Archive for the ‘Cool Stuff’ Category

Google Maps Adds A Really Neat New Feature-"Draggable Driving Directions!"

July 19, 2007

Google Maps now lets you choose your route and add destinations!

Now try it yourself!

Check out this route from LGA to 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.

Google maps by default takes you on the Grand Central West to the congested BQE.

Let’s say you want to go on the Jackie Robinson instead. Just put your mouse at the beginning of the route and a white square will show up saying “Drag to change route.” Drag the box to the right about an inch to force the route onto the Grand Central West. Google will now automatically reroute you over the Jackie Robinson.

You can right click on the Start/pause/end points to remove them. Additionally you can right click anywhere on the map to add a new destination, or to add an origin if you have removed all start/stop points.

Pretty cool, no?

Free Google 411 Service!

July 10, 2007

Related Posts:
Free 411 Service (Posted 09/25/05)
Google SMS (Posted 03/13/06)
More 411 Numbers (Posted 03/13/06)

I thought I wrote about this a while ago, but a quick search didn’t reveal anything, so here it is.
Google offers free 411 service to look up business phone numbers.
The neat thing about it is that Google will connect you directly to the business, so you don’t have to deal with writing down the number like with other free 411 services.
Another neat feature is that Google will send you an SMS with all of the business details including their address!

Both of these access numbers are free from any phone:

Learn more:
Goog 411 Linky

Neat Mileage Converter Tool!

July 5, 2007

Mileage Converter Tool Linky

How To Use Your Sprint Treo 700p Or 755P As A Modem With The Included USB Cable!

June 18, 2007

Warning: This is an advanced user hack, only attempt this if you are confident in your Palm OS skills!
Use at your own risk!!!
Also be sure than you are on an unlimited data plan, like SERO, so that you will not be charged per kilobyte!

Before Sprint launched Power-Vision(EV-DO) all phones could be used as a modem.
After the launch of power-vision it became a little trickier.
Samsung phones can be used as a modem pretty easily.
Originally there was a generic code that I outlined back in March of 2006.
Then Samsung got a little sneakier and changed the generic code to your phone’s unlock code. Luckily that code is fairly easy to get with Sprint.

At any rate Palm takes it one step further-you actually need to add a file to your phone to make it work as a modem.

The easy way is to pay $34 for Pdanet.

The following is for those of you out there who are up doing a little more work to get something for free…

Step 1: Download and install Resco Explorer onto your treo. Here is the application link for a 14 day free trial:
Resco Explorer .prc Linky

Step 2: Download and install the following hack ONTO AN SD/MINI-SD CARD. You can do so either by putting the .prc file directly onto the memory card using a memory card reader, or via Palm Desktop quick install and putting the file into the expansion card file. Hack Linky

Step 3: Launch Explorer on your treo and open up the SD card file for Palm, and then launcher to find the hack file. Highlight the hack file, go to the edit menu and select copy to and then copy it to RAM.

Step 4: Download Sprint Connection Manager. Install the files for the treo.

You should be good to go, if you have any problems connecting you may want to close down hotsync and/or try connecting to the internet from the treo itself before dialing out as a modem.

The Future Of Computing: Microsoft Surface!

June 18, 2007

This video is simply incredible-just think of all the possibilities!
Thanks to Z.Z. for the heads up!

Ever Wonder About Where All The Airport Codes Come From And Stand For? Here’s A Neat Article!

May 7, 2007

Airport ABCs Linky

Google Personalized Homepage Becomes iGoogle.

May 1, 2007

I’ve been using Google’s personalized home page since day 1, now they’ve added even more features and rebranded it as iGoogle.
Add to your iGoogle page by logging into your google account, going to “add stuff” then “add by url” and entering the feed address:

iGoogle Linky iGoogle Article Linky

Cool! Subscribers To Wired Magazine Can Get Their Picture On The July Issue’s Front Cover!

March 29, 2007

Offer Linky

2 Thumbs Up For AA!

February 25, 2007

AA’s new mileage-ticket search is the best that I’ve seen yet, it makes it easy for anyone to find cheap mileage flights, and really puts the pressure on laggards like Delta to improve their search capability.
Check it out without having to login at, just check the “Beta-Redeem AAdvantage Miles” box when checking for flights.

The only missing link now is for them to include all oneworld partner mileage award availability…

This Has To Be Up There Among The Coolest Websites…

February 12, 2007

Can’t stand having to make new user accounts just to read an article?
Here’s the solution!