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Intermediate snowshoeing videos

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If you've already run through the three beginner snowshoeing videos then you're ready for three more:

Some good skills to master whether you're out on a trail at your local ski resort, or if you're breaking new trails in the forest. These quick videos are by Sheryl McGlochlin for eHow.com and are worth a look.

Three basic snowshoe videos - putting them on, walking, and getting up if you fall

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A quick search on YouTube and I found some good introductory videos on snowshoeing by Sheryl McGlochlin for eHow.com. We'll start with the basics:

  1. How to put on Snowshoes
  2. How to walk in Snowshoes
  3. How to get up if you fall

I found it really quite easy, once you have the snowshoes on, but these videos will give you a sense of what to expect.

iPod Touch and iPhone Wi-Fi connection at Starbucks for Bell Internet customers

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You may have heard that Bell Internet customers can now wirelessly connect to the Internet at Starbucks locations across Canada. Although the Bell website only mentions laptops running Windows, I thought I'd go grab a grande latte and see what the process was to connect with my iPod Touch. It worked, and I could browse the web and connect to the internet with all my applications, too. Here's a set of screen captures walking through the process.

A quick tutorial on using iUI to create a native looking iPhone or iPod touch web page

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I just picked up a new Apple iPod Touch and thought I'd create a version of my photoblog that is optimized for the iPhone and/or iPod Touch. This won't be an actual application available through the App Store, but instead a web page using Joe Hewitt's iUI CSS and JavaScript library.

In this first tutorial we'll:

  1. Download and setup iUI
  2. Create a simple 'Hello World' page
  3. Dream of the final photoblog application

Firefox OpenSearch on popup menu after highlighting text

I consider myself a 'power' FireFox user, but I had no idea you could run an OpenSearch search of text you highlight. It even opens the search results in a new tab! Here's a quick video of the functionality in use, followed by the really easy steps to follow.

Google Earth KML file for the photographs on my photoblog

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Summary: A quick tutorial on how I put together a PHP script to serve a Google Earth KML file updated live with all the geo-tagged photos from my photo-blog, stored in MySQL. Rather than having people store the whole, static data file on their local machine, I've created a small, second XML file that uses the <NetworkLink> element to have Google Earth re-load the data file every hour, so that newly geotagged photos are included as well.

If you have Google Earth installed you should just be able to load the KML data file on this page to see a live version of the links.

GEO microformat markup added

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I've added GEO microformat codes to a bunch of the pages here at Wholemap (as well as to my photoblog entries). The various Firefox extensions that I have seem to recognize them, but to be quite honest, I'm not sure really how anyone will use them just yet... are there search engines that recognize them? More information about Microformats in general is available here

HTML example for part 3 of the Mapstraction tutorial

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<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  // As described in the third tutorial at http://www.wholemap.com/blog/mapstraction-tutorial3
  // and available online at http://www.wholemap.com/map/zMapstraction-demo2-yahoo.html
  <head>

Mapstraction tutorial part 3 - Switching from Google Maps to Yahoo

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One of the main benefits of Mapstraction is the ability to write the code once, and easily use it with different mapping systems (eventually even OpenStreetMap). So in part three of this tutorial we'll try switching from Google Maps over to Yahoo Maps. Will it really be as simple as changing one parameter?

Mapstraction tutorial

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It was time to start moving my old Google Maps pages over to version 2 of the API, and I thought I'd consider using another mapping solution (maybe Yahoo Maps or Microsoft). But then fate intervened and I happened to listen to a podcast from the Where 2.0 conference by Steve Coast. He talked about Open Street Map and more importantly to me, Mapstraction.

From their homepage

    Mapstraction is a library which provides a common API for Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft's javascript mapping APIs to enable switching from one to another as smoothly as possible.

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