by Gary Woods
One of the biggest problems people have with digital cameras is getting the pictures out of the camera to their computer. I've seen people that keep going out and buying new storage cards when they get filled up instead of offloading the pictures they've taken.
To remedy that problem, the Eye-Fi Card (http://www.eye.fi/) has been invented. For just $99 you can come home, chill out in your favorite recliner and your photos will automatically be transferred from your camera to your PC and even uploaded to your favorite photo sharing site. To get this little jewel rolling all you need is a Wi-Fi connection, a camera that accepts SD cards, and a PC or Mac. How simple is that?
The 2 GB Eye-Fi Card looks just like your basic SD card on the outside, but Wi-Fi technology is hiding just below the surface. To begin the process you install the Web-based Eye-Fi Manager on your PC and set up an account. Then, you identify and connect to your wireless network and identify the hard drive and directory you want your pictures to be downloaded to and choose which one of nearly 20 online photo sites you'd like to associate with the card.
The only downside I've found to the device is that your camera's batteries run the Eye-Fi, which can be a real drain on their power reserves. But other than that the transfer is almost completely transparent.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc