Aug 06

Tuesday round up

Aug 06

The Stone Mountain Punisher

My second attempt at GeoTracking turned out much better. I mapped my usual bike route, with a bit more attention to detail. The addition of waypoints helps a lot.

It’s called the Punisher due to the extreme hills on the route.

Check it out

Aug 06

My first try at trackpoints

I’m having problems putting it directly in the blog, but here is the map on a stand alone page. Pretty cool. The missing parts are where I had turned off the gps unit momentarily or put it in a pocket and it lost signal.

Aug 06


The Garmin Geko 201 is way, way cool.

Aug 06

Friday rapid fire

Apr 06


The combination of spring break and tax time has made the past few days excruciatingly dull. Most of the people I work with are out out of town, the rest are doing taxes (like me) and that’s thrown all organization out of whack, which is bad. I’m in the odd position of not having anything pressing going on, and no work related stuff to talk about, which happens very rarely. The combination has made me moody the past three days.

In other news, I did get the Garmin Street Pilot in today, I’m about to take it on it’s first test ride. We’ll see how it goes.

Apr 06

GPS acquired

I got the Garmin StreetPilot I3 for a good deal on E-bay. A detailed product review will be here shortly after I get it.

Apr 06

The techno lust is strong for this one

Specifically, the Garmin Street Pilot I3. I think I’ll have use for it on a project later this year. Amazon has it for $299 as well.

Jul 05

Wednesday Rapid Fire

  • Yahoo News with Yahoo Maps – I’ll give Google 5 days to do this too. HT: Make
  • Google Maps with Transparencies – HT: Make
  • A glut of flat screen technology – which would be cool.
  • Google Maps Walking Distance
  • New MS Money
  • Mencken

    “All the extravagance and incompetence of our present Government is due, in the main, to lawyers, and, in part at least, to good ones. They are responsible for nine-tenths of the useless and vicious laws that now clutter the statute-books, and for all the evils that go with the vain attempt to enforce them. Every Federal judge is a lawyer. So are most Congressmen. Every invasion of the plain rights of the citizens has a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory, we’d be freer and safer, and our taxes would be reduced by almost a half.”

  • Tom G Palmer has some nice words about Admiral Stockdale, clearly the classiest guy to run for national office in quite some time.
  • Yet another review of Freakonomics, this time by James Q Wilson, the authors are on the Charlie Rose program tonight. Money quote

    “…quoting someone whose name I have forgotten: social scientists should never try to predict the future; they have trouble enough predicting the past.”

Jul 05

Flagrant gadgetry

  • Navicore Personal GPS – it wirelessly turns your bluetooth phone in to a GPS device. Very cool, but it seems to only be available in Europe, though I imagine that will change soon. HT: Gizmodo.
  • 10 Million Candlepower flashlight – with built in recharging! And only $49 bucks too. There’s a 15 million candlepower for sale too.
  • The Pain Ray – Not really a gadget, but cool in a creepy way. It uses microwaves to heat nerve endings. Supposedly for security and crowd control.