Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tech Tip: Photos Not Uploading From Samsung Galaxy S5 To OneDrive

I recently upgraded my Samsung Galaxy S4 to the Samsung Galaxy S5. Upon installing OneDrive (the Microsoft cloud-based storage solution formerly known as SkyDrive), I noticed that even though I selected the option to Turn on Camera Backup, none of the pictures I took with the S5 were auto-uploading into OneDrive. Of course, being the geek that I am, I had to figure out why. After some trial and error, I finally was able to get auto-sync to work on my new S5.

  1. Uninstall the OneDrive app from my S5. 
  2. On your computer, log into www.onedrive.com
  3. Locate a folder named Camera Roll (or SkyDrive Camera Roll in my case). Create a new folder (name it something like "Old Phone Photos" or something) and move all the pictures in the current Camera Roll folder into it.
  4. Once you have all the pictures moved into the new folder that you just created, delete the old Camera Roll folder. 
  5. Go back to your S5. Download and reinstall OneDrive from the Google Play store. 
  6. Start the OneDrive app. During the initial log in, you will be prompted to decide if you want to turn on camera backup. Select Turn On and this will create a new Camera Roll folder on OneDrive (the path will be <yourname> OneDrive\Pictures\Camera Roll). Once that has been done, you will notice that all the new pictures on your S5 will begin uploading into OneDrive. 
  7. Once all the new pictures have uploaded into OneDrive, you can move the pictures from the new folder that you created into the new Camera Roll folder if you choose to do so.   


Here is the secret to troubleshooting smartphone and other mobile devices: most of the troubleshooting steps are the same as you would use if you were troubleshooting a typical computer. This allowed me to quickly figure out the solution to this issue.

Please note that while these steps worked on my Samsung Galaxy S5, I cannot confirm that they would on aother phones such as the HTC One or iPhone. Doesn't hurt to try and who knows, you might be lucky.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spending Time With the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Being an IT professional, especially in academia, has it's advantages. The biggest advantage is getting access to new gadgets to play around with....I mean test. I was given the chance to test drive the recently released Microsoft Surface Pro 3. I have had a Surface Pro 2 since February and it has been my go-to, everyday computer since that time. So imagine my excitement when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3
That Surface Pro 3 that I am "testing" has a 4th generation Intel Core i5 processor with 256GB internal storage and 8GB of system memory. The battery life is estimated at around 9 hours. While the insides are impressive, it's what on the outside that makes the Surface Pro 3 an appealing device. Unlike the 10.6-inch displays with 1920 x 1080 resolution in the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, the Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch ClearType Full HD Display with a 2160 x 1440 resolution. It is also much thinner and more lightweight as well. The look and feel of the design is very similar to that of the Surface 2.

Surface Pro 2 (left) and Surface Pro 3 (right)
One of the first things that I noticed about the Surface Pro 3 was that using it on a desk was a much better experience. The way the new Type Cover connects to the Surface Pro 3, along with the new multi-position kickstand, gives it that laptop/ultrabook feel when you are using it. The new Type and Touch Covers are slightly bigger than the previous ones but the size and layout of the keys are still the same. The touchpad is larger, more responsive and has a noticeable, mechanical "click" when you use it. While it's an improvement over the earlier Type (and Touch) Covers, it's still not at the same as using a touchpad on a laptop. Furthermore, I still found it a bit awkward to use the Surface Pro 3 in my lap in the same manner as a traditional laptop BUT it's not as awkward as trying to do the same with the previous Surface Pro tablets.

The coolest feature of the Surface Pro 3 is how the new Surface pen interacts with the device. Clicking the top of the pen opens Microsoft OneNote. Even cooler is that if you click the pen while your Surface is in sleep mode, it opens a blank OneNote document so that you can start taking notes without having to log into your device. One thing to keep in mind as it relates to the new pen is that it is battery powered and requires a single AAAA battery.

Surface Pro 3 Pen
And now the question that is on everyone's mind: Is it worth upgrading if you already own an earlier model? It depends. If you have a first generation Surface Pro and it is your primary computer, then it might be a worthwhile upgrade if you can afford it. However, if you have the Surface Pro 2, it becomes a tough decision. In addition, if you are like me and invested in accessories for your Surface Pro 2 (e.g. Power Cover, docking station), the decision becomes even tougher because many of the previous generation Surface accessories, such as the docking station, power supply and Surface Pro pen, will not work with the Surface Pro 3. Surprisingly, the Touch and Type Cover 2 will click in and work with Surface Pro 3. They just will look a bit odd because they are not designed to cover the whole screen when closed. It basically boils down to what your needs are (larger screen and/or lightweight design) and if you can afford to upgrade.

Overall, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is definitely a huge improvement over the previous generations. If you are looking for the a single device that function as both a tablet and a laptop, look no further because this is the first Windows tablet that gives you portability and power without any major sacrifices. Third time's the charm as they say.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Where is Eric?

As you have probably noticed, it has been awhile since I have posted anything new on my site. This is because I have started down the path of obtaining a Masters of Science degree in Cybersecurity from Excelsior College. I'm spending much of my time getting back into my proper study mode for the next year or so. Graduate work requires a lot of research and writing (along with balancing work, family and fitness); thus minimizing my time writing stuff for my blog. That being said, I may not post anything as frequently as I have in the past, but I will post something every now and then that I want to share with everyone. Who knows, I might even find some time to give the site a much needed face lift.