Tracklogs has gone

Tracklogs has gone

Tried to visit the tracklogs website last week, only to find that it no longer exists: domain still registered with 1&1 till 2020, but no associated IP address…

I suppose I’m only half surprised, because software and website were very dated, but it’s rather annoying that there seems to be no announcement anywhere that I can find. And not even a contact number on the invoices they sent me. Sod ’em and their extortionate pricing: Viewranger and Memory Map are much better anyway.

Addendum

Found that there are archived web pages on Wayback, but no phone number to be found! What a crap outfit. But the parent company is A.J.S. Contract Design Limited. Still to find a phone number for them…

Pennine Way rethink

Pennine Way rethink

Having watched Dean Read’s vlog of the Pennine Way 2019, I’m having a rethink about the glories of doing the Pennine Way. Yes, there are fantastic sections, but so much of it is dreary, wet, boggy, bracken attacks, multitudinous bovine botherers, and undefined or vague paths even now. It’s an arduous slog with occasional rewards: if only it were possible to walk the highlights!

Enough of what3words

Enough of what3words

Well, what3words did seem like a great idea, but it’s proprietary and I’m not comfortable with that or their marketing strategy. So, giving Plus Codes a go as it’s open source. Although, do Google own it? Not yet sure: Google Maps does accept a Plus Codes value, and it’s frighteningly accurate…

Fickle as ever…

Fickle as ever…

Having plumped for Tracklogs and discounted Memory Map, I realised it would still be nice to have OS25 maps for the whole of GB. I found that Memory Map do them for 40% of the Tracklogs price and available immediately as a download! So I now have a pukka install of Memory Map…

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Digital Mapping (update)

Digital Mapping (update)

After a couple of weeks using Tracklogs, I’m happy with it. I haven’t gone for the full OS25 set yet because (a) it’s a bit pricey, and (b) the OS50 is much prettier for documenting walks (which I can create as GPX accurately with the OS Maps subcription). All my walk web pages have now been Tracklogised, and include (approximate before I had any GPS) a route card with whatever waypoints I want.

There was one problem
Digital Mapping

Digital Mapping

After many years of relying on “a version” of Memory Map for plotting walk routes, I’m venturing into new territory. Richard has been banging on for ages about something called Tracklogs, and I had no idea what he was on about – I assumed it was a GPS thing. But I checked it out, and it’s Windows, similar to Memory Map.

It does have some nice features that MM doesn’t have, and a wealth of route stats. It does mean purchasing pukka maps to be of any use, because the trial version provides only a small area of West Yorkshire. So, I’ve opted for the 50K map of the Peak District as a not-too-expensive trial (£14.95 + P&P). Annoyingly, they only distribute on CDROM, so I’m impatiently waiting for it to come through the post. (Why the hell they can’t provide a download I don’t know.) If it looks as good as I’m expecting, I might be tempted to fork out £250 for the whole 25K GB bundle rather than numerous selective 25K areas at £30 each…

Better cut the grass again…

Better cut the grass again…

Almost 4 weeks since I could be bothered to cut the lawns, and the back one has rapidly turned into a meadow! Still a bit reluctant to do so, because there’s a bumper crop of buttercups which looks quite good. Along with the usual clover and daisies, and an increasing “infestation” of hawkweeds – both Mouse-ear and Orange. All been keeping the bees happy.

New way to Manchester Airport

New way to Manchester Airport

Used 1stchoice1stclass taxis to get to Manchester for the first time. Very professional service all the way from the booking phone call, and just £65 one way.

Driver had just come from the airport over Woodhead and reckoned it was not worth going that way, so opted for the old “Pott Shrigley” route. Except that it’s changed now: still goes via Castleton and Winnats, but then get on A6, through to Disley, after which a new relief road has been built (A555). This takes you all the way to the airport, had very light traffic (around 07:30), and only a little longer in time than Woodhead on a good day. Kept moving all the way, and no motorway madness! With the bonus of seeing planes coming low across the road during landing.

There’s always a word

There’s always a word

With the world increasingly being governed by the incompetent and downright thick, I was wishing there were a word for this. And there is: kakistocracy.


A kakistocracy is a system of government that is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakistocracy

That just about nails it.

Words are heavy

Words are heavy

Just been looking at the notes we were given for the school trip to Paris in 1964. It seems that the French then charged different amounts to send a postcard to the UK depending on the number of words: 20 centimes for five words or fewer, 30 centimes for more than five! Mind boggling. I’d have just written one long “word” with no spaces.