In fact it is rather roasting compared to Edinburgh.
Picasa Web Albums has now caught up with Flickr and started to properly support GeoTagging of Photos.
Google Maps now has a great route planning feature called “avoid highways”. This produces routes that don’t go on to motorways and some trunk routes, such as the Edinburgh City Bypass, where cyclists are not allowed.
It still isn’t perfect for cyclists as it doesn’t allow for some
roads that cyclists are not allowed on. However it is a step in the right direction for route planning for more experienced cyclists who are happy to cycle on main roads rather than the quieter National Cycle Routes.
It also still routes cyclists on some roads that cyclists are banned from using, such as the West Approach Road in Edinburgh.
See example map that shows this problem.
Another problem is where the route planner takes you a much longer way than you would expect. For example Edinburgh to Dundee avoiding highways takes you via the Kincardine Bridge, this is fine if there is high winds and the Forth Road Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles and pedestrians/cyclists. However that is significantly longer than going via the Forth Road Bridge.
I thought I would checkout how I would get from Edinburgh to the WWDC in San Francisco. Head over to Google Maps, and search from Edinburgh to San Francisco. Take a look at item 41, which is 3,462 miles long.
(Is anyone up for the swim?)
Google have now added a long needed feature to Blogger Blog post creation. This is auto saving of Blog Posts, which is done pretty much the same way as Google Mail.
This is much better than the old way of saving drafts of blog posts, which meant that on saving the draft you had to go back to the list of blog posts each time you saved. This was painful productivity hindrance.
For those who read this blog, you will notice that it has changed a little. That’s because I now have the new Blogger Beta, which is much better. I’ll slowly be going through some of my older posts to add some labels to them, so it will be easier to find info.
It would appear from the Google Labs that Google SMS (UK) has graduated from the labs. It used to work. But doesn’t any more!
All you get now is a message which says
“Google SMS is currently not available in the UK. The service is still in beta, and we’re working hard to make it better.
For more information about our mobile services, please see mobile.google.co.uk.”
Then you get redirected to the Google Mobile page. Google mobile is not as good, for many things.
It’s nice to see some more features filtering through to the localised
versions of Google Mail! Today I noticed web quotes at the top of the
mail browser. 🙂