Google search results are great, but you don’t always want to read them on the google search results page. It would be nice to able to get an RSS feed from your favourite searches, perhaps emailed to you on a daily basis or perhaps used as a feed in your website. Continue reading
I recently had a wonderful holiday with friends in Selva (Val Gardena) and logged all our ski routes via my Garmin 400t GPS device (this thing is wonderful). I use the great site called GPSVISUALIZER.COM to plot the output from the Garmin to maps. Here’s the skiing day by day for the trip.
GPSVisualizer allows you to link to a GPX file (created from the tracking within the Garmin GPS) and render the track on one of many maps, including Google ariel view. The views shown here show the ‘summer’ view (e.g. without all the lovely snow!) which makes them even more interesting as you can see where we skied through the trees, etc.
When you click on the links below PLEASE be patient – it takes about 10 or 15 seconds before the proper map displays. The Google map rendering is the best one to look at.
Daily skiing tracks and routes:
- Monday 7th Feb AM – Monday 7th Feb AM – Monday 7th Feb PM
- Tuesday 8th Feb AM – Tuesday 8th Feb AM
- Wednesday 9th Feb AM – Wednesday 9th Feb PM
- Thursday 10th Feb AM – Thursday 10th Feb PM – Thursday 10th Feb PM
- Friday 11th Feb AM – Friday 11th FebPM
Daily logs from the Garmin GPS showing max speed and distance:
Google used to group the options from the search sidebar so you can quickly find the filters related to location, visited pages and the different ways to present search results. All these groups have been merged and Google only kept the group that lets you restrict the results to recent web pages. Google also removed the “related searches” view which showed a list of related searches at the top of the page and allowed you to compare the results for different searches.
The more interesting options now available include:
A kind of mindmap of your search with links that you can follow easily with related information on the right hand side of the search window. Good option for drilling down into information or looking at the search in a different way.
The Timeline search view shows a graph of your search term over time with key dates and events over time. You can see from this view the popularity of the search over a period of time. You can also click into the various date segments and drill down further into the information.
As you drilldown into each segment – it expands to show a more detailed timeline of the search term. Again you can drilldown even further. Good for finding date related search information.
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Windows Live Writer makes it easy for anyone to tell stories like a professional blogger. You can create beautiful blog posts, and see what they’ll look like online before you publish them to your blog. Plus, you can publish your posts to any of your favorite blog service providers.
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Create Synchronicity is a backup/synchronization tool that can help you protect your files, and keep your data up-to-date. You can use it for pretty much everything from copying your documents, pictures, music and videos to your USB Key or backup drive, to scheduling server backups with regex filtering and DST compensation.
This is a very small free software package that does a good job of synchronising your local drive with a network drive or external hard disk for backup purposes. It’s very easy to schedule backups; there are many other really good options that making keeping your data safe very straightforward.