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Docuscan User Tips

Here's a couple tips in using the Ion Docuscan:

The menu button will not function unless there is an image on the SD card. Try scanning an image by pressing the scan button and inserting paper or a photo, and then press the menu button.The images will be given a sequential file name. If you remove every image from the SD card, the Docuscan will start again from zero. If you'd like to ensure that you don't have duplicate file names we suggest leaving the last image (the one with the highest number) on the SD card. The Docuscan will then resume naming from that number. When scanning small receipts or paper that bent or curved, make sure that the paper continues to keep the little scan button on the right hand side of the scanning slot depressed. I find that pressing the paper lightly with my finger or a piece of card will keep the scan running.If you don't have 110v while traveling, check out our 12v to USB adaptor. That way, you can run the Docuscan from USB power withou…

Docuscan Doesn't Support Snow Leopord

TechnoRV has identified an issue with connecting the Docuscan to Mac's running Snow Leopard (10.6) and above. Until this is rectified, we are not supporting the direct connect feature on this operating system version. You however, still take the SD card out of the scanner and place it directly in your Mac and transfer the images manually.

Converting .jpg to .pdf

The Ion Docuscan has been a runaway success so far, both at Escapade and on our website. However, a number of you have asked how to convert the .jpg files (it's native format) to .pdf (much better for saving and sharing documents). On of my favorites is called CutePDF. It's like a print queue, but instead of printing, it save your document to a file in PDF format (it asks you for a name and location). Best of all, it's free!

Of course, if your on a Mac you don't need anything, just open the document in Preview and then 'Save as pdf'.


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Clickfree C6 vs C5

"I have watched your video on clickfree. We are very interested but, there are quite a few models on the market and the latest one "clickfree C6" which has lots of features we like, did not have very good reviews. Which model do you recommend. I mostly need it for all my pictures which, have never been backed up since 2007" - Carol
Although we haven't field tested the C6, it does have a couple of short comings which cause me to actually prefer the C5 for our customers. Firstly, I'm not a big fan of creating a complete disk image. If you inadvertently have a virus infection when you create the image, your whole backup will be infected which is not great news, especially if you've paid Best Buy $200 to re-build your system. Secondly, it doesn't support Mac's. We're finding more a more people are moving to Mac's, so having a backup system that supports both operating systems is a big plus, especially if you want to be able to move your file…

Accessing the Eyelog video

"Phil - I bought the Eyelog from you. Everything works good but 2 things: All the viedeos come out black. There is never anything to see. The pictures are fine. Second, i am not able to "gon" or "goff" by SMS" - Harald.
1) Videos
I'm assuming that you mean when you receive the videos on your phone. Have you tried looking at the videos on your email. My guess is that they will be working. I have the same problem. I believe that the issue is to do with the phone's inability to read the video format. I'm on an iPhone and can't see the videos, but I can on email. You could research to see if there is a player which accepts the Eyelog format.

2) Remote Access
Not sure what's going on here. When you try to "gon", the Eyelog will send you back a challenge email which you need to to copy and then send back again. It's a security feature to make sure that only the 'authorized' phone number (i.e. the one stored in the Eyelog)…

My Sprint device doesn't offer the coverage I need

"I would like your input on a wireless broadband connection. Right now i have Readybroadband which I purchased at Walgreens. It is supposed to have Sprint coverage by what they tell me. I pay $25 per month and it seems to be enough to get what i must get done. But, looking at the coverage for sprint it is not very good in a lot of travel areas. So, would appreciate your input on something. I paid $40 for the device and as I said I pay $25 for the minimum for the month." - Brenda S
If you're going to travel, I would recommend moving away from the Sprint device that you have and going with Verizon. I know it's a pain as you've paid $40 for your Sprint card, but really, Verizon is much better. For $30 a month you'll get 3Gb of data which should be ample for most email and browsing (unless you want to watch YouTube videos or download movies). I have a 3G MiFi data card one and the coverage is excellent and much better than the AT&T card that we used to h…

Are Tasers Effective Against Bears?

