Updated for 2014 -- SXSW 2012 - Map of Austin Venues

Get around SXSW with my handy web application (useful for desktop, tablet and smartphone).

SXSW 2012 custom venue map
SXSW 2012 custom venue map
SXSW 2012 custom venue map

[caption id="attachment_1505" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="SXSW 2012 custom venue map"][/caption] SXSW is next week, so guess who is going a million miles an hour to prepare? Yep, you guessed it, yours truly. One of the hardest things about going to SXSW is that it is a conference that is spreadout all over downtown; so, if you're not a local, it's very challenging to find your way around to make your schedule without losing your mind. So, I know I needed to solve this problem and develop a solution fast. I've only been in Austin a little over a year and half and live about 30 minutes NW of the city and don't have the exact map in my mind just yet.

Well, this is where I needed a quick and easy map on my phone to help me in a pinch, without having to type in every address as I am avoiding throngs of people and trying to focus on what's next. My first thought was to develop a schedule in evernote or a google spreadsheet with a link out to the google map url for each venue, which is nice, but i needed something visual so I could quickly assess feasibility of any last minute changes to my plans (this always! happens at sxsw for a variety of reasons, so be flexible and ready to go at a moments notice).

In order to solve my map dilema, I googled for a solution but nothing turned up. There are no SXSW maps for this mobile-attendee-looking-at-all-options purpose, so I developed my own today and am now sharing it with you so you can use it too! There are two "views" of my SXSW Map (web and mobile). First, a view via web browser of Google Maps to use on your laptop. Second, a mobile version optimized to display nicely on your smartphone or tablet. My phone always wants to open up the Google Maps application and doesn't allow me to access Google Maps directly via the web, so there was a huge problem right away with trying to view my new custom SXSW map that way.

So next, I found a solution to address that very issue. That was all I needed to develop a highly useful mobile version of my custom SXSW venue map, so here it is: Custom Google Map designed just for SXSW - list of Austin venues / mapped locations

1. Web browser - SXSW Map (good for your laptop, see image above elow)

2. Mobile view - SXSW Map   (good for your smartphone or tablet, see both images below)

Using #2 Mobile view above, select the venue location you want to go to then the Google Maps application will pop up with on your device with the map, from there you know the drill, see the visual map, select the button to do more options like "get directions from here" (tip: select the pedestrian icon if you're walking!).

Here are some screenshots below from my phone so you can see what the experience is like. Let me know if you have any feedback or ideas for improvements. I hope this is useful for you - let me know. Perhaps I will bump into you while you're navigating your way around SXSW with my map on your phone! Happy mapping.

SXSW Venue Map - mobile version
SXSW Venue Map - mobile version

[caption id="attachment_1508" align="alignleft" width="433" caption="SXSW Venue Map - Mobile version (TIP: Click arrow, set Bookmark on Home Screen)"][/caption]

SXSW map google app
SXSW map google app

[caption id="attachment_1430" align="alignnone" width="433" caption="SXSW map google app (appears after you select a venue above)"][/caption]

See the MAP here as well... Feel free to re-use / embed on your site; of course, please attribute back to me and link to this blog post here. Thank you.

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Color Picker Pen by Jinsu Park

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40 must-have Google Chrome Browser Power Extensions

Earlier today, I was inspired by Tris Hussey to provide a comprehensive list of Google Chrome "power extensions."  So, here is my exhaustive list of forty "must have" Extensions for the Google Chrome browser.  But first, to get started you'll need to download the Dev version of Chrome (it works great on my new Windows 7 PC laptop).  Mac users can get the mac Dev version here.   Google Chrome is by far the best performing browser ever released to the web.  It will liberate you from the frustration so common with other browsers.

There are hundreds of Google's extensions, so if you're looking for something not on my list, then go here and search for it!  Please do let me know if have any feedback to share.  Feel free to recommend different extensions, or perhaps you know of a better version, than I have listed here:

AdBlock Aviary Screen Capture Better Gmail

Facebook for Google Chrome


FriendFeed OpenID AutoFill

Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google) FlashBlock Fittr Flickr Google Apps Shortcuts

Google Tasks

Google Voice Notifier (by Google)

Ok, phew you installed all these great extensions!  Ok, now go tweak the "Options" for each extension here --> chrome://extensions/ You can also disable or uninstall extensions.  (I had to disable the "Cool Iris" one as it was crashing too much).

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The Ultimate Gift for the iPhone Developer in Your Life: Notepods /via @rww #moleskine

We've discovered an adorable yet highly useful little product that could significantly ease some pain and lead to greater levels of productivity for smartphone developers.

It's ridiculously simple as a concept, yet it allows for more creativity, freedom, and portability than any other tool we've seen for mobile developers, hands down. The product of a design shop and a web development lab, both based in Australia, these nifty and inexpensive toys have been popping up in offices all over Silicon Valley. Read on to learn the secret behind your favorite mobile dev's favorite Christmas present.

It's made of paper.

Yes, the Notepod is the Moleskine of the digerati, an ingenious little sketchpad shaped like an iPhone. The front of each sheet features "52mm by 77mm of blank space floating in darkness," and the back of each piece is a blank grid of graph paper, perfect, as the site says, "perfect for notes or jotting down the phone number of a hot geek."

Notepods each contain 100 pages, and you can snag a 3-pack for around $18USD. Shipping will take between 7 and 12 business days, unless you're lucky enough to live in Australia or New Zealand.

