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Monthly Archives: November 2006

On Saturday I did another bike route and decided to use Gmaps-pedometer again to record the route.

Route 18/11/2006

What would make this great tool even better would be to allow photos to be added to the map and also notes so that the whole route can be recorded for others to follow. I’m sure, with the Google Maps and Flickr APIs this has got to be possible, especially now that Flickr supports geotagging of photos.

It’s really great seeing the route set out like this – it gives me a real sense of distance and scale. I think next time I’ve got to try going out to a different part of Suffolk.

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It seems that Skype are churning out new mac versions faster than an Olympic mouse.  The latest beta version will now allow users to send SMS messages, and have conference calls with up to 9 other people.  SMS messages cost 5.6p last time I checked which is comparable to most UK mobile contracts (although whatever happened to free SMS via the web?  I’m sure I remember Lycos, Talk21 and Genie offering this not too long ago).

I just read the report on the BBC about a new design for a more fuel-efficient and quiter passenger jet that has been designed by MIT and Cambridge Univeristy. The accompanying video report says that the new jet is 25 years off from being put into production, if it ever gets there. This seems like a very long time, especially given the pressing need to cut fuel emissions of one of the greatest polluting forms of transport in the world. It got me wondering how long Concorde took to get from conception to being put into service. I figure that Concorde is worthy of comparison since it was a revolutionary and very divergent design from previous passenger aircraft of the time. The wikipedia article on Concorde says that impetus for creating a supersonic passenger aircraft arrived in the late 50’s. Following this through to the first scheduled flight in 1976 the entire process from start to finish took 19 years (making a generous assumption that “late 50’s” means 1957). This means that it now takes at least 6 more years to produce a new aircraft design – from conception to having paying customers on seats – than it did around 50 years ago.

I just got back from being out on my bike, and wanted to know how far I’d been. Since I’ve not got round to transferring the bike computer from my old bike to my new one, I usually just have a quick look at Google Maps and work it out roughly. But this time I found Gmaps Pedometer. Its a great little app that uses the Google Maps API and allows you to plot the route bit by bit just by double clicking on the map. Its great and I managed to work out I’d cycled a shade over 9 miles.

So here’s my route:
Bike route Sat 4th Nov 2006