Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Converting Google Maps to GPX: Alphabet Soup

It was entertaining -- for awhile. TG mumbles at laptop, hops up, goes to garage, comes back mumbling. Lather, rinse, repeat. He was trying -- unsuccessfully -- to create GPX files from Google Maps for the GPS on the Wing-a-bago. (Integrated on the bike and Garmin-based, by the way.)

But the dogs were getting annoyed at the back and forth to the garage. That's where we keep the dog food. After the first few trips, even the spastic caffeinated dog figured out it wasn't about her.

Sad story: You can't save directly from Google to a .gpx file for GPS devices.

Good news: You can easily convert a Google .kml file to a .gpx.

Here's how...

Friday, April 19, 2013

New for 1946: The SmartWatch!



(Disclaimer: I work for Cisco.) 

Big news! Dick Tracy has announced Microsoft’s next product. In a promotional launch event, tough, but trustworthy spokesperson Inspector Tracy demonstrated the 2-Way Wrist Phone. Welcome to 1946 everyone!

Don’t worry, you can upgrade to a 2-Way Wrist TV in 1964! You’ll just need to find Sherman and Mr. Peabody for a little ride in the WABAC  machine.

Recently seen on Facebook:
If 17 technology vendors announce a new smartwatch
by the end of the month, my pet rock will quit smoking.

It’s one of the latest examples of follow-the-leader among technology vendors. Or maybe it’s not even follow-the-leader, because no one is really leading a category for an amazing device everyone no one actually seems to need. As Emmy, my neighbor’s three-year-old, might reasonably ask: “Why?”

Granted, plenty of success has come from lack of need. Cue Seinfeld, a show about nothing. Enter stage right: the pet rock. And stage left: the chia pet.