Many mouse encounters, and a suckless WinMobile app04/04/2007 02:02 PM
What the hell? Where are all these
mice coming from, in a house with a dozen cats???
I had another Mr. Mouse encounter last
night. I woke up about midnight hearing a sort of flapping sound,
not really sure what it was or where it was coming from. I immediately
suspected the presence of a new Mr. Mouse. Turned on the light, and
sure enough, at the bottom of a plastic trash can near the lamp was a small
gray mouse with a long tail. He had been in there a while, because
there were probably a dozen mouse poops in there, too. I suppose
he hopped down there trying to snack on crumbs or something, and then couldn't
get his gray ass back up the plastic walls of the trash can.
I got up, and after properly lecturing
him and photographing his mouseness at the bottom of the can, I carried
the can outside.
"Don't jump out here, or you're
gonna be dead," I warned him as we went through the living room, past
seven oblivious cats on the couch. We got out to the street, and
I carried him across it and deposited his mouse butt atop a stone wall.
He sat there confused for a minute... I had to tweak his tail before
he finally wandered away.
I won't even try to figure out why,
in a house with a dozen cats, I've encountered eight different mice in
the last year. There are certain questions that are better if you
walk away from them.
In other news, I finally found a Windows
Mobile app that actually doesn't suck. Unsurprisingly, it's not from
Microsoft, it's from Google. Google
Maps for Mobile is just amazing
if you have a Windows Mobile or Palm device with a decent wireless connection.
It seems to be even better if you have GPS available (which I don't
on my T-Mobile MDA). I spent way too much time farting around with
it the other night... I am in one of the regions where they provide realtime
traffic status updates (though it's limited to painting sections of the
road red, yellow or green according to flow of traffic... no data about
individual incidents) and it's quite cool.
On the front page of the app on the
handheld, it's quite blunt, though: do not use while driving.
I already have.
You can switch between satellite and
map views, though there doesn't appear to be a way of setting your home
(or some other point) as a "sticky" startpoint for directions.
Stepwise directions seem quite good... it's the only mapping software
that ever gave me directions from home to work that actually represent
the best way to get there (the route I've taken for 13 years).
So, you can make Windows Mobile suck
less. Go get Google Maps for Mobile and play with it. EDGE
or faster wireless connection advised, though I suppose a normal connection
would be OK. 3G would rock. I will research whether this would
work with an external Bluetooth GPS receiver, because that would truly
rock as well.
Suzanne and I won trivia last night,
even though we were in fifth place leading into the final question: who
participated in the first televised Vice-Presidential election debates?
We shot from 5th to 1st because nobody else got the answer right.
Sometimes I surprise myself.
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1. Tim04/04/2007 05:53:18 PM
Been using Google Maps with traffic on a Blackberry for about a month. It rocks. Let's me determine how I'm going to go home as I'm walking out the door, not when I'm stuck in traffic with no way out on the expressway.