Review: Une Bobine for iPhone 5S

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Are you like me when it comes to my iPhone? If it isn’t in my pocket, then I’m always wondering where it is! And, there are certain things I only use my iPhone for and I wish there was a better way to integrate it into my home or traveling office. Well I’ve found what I needed: Une Bobine.


According to the Fuse Chicken website, “Une Bobine is a cable, dock, tripod and stand rolled together into the world’s most flexible iPhone charger. It’s small enough to fit in your travel bag, but strong enough to hold your iPhone in nearly unlimited places in your office, nightstand, kitchen, and car.”

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Une Bobine for iPhone 5|C|S is a great tool for someone like me who is constantly on the go. Une Bobine charges your iPhone, it syncs and it helps keep your iPhone accessible.

But Une Bobine is more than just a slick looking cable – it is a flexible stand that helps integrate your iPhone into your office desktop. Here’s how I’ve been using Une Bobine over the past week:

  • A client and I used Facetime on my iPhone to discuss a project – I was able to continue working with the iPhone connected to Une Bobine . . . I didn’t have to juggle my iPhone!
  • I was using the CamScanner app to scan some documents and rather than hold the phone in my hand, it was much more stable to have it sit in the Une Bobine. I’ve also used Shoebox from with the Une Bobine connected with the same excellent results.
  • Sometimes it is just easier to look things up on my iPhone . . . now I know where it is all the time when I am working and I don’t need to search the house or, worse yet, call myself to figure out where it is!

And since I travel so much, I like the fact that Une Bobine is flexible, light-weight and goes into my Swiss Gear backpack with my other connectors. Now when I’m working in a hotel room or blogging from a genealogy conference, I know where my iPhone is at all times!


While I like “tech gadgets” I try to avoid buying “toys” that look good yet have limited performance. Une Bobine is a multi-function office tool and definitely not a toy or something that just looks good. Une Bobine is proof that something elegant can also be utilitarian and help improve your office functionality and productivity.

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Une Bobine for iPhone 5|C|S is currently on sale for $34.95. Fuse Chicken also has Une Bobine available in other models and formats including For iPhone 4/4S ($19.95), Micro | USB ($19.95) and the Petite Bobine for Micro | USB (on sale for $7.95).

Technical Specifications

From the Fuse Chicken website:

  • 24 inches / 600 mm
  • iPhone 5/5S/5C Lightning Connector
  • USB connector


  • Une Bobine will fit most cases with the bottom of the iPhone open. The size of Une Bobine where it attaches to iPhone is 40mm x 6mm

Optional Accessories

  • Car Kit includes Car Charger and Dash Stability Clip
  • Protect Kit includes Crystal-Clear Slim Case

What Can Une Bobine Do?

  • Look very cool on your desk or table
  • Charge your phone by connecting to USB or a wall charger
  • Sync with a computer by connecting to USB
  • Adjust based on your mood
  • Place iPhone at eye level for FaceTime or Skype
  • Hold your phone steady for photography and videography
  • Hold your phone in position for GPS while driving (with optional Car Kit)
  • Position your iPhone as the perfect alarm clock
  • Did we mention that it looks very cool?

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Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statements.

©2014, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Review: Creating Your Personal Timeline

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Tami Koenig of Your Story Coach has come out with a new e-book entitled Creating Your Personal Timeline which is more than just an e-book – it is a full-fledged workbook to help you capture your personal memories in an easy-to-use format.

The e-book is broken down into two useful sections: topic worksheets and timeline worksheets. While the book is in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format, Tami takes it one step further than the typical PDF: she has created areas where you can actually type in events, dates and your memories surround those events. Then you can save the PDF – this is a blessing for those of us who do all of our writing on the computer rather than in “long hand.”

The topics in the topic worksheets are common to most people and as I worked through the them, I was able to actually remember more and more dates and events. When finished with the topics, I could then use the timeline worksheets to place individual events in a timeline.

Why is a timeline important? Well when writing your story (or perhaps the story of an ancestor), it helps to have a linear progression – even if you want to “jump around” when writing up the story.  I find that knowing the timeline and being able to draw upon it when writing is essential to ensuring that the complete story is told.

The concept seems so simple yet I have to be honest, it is quite a bit of work to do the “memory dump” into these sheets. Is it worth the time invested?  Invest is the key word – you are making an investment in writing your story and by using the various worksheets in Creating Your Personal Timeline, you can see your investment pay off in the final product.

Check out Creating Your Personal Timeline. Tami Koenig’s 25+ years experience helping various people and organizations share their stories shines through in this e-book. And don’t forget to visit Your Story Coach for tools, tips and resources on writing the story of you.

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Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of Creating Your Personal Timeline from the author. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with genealogy vendors and organizations.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Review: Memories of Union High – An Oasis in Caroline County, Virginia 1903-1969

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[Editor’s note: Author Marion Woodfork Simmons will appear on tonight’s episode of GeneaBloggers Radio ( to discuss Memories of Union High.]

So why would someone who has no connections to Caroline County, Virginia or to Union High School have any interest in Memories of Union High – An Oasis in Caroline County, Virginia 1903-1969? I’m a prime example and I have to tell you that hands-down, this is not just a great read for those interested in the local history of Caroline County, but also as an example of what one can do in documenting a school or church history.

Author Marion Woodfork Simmons has triumphed in her attempt to capture the memories of Union High School from its founding to its impact on the community to its end during the desegregation movement. She also succeeds in documenting almost every aspect of “school life” including tributes to teachers and administrators from students, lists of administrators and teachers, not so speak of the abundance of photos listing, where possible, each person in the photo.

Memories of Union High is a must for any genealogist and family historian who had Caroline County, Virginia family or ancestors who attended Union High or worked there. But also, Simmons has the ability to transport you back in time and you feel like you are there in the hallways, at the assemblies, and taking part in community life.

I also want to point out how thoroughly researched Memories of Union High is: notes, bibliography and appendices. Simmons does well to ask the reader in the Author’s Notes section to first read the Historical Background before diving in to a trip down memory lane.

Finally, Memories of Union High should serve as model for what any genealogist or local historian can do in terms of a school history, a church history or other type of history of an institution. Follow Simmons’ model and methodology and not only will you create a fitting tribute to a community and its institutions, but you’ll be able to transform your research into something approachable and accessible by friends, family and the public.

Don’t let the fact that Memories of Union High is very specific in its focus deter you from buying this book. It is much more than local history . . . it is the story of how a community and its leaders through their dedication and perseverance, made an investment in their children and in their future.

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Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of Memories of Union High from the author. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with genealogy vendors and organizations.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee