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[#] Fri Jun 03 2016 11:10:18 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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A room for discussing your favorite tablet / mobile apps.

[#] Fri Jun 03 2016 11:13:35 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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A few iOS photography related apps to check out:

Light Meter - As its name implies.
Blux Pro - Take full control of your camera with manual controls.
Lucid - Hands down the best program for quickly adjusting photos.
The Photographers Ephemeris - A great tool for outdoor photography. Know when and where the sun or moon will be at a given time.

[#] Fri Jun 03 2016 12:38:27 EDT from LoanShark

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Yeah, I've got a copy of Stellarium on my work Macbook, which is good for finding the location of any celestial object. I don't really do astrophotography (telescopes are too much money to justify), other than the occasional Milky Way photo, but when you find yourself in a part of the world with minimal light pollution (great spot - Indian Lake, NY) it's an opportunity to grab. I was just thinking of going back there, to climb Snowy Mtn at twilight and do that the right way this time...

Lisa has Stellarium (or some derivative of it, not sure the name) on her iPad...

[#] Sun Jun 05 2016 16:38:07 EDT from wizard of aahz

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LS - I'll make some further into the Adirondack suggestions for you for climbing and photography. Indian Lake is a good start though..

[#] Sun Jun 05 2016 17:39:42 EDT from zooer

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Stay away from Saranac Lake, the lake is still covered in ice and there is still snow on the ground.

[#] Wed Jun 08 2016 12:44:19 EDT from LoanShark

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Yes, and the lake monster eats cars and people on a regular basis. I get it.

[#] Wed Jun 08 2016 15:04:35 EDT from zooer

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No, you are thinking of Champy, the lake monster of Lake Champlain.  The man from Mars was the one who eats cars, after eating you first.
You eat Cadillacs, Lincolns too
Mercury's and Subaru's
And you don't stop, you keep on eatin' cars

but eventually, you only eat guitars, get up! 

[#] Mon Jun 13 2016 11:34:10 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Saranac hasn't had the snow and / or ice tha past couple of years. I've spent some time there in my life.

[#] Mon Jun 13 2016 14:17:35 EDT from LoanShark

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Was just talking to somebody about the camping/canoeing there. I've never been, personally.

[#] Wed Jun 15 2016 01:04:03 EDT from ax25

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Sorry, I had to dance a bit to the Blondie reference.  She is 70 btw, so don't feel old or anything.


If this is not just an iOS area, I thought I would throw in a couple of Android items:

Termux - great terminal program that is both a great terminal program with the ability to install other Linux apps as tools without having root:

- code if you are a do it yourself-er:

The long press help is the saving grace for me in the "oh crap, how do I type ctrl-c" sort of moments at 2 am.

The other one is one you all probably know (iOS as well, but I have not run it on one of those)...


I have used this one in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Iceland and have found the maps and data to be exceptional from a pre-planning standpoint.  It even got me over driving on the left hand side of the road in Jamaica.  Can't recommend this one enough if you are thinking a map and a rental car and some brief explanation of a Air-bnb rental that your significant other might have made online.

P.S. The data for Jamaica is excellent as well, but I can only state that you may want to stay on the "A" roads, unless you want to pay extra for tire damage (or in our case, are willing to argue for 20 to 30 minutes withe the car rental service).

[#] Mon Jun 20 2016 10:42:08 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I installed Night Sky. Hold up the phone and it gives approximate location of stars and planets in relation to where you're holding the phone. Great to show the kids.

[#] Mon Jun 20 2016 11:22:18 EDT from zooer

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I noticed that Sky Map has started to receive updates again. Sky Map is very similar to Night Sky.  I always liked Sky Map although I didn't use it much.


[#] Tue Jul 19 2016 11:18:31 EDT from Freakdog

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LS - I'll make some further into the Adirondack suggestions for you for

climbing and photography. Indian Lake is a good start though..

The night sky view from Indian Lake was absolutely, incredibly gorgeous, the last time I was there.

Man, I miss having a view of the night sky that is unencumbered by copious amounts of light pollution.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2016 07:30:18 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Yeah. Indian Lake is a great view. I do remember driving on route 56 up there on a long straightaway. We were looking at the skyh and amazed at the stars. Driver turned off the headlights at 70 miles an hour so we could see better.

[#] Tue Aug 16 2016 12:15:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Some of you are probably familiar with "FoxFi" and "PDAnet" -- two apps which allow you to tether your Linux/Windows/Mac computer to your phone without requiring a tethered data plan. It seems that in recent versions, these two apps have now merged into one.

I've got an insanely good 4G connection where I am right now and it's giving me wireline speeds. Incredible.

What's particularly nice is that you can do USB, Bluetooth, or Wifi hotspot all from the same app.

[#] Mon Aug 14 2017 12:41:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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We have installed "Life360" on all of our phones. It allows you to create a circle (typically, your family/household) and keep track of everyone's locations.
I decided to start this practice after my son took the car out and forgot to "check in" upon arrival. This makes it a lot easier. You can see where everyone is, even someone like the IGlet who will absolutely not touch his phone while driving but the sound of incoming alerts would be a stressor anyway.

Apps like this have been around for a while, but this is the first one that seems to balance the free and paid features in a sensible manner. The free version gives you location, and an alert when anyone arrives/leaves home or completes a trip. The paid version adds multiple check-in points (places other than home for example), driving performance reports, and a few other goodies.

Best of all, it's a standalone service that doesn't tie into a million Google or Apple services just to work.

[#] Mon Aug 14 2017 12:49:39 EDT from wizard of aahz

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I'm guessing that it doesn't show too much activity for you right now.

[#] Mon Aug 14 2017 15:03:34 EDT from zooer

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I know you said it doesn't tie in with Google, but don't you already have Google maps on your phones?  Location sharing is (now) part of Google maps.


[#] Tue Aug 15 2017 11:58:06 EDT from fleeb

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Google has had some form of location sharing for years. But, they keep messing around with it because, I guess, they're nervous about the whole Big Brother Is Watching You thing.

I've used Life360, though... as recently as this weekend when my sister came to visit (so I tracked her progress to ensure she was okay along her way).

These sorts of things definitely have their uses. But, they do feel a tad stalker-esque.

[#] Thu Aug 17 2017 18:16:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I liked Google's first attempt, which was Google Latitude. They got it mostly right, I think, but they insisted on tinkering with it and there's no useable equivalent in their gWhatever suite right now.

Life360 seems to get it just about right. It shows the location of everyone in your circle, and delivers an alert whenever someone begins or ends a trip.
They were also clever enough to include reporting of everyone's battery charge, allowing you to determine when someone probably ran out of battery instead of they suddenly went off the air and maybe are in trouble.

As with any free/paid hybrid, the nags are annoying, but they're not unbearable, and the paid features do appear to have some value.