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timeforcake; Google tip, Craigslist & 5 links

Erin Pheilspecial to the daily

I use Google Maps regularly – not only for mapping and directions, but also when looking up various businesses, attractions and restaurants. In addition to driving routes, Google Maps provides bus, walking and bike routes – all super helpful when traveling. One of the standout features of Google Maps is its Street View feature (admit it: you’ve zoomed in your house, haven’t you?). Now, Street View just got better – way better.Originally, Street View imagery was captured by cars and vans with cameras attached, driving around cities and towns, down highways and streets. Now, in addition to the cars, Google has created specially designed tricycles – complete with cameras – that can venture onto hiking trails, into amusement parks and around gardens. Google often hires athletes to power the heavy trikes and capture images where cars can’t go. Try it out. Use Street view to explore the gardens at the San Diego Art Institute or have a look around the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, Ireland. The images are impressively crisp and colorful – it’s almost as good as being there. (Almost.)You can learn more about using Google Street View here: http://tinyurl.com/yuvrlk.

Craigslist.org, in all its bare-bones simplistic glory, is one of the most visited websites in the world. Perhaps you’ve used it to find an apartment, to sell your old TV or to seek out a new pet puppy. Below is a link to an article that can help you find better deals on Craigslist. I’ll highlight two tips here, and then you can mosey on over to the article for more buying and bargaining pointers.- Don’t be afraid to bargain. Find out what price the item is currently selling for on other sites and let a seller know that you’re willing to pay that price.- If you don’t have extra cash to spend, try bartering. Whether it’s bartering services or products – or a combination of the two – you may not have to exchange cold, hard cash to get what you want.Find additional tips and suggestions for getting the more out of Craigslist here: http://tinyurl.com/4lh7dou. A few of the links are outdated, but the core content is still useful and relevant.

1. http://tinyurl.com/4bb5489 – What you need to know before you buy an iPad2.2. http://tinyurl.com/63vjgzn – A horse named “Arrrrr” (yes, really!), a horse race, and an announcer with a great sense of humor. This is your weekly laugh-out-loud video!3. http://ecogeek.org/ – Thoughtful website that covers the latest news on how technology and nature can work together for good.4. http://tinyurl.com/4784roa – “Compared to you, most people seem dumb” – a great read.5. http://tinyurl.com/nfnnne – Mesmerizing examples of photo manipulation art.erin pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a Web design/development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.


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