"I am interested in a taser for protection from bears as we do a lot of walking in bear country. To this end we have two questions: Are your devices effective against bears? Are Tasers legal in Canada as much of our RV'ing in the summer is in Canada?" - Bonnie B.
That's quite a popular question and it has a funny answer, but it really depends upon the bear! Joking aside, they are not designed for use against bears. IF you have one and get attacked by a bear, then you can use it. The problem is that a bear's fur is very thick and so the probes my or may not make good contact with the bear's skin. You can still use the stun gun to his face, nose, mouth etc, but that is way too close for my liking. Finally, Tasers are not legal in Canada and cannot be exported outside the US.

A better option would be the Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent with Belt Holster (on sale at $51.99). That has a range of 35 feet and it's super-strong formulation is specifically des…

Do we need both a WiFi and a Cell Phone booster?

"As we study more, it seems that we need both a wifi booster for campgrounds to improve wifi and a separate cell phone booster. Can they be mounted side by side and brought in at the same place? If we get the captifi and bring it through the back window (we are slightly concerned about the opening letting in mosquitoes) , is there an extension for the cable so the computer can be in the front where we actually use it? Or could we put a wireless router in back that would broadcast to the front so we could use both computers and the iPad and the iPhone.
What a puzzle to figure this all out.  I mentioned to Orlan what you said about having plan A, B and C. It made us realize that there isn’t a simple solution." Sandy.
I agree, I think you need both (that's what we have). Let's look at them individually:

WiFi Booster
It comes with a 15' hard-wired USB cable which can be extended using a 15' USB extension cable that we sell. You can go longer, but it gets a little c…

Who Says it's "either or"?

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So here's the photo to show the wife when she says that "it's either a Corvette OR a motorhome"!




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Location:Oak Plantation, Charleston, SC

Which is better, Verizon or AT&T?

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In the first quarter of 2011, AT&T's revenues were $30B with profits up a record 39% to almost $3.5B. With such bumper results, you would think that AT&T customers would be the happiest they've ever been. Think again. Customers are leaving AT&T in droves, mostly to Verizon now that they have the new iPhone4. But does that tell those whole story? Is Verizon truly better? Is it worth switching?

I've been with AT&T since I first moved to the US almost 12 years ago with Hewlett-Packard. Although I can't say that I liked them, I didn't really dislike them either. Their coverage with no roaming charges seemed okay and since I traveled a lot, it worked well for me. When the iPhone first came out, I was an early adopter. It was love at first sight. But it hasn't been a completely smooth romance. My first sign of trouble was the problem with my iPhone not ringing. I could have 5 bars and then receive a notification that I've got a voicemail. The phon…

Did I ask for it to break?

Here's a weird thing. You buy something online, pay for shipping and it arrives. You open it, only to find that it doesn't work. Sound familiar? Not only is it frustrating and time wasting, but if you're not careful, it can cost you money. You call up the retailer and they apologize and give you a return number for you to send it back. "No, actually, I don't want to have to pay to ship back a product that should be working but isn't. It's not like I asked for a broken one." Then I'll have to wait, gizmo-less for several weeks while they sort things out. Now, try doing that while you're on the road with different addresses every week or more. It never ceases to amaze me how many people accept this as normal and acceptable.

Even the mighty Amazon requires that the gizmo be returned 'unopened'. "If it's unopened, how do I know that it doesn't work?". Some retailers will then direct you back to the manufacturers website. …

Almost no signal here in Point South, SC

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We're staying at the Thousand Trails resort (The Oaks) at Point South, SC. Rarely have we had such poor cell phone coverage - my AT&T iPhone has around 1 bar, and the Verizon aircard is struggling. Add to that the fact that it's very wooded so out satellite won't work AMD you get the picture! Time to pull put the big guns - the Wilson DT. I'd been waiting for a good place to test this desktop office booster, this seemed like the ideal place. I'll be updating a fill report by video later, bit for now, things look very promising. I set up the local antenna in our back office / bedroom and the outside antenna next to the front bay wing on the roof. Signal strength went from 1 bar to 5 bars! Although we had been able to get Internet on the Verizon MiFi, it was slow, and Tracey wasn't able to establish a VPN (a secure internet connection) which she needs for work. With the booster, bingo!
Next up, comparing the DT to the more powerful SOHO amp and trying the o…

How Ironic

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Sometimes the irony of a situation has to make you laugh. It was like that on Friday when we were filming the latest episode of GadgetPlex. The subject was Long Distance Communications.