As we all know, the best ideas often hit you at inappropriate or inconvenient times. As Inventive Labs posted, "It's incredibly fun to come up with an idea in the pub over a few beers;" however, how fun is it to decipher those indecipherable, scrawled-on and soggy cocktail napkins the next morning? Keep one in your bag, one on the nightstand - wherever inspiration strikes. It might be made of paper, but we think smartphone developers will find it a fun and simple productivity tool.

via @rww The Ultimate Gift for the iPhone Developer in Your Life: Notepods.

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Future Cities [visual] - we will control every aspect of our world via social media and personal devices

As telecommunications and technology changes how we live our lives, it is not inconceivable to think that in the near future, we will control every aspect of our world via social media and personal devices. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Click for larger view"]Future Cities - /by gdsdigital[/caption]

Full article: http://www.americainfra.com/news/future-cities/

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Social Web Blog: Introducing the ClackPoint gadget

Google - Social Web Blog: Introducing the ClackPoint gadget

[Google Friend Connect users ....] Now that you've added Google Friend Connect to your site and are using some of the great gadgets to develop your community, have you wanted more direct communication with and between community members? Well, ClackPoint gives you exactly this by mixing text chat, conference calling and a dash of document sharing, and presenting it as a gadget for Friend Connect.

The ClackPoint gadget doesn't just let your users chat live in a text-based chat room, it also lets them dial in and talk either directly from their computer or, if they prefer, by phone. Status icons in the gadget mean that users can see who is dialed in and who is talking, and can poke or mute themselves or each other.

In addition to supporting live text and audio chat, ClackPoint also provides collaboration features, including a shared notepad allowing multiple users to edit simultaneously, and slide sharing for those times when your community needs to present and discuss written information.

We think that integrating online collaboration with Friend Connect makes a lot of sense. Friend Connect is already a great way to extend a website with social features to build a community, and the heart of any community is how it communicates and interacts with itself and others. Bringing live text, voice and document sharing into a website keeps users on that site and strengthens the community built around it.

Developing a gadget for Friend Connect was a great experience. Friend Connect's use of OpenSocial meant we could target multiple social networks with one code base, greatly accelerating our development.

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Wow, this is awesome!

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Gizmodo: iPhone OS 3.1 Features: Better Video Editing, Voice Control Over Bluetooth, And More!!

From Gizmodo Blog: iPhone OS 3.1 update (cool new features!) "Now that the iPhone OS 3.1 SDK (and accompanying beta firmware) is out in the wild, new features are showing their faces. The update improves video editing and app integration, Voice Control over Bluetooth and a slew of minor tweaks.

Here's the breakdown, according to people who've played with it:

* Video editing on iPhone 3GS wont overwrite the clip over the original when you are editing a clip.
* iPhone will now vibrate whenever you switch to the mode where you can move and arrange icons on the iPhone home screen.
* "Fraud Protection" toggle has been added to settings under Safari.
* iPhone boot time is now faster.
* Voice Control over Bluetooth.
* New APIs to enable third party apps to access videos and edit them.

The changes are decidedly incremental and oriented towards 3GS owners, but I wouldn't have expected much more from a decimal upgrade. And of course, this isn't an official feature list, so more changes could come to light soon.

Update: The iPhone Blog has gathered a few more, but nothing huge:

* Updated AT&T profile to 4.2
* Updated modem firmware to 5.08.01
* Improvements to OpenGL and Quartz.

That second bit there could be a hurdle for the Dev Team types; we'll have to see. [Redmond Pie, iPhone Blog]"

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5305260/iphone-os-31-features-better-video-editing-voice-control-over-bluetooth-and-more#

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The Mindjet Blog » Visualize Google Search Results in a Mind Map

The Mindjet Blog » Visualize Google Search Results in a Mind Map.

Visualize Google Search Results in a Mind Map

Technorati Tag(s): , , , , — May 13, 2009 @ 7:20 am

The Google Wonder Wheel

Yesterday, our CEO sent me an article from Lifehacker that announced a new Google experiment, the Google Wonder Wheel. The experiment didn’t actually work on my desktop but the video on YouTube demonstrated the capabilities. It’s just like a mind map that allows you to drill down into deeper search results. The future is getting cooler, right?

Using the wonder wheel made me wonder about MindManager. I realized that we can already do this type of visual searching inside MindManager 8 already. Let me show you how it’s done.

Use Google Search Results Inside of MindManager

While the Google Wheel simply lets you search visually, MindManager lets you use your search results in your work! Here are a few ways that you could leverage this feature today:

  • Build a better business plan
  • Update your strategy for our tough economic climate
  • Track your competition
  • Research for a report
  • Prepare a presentation
  • And more…

Here’s a look at how fast and easy you could start using search results in your map. Start with any map that you’re working on.

Select the topic that you want to search and then use the Google Search map part to perform your search. You can also specify how many results you would like to appear within the map.

MindManager performs the Google Search and returns the results in your map.

Next to each of the results is a summary text note which describes the web page and a hyperlink to the web page. When you click on any of the hyperlinks, you can open up the page inside of MindManager where you can simply cut and paste relevant content into the map that you are working on.

Once you have the search results in your map, there are all sorts of ways that you can leverage them. Here are a few ideas:

  • Drag, drop and reorganize the results into your map
  • Copy and paste content from within the pages into your map
  • Update the text notes with your own comments
  • Use icons and tags to categorize the results
  • Filter the results to display subsets based on your criteria
  • Transform the links into tasks, assigning resources, due dates and % complete

What do you think about the Google Wonder Wheel and mapping out your search results?

About the Author: Michael Deutch is Mindjet’s Chief Evangelist, content contributor for the Mindjet Blog and the Mindjet Connections newsletter. Get more from Michael on Twitter.

Source: http://blog.mindjet.com/2009/05/visualize-google-search-results-in-a-mind-map/trackback/