Flash drives on-the-go!

30 May 2014 in USB Flash Drives | USB Memory Sticks

If, like most people in the modern Western world, you are the owner of a smartphone, then we're about to make your life so much easier. One of the greatest things about smartphones is also one of it's biggest drawbacks; You can take hundreds of photos and videos and save all kinds of data, but often there is not enough storage on the device itself. Some phones and networks offer 'cloud' storage devices, but often you have to pay a monthly premium for it or be stuck with a very small amount of extra space that just isn't worth the effort. 

The image below shows just how much storage capacity your smartphone has. It may look like a lot, but remember that this space is also be taken up with all the apps you install, not just the images and videos you take or music you download. 


 

The fact of the matter is, a lot of us are very reliant on our smartphones, and without a solid means of backing up the important data we keep on them we could find ourselves somewhat stranded in the digital age if our phones should ever give up the ghost.

So, what can you do? Well, thankfully, we at Memory Mates have just the thing to solve this problem. They're called OTG (short for On The Go) Flash Drives and they work exactly the same way as a regular USB stick, except that they have the addition of a micro USB connector on the other side that enables you to plug it in to your smartphone. It can also be used with some tablets, which is a real bonus if you want to write that important document on the go and easily transfer it to your computer when you arrive. Given that almost every smartphone has a mini USB port (they are soon to be compulsory, in fact) and never enough storage, we believe that this is a sorely needed addition to the gadgeting world!


The best news of all is that they are available to buy from our web site right now.

Selfie craze

15 April 2014 in Fun

The craze of the selfie has hit an all time high. Celebrities are posting selfies worth $1 billion, a song called "#Selfie" has made its way into the top 20, and even the Pope is getting involved! What started out as something reserved largely for vain teenage girls, this trend has become a worldwide phenomenon and is a great way to capture special moments. Of course, if you have one of our Power Banks you have three times as much battery power for taking all these marvellous selfies, but you knew that already. You could also then import all of those onto one of your Memory Mate flash drives, right?! OK, enough shamless plugs.

So, with the craze seemingly at its height, what else can possibly top the Ellen Degeneres Oscars selfie or the First Papal selfie? Astronaut selfies. 

Here at Memory Mates we obviously like to keep our fingers on the pulse when it comes to technology and trends, so we were keen to share the incredible astronaut selfies with you to perk up your day! Some of these astronauts were so ahead of their time, they were taking selfies in space before we even had a name for them.

Enjoy!

JAXA astronaut Aki Hoshide takes a self-portrait during Expedition 32 in September 2012. “Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut’s spacesuit, the deep darkness of space, and the unusual camera taking the picture,” NASA wrote. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

Apollo 12′s Pete Conrad is visible in the helmet of crewmate Al Bean during their moon landing in November 1969. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Expedition 15 crewmember and NASA astronaut Clay Anderson snapped this self-portrait during a spacewalk in August 2007. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Self-portrait of Expedition 36/37 European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano during a July 2013 spacewalk. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum grabbed this self-portrait in July 2011, with space shuttle Atlantis visible in the background. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


NASA astronaut Joe Tanner grabs a helmet shot during a spacewalk on STS-115 in September 2006. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Mike Fossum, a mission specialist on STS-121, took this shot in July 2006. In the visor you can see space shuttle Discovery, part of the International Space Station and fellow crewmate Piers J. Sellers. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski takes a self-portrait during STS-120, which ran from October to November 2007. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Gemini 10 astronaut Mike Collins in July 1966. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University


Expedition 6′s Don Pettit takes a portrait in January 2003. Also visible in the picture (upper right) is his crewmate, Ken Bowersox. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin snaps a picture of himself during a spacewalk in November 1966. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech


A tiny Neil Armstrong is just visible in the helmet of Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 landing in July 1969. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

stay charged - power banks!

