Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Communications
Communications Connecting - internet cafes, laptops, smart phones - how to connect, use, which one, and intercom/radio systems.
Photo by Josephine Flohr, Elephant at Camp, Namibia

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!


Photo by Josephine Flohr,
Elephant at Camp, Namibia



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 27 May 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: London, UK
Posts: 119
How do you all do it?

same question as in below post really, but I am curious to know how yuou all update your websites? I am going to create my pages on my laptop and then burn onto CD . . BUT, how do I update my site in an internet cafe with this CD? I assume most places will not have a handy ftp programme running?

thanks for any advice!

Huey
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 27 May 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 108
Hi Huey

All recent Windows have a integrated ftp client. It's a command line tool: Go to "Run" and start "cmd.exe". This will open a command line window. There you can start a ftp session by typing "ftp servername". This is definately not the perfect solution if you're not a experienced user. Alternative: Install SmartFTP on your laptop (I asume you're using Windows). This free ftp client runs on a second machine without installation. Just copy the installation folder to your CD you have the data on an start it in the icafe from there.

All of this is of course limited to Windows PCs in the iCafes and works only on unrestricted machines. The best solution would be anyway to have a site which you can administrate with any web browser. Examples are the HU-blogs (See link [Traveler Stories] on the left) or my site (see link below). These "log books" can easyly be integrated in any static site anywhere else. This works great if you just need to write a log book and download a few pix. Everywhere! We do this even through very low bandwith radio connections on sailing boats around the world ;-)

Hope this is of any help...

Cheers, Kudi

------------------
Ride Your Dreams
__________________
Ride Your Dreams
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 3 Jun 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: London, UK
Posts: 119
Kudi,

Many thanks for your reply. Unfortunitly the host I have does not allow updating via explorer or as you describe above.


I'll give SmartFTP a go though. . .

thanks!

Huey

[This message has been edited by Huey (edited 03 June 2004).]

[This message has been edited by Huey (edited 03 June 2004).]
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 4 Jun 2004
Grant Johnson's Avatar
HU Founder
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 1997
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 7,252
Huey,

What sort of host do you have? If you're paying money you should have a cgi-bin, in which case you should have no problem installing Movable Type, which is what we have set up for the blogs.

If you're using a free site, then perhaps a different one? Or use www.blogger.com or one of it's competitors.

If you're stuck doing it the old way, and have had no luck finding an ftp client, check out an OLD version of wsftp - old versions fit on a floppy and run fine from there.

------------------
Grant Johnson

Seek, and ye shall find.

------------------------

One world, Two wheels.
www.HorizonsUnlimited.com
__________________
Grant Johnson
Seek, and ye shall find.

------------------------
Inspiring, Informing and Connecting travellers since 1997!
www.HorizonsUnlimited.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10 Jun 2004
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: London, UK
Posts: 119
thanks for your advice Grant. I do pay for my space and so have a cgi bin - but would prefer to build the pages offline than install blogger or similar. . . .
I checked out some older ftp clients - as you say some are very small and fit on floppys, but they all seem to actually need installing on the local machine before using, (plus I couldn't actually get any to work!)
As a novice, I find all this stuff bewildering!

cheers

Huey
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11 Jun 2004
Grant Johnson's Avatar
HU Founder
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 1997
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 7,252
Building pages from scratch off line and then uploading them takes a lot of time away from travelling. I've seen many websites die because of the effort involved.

Movable Type makes it all dead easy, and does a great job. Some effort at the beginning to get it right - a couple of hours to get a simple default installation up - and it can't be easier after, you just have to make up the words - and trust me, after a few months on the road even that can be tough!

Blogger requires NO installation - it's run off their server and redirected through your site. But I prefer MT myself for it's customisability.

Getting an FTP proggie to work when you're not an expert can be tricky.

Remember the travellers mantra - KISS - keep it super simple!


------------------
Grant Johnson

Seek, and ye shall find.

------------------------

One world, Two wheels.
www.HorizonsUnlimited.com
__________________
Grant Johnson
Seek, and ye shall find.

------------------------
Inspiring, Informing and Connecting travellers since 1997!
www.HorizonsUnlimited.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 16 Oct 2004
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Scotland
Posts: 16
My KISS solution as posted eleswhere here...

Well here's my tuppence worth. I'm a biker and a geek. Some 47 bikes and 35 years later and over 10 since I started on the net...well...my mate who has been RTWing for the last 4 1/2 years..we set him up with a Psion5 but the reality is that cafes have proved best for him.
For me, although I have a small Sony laptop I'd simply take my Smartphone with Win Mobile 2003 now. It has a 256min SD card if I need to take it out to plug it in to a machine. I can text edit a webpage and upload via FTP direct from the phone so that means wee videos and pics too via GSM or GPRS or pass thro to a USB cable to a PC. I also have a USB watch that cost 15 quid which has a CF card built in and has essential software on it.

My smartphone can take a small folding keyboard too for those days when predictive text is a pain.

For power I'd use one of these adapted

http://www.action-replay.co.uk/Compu..._adapter.shtml

The keyboard is here

http://shop.orange.co.uk/shop/show/a...orange_spv/all

The phone here

http://shop.orange.co.uk/shop/show/h...pv_c500/detail


A quick demo of what can be done with a tiny smartphone.
http://cool.buzznet.com/user/?id=567928

I used this guy's site to give you a demo of uploading a pic and text straight from a phone using email to FTP

http://www.coolsmartphone.com/index....=page&SubMenu=

Just an idea....All you need is a smart phone ....weighing 100g plus a charging solution from the bike. If not wanting to do via GSM or GPRS it can all wait till you get access to a PC for cheapness.

There are obviosuly variations to the theme using server side content management to make stuff look pretty on your own webserver. Personally I just want simple content i.e pics and text.

John

Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 
 

Announcements

Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.

2024:

2025:

  • Queensland is back! Date TBC - May?

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

 
World's most listened to Adventure Motorbike Show!
Check the RAW segments; Grant, your HU host is on every month!
Episodes below to listen to while you, err, pretend to do something or other...

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

"Ultimate global guide for red-blooded bikers planning overseas exploration. Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." Recommended. (Grant)



Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers.

Led by special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, paramedics and other travel experts, Ripcord is perfect for adventure seekers, climbers, skiers, sports enthusiasts, hunters, international travelers, humanitarian efforts, expeditions and more.

Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes!


 

What others say about HU...

"This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." Greg, Australia

"Thank you! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." Colin, UK

"My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) on what we have learned from this site." Phil, Australia

"I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." Brent, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" Jennifer, Canada

"Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Trevor, South Africa

"This is the answer to all my questions." Haydn, Australia

"Keep going the excellent work you are doing for Horizons Unlimited - I love it!" Thomas, Germany

Lots more comments here!



Five books by Graham Field!

Diaries of a compulsive traveller
by Graham Field
Book, eBook, Audiobook

"A compelling, honest, inspiring and entertaining writing style with a built-in feel-good factor" Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk.



Back Road Map Books and Backroad GPS Maps for all of Canada - a must have!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:52.