Friday, November 20, 2009

recent post of mine on Google nav
A few interesting tidbits I noticed today:

1) Google appears to be on the path to add "bike there" as a mode of transportation in luvly google maps directions. Very interested to see how this compares to my current favorite, Ride the City.
Also noticed there's an activist community out there - for adding this to Google maps!

2) Cloudemade is "actively" touting OSM superiority in this context:
""Google Maps is really focused on roads, but OpenStreetMap has much more information on paths and cycle routes - it's much better for pedestrians" says founder Nick Black.


Nirvana would be real-time navigation, 'geared' for bicycle transport. My guess: it'll now show up first on Android :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Why would you choose Nokia ...

... to be your preferred platform, to share location-based info?

Nothing new here - Google maps mobile / my maps can do all of this, AND public transit directions. The last bit alone sold me on google maps mobile.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

T-mobile charge plan

For some reason or other, I am OBSESSED with paying as little as I possibly can to my cell phone carrier. I generally see them for what they really don't want to be - dumb pipes. Give them as little of your hard-earned cash as you can :)

here's a good overview of T-mobile's rate charges


I saw this service advertised on Facebook today. Although fairly limited in scope, and no provisioning yet for mobile location updates (hook into FireEagle or Lattitude, guys!), it appears to be the kind of thing that could have potential for significant safety & security impacts. I heard Joe Francica speak about the need for things like this at a location conference a while back. Add weather advisories (tornado warnings, etc.) and you've got yourself a real nice piece of work.
I signed-up - lets see what happens...


a nice example of the kind of functionality that would be REALLY helpful on real-estate search sites...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Where applications on Nokia

I've been rather disapointed with the Where LBS platform on my Nokia N82. Two things:

1) the GPS positioning doesn't work. That's a dealbreaker, ladies.

2) It's God-awful slow.

Waiting to hear back from support on the issue that is described here.

Friday, May 15, 2009


This is a great link, if you're concerned about cell-phone radiation and the handsets' SAR values.

If you look back on history and see all of the activities and substances that we thought were just peachy, but turned out not to be, then it makes ya think. I'm not going to stop using my cell phone anytime soon, but don't be surprised if we all grow a cactus on top of our favorite phone-ear from using these things over years and years...

no luv from T-mobile either

Looks like I'll have to take the N82 to the Old World to get New Age 3G speeds. I don't think I'm going to see any better speed on T-mobile, either:

Thursday, May 14, 2009

that sux

just coming to realize that the N82 may not be a workin' 3G-style on AT&T:

another reason to stay w/ T-mobile me thinks...

I just don't like AT&T. They seem to cock-block every thing we try to do, that doesn't meet their "buy a phone and a 2-year contract" philosophy. T-mobile just gives me a (slightly) warmer fuzzy.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Geotaging with the N82

I had great success this morning using the N82 to geotag photos from another camera. Here's the workflow:
- install the Nokia Sports Tracker software onto the N82
- under settings, set the GPS filter to 'high' My experience thusfar has been that at lower settings, there really is more data than necessary to geotag with.
- start a track while you're taking photos.
- when finished, you can export your track to a .gpx file
- back at your PC, load the photos and the .gpx file into your machine
- use an application like GeoSetter to synch the photos and the track.

I have been playing with GeoSetter for a week or so now. It is FANTABULOUS. Not just as a geotagging app, but also just as a general metadata app.

here's the finished product:

In the beginning...

... there was an empty Blog. How daunting.

This is an experiment - to see what kind of attention span I have, and to find out if there are other like-minded life forms out in the Web universe. I cannot say exactly what will be the purpose of said site, or exactly where this might go. A couple of ideas come to mind, so let's just let this thing evolve.

- Kevin