28 February 2014 in Power Banks

I remember one of my very first mobile phones; a Nokia 3310. Faithful, near unbreakable, hundreds of interchangeable fascia cases, and a battery life that by today’s standards is just unthinkable. You could go days without even considering charging it because all you could do was call, text, and play snake. But the ever increasing craziness of technology that started engulfing the Western world quickly spread to our mobile phones and soon enough, everlasting battery life became a thing of the past.

A lot of us use our phones almost constantly throughout our day - whether it’s browsing social media, checking the weather, or powering satellites – and because of this we’ve had to sacrifice the battery life that makes us nostalgic for the ‘brick’ phones of yore. Most of us are resigned to this unfortunate fact of life and make sure to carry a charger around just in case we have a desperate urge to play Flappy Bird on our lunch hour and only have 1% battery. But it’s not very convenient to carry a charger around with you and it’s often quite difficult to find a socket to plug into.

But fear not my fellow technofiles, because we at Memory Mates have a solution: The Power Bank. This brilliant little device will ensure you don’t miss one of the fourteen times you need to visit Facebook during the day, as it can provide up to two full smartphone battery charges! All you have to do is charge up the Bank via a plug point at home and you’re ready to use your super powered 21st century phone without dreading the speedy drain of the battery. It even has the extra bonus feature of a torch, which makes this little gadget ideal for camping and other adventures, especially as they're conveniently pocket sized.

So long as you plan ahead with one of our Power Banks, you’ll never have battery life anxiety again.

Personalised Flash Drives

28 February 2014 in Personalised | USB Flash Drives | USB Memory Sticks

Personalised gifts add that extra special level of care to a gift that might otherwise appear quite ordinary (not that any of our novelty flash drives are anything close to ordinary!). The internet is full of companies waiting to print your name, logo, or artwork onto mugs, mousemats, tote bags – you name it, they’ve got it. But have you noticed that if you want to order personalised items in smaller quantities, maybe as low as just one, you have to compromise on the quality or the price?

Our personalised flash drives are particularly popular among wedding photographers who like to present their finished images to couples in a way that’s professional as well as personal – they’d also make great wedding favours. But they’re also popular with big brands that need to make a statement at a company event or to promote new products. We can cater to their larger orders just as easily as we can cater to your order for a personalised drive for your mum for Mother’s Day (that’s coming up you know). We can even preload files onto them for you.

So if you need a personalised flash drive for yourself or a gift, or a box load for wedding guests, or several box loads for a promotional event then you need to talk to us about what we can offer you. Our prices start low, but each unit gets cheaper the more you order! What more could you ask for? Well, we also have no minimum order quantity and no matter how many you buy, you will get the same brilliant product and service from us, guaranteed. If an item can be personalised, you will see the option when ordering!

 

Welcome to BlogEngine.NET 2.8 using Microsoft SQL Server

15 October 2012 in General

If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET 2.8 is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.

Write Permissions

To be able to log in to the blog and writing posts, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder. If you’re blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support. You need write permissions on the App_Data folder because all posts, comments, and blog attachments are saved as XML files and placed in the App_Data folder. 

If you wish to use a database to to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts.  If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, SQL CE, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine wiki to get started.

Security

When you've got write permissions to the App_Data folder, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change the username and password.  Passwords are hashed by default so if you lose your password, please see the BlogEngine wiki for information on recovery.

Configuration and Profile

Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title.  BlogEngine.NET 2.8 is set up to take full advantage of of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable.  Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.

Themes, Widgets & Extensions

One last thing to consider is customizing the look of your blog.  We have a few themes available right out of the box including two fully setup to use our new widget framework.  The widget framework allows drop and drag placement on your side bar as well as editing and configuration right in the widget while you are logged in.  Extensions allow you to extend and customize the behaivor of your blog.  Be sure to check the BlogEngine.NET Gallery at dnbegallery.org as the go-to location for downloading widgets, themes and extensions.

On the web

You can find BlogEngine.NET on the official website. Here you'll find tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks and much more. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download.  Again, new themes, widgets and extensions can be downloaded at the BlogEngine.NET gallery.

Good luck and happy writing.

The BlogEngine.NET team

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