As promised yesterday, here is my first experiment with GMaps.
On the whole, I like the technology. It does a lot of the work for you in terms of plotting and it works off on an external xml file. The only real downside is that it does not use actual address information, only latitude and longitude coordinates. There are a number of free lookup services online, I used GeoCoder.us which worked very well, still it’s an extra, probably unnecessary step.
I’ll look around and see if there is some automated process out there which does automatic conversions and reports back.
On the whole though, a very good and easy proof of concept.
With no further ado, here My Week So Far
Google Earth was released today and I’m blown away. Basically it’s a free version of their KeyHole software, but with incredible capabilities. Skylines, tilting and foreign cities, it’s all just staggering.
OK, I’m trying to justify the expense of getting a laptop and I’m trying to list out all of the ways I would use it.
- With GPS unit, as a navigation tool on long trips (I have plans to mount it to the car to some degree.
- To play music while in the car, sort of a massive I-Pod
- With some sort of internet service, as a way to avoid traffic problems using Traffic.com, Georgia Navigator and such (I’m sure a Google Maps port is on the way soon.)
- Recording the various bluegrass jams I go to, I would have to get an outside device to do it properly.
- For use on trips
Can anyone think of any other uses?