That’s an easy one: Just use “Find” in your mobile Lifeblog 2.X. 🙂
Seriously, chose “Find” from the “Options” menu in the Timeline and you will find:
- all messages from/to Alina by typing in “Alina”
- all images that you took in Italy with your Nseries device by typing in “italy”.
- all notes that you tagged with “party” by typing in “party”
- all videos that you took during your holiday by typing in “holiday” (if you had an entry for your holidays in your calendar)
- all messages to/from Alina related to Lidl by typing in “alina lidl”
- all blog postings you did about restaurants by typing in “restaurant”
and much more. I guess you get the point.
But you can take it even further: You have taken an image of Costello. It was some time ago. You don’t remember the exact date. It was when being in a pub in Finland. You were watching Sweden vs. England at that time. You have neither tagged nor named the picture with “Costello”. And you have 500 images on your Nseries device.
You can start browsing. Good luck.
Or you can type: “Sweden England” will find your message “come 2 chelsea. sweden vs england is on tv”. All you have to do then is press “Back” and voila: here are all the images from the Chelsea bar you took that night. Including the picture of Costello.
Unfortunately, Nokia distributes the mobile Lifeblog 2.X versions only for Nseries devices. There is only one serious flaw about the Nseries: not everybody owns one. Just take my wife as an example: she owns a 6670.
So how can you use Lifeblog 2.X together with non-Nseries devices? I see three options:
- Option A (if you have a Nokia S60 phone): check from the official Nokia Lifeblog page, whether your phone supports Lifeblog 1.X. If it does, download the application from the same pages and install it on your phone.
On your PC, install the latest version of Lifeblog. Nobody requires you to own an Nseries device in order to do so. Neither do you need a license for Lifeblog 2.X. 🙂
After you have installed Lifeblog 2.X, go to the directory where you have installed Lifeblog to, e.g., C:\Program Files\Nokia\Nokia Lifeblog. In this directory, you will find a file called “SyncConfig.xml”. This file you need to modify in order to get Lifeblog 2.X to work with Lifeblog 1.X on the phone:
1) Make a backup of any existing Lifeblog data – but that’s part of your routine anyway, isn’t it? 😉
2) Create a copy of “SyncConfig.xml”
3) Open “SyncConfig.xml” with your prefered editor; in the worst case, plain “Notepad” will do
4) Remove the comment that encompasses the first <Adapter> element
5) Save “SyncConfig.xml”
Afterwards, you will be able to read the data from the mobile Lifeblog 1.X into PC Lifeblog 2.X. You might not get all the metadata that Lifeblog 2.X supports. And the user experience might be a bit special. And Nokia doesn’t support it. But for my wife and her 6670 it works fine. 🙂
- Option B (if your device connects to your PC as a hard drive): Then, you can import compatible data via “File->Import from PC” into Lifeblog. More elegantly, you can drag and drop the device folder onto Lifeblog’s timeline. Lifeblog scans any given directory recursively and will figure out by itself, which files it can use. However, you are back to pre-Nseries metadata stoneage here: if you want to use metadata with your stuff, you have to add it yourself.
- Option C (if your device does not connect to your PC as a hard drive): You are pretty much on your own. Meaning: you have to figure out a way how to transfer images, etc. from this device to the PC. Afterwards, you can import stuff into Lifeblog from the PC. Not very elegant, I am afraid.
Metadata -incl. descriptions, tags, timestamps, calendar entries, contact information , etc.- is what makes Nokia Lifeblog different. Sure, other applications use metadata as well. But in Lifeblog, most of the metadata comes “for free”. That means, I don’t have to spend weeks in order to tag and organize their tens of thousands of pictures. Hence, it is easy to get metadata “in”.
But how to get metadata “out”?
There are at least two options to access all -and I really mean: ALL- of your metadata from outside of Lifeblog:
- Read the metadata directly from the SQLite 3 database of Nokia Lifeblog 2.X.The database is called \MyDocuments\NokiaLifeblogData\DataBase_2\NokiaLifeblogDataBase.db3.
The savy ones can create their own scripts/applications in order to access this database, e.g., via php.
If you want to take a glimpse only or if you want to deal with your metadata interactively, you can use existing SQLite tools, such as the SQLite Database Browser. Such a browser enables you to investigate the database schema, trigger queries interactively and even update the data. If you add or modify data, there is a chance that you corrupt your database and might not be able to start Lifeblog afterwards! If you read your data only, your data is quite safe, unless the tool that you are using is either buggy or malicious.
- Export the metadata into an XML file and read the XML file.
If you want to read the metadata only, that might be the recommended way. What you have to do is initiate a full, incremental or selective backup in Lifeblog: Menu Tools->Back Up.Afterwards you go to the Lifeblog backup directory that you selected and open the zip file there. In there, you will find only one file: the XML file that provides for a snapshot of your metadata.
Just in order to be complete: the data itself -images, videos, etc.- can be found in subdirectories of \My Documents\ NokiaLifeblogData\ DataStore\Files. There, it is organized according to months and data types.
What you will find on this blog in the upcoming days, weeks and months are hints related to Nokia Lifeblog.
These hints should help you to unleash the power of Nokia Lifeblog and especially of Nokia Lifeblog 2.X.
Taking these hints into use happens at your own risk! Therefore, make sure that you have backed up your data in order to cope with any mishaps. In no way, am I to be held responsible for any damages originating from the application of the hints on these pages. Sorry.
General information about Lifeblog can be found from the following sites:
- Nokia Lifeblog: official site; the applications, including the FREE application for PC can be downloaded from there
- Ivan Kuznetsov: very good and concise description of what Lifeblog is -and what it isn’t 😉
- Moving experiences: blog post by Christian Lindholm when Lifeblog 1.0 was published; historical, but it provides for a good description of Lifeblog’s DNA