Today’s Three Tips: Computer Cooldown, Offline Google Maps, Unique Gifts
Three Tip Thursday: 12/01/16
Today’s Three Tips: Hotel Tonight App, Apple Calendar Spam, Chromecast/HBO NOW Deal
News, Views, and How-Tos for a Digital World
Get this FREE PDF comparing the most popular streaming media players: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast.
(Roll over to see current standard prices and click through to product page to see any special deals currently available.)
This series of posts will walk you through the process of figuring out whether or not you can cancel your cable or satellite subscription.
Watching Live Broadcast TV with an Antenna
Watching TV On Demand with a Streaming Media Player
Casting Videos from the Web to Your TV Using PlayOn Software
Mirroring Your Computer or Mobile Device Screen on Your TV
As much as cable and satellite providers would like you to think they're the only ones with the good content, you do have other options.
Where Can You Find Your Favorite TV Shows Without Cable?
Comparing Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu Streaming Content Providers
These devices take content from the Internet to display on your TV.
Introduction to Streaming Media
Which Streaming Media Player Is Right for You?
Streaming Media Players: In Canada
Do You Need a Streaming Media Player for Each TV?
We're not giving up the fight! These links take you to resources supporting the campaign to get Google to bring back Classic Maps.
Subcribe for Email Updates
If you'd like to be informed of updates by email, enter your address below. When you subscribe, you'll receive a Welcome email with links to previous updates as well.
Online Petition at Change.org
Sign and share the petition to Larry Page, CEO of Google.
Campaign Page on Tech for Luddites
Here you'll find news and updates about the campaign as well as messages, images, and videos you can share via email and social media to help get more people involved in the campaign.
Here are some more places people are talking about Google Maps.
Google Maps and Earth Help Forum Main Page
While none of these alternative sites are perfect replacements for Classic Maps, they're what we've got for now. I haven't checked most of these out personally yet, but I'm linking to them anyway in case you find them helpful for your purposes.
General Maps Based on Classic Maps
Note: Google has recently changed their API so that all maps now have the new-style controls. However, this doesn't affect most of the underlying features.
This site is designed to let people make additions and corrections to Google Maps. However, it uses Classic Maps as its base map and provides some of its features including Directions (under the Edit menu), a variation of Street View/Maps split screen, and 2D satellite view.
An excellent alternative to Classic Maps with some of its most popular features, this mapping solution has undergone some changes since first developed. Check out this post for the most recent update (01/18/16).
Google Maps Streetview Player of Brian Folts
A reader emailed me this link with some detailed instructions about how to use it. There's not enough room for me to write them up here, so I've copied them into a comment on the original Google Maps post.
Instant Street View
Thanks to reader Sappy for sharing this find that has a lot of Classic Maps' features (searchable, zoom, 2D satellite view). However, it doesn't have a full split-screen Street View or directions.
Thanks to reader Szymon for sending along this link for a Polish site. The map has Street View (not split-screen) but doesn't have search or Directions.
Thanks to reader Dave for sharing this German site.
T4L reader Wareko is also developing a map based on Google Classic, available in Japanese and English!
Specialty Maps Based on Classic Maps
Thanks to reader James for sharing this website that he maintains to help people find tennis courts around the world.
Thanks to reader S.H. for sharing this Google-based map that includes solar radiation and temperature data.
Thanks to reader John for sharing a whole slew of URLs that incorporate Classic Maps.
Maps Based on Other Platforms
One of the original mapping applications.
Microsoft's mapping site.
Yahoo Maps Directions
While Yahoo! has shut down its main Maps site, this implementation is currently still working.
Open-source mapping software. A reader adds, "OSM is just the database: It's up to someone to read the data and build actual maps, and possibly provide a router such as OSRM for directions."
Thanks to reader Metal for sharing this site, which describes itself as "a multilingual open-content collaborative map, where anyone can create place tags and share their knowledge." Has both map and satellite views, but does not include a street view or directions feature.
Thanks to reader Frederic for sending me these links. Descriptions in quotations are taken directly from the site.
Ride with GPS
"Ride with GPS makes it easy to drag and draw your own custom routes with lightning fast elevation profiles to help you anticipate (or avoid) those big climbs."
Bike Route Toaster
"BikeRouteToaster.com is a course creation application primarily aimed at Garmin Edge/Forerunner owners although other users without a GPS may also find it useful for planning rides."
Pretty straightforward-looking route planner built with OpenStreetMap.
Ride with GPS
From their About page: "Ride with GPS was founded by two guys that love writing cool software and riding their bikes: Zack Ham and Cullen King."
Yeah, I hate 'em too... But if we're going to be stuck with them at least for the foreseeable future, I'll be working on some tutorial posts to try to make them a little less painful.
Google Maps Timeline: How to Use It, How to Lose It
A new feature from Google has privacy advocates worried and I think rightly so.
Measuring Distances in New Google Maps
This popular feature from Classic Google Maps still exists in the new version, but you find and use it a little differently.
Google Is Getting Rid of Classic Maps for Good (Ugh.)
The original sad-news post, it includes basic info on the Full vs. Lite version of the maps.
T4L is not currently accepting guest or sponsored posts. To ask a question, share a tech tip, suggest a post topic, or provide general feedback on this site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.