Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tracking my location: Latitude?

Dear techy friends: I'd like to keep track of where I am on this trip. I don't really want to share it real-time, but it'd be nice to record my lat/long every so often (once a day is fine), even if I don't have internet (italics means that's important!), and perhaps publish it after-the-fact on my blog.

A bunch of apps will track you short-term, like if you're going on a run or a hike. The only one I know of that tracks you long term is Google's Latitude. It wants you to share your location with friends, but I could just not add any friends. The main sticking point is that I'm not convinced that it will work without internet. Any ideas?

Travel update: I'm in Chicago, it's big and exciting, and my friend Erik and I have walked to Intelligentsia, a zoo, and two delicious restaurants; drunk wines that I didn't know existed; and eaten the bellies of two different animals. (at the restaurants, not at the zoo.) It has been a wonderful, and decadent, day.
It is hot here, flat and griddy, and sometimes it rains for serious. I like it.

5 comments:

  1. I love the windy city! When it's not winter of course :)

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  2. Do you have a smart phone? If so you could try Trip Journal (http://www.trip-journal.com), not sure how it does with offline features, but it's pretty neat when it's online.

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  3. Thanks for the tip! It seems to record GPS entries online or offline. Now let's see how it does if I leave it on all day.

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  4. Did you find a way to do this, Dan? Is there any way for us to track you?

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  5. 'fraid not. I can post it after the fact (which I plan to try to do, someday). Don't worry, though; there are so many people everywhere in India that I will generally be fine. If I go on a long hike where I might not see tons of other people all the time, I'll hire a guide. Sorry!

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