Optimize Your Trip Routes

On August 26, 2015, in Apps, Travel, by LuCuS

trip_plotter_iconSo, my fiancee and I are big time travelers. When we travel, we like to walk everywhere we go (after arriving at our destination of course). This allows us to take in more than we would if just speeding by in a taxi or bus. It also provides us the opportunity to discover cool places that are lesser known to tourists while also providing us with a lot of exercise. However, we are required to invest a lot of time in the early planning stage to make sure that we can visit all of the attractions on our list at least once and never have to double-back during our route which takes away from time we could spend visiting / discovering other places. Since we have an upcoming trip planned that will involve a lot of walking, I thought I’d better do something to help alleviate some of this stress. And so “Trip Planner” was born.

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OBDII / OBD2 Bluetooth AdapterA while back I posted an article about an Android app I wrote that allows you to perform real-time vehicle diagnostics using Google Glass and an OBD-II adapter. At the end of that article, I promised I would share the source code once I completed it. Unfortunately, I have lost the final source code for that project. Earlier today, I received an email from a reader asking for an explanation of how to read data from the OBD-II adapter. Since I’ve received several other emails asking this same question, I thought I would turn my reply to that email into a post to share with anyone else that might be interested in doing this.

BTW, I did manage to find an earlier version of that source code in one of my backups which I will share a link to at the end of this article. Just be warned, though, that the code is very messy (there’s a lot of commented out debugging stuff in there), it isn’t documented, and it doesn’t include all of the stuff mentioned in the video at the link above. It also only supports reading RPM & speed information, but I had also started adding support for MPG which wasn’t finished at the time this backup was made. But, this code and the following explanation should be enough to get you started with creating your own Android app that allows you to perform real-time vehicle diagnostics using your Google Glass.

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Everyone that knows me knows I’m a sucker for a good zombie movie. They also know that I’m a sucker for a good video game. When you combine the 2, I’m like a little kid who thought it can’t get any better. But, I was wrong! I just came across the coolest YouTube video of all times and feel that it’s my responsibility to share it with the rest of the world.

Read more about it at Chatroulette Zombie FPS

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Microsoft Windows LogoRecently, I installed a new NAS (Network Attached Storage) unit to my home network. On my Windows 7 machine, I mapped a few drive letters to the new NAS and configured my backup systems to also copy to this unit while performing backups. When I mapped the drive letters, I told Windows to remember my credentials. However, every time I restarted the computer, Windows would lose my credentials causing me to re-enter them every time I restarted. On days like yesterday, I forgot to re-enter my credentials which resulted in last night’s backup to this unit to fail saying that the media was unavailable. I tried everything I found on the interwebs that claimed to help. Pretty much everything I came across said to disconnect the mapped drives and remap them while verifying that I checked the “remember my credentials” checkbox. I can’t tell you how many times I tried this, but every time failed and then eureka! I finally found a solution and want to now share it with anyone else that might be experiencing the same thing.

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