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I’m on the Dropbox Bandwagon.

Installed a program called Dropbox yesterday.

If you have a few computers/devices (I.e Desktop PC, Laptop, iPad/Phone, etc) and want an easy way to backup and share files/photos between these then you should get this program.

It will setup a folder on each of your computers and then whatever you put in it – will be synced and available through all your other devices with Dropbox installed – and online too.

The service is free, but only for a maximum of 2GB of data. If you sign up via this link then we’ll both get an extra 250mb of space.

Very easy to setup. The iPad functionality is pretty cool..its easy for me to drop a bookmark into the dropbox folder and then be able to visit it on the iPad.

You can put photos in it and easily share them online via a link.

For me, since I have all these devices everywhere and need an easy way to share between them – this saves me emailing or copying between. Also, if your PCs are all on the same network (i.e at home) – Its smart enough to not send things out through the internet, and then re-download it on the PC..it will use your local network to do all transfers.

Awesome.

Written by Aaron Tan

September 20th, 2010 at 11:03 am

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Cheap, essential iPad accessories

First up you need a screen protector.

I found one for the iPad that fits perfect, is anti-glare (you can’t see a mirror of yourself) and the price is right. For how cheap it is, Might as well buy a couple just in case you screw up the first application. It DOES reduce the clarity of the screen a bit, obviously you need to if you want reduced glare, but I don’t even notice it. If you have ever used the PowerSupport Anti-glare film before, its pretty much exactly the same thing, but 1/4 the price.  The photos below are all with the screen protector on, and you can see how anti-glare it is for yourself.

Second you should get a protective case/cover.

I figured I’d want a leather case that can double up as a stand and a silicone case. I bought both, but really only use the leather case as the stand up feature is really useful.

The leather case that I bought is great quality. The flap at the rear flips around to the ribs on the front for an adjustable viewing angle, and is magnetized to keep it from flopping around. The actual front cover itself is also magnetized. The stitching and fit is good and for $12 bucks you can’t complain. The only issue is that it covers up the iPad’s light sensor (for brightness adjustment. Personally this doesn’t bother me, as I didnt even realise until about 2 weeks of having it on..)

The black silicone iPad case I got fits well, gives you much better grip but I don’t think I will use it often. The leather case fits my needs much better. But if you want something like this, then the one I’ve listed will be fine.

Last but not least, Car charging.

You’ll want to charge your iPad on the go, say when you are in the car..I bought this 12v stubby cigarette lighter adapter and it charges the iPad fine (i.e it doesn’t report NOT CHARGING). Its rated at 1000mA and happily charges my Blackberry Curve 8900 as well. Just BYO cable and you’re set.

So, here is your shopping list:

iPad anti-glare screen protector
Lleather iPad case with built in stand

iPad black silicone case
1000mA 12v iPad/USB Car Charger

Total cost:  Under $25 AUD (inc. shipping!)

Gotta love Deal Extreme. Check out their iPad stuff here.

While i’m riding the iPad post train, I’ll be putting up two more in the next week or so – One on tethering your iPad to iPhone/Blackberry/Android phone (Sucked in if you bought the 3G iPad) and another one on some applications. Stay tuned.

Written by Aaron Tan

July 20th, 2010 at 12:27 am

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