Written by Romain on Tuesday, 11 of November 2008 at 2:04
Just few lines of code that I put here to test the InstaMapper application I’ve just installed on my new iPhone. It’s refreshing every 5 seconds, so I might be able to use some cool screenshots that will be automatically updated. That’s cool, isn’t it ? You can find my “live” position right here, and may be one day in the blog’s sidebar, who knows ?
Written by Romain on Friday, 22 of August 2008 at 20:58
I already spoke about my wish to buy an external harddisk in order to store my data all along the trip. Here I am with this brand new Western Digital Passport 250 Go. No need for a plug since that it’s working only through USB. It’s also very small (129 x 79 x 15 mm) and already showed me very good performances about the transfer speed. Another good point is its weight: only 104 grams ! It will then allow me to store pictures and movies before taking time to burn them on DVD’s (I learned in the past that it’s always better to have two storage solutions rather than only one) and to upload them on a dedicated web server.
Talking about web server, I’m actually looking for an online storage solution, that will allows my family to regularly download data from it in order to maximize the files protection, and also to avoid me accumulating too much data. If you have any web service to recommand (100 Go should be enought), feel free to do so !
Written by Romain on Saturday, 2 of August 2008 at 2:33
Through the preparation of my one year trip around the world, I already spoke about the electronic stuff. Few weeks ago, I was still ready to buy an EeePC. With an unbeatable price, this small laptop really offers a very huge advantage for the traveler in terms of space taken in the backpack.
But I changed my mind !In order to maximize the qualitative aspect of the website during the trip, I finally chose to bring with me my Macbook. That will means for you (partly) more edited videos thanks to the Final Cut software, and for me a chance to use the 250 Go hard disk as a back-up solution. What about the disadvantages ? Definitely its weight ! Regarding its size, it’s not that far from the original EeePC 900. Of course, I do agree that I will have to be very paranoid during the whole trip in order to avoid thieveries. As a consequence, it is obvious that I will take care of not showing off, epecially in some risky area (mostly Central America and South America).
Written by Romain on Wednesday, 19 of March 2008 at 0:29
It’s time to pack and no wonder I have started with the electronic equipment.
In order to update as soon as possible the blog, and share my experiences anywhere I go (even in the middle of the desert where no cyber café’s are available) I have chosen the new Asus laptop, the EEE PC.
Why? Not only because of its incredible size (22.5 x 16.4 x 2.15) and weight (only 920 g!!!), but also because it allows to use wireless networks. Built with 3 USB 2.0 and one SD card ports, this small laptop will prove to be very useful during the trip.
I choose this computer to avoid taking risks with a much more classical computer, which are also much more bulky . Cost: 299 €.
Concerning videos, i almost fell in love with the new movie camera HDR-CX7 (Sony). HD will allow me to reproduce the wonderful images I will be seeing, and hopefully show it to you in a wonderful movie and short videoclips. With 3,2 Mega Pixel, a quite small size (67×69×129 mm), and 450 g, I feel I have found my perfect match! Cost: 749,00 €
In matters of photography, I’ll be taking with me my Panasonic Lumix 12 Mega Pixel. Again, very compact and yet efficient; it will help me deliver all these wonderful pics and some more videos in case I don’t have the camera ready. I’m also taking 2 SD cards (4 Go each). I find my Lumix a real good asset since its running time is 4/5 hours so no running for batteries at crazy times! Cost : 349 €
To help me organising my daily impressions and to build a real digital diary, (hello podcasts!) , I will be also taking this Olympus handheld recorder. Cost: 39,90 €
Finally, I’ll probably buy a pedometer, to give some precise indications about the mileage.
I'm a 27 years old young graduate, living in Lyon, France and who traveled 12 months around the world. The purpose of this travel was to fully comprehend the international environment by looking through different people’s eyes. Together we will be learning about each countries values and beliefs, fears and dreams, worries and concerns through pictures, people’s stories and my experiences. Hopefully, this will bring a new point of view, a new perspective over the world’s view. About me