So the husband and I are on vacation for the next week. Yesterday we arrived in Houston, and we are going to explore this part of Texas until Wednesday and then drive to Louisiana, where we’ll spend the latter half of the week in New Orleans. This is our first time to Houston and we haven’t been to New Orleans since 1999.
The geek side of me is excited about this trip because this is the first vacation I have been on since 2005 that is not completely Mac centric. The only computer I have in tow in my ThinkPad T430 running Ubuntu. I have my Nexus 7 tablet specifically because I wanted to see how helpful Google Now would be during the trip. I am still using my iPhone 4 because my Verizon contract doesn’t expire until the 1st of February and I was told that you never know what Santa is going to bring because Santa sometimes pays full price for a phone to avoid losing an unlimited plan.
So far photo management has been good, but not great. I am using Shotwell but I can’t find a way to add descriptions to the photos. Shotwell also crapped out a couple of times when uploading to Flickr right from the software. For a couple of the photos last night I ended up uploading them right through the Flickr website interface, which worked just fine. If anyone can help me with Shotwell, I’d certainly appreciate the input from the masses.
I had turned off Google+’s automatic uploading of photos because my iPhone 4 battery life struggles as it is, but right before typing this I turned it back on. Google+ might end up being my go to for photo management, but I don’t see a way to share to Flickr or (gasp) Facebook.
Other functionality with this new tech setup is working brilliantly. Google Now suggested several interesting restaurants around our hotel room. I think it goes without saying that the Nexus 7’s Google Maps application far exceeds the iOS 6 Maps app. Just for kicks I tried the iOS 6 map app from the airport to Houston and the first instructed turn tried to take me into an “Authorized Vehicles Only” area that would have eventually led me to an active runway, but had I crossed the runway, I would have made it out of the airport and on my way onto Interstate 45. So we are sticking with the Google Maps on the Nexus 7 for the rest of the vacation.
I’m not going to spend a huge amount of time tweaking my Ubuntu setup because I honestly want to spend more time just enjoying the vacation with my husband, but I’ll be doing more Shotwell exploring tonight when we get back from our day’s activities.