Posts tagged ‘maps’

Photo locations with Apple Maps

A couple of years ago I wrote a simple little script that looked through the EXIF data in a photo to see it included GPS coordinates. If it did, the script would open a map to the location at which the photo was taken. At first, the script worked with Google Maps only; I later…


More on location-based reminders

The system I described in this post for setting location-based reminders to alert me to look at my shopping lists when I’m in any one of a number of grocery or hardware stores has been helpful, but getting the locations set up correctly wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought when I wrote that post.…


Apple gets thrown in the briar patch

OK, let me get this straight. Apple and Google have a falling out over the built-in iOS Maps app. Among the problems: Google wanted more access to user information and Apple wanted the app to provide vector graphics and turn-by-turn directions the way Google’s maps on Android do. Apple cuts Google out and rewrites the…


A Maps trial

It’s tempting to say that my younger son and I spent the long weekend in the middle of nowhere, but that would be misleading. We were actually in one of the suburbs of nowhere, a few miles south of the middle, out where the cell coverage isn’t quite as good as it is in the…


Maps, algorithms, and common sense

As I write this, my iPhone 5 is with dozens of its brethren on a UPS truck winding through Chicago’s western suburbs. I didn’t think it worth the bother to update my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 when it came out, so my experience with the new Maps app is second hand. I’m sure it’s…


Google Maps printing oddity

While the Google Maps scroll/zoom confusion I blogged about last week has been around for years, the printing problem I ran into today seems new. It’s a case of Google doing things right initially and then screwing it up later. I have a packed schedule on Monday. A meeting in Joliet in the morning and…


Embedded Google maps

I’m my company’s default webmaster, and I spent a few hours today learning how to embed Google maps into our web pages. I figured I’d write up an example before I forget. There’s a whole family of Google Maps APIs, covering JavaScript, Flash, static images, Google Earth images, and more. The JavaScript API makes the…


Google Maps bike route fix

As I said at the end of this post last month, I sent Google a bug report about their new bicycling directions. I had tested out the new feature by asking it for the directions from my home to office, a route that I bike almost every weekday 8-9 months of the year. The directions…


Google bike directions

I’ve been using Google Maps to choose bike routes for years. The route I took today from my office to downtown Naperville, for example, uses a set of residential streets and sidewalks along busy roads that I first found by studying its aerial photos. Now Google has a specific option for getting bicycling directions. I…