These are notes and resources for my presentation on mobile media at Block by Block 2011, a gathering of hyperlocal and community news sites, and the organizations that support and serve them.
This morning, before I even had my tea, I finally jumped off a cliff I’d been avoiding: I rooted my Android phone (Droid Incredible).
I’ve had this phone for a year. Generally I like it, but the things I don’t like about it mostly seemed to be fixable if I rooted my phone.
Rooting means undoing the controls that the carrier and manufacturer place on how my phone operates…
UPDATE 9/15: There is a workaround. Basically, as long as you leave the top item on the list in place, you can reorder other items and the map will save and retain that order. So just consider the top item on your list a placeholder, and list the “real” items in the order you want below that. Kinda clunky, but I’ve tested it and it does work.
Recently Google maps changed something, I don’t know what, and it’s broken a feature I use a lot. Very annoying.
I keep a custom google map where I mark the locations I need to be for upcoming appointments and events. I list them in date order. This has worked great for me, with all the running around I do, for the last year — especially via mobile.
BUT… Sometime in the last couple of weeks, Google maps stopped respecting the order I specify for places on my map. It’ll let me reorder locations in my map, and save them — but that order only last the session. When I reload the map, all my newer locations are back down on the bottom of the list!
There’s a Google Maps Forum thread on this, but so far no help.
Does anyone know how to fix this problem or get around it?
It’s even more annoying because Google Maps’ “starred places” function doesn’t let me add notes, or specify a custom order. So that’s not really a solution for me.