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Tech for the trek

I’ve spent the past week prepping and test-driving some of the gadgetry for my upcoming road trip:

The Droid continues to impress me in everyday use, and the applications I’m likely to be using over the next few weeks seem to be running smoothly. The pre-installed Google Maps and Navigation systems have done a near-perfect job during some errand-running and visits to new friends’ homes, and my mom has loaned me her Magellan, just in case – though I haven’t messed with it yet. (Of course, I also have, you know, actual maps.)

Now, it’s not my intention to use the Droid for long-winded blogging, but the WordPress app has proven to be another quick and intuitive install, as has TxtPad Lite, although I admit I haven’t had much cause to use the latter yet.

Another nifty grab: Promptu’s ShoutOUT speech-to-text application. It defaults to messaging format, but it didn’t take me long to figure out it’s pretty easy to create a message with no recipient and then just copy the resulting text into a file or directly into the WordPress application. I can’t say how much use it will get – so far I’ve used it mostly to respond quickly to text messages from Jenn & Kelsey – but I’m thinking of those times when I’m driving and a sort of babbling idea springs to mind and I can’t jot it down. We’ll see.

For entertainment purposes – I’m hoping that the rental car comes with a CD player, because I haven’t digitally saved my Star Wars radio dramas yet – I added the Pandora application, and I’m looking forward to putting the very, very cool Google Sky Map (another fun and free download) to good use out under some hopefully clear Western skies.

Probably the most crucial app so far was the highly-recommended PDANet, with which I’ll be tethering the Droid to our Acer netbook for internet access during stops. Worked like a charm during a run to the store this morning.

If there are any other recommendations in this department, I’m open to suggestions!

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Current Affairs, geek, Travel, Web/Tech, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“I have an existential map …”

… it has ‘You are here’ written all over it.” (Stephen Wright)

Maybe that’s what Google Maps needs to shoot for, seeing as how a search for Canton, Ohio – while correctly labeled itself – once  again leads to Massillon.

You are here. Or not.

It’s also been brought to my attention in the comments on a previous post about this that at least the error is balanced somewhat:

Click to enlarge.

November 6, 2009 Posted by | geek, Ohio, Travel, Web/Tech, Weblogs | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Back on the map: Canton, Ohio

Canton’s finally banished the Spectre of Colesville:

(Mostly) fixed. Click to embiggen.

Yeah, it still says Colesville over there on the left, but hey, the mapping is back in order.

October 30, 2009 Posted by | geek, Ohio, Travel, Web/Tech | , , , , | 2 Comments

Canton v. Colesville: Anagram Challenge

Six days in,  Google Maps v. Reality: The Battle of Canton-Colesville rages on. The day after a few Northeast Ohio media outlets ran with it, the Associated Press picked up and abbreviated the Repository’s piece.

I propose the city’s name be decided through a contest of relative anagram coolness.

In one corner, Canton, Ohio, which, among other permutations, offers us “Hi-Noon Taco.” (To me, “Hi” in this case not being the greeting, but a faux-catchy usage like “krazy” or “nite” or “thru.”)

The challenger: Colesville, Ohio, which can be remixed into “Loose Chili Love.”

Tough call.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs, geek, Ohio, Travel, Web/Tech | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Canton, Colesville and Google Maps

Updated: Here’s a (Canton) Repository story on it, with not an ‘alleged Canton historian’ in sight.

The news about Canton becoming Colesville is spreading: Fox 8 (WJW) up in Cleveland has a short story about it this afternoon.

It’s kind of a poorly-sourced piece, leaning on one “anonymous Canton resident” for some opinion (note: there’s now an accompanying video with a few more opinions – wow, they actually sent a crew out for this?) and serving up this less-than-authoritative gem:

Finally, some alleged Canton Historians believe it’s correct.

Eddy McLoud, who has no evidence to support his theory, says “That (Colesville) is the township that was here way before they came up with the city name Canton, Ohio.

Still, I remain amused. And so, seemingly, does whoever edited the city’s Wikipedia entry to include: Due to a change in Google Maps, Canton’s name has been changed to Colesville. (Yeah, the change didn’t stick long. Still funny.)



October 26, 2009 Posted by | geek, Ohio, Web/Tech, Weblogs | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Google Maps: Dude, Where’s My Canton?

About 10 o’clock this morning, Jenn asked me to grab her a set of directions to someplace in downtown Canton. (Canton, OHIO, just to be clear.)

Clickety-click, typety-type, and Google Maps is being its usual helpful self.

Except that downtown Canton seems to be something other than, well, Canton:

(click to enlarge)

(click to enlarge)

“Colesville?” Huh. That’s weird. Maybe it’s like one of those outdated neighborhood names or something that just happens to be right where the pinpoint falls on the map, and the “Canton” label will show up as I zoom out.

Nope, still Colesville.

Nope, still "Colesville."

Odd. Let’s pull back more…

Okay, this is getting silly.

Okay, this is getting silly.

Okay, so now I’m really intrigued and wondering where this glitch came from and what the deal is, so I start fiddling about.

I do a Google Maps search for Canton Ohio and get this:

Um... no.

Um... no.

That’s actually Massillon. (And given the century-plus rivalry between the two cities, I think the juxtaposition is pretty damn funny.)

And Colesville’s not something attached to that particular ZIP code, either: Google Maps ZIP code searches for all the Canton-area codes turn up maps with the same Colesville label.

More weirdness: Search for Colesville, with no state name, and Google Maps treats you to Colesville, Ohio at the top of the list, with four other out-of-state possibilities.

I turn to MapQuest. Whew:

Hey, there it is!

Hey, there it is!

Next, I do a MapQuest search for Colesville, OH, 44701. I get this:

Click to enlarge if you want.

Click to enlarge if you want.

Hm. Maybe there IS something to this “Colesville” thing. Of course, I did tell MapQuest to look for Colesville at that ZIP code. I wonder if that generated the label. Let’s try something…

Clickety-click, typety-type:

Weve got the droids youre looking for.

We've got the droids you're looking for.

Huh. “Robot Parade, OH” it is, then. Great.

So, “44701” on MapQuest generates a peachy-keen normal Canton-labeled map, and, in fact, looking on that site for Colesville, Ohio, gets you nothing:

Will the REAL Colesville, Ohio please stand up?

Will the REAL Colesville, Ohio please stand up?

Now, I’ve heard about the fake streets that can be used to red-flag copyright violators, but seriously, this isn’t a cul-de-sac somewhere between wheat fields – it’s a Whole Freaking City.

Or if there is some kind of bizarre historic significance or a link between the seemingly-nonexistent Colesville, Ohio – though it’s mentioned in the 1875 book “The Birds and Seasons of New England” and in a 1855 newspaper article -and Canton, I’d love to hear it.

So, seriously, Google Maps? Where’d Canton go? Jenn’s supposed to be picking up lunch on her way home and I’d hate to think she’s lost in Colesville.

October 23, 2009 Posted by | geek, Ohio, photos, Travel, Web/Tech | , , , , , | 8 Comments

   

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