April 1st, 2009 by alephnaught

Blackberry App World quick review and pointer to a more detailed one

As I was reading the Engadget RSS feed, I saw an entry on Blackberry App World, so I grabbed a copy (you need to go to the Blackberry web site to download this application). And it seems to work.  I’ve downloaded a free application already (a calorie counter) and will be downloading a few more.  […]

July 2nd, 2008 by alephnaught

GPS tracking getting better (still not great for the unwashed masses)

Today’s New York Times has an article titled, “See Spot Run. Now Find Out Where He Went.” The author tried out the Zoombak, a GPS tracking tool designed to be used on dogs and children. As the author noted, it didn’t work so well, with lots of false locations and slow updates. Luckily I’m past […]

June 30th, 2008 by alephnaught


I’ve been playing with where for two days now. Where is an application for smart phones, including the RIM Blackberry, that creates a widget environment for GPS location information. So, for example, there’s a GasBuddy widget, which shows you the prices of gasoline at nearby stations, including the distance to the station from where you […]

October 27th, 2007 by alephnaught

Chicago Metra comuter train schedule stuff

I’ve written a little web app to find the next four trains running between two stations on the Chicago Metra comuter train line.  I also loaded CalTrain, a little Blackberry application, with the lines I and a friend usually take (the application can’t handle a large set of data for some reason).