app can import and export gedcom files.  New 7.x version is out and is a huge improvement over the original 6.x software stream 

Cons: Version 7.x for IOS does require that you repurchase the application. Issues with the current release importing and exporting gedcom files even from older releases, iOS app freezes up when using large family files (31 to 43 Mb) **note this has been fixed with the last application update for iOS **,  must have desk top version of software to sync data on the same WiFi network.  Syncing of data takes forever on large files or just plain crashes both sides. Tech support is germany, slow responses at times. Web site is confusing since they have multiple products. 

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Want to painlessly unlock your AT&T iPhone without jail breaking?

If the answer to the question of above is yes, then continue reading.  As most of you know I am a long time AT&T customer (since my first iPhone) and I travel a fair amount for business (USA and Canada). What I am tried of is having to pay roaming charges when I am out of the USA, so what to do? Well I found UnlockStreak.com online for a small fee they will unlock any iPhone on the AT&T network (and only the AT&T network). This does not get you out of your contract but it does allow you to when needed use a non-AT&T micro-sim from a different carrier to avoid heafty roaming charges on the AT&T network. 

I am a very happy AT&T wireless customer! I don't mind paying my nearly $190.00 per month bill, which I share between 2 iPhones and 1 iPad.  The UnlockStreak process is simple:

Originally developed for use with the Dell Streak, UnlockStreak Activations for iTunes is a separate version of the software that works on Apple’s devices. To use it, users simply visit the website and select their device, then place an order for the unlock ($49 for an iPhone 5, all other iPhones $29; UnlockStreak provided an unlock at no charge for purposes of this review). Once UnlockStreak confirms that the IMEI can be unlocked, they begin the process and then send an email with the unlocking instructions once they’ve processed your IMEI (the hardest part of all was waiting for that email; it took one day to process my unlock). The actual unlock is done on the user’s own computer. For iPhones, it’s all done through iTunes, making it a familiar process for most users. It takes only a few minutes from start to finish: backing up and restoring your iPhone is more or less all it takes. In all, it took me about three or four clicks to make it happen:

One important note: although UnlockStreak performs a permanent unlock, the service only works if the device is tied to AT&T. 

For the vast majority of people using AT&T, an unlock will probably never matter. But if you’re someone who does need an unlock—and for whatever reason doesn’t want to make the jump to Verizon—then UnlockStreak is a bargain, and one that doesn’t require you to navigate the shadier portions of ebay, where many iPhone unlock offers come across as something less than legitimate. If you’re planning a trip abroad, or just need to use your iPhone on a different carrier here at home, UnlockStreak is worth a look.


 

New iOS APP reviews 3/28/2013

Ok here are a couple of apps I have been playing with for a couple of days:

they are both types of pedometers, the first one is MapMyWalk (free but ad driven) the app  is a pay for service to get any what it claims is advanced feature (like using the app to access your music to listen to while walking via the app, call Go MVP! pricing is 5.99 per month). Overall the app is pretty slick it uses GPS abilities of your iOS device, the down side is battery usages suffers. it does have an ad free version that starts at $5.99 per month, $17.99 for 3 months or $ 12 months for 29.99. They also offer things like Runner, Go MVP bluetooth heart rate monitor plus a 1 year free subscription or a Cyclists, go MVP GPS bike computer with a 1 year free subscription. 

The second one is Moves. Moves uses a different approach it counts the number of steps your are taking every time you move. It use the motion detection in iOS devices not GPS.  The app is much more battery friendly (less draw on the battery), this is a iPhone app.  Since I always have my iPhone on my person it work great for me. it does log your amount of walking so you can keep track of what you are doing daily.  Moves currently is a free app in the iTunes app store.

Give either one a try let me know what you think. 


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New iOS APP reviews 3/26/2013

Ok I have not posted in a while but I have some more time.  Okay I have a few iOS apps to talk about:

Flixster is a nice app for streaming content (UltraViolet) to your iOS or MAC device. It does have some draw backs, it can't support Apple TV devices directly, the flixster service can be painfully slow since it must be streamed over wifi (unless you have a large cell data plan, and the app warns you as well). the app does support AirPlay but not in full screen mode (this is how you can send your ultraviolet content to Apple TV or a big screen TV).  Video will not stream automatically without turning on mirroring to the device (and yes Apple hides this in option iOS). The support from Flixster is less than good. 

VUDU Player is another media streaming app  for iOS and MAC (ultraviolet content) I like the user interface much better than Flixster. It also can't interface with Apple TV since UltraViolet and apple can't seem to work out terms. It also supports AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring (same issues as Flixster).  the support from VUDU is much better overall.  If you are purchasing DVD's/BluRay with digital copies most are moving to UltraViolet instead of iTunes so you will have issues with your iOS devices. Since I travel a ton I like to have a couple of video's loaded for long plane flights. FYI GoGo (wifi in the sky most us air carriers) does not support video streaming while in flight.. 

oh yes both apps will allow you to download your content to your iOS device ahead of time. Most movies start at about 1.2 gig and go up from there.  Flixster does not support HD format either. 

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