Archive for February, 2008

Feb 29 2008

Evernote Gets IE7 Support

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I see from the Evernote blog that they now have support for IE7. I’m assuming that given the fact both desktop and mobile clients released so far have been for Windows and that IE is the second browser (after Firefox) to be officially supported, they are probably primarily a Windows based development company. Either that or they can astute enough to realise that Windows offers the largest user base.

This seems to go against the grain of most Web2.0 startups that seem to favour the [assumed] more tech savvy users of Linux and MacOS.

I was surprised, however, to see that they are running on Apache Tomcat, a Java based web server and development platform. From the look and feel of the application I would have said it had more of a ruby-on-rails feel about it. They do seem to be using a real hodge-podge diverse range of technologies though, the main app is Java, the front/about site is PHP (and I’m disappointed to see that it’s PHP 4.4.0 – come on guys PHP4 support is going to be dropped soon) and the blog is perl powered TypePad.

I’m not sure if that is a good or a bad sign, all I know is that I’m impressed with it so far and I can’t wait to get a desktop interface to run on my MacBook Pro and a J2ME interface for my mobile :)

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Feb 27 2008

Must Have Application -Evernote

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The other day I saw an article on TechCrunch about and online application called Evernote.  The promise of Evernote is that it will be an online extension to your memory.  You can copy pictures text and audio from anywhere (web, email, documents, etc.) and save them as notes in Evernote.  Then, when you want to recall a note you can use the search functionality.  Where it goes beyond other note applications is that you can search for text within images! 

At the moment they currently have interfaces for the web, windows desktop, mac desktop [ed: sorry, not yet!] and windows mobile devices (phones).  It is also possible to email notes to Evernote, so you can email images from a non-windows mobile device but they are promising a J2ME application soon.

Why is this so good?  Imagine you’re out to dinner and order a bottle of wine.  You really like it and would like to buy some for at home.  Rather than try to remember the name of it and the year, just whip out your mobile, take a picture of the label, tag it and send it to Evernote.  At some point in the future you can then search Evernote to get the label image back.

At the moment they are only running an invitation only preview so I recommend everyone signs up for an invitation now!  My invitation came through today and I’m already making good use of it.  I can’t wait until they release the J2ME version for Java mobiles, and when Apple finally releases a 3G enabled iPhone I will finally be able to do away with the old grey-matter :D

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Feb 26 2008

Save Google Maps Driving Directions

Published by under General,Technology

One of the really neat features of Google Maps that I use quite often is the ability to alter driving directions if you don’t like the given results.  I’ve just written up my recent trip to the UK on my R1200GS and one of the features of the site is having a map displaying the route for the trip.

Doing a simple driving directions gives the basic route that I took but it doesn’t include the wrong turns and deviations that I made.  In Google Earth the only way to change a given route is to manually modify the line, which  take hours.  With Google Maps I can modify the route to take account of these deviations but it doesn’t allow you to save the changes… unless you know Google-Fu!!!

It turn out the url to view a Google Map is also the same url used by the Google Maps API to access kml files.  The process to save a modified route to kml is as follows:

  1. Get the basic driving directions
  2. Modify the route as you wish.
  3. Click the Link to this page link.
  4. Copy the email/IM link.
  5. Paste link back into your browser address bar.
  6. Add &output=kml to the end of the url & hit enter/go.
  7. Save the kml wherever you wish.


Following the comment from Nicole (25-04-2009) I have done a bit of playing around with Google Maps and exporting KML.  When you create a route in Google Maps use the right click Directions from here / Directions to here and the right click on the map and select “Add destination”, when you come to use the above method to export the KML file, only the starting point and the first destination will be included in the exported route.

If you want to export the full route, you need to set the start point and the final destination and then “drag” the route to the intermediate destinations in-between. If you use this method and the export the KML file will include the full route.

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Feb 25 2008

Google Maps For Jersey

Published by under Guernsey News,Technology

I’ve noticed recently that Jersey has recently had an update in Google Maps so that it now has roads and road names.  Although it doesn’t yet appear to have driving directions.  This is good news for Guernsey, as it was only a short time after Jersey had an image resolution update until Guernsey got the same treatment.

The only worrying thing at the moment is that it appears that the west coast of Guernsey and the north of Jersey seem to have a degradation of coastal definition when viewed in Map mode.

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Feb 21 2008

First Off-road Video

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After coming back from a biking holiday in the UK last week, I went out for a ride with Shane on Sunday. One of the place we went was Pleinmont where he shot some video of me riding my BMW R1200GS on a track. It’s not terribly exciting as there isn’t much in the way of knarrly off-roading in Guernsey but it is a start.

The whole video was recorded in 4 (I think) takes and was expertly pieced together by Shane. You can watch the video on our bike adventure site – or on our YouTube channel.

Also, I writing up my notes from my holiday last week and will be posting that on as a mini series in the next couple of days.

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Feb 08 2008

Character Counter

Published by under .NET,Software

Whilst reading an article I was curious about the number of commas and full-stops that the author used – when you become an editor of a newsletter you start to think about things like this.  After hunting around the various utilities on my system I discovered that I didn’t have anything that could easily do this.  So, I did what any self-respecting programmer would do and threw together a quick app to do it for me.

I have made both the source code and pre-compiled binary available for download under a BSD license (share, remix, no endorsement).  It is written in C# and requires the .Net 2.0 framework, if you want to compile the source you will probably require MS Visual Studio (Express should be ok), although it may work with SharpDevelop or Mono.

It is a console application (sorry, no pretty GUI this time) that reads the contents of input.txt (in the same directory as the app), it then counts the occurrences of each character and outputs the results to the console. Simple!

If you make any improvements to the code please leave a comment and/or email the changes to me: gringod [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Feb 07 2008

What Day Is Easter?

Published by under Bookmarks,General,Software

Have you ever wondered what day Easter is going to fall on?  Well so have I.  Wikipedia has been my source of this information for the last few years but it only gives you the date for the next 15 years or so.  What if you want to know when is the next time Easter is going to fall on March 23rd? (2160)

Having found a formula for calculating the date I threw together a spreadsheet and did a fill down.  Did you know that in the year 3000 Easter Sunday is going to be on April 13th?  That’s assuming Easter is still celebrated, the Gregorian calendar is still used or that humans still exist.

What’s more, I have been kind enough to publish this formula and data (until 3176 – until someone asks for more) on Google Spreadsheets at the following url:

At some point I may add other useful associated dates to the spreadsheet, such as Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday.

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Feb 04 2008

First Day of Lent 2008

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For some strange reason I appear to be second entry on for the search “first day of lent 2008” because of  my previous post about lent (from 2005).

The first day of lent in 2008 will be from Ash Wednesday on 6th February until Holy Saturday on March 22nd, inclusive.  Most people will probably be unaware that lent does not, traditionally include the lent.

The last week of Lent is known as Holy week and, traditionally, there is no church bell ringing within that week.  There has been some debate as to whether ringing is allowed on Holy Saturday, however this is often because it gets confused with Easter Saturday, which is the Saturday after Easter Sunday.

Also, just in case you are interested, the dates of lent for next year (2009) are February 25th to April 28th inclusive.

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