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Google introduces Transit Layer to Maps

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on January 15, 2009

Montreal is currently the only Canadian city avialable with a Transit Layer

Montreal is currently the only Canadian city avialable with a Transit Layer

Many of you have probably used Google maps over the years and found it’s geographically correct maps pretty handy.  Well they just got a bit handier, especially for those who ride public transit.

Google Maps has added a Transit layer to it’s mapping system that allows users to view transit routes super-imposed over the previously mentioned geographically accurate maps.  The service is available for 50 + cities currently, but Google being Google, I’m sure they’ll add more.

Users and writers across the Internet are saying that while the maps are awesome and neat to look at, they’re a bit more complicated than most Transit maps (which are simplified representations of the transit system). The better you are with maps the more comfortable you’ll be with the new Google feature.

Don’t dispair though!  If you use Google’s Transit site you can have it plan your trip, snag your accompanying maps from Google Maps and be set!

Frankly I think this will be a good add on for Google, though I suspect it won’t be that highly used a feature until more maps are available.  For a full list of cities and links to view thier transit maps visit the Google Maps team blog.  What would really make this feature is full integration with Google Transit.

I’m waiting for a cost effective GPS device that does this same thing.  Input your destination, it picks your starting point and gets you on the right busses etc, alerting you a stop ahead of when you get off that your stop is coming up, AND can be programed to avoid certain routes (if one is blocked for example).

A girl can dream, but maybe it’s something for you to get on Google 😉

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Forwarding from Hotmail: Someone made it easy!

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on December 21, 2008

The super clean and functional GetMail is BRILLIANT and a must have for anyone trying to forward their Hotmail to GMail

The super clean and functional GetMail is BRILLIANT and a must have for anyone trying to forward their Hotmail to GMail

So, I’m gonna admit something a little shocking: I just got a GMail account a few weeks ago. The only thing that held me back from getting one of these wonderful slices of internet storage heaven was the logistical issue of forwarding my Hotmail to GMail.

For those not in the know, Hotmail has a quirky system for getting you your mail that has become a bit antiquated. Hotmail doesn’t use the very standard POP3 servers that most everyone else uses, which lead to a major problem for GMail users looking to forward their old Hotmail to their new account. GMail simply can’t access your Hotmail because Hotmail doesn’t use POP3, and Hotmail doesn’t give you the tools to forward the mail from the Hotmail side of the equation.

Many people have been trying to solve this problem and since getting my GMail I’ve tried a few forwarding services. Most fizzle and fail pretty fast, or require cumbersome installation that forces the user to dust off old Command Window skills (C:\KILL_ME.EXE).

However, do not fear! I found a great little utility this morning that I am now in love with that is doing a PERFECT job of getting my old Hotmail into my snappy new GMail. The program, GetMail for Hotmail, operates in the background on your computer, shoveling your Hotmail to your Gmail while giving you the option to save the messages to your hard drive.

The setup was SUPER easy. Unzip, Install, Right Click the icon, input your mail settings (login info for your Hotmail and address to send the messages to) and BOOM, it’s done.

There are a few more advanced features in it for filtering spam, controlling message size, and setting how and when the program checks for messages. There aren’t a lot of techy aspects to this utility, but frankly, I like the clean functionality of it.

A simple utility to do a simple job. Love it. Grab it!

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