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Google and Offline map data

Had a chuckle today as I was searching for navigation options for my Galaxy S Android phone. While searching I cam across this thread dedicated to the availability of offline maps for the google navigation software - http://www.google.co.za/support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=3634773013544912&hl=en Dave874 asked: Are there any plans to make Android Google Maps/Navigation available offline, when internet connection is not available? I love Android Google Maps, but I'm frustrated.....

Samsung Galaxy S (GT i9000)

I have just ownership of the new Samsung Galaxy S, and have to say I am impressed. I was due for an upgrade in April, but the HTC Desire just didn't seem to gel with me, particularly because I knew that the Samsung was due. I was very happy with my previous (then current) Samsung SG-i780, so I decided to wait. First impression were fantastic. The phone i packaged in a sexy black box with silver embossed writing. As for the phone - thats even sexier, nevermind the 1Ghz processor, the 51.....

Microsoft fails me again

Last month, I wrote about my problems with syncing my windows mobile phone with Outlook 2010 64-bit. I tolerated this, on the hope that it will be corrected/remedied at some point. Added to that it did not directly affect my ability to get my work done. The second issue is a lot more troublesome as it is effecting my ability to get a job done. For some reason, when shipping the 64-bit office, Microsoft decided to not upgrade their common controls to 64-bit (MSCOMCTL.OCX). As a result of th.....

Windows Mobile Device Centre (WMDC) and Outlook 2010 64-bit

Recently, after upgrading my Office to Outlook 2010 64-bit, I plugged my phone in to my standard weekly sync with my Outlook, and up popped a message along the lines of "wrong outlook client". At the same time the sync (or lack thereof) process deleted all my contacts from my phone. After a very quick search I soon dscovered that this is a known problem between WMDC and Outlook 2010 64-bit. The official statement from Microsoft is this: Question/Issue "Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC).....

Android: MTN 4 Vodacom 0

My Vodacom contract has recently come up for renewal, and as usual I started the process of searching for a new phone. My current phone is a Samsung i780, which has served me extremely well over the past two years. As I have been very happy with Samsung, I first looked at what new Samsung had to offer me. Their smartphone replacement on the Windows side is not bad, but with no touch screen, is not really useful (why they did this is beyond me). I was initially focusing my attention on phone.....

Maps on my Bike

The idea of carrying a GPS with me to record the Mountain bike routes that I ride and would like to ride has, remained just that until recently. There are some excellent web sites www.mtbiker.co.za from which one can download GPX files for upload and use whilst riding. This adds a new dimension to the weekend ride as it gives those that have restricted riding time, the knowledge of where they are and what remains of the days riding. My sometimes riding partner has tried with limited success.....

Greater productivity with the Pomodoro Technique

While glancing through LifeHacker feeds some time last week, my eye was caught by the headline "The pomodoro technique fights deadline anxiety with a timer". Not having heard of the technique before (although for all I know it may be old hat by now), and wondering how tomatoes fight anxiety, I read further. If you have not heard of the "Pomodoro Technique" before, I suggest you look at the Pomodoro technique site which gives a full explanation of what it is all about, and provides an e-book.....

Windows 7 is here…officially

Over the past couple of months, I have painstakingly avoided any articles related to Windows 7. My daily RSS feed, lifehacker, seemed to be particularly enthralled with all the new features. I did not have the time to "play" on a virtual server, and not wanting to install a beta or pre-release software as my primary operating system I simply ignored all of these articles. The other day, however, we acquired some new laptops and I found myself in a bit of a quandary with regard to my OS. Wi.....

Backup your Network with BackupPC

With the price of terabyte level storage media coming down significantly in the past few years, we decided it was high time that we setup a network backup server. In reality, the price of a computer and storage is marginal in relation to the cost of losing the data that i am rather embarrassed we have not done it sooner. Not wanting to invest in software, and also wanting to keep OS size down to a minimum, we decided on Linux as an OS. Since we had a copy of Ubuntu 9.04 on disk, we install.....

South African Geographic Names Council in Disarray

EDIT: I see SAGNS has updated and improved their website since this article (edited: 15 September 2009) A while back, while working on a rural settlements database, we were asked to consider the SAGNS database as a reference for settlement names. The data that we received was, to put it mildly, very poor. Locations were in the sea, in the northern hemisphere, in South America and for 50% of the database - nowhere at all. added to that, the alphanumeric data was full of mistakes and errors......