Podcast : The Knightcast Episode 27 : Google-Ishious.
Direct link to the show : http://www.knightwise.com/podcasts/kc260406.mp3
Join us for episode 27 as we teach you how to search the world. Use the Google searchengine and its other products to your advantage and tune tech in your way of life.
- .Intro.'If I woke up in the Morning and..'
- Music : Searching by Klavar'
- The Google Search Engine'
Don't you just hate it when you have to send large files over the internet ? I mean .. anyting bigger than two megabytes is a bitch to pump over the lines. One just cannot cram it in an email (for gods sake : that technology is for TEXT only actually) Not everyone has an FTP account where you can up and download stuff for them. So whats left ? Doing your own file Bar-Mitsva and cutting the file into peaces ? Or perhaps the other hard-timer : Waiting for your contant to come on line and sending it via Instant Messaging.
Free one gigabyte online file storage : Or you can use : http://www.thebox.net its an on line ONE GIGABYTE file storage service that lets you store your stuff ON LINE for FREE. So up to One gig its free (mind you : the files you upload are only allowed to be 10 megs per file if you use the free account). Payed accounts go upto 5 gigabytes. You can also make certain 'folders' in your box and share these out to the world. Pretty cool stuff if you ask me, certainly with all this cool web 2.0 stuff flying around. Now you can use a wordprocessor on line, and store your files on-line too. Who the frack needs a harddrive anyway 🙂
Combine your brain and your GPS : Me and Nyana had a lovely lovely easter weekend this week. Doing some shopping in Hasselt on Saturday, lounging out all day long sunday and going for a wonderfull trip to the seaside on monday. And we could not have picked a better day. Great weather, nice cappuchino's.. you know the drill. And as usual when we got back : Traffic jams ! Now one of the tricks here is to use technology in a way that IT works for YOU and not the other way around. As everybody around me followed their GPS blindly they all ended up in the same traffic jam. The trick is to disengage the GPS system but let the 'map view' run. So you can see an actual map from where you are. Next zoom out untill you see your possible destination and calculate your own shortcut. Now I must say it takes two to play this game. One looks at the map and calls out directions, the other drives. But what do ya know ? It worked like a charm. We cut in in front of the jam an were on our merry way. (plus having the privilege of hearing the most sexy gps voice ever : my fiancé). So letting tech work for you does not always mean you have stop thinking. Sometimes disengaging 'the auto' and flying manual with instrumentation can get you farther .. faster …
BUT one of the things you can do with Google EARTH http://earth.google.com is lookup the satellite shot of the area and scan for shortcuts. Perhaps there is an adjacent parking lot somewhere nearby, or a place where you can ditch the car , take a shortcut and be the first in line at the autograph line. Or a little dirt road that’s not on your gps , perhaps even a service road you can use to make a shortcut. Using the visual (satellite) shot of the area gives you extra information that can give you the edge over the dumb masses that just use their gps.
And then some…
If you want to take a peek at some cool Google-Earth shots of my hometown, The castle of Alden Biesen and more .. just take a peek at the Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/knightwise and since we are on the subject : Sign our FRAPPR map at www.frappr.com/knightcast so I know where you guys are from.
I must say .. for this I can have 30 to 60 days of patience. A new Intell based mac-laptop that thanks to Bootcamp can dual-boot windows. I'll buy that for a dollar. Looking at the fun I had with my 12" Ibook (and the snarl on Nyana's face whenever I try to take it away from her) this is definitely on of the best hardware investments I made the last 2 years.
But knowing how happy I am looking forward to what is to come.. I will probably be equally disappointed with the price as Mac hardware can be so damn damn expensive.. but its probably worth it.
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