Unfortunately, the campground we're staying at (The Oaks at Point South, SC) had almost 100% tree cover, so our satellite was reduced to a heavy weight on the roof. AT&T service is one bar and our Verizon aircard is super slow. WiFi is via Tengo Internet which I avoid with a barge pole, so coffee shop it was.

Everything was going fine until 5 mins before we started to film and the coffee shop's ISP (their WiFi service provider) went down. No WiFi! Evidently this is a regular occurrence! Luckily there was a weaker WiFi signal that we could pick up, but it wasn't particularly fast. Added to that, AT&T service in Beaufort is less than 1 bar. We persevered, but it wasn't without a due sense of irony given the topic of our episode. Doesn't it strike you as odd that a company that…

GadgetPlex - Long Distance Communications & Photo Sharing

About to start filming the next two episodes of Gadgetplex. These episodes will be on  Long Distance Communications and Photo Sharing. As a little change, I'll be joining from the best coffee shop in Beaufort, SC (City Java and News). Why? Okay, I know that the coffee is good, but actually it's becuase the internet at our campsite is REALLY bad, even with my trusty Verizon aircard. Satellite? Not a chance, trees everywhere.

If you'd like to join us in the chat room and watch behind the scenes and ask questions, simply join us live.

Is it Safe to Pay Bills when using a free WiFi?

"I'm not real knowledgeable regarding wi-fi.  While traveling in our RV with our laptop, I'm able to connect to free wi-fi sites but I am concerned about paying bills, etc if the sites are not secure.  I subscribe to ESET NOD32 antivirus and wonder if this makes my wi-fi connection more secure?  If you could help me I would appreciate it.  Thanks." - Sharyn A.
Even though you are connected to a free (and I take it "Open" WiFi), as long as you use your browser to connect to secure sites (the URL starts with an https://... and they have a little padlock on the bottom on the window), then everything that you send over the WiFi is encrypted and so is secure. You should avoid sending sensitive information in emails (in any circumstances) as they are not encrypted nor secure. 
The main vulnerability is with spyware and viruses like keystroke loggers that look for your passwords or credit card details to send over the internet to their masters. A good virus protecti…

GadgetPlex - Join us Live Tomorrow @ 7:30 PM ET

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TechnoRV is now co-hosting a very cool new internet TV show called GadgetPlex. It's a short (15 minute) show that appears on the new RV News Network (RVNN.TV), along with other exciting shows such as Nick Russell's "Just a Gypsy", "Ask the Professor" and "What's Wrong with this Picture". 

Together with my co-hosts Dave Dufour and Andy McCaskey we discuss the latest RV gadgets, RV technology and just have some fun. If you click on the logo above you can visit GadgetPlex, watch previous episodes and even sign up for GadgetPlex on iTunes and download the episodes as podcasts to listen to while you are on the road!

One of the coolest thing about GadgetPlex however is the ability to join us LIVE while we are filming. Last week we had a product testing episode and a number of you joined us in the chat room to see 'behind-the-scenes' as well as ask questions and chat to each other. 



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Will recommend your product(s) to all of my RV'ing friends

"I can't thank you enough for all the great customer service that I received. I can't believe that you would give me a new locket and will recommend your product(s) to all of my rving friends. Again thank you and also for following up with me." - John Howard (4/18/11)

Clickfree Backup is Good for Travelers

If you'd like help understanding what ClickFree can do for you, or how to use it, you should checkout this great blog by Jim Guld (Geeks on Tour) on RV.net called "Clickfree Backup is Good for Travelers".