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Tuesday
Feb282012

gps4cam Photo Geotagging App

I'd read a review on Terry White's Best App Site at http://www.bestappsite.com/2012/02/20/geotag-photos-pro-works-great-with-lightroom-4/ for Geotag Photos Pro. I'd had this app on my phone for a while now but hadn't actually got around to trying it out on a trip. It had a large time display for manually synchronising your cameras to, but it still always depended on the camera time and GPS app time being in sync.  

What did intrigue me thought was the first comment to this posting, recommending a similar GPS app called gps4cam from http://gps4cam.com/

The difference between this geotagging app and all of the others I've seen is that the cameras and phone app don't have to be exactly in sync to get accurate geo locating as the app can generate a bar code at the end of a trip and you take a photograph of the bar code and a free companion desktop program will work out the time offset between the time encoded in the bar code and the time that the photo of the bar code was taken and insert the correct latitude and longitude details into your photo data.

This means that any number of cameras can use the same trip data to geotag the photos, always assuming they don't stray too far away from the person with the phone app.

I also wondered how long you had to take a photo of the bar code that the app generates but when I tried it I was pleasantly surprised to see that the bar code gets updated every ten seconds.

I've only used this geotagging app on one trip so far but I've been very impressed with the ease of use and the results. It's well worth trying out for yourself.

Sunday
Feb262012

Trains and Beer

We headed off to nearby Embsay for a trip on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The station at Embsay had a good selection of facilities for a small volunteer run railway, as did the Bolton Abbey station at the other end of the fairly short line. I was interested to hear that they hoped to extend the line into Skipton station as I'm sure that would generate a lot more interest and passengers for them.

While checking in on Foursquare I happened to notice that the Black Sheep Brewery was about 30 miles away and we decided to head there next. When we arrived I was disappointed to find that the next brewery tour was fully booked. I consoled myself with an excellent Sunday lunch of beef, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and a few pints of the various excellent Black Sheep beers.

Needless to say my wife had to drive us back to our hotel in Skipton.

Sunday 26 Feb
We headed off to nearby Embsay for a trip on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The station at Embsay had a good selection of facilities for a small volunteer run railway, as did the Bolton Abbey station at the other end of the fairly short line. I was interested to hear that they hoped to extend the line into Skipton station as I'm sure that would generate a lot more interest and passengers for them.

While checking in on Foursquare I happened to notice that the Black Sheep Brewery was about 30 miles away and we decided to head there next. When we arrived I was disappointed to find that the next brewery tour was fully booked. I consoled myself with an excellent Sunday lunch of beef, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and a few pints of the various excellent Black Sheep beers.

Needless to say my wife had to drive us back to our hotel in Skipton.
Saturday
Feb252012

Leeds

After a decent cooked, not buffet, full Yorkshire breakfast we headed off to the train station to go to Leeds for the day. As the station is just over the road from the hotel this didn't take long and we were soon on the train heading to Leeds. I couldn't remember where the station was in Leeds and was pleasantly surprised when we arrived and I remembered it was quite close to the Marriott hotel we usually stay in so I knew where we were and how to find our way around from there.

We had the obligatory look around the shops and while my wife didn't seem to buy anything I bought an Apple Airport Express and a watch. After some more shopping we wandered over the the Loch Fyne restaurant for another enjoyable meal. I really like a decent seafood restaurant and they seem to offer a fairly decent vegetarian option as my wife quite likes going there as well.

In the evening my wife stayed in the hotel bedroom, catching up with her favourite Saturday newspapers, while I went down to the hotel bar for some food and beer.

Friday
Feb242012

Off to Skipton

We had the usual early morning start to be on the Ben My Chree for another crossing and long weekend in the UK. We were heading to Skipton this time, a place we'd called at on a previous trip to see the castle, as we figure it was a handy place for exploring the area.

When we arrived at Herriots Hotel in Skipton I was a bit gobsmacked to find they had no record of our booking, despite up having booked it direct on their own website. I was far from happy with their offer of one night in a double room, the next night in two separate single room and the third night in another double room. It would also meant having to unpack and pack our bags three times in three days.

We wandered off in to the town while they tried to sort something better for us and we had lunch at Bizzie Lizzie's fish and chip shop and then found our way to the market in the centre of the town. My wife had wanted to check out the cheese stall and we bought about £50 worth of cheese there.

I suggested I sit in the wintery sun at the top end of the market while she went to M&S but I soon got cold and bored and wandered in to the nearby Red Lion pub for a beer or two.  

When we eventually strolled back the the hotel we were pleased to find that by juggling a single occupant of a double room we were now to be in a double room for all three nights. They did say that a power glitch on their computer had moved our booking until some time in June, but I found that a bit hard to believe.

If you've read any reviews of this hotel on the TripAdvisor website then you better believe the ones about paper thin walls and squeaky floors in the new extension. We were on the lower level of the extension, above a function room and with one level of rooms above us. While we seemed to have a fairly solid concrete floor the rooms above us seemed to have the squeakiest floors imaginable and the occupants either seemed unaware of the issue or couldn't be bothered about the poor saps below them. At one time they seemed to be continuously walking around in the room for an hour. We could also hear just about every word the couple in the room next to us said.

Photo: Bizzie Lizzie's Chip Shop At NightIn the evening we headed out to to have a meal in an Aagrah restaurant that we'd spotted in the afternoon and then returned back to the hotel a lot happier than before.

Thursday
Feb162012

iPad iCloud Syncing

I finally got around to trying to sort my iPad iCloud syncing problem. Basically iCloud syncing wasn't working with Pages and Numbers documents on my iPad, but it working fine between my iPhone and iCloud. When you turned on iCloud syncing in the Settings and then went to Pages and then came back to Settings the iCloud sync was turned off again.

I'd read several support threads where a number of solutions were offered and different solutions seemed to work for different people. The most severe option was to completely wipe and reinstall the iPad and I was keen to avoid that if possible. One interesting looking thread was a bit frustrating in that several different people were saying "that worked for me" or "that made no difference" without referring to which solution they had tried.

In the end the suggestion to disable of remove any other clashing accounts, in my case a dormant Mobile Me account, worked fine for me and was a simple and fast fix. I created and deleted several test documents on my phone, pad and cloud web page and they now all synced perfectly.