Well, my Macbook has been behaving impeccably after the repair. The other day I upgraded the hard disk… here’s how easy it is…
Macbook Random Shutdowns
Much as I love my new Macbook (I write this as a diehard Linux user), there’s something that’s soured my burgeoning new relationship with the thing over the last few weeks.
Google for “Macbook Random Shutdown” and you’ll see what I mean. There’s a fairly large section of the Macbook owner population that are having some odd problems…
Latest Development Release
The latest “beta beta” can be found at http://www.marengo-ltd.com/map/development.html
The new features are fairly minor: there are options (under Tools) to change your units (miles/Kms) preference, and to quickly go “home”. The “Help” box now contains a link to the GPL, and there’s a nice “Paypal donate” button unobtrusively placed in the top righthand side of the screen (I can’t believe, considering the interest this has sparked, that no-one’s bought me a beer yet…)
The Outage – and a Rant
We’ve had record heatwaves here in London, apparently even beating the droughted summer of ’76. This sparked some pretty ferocious thunderstorms on Thursday evening, which caused me to get soaked to the skin on my 26km ride home from work (I was also worried about getting hit by lightning in Richmond Park). When I got home there were house alarms going off all over, and in my house half the circuits were blown. And worst of all my ADSL modem was fried. No internet! Continue reading “The Outage – and a Rant”
For the two of you out there who use Opera, I just gave it a cursory test :)
It seems to work fine, the only weird thing is that the Google Maps markers seem to appear a little to the right and down of where you think you are clicking. Once you realise this is happening it’s fairly easy to account for this when you click. Also, of course, as you can drag markers, you can always drop them roughly and then drag them to the exact position (this seems to work fine).
Getting it Working on a Mac
As a victim of the iPod “Halo Effect” (see previous post regarding Nano), I just had to go out and buy a shiny, jangly new Macbook. Ostensibly, of course, so I could test the Route Planner on Safari and figure out how it all works on a Mac. While there’s no way you are going to pry my Linux machine away from me, I am very pleased with the Apple.
So, how do you get it working with your Garmin Edge (or other) and the Route Planner? Continue reading “Getting it Working on a Mac”
Route Planner – New Features
The feedback for the Route Planner has been very, very positive. I’ve also had a few suggestions for additional functionality. Here’s what will be on the cards once I get the time for the next release:
- User selectable miles/kilometers main display (although did you know if you hover over the miles figure with your mouse, you get a metric “tool tip”?)
- Configurable waypoint name length
- Ability to save the route to the web server’s database – this would give you the ability to save a route and share it with other people via a simple URL
Does anybody have any other ideas? Please let me know here if you do.
The Marengo GPS Route Planner
I’ve got to say it, I love my new iPod Nano. I would normally avoid such a gadget like the plague – limited Linux support, DRM-infested music, vendor lock-in, and so on. However, when I read about Rockbox (http://www.rockbox.org), a free, open-source firmware replacement for several music players, I just had to buy a shiny, jangly little black Nano.
Welcome to this new forum. I have set this up primarily to allow me to publish new updates regarding the Marengo GPS Route Planner, but I’ll be using it as a means to muse about anything else that takes my fancy. It’ll mainly be open source-related stuff.