Made in China

I wonder why the China market is full of stuff like these (click the images for links to the full story).


10mm LEDs


bluetooth dongles

and this one probably takes the cake:

But of course, that’s not to say that everything that comes from the country is of this quality. I just wonder why there areĀ  a high number of reports of such duds.

Change of iPad’s Orientation Lock Switch Function

Apple is planning to change the iPad’s orientation lock switch into a mute switch, just like on iPhones, in iOS 4.2.

I can’t agree more with this:

The iPhone and iPod Touch are, for many people, audio devices. But the iPad is a reading/viewing device for most of us.

Local plotting of GPX file onto Google Maps

I recorded a GPX file using myTrack HD today, and I wanted to overlay it on Google Maps. However, most of the services I’ve seen required you to upload your GPX file and they will process it for you. This is something I feel strongly against doing.

In my search for an local solution (as opposed to uploading it to a server), I found GPX Viewer, an implementation of a GPX parser in Javascript which reads the GPX file and overlays the track. This is all done without uploading any data anywhere.

All it requires is 2 files to be downloaded and it runs really well:

  • loadgpx.4.js
  • gpxviewer.html

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