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Amazing view from Kinder!

Amazing view from Kinder!

Not my photo, just amazed that it’s ever possible to see Snowdonia from Kinder. In all my times walking on Kinder, I never had such a view! And not sure that I’ll ever have the energy to get up onto the plateau again and have a look!

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!

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…

Really, Netflix?

Really, Netflix?

Got an e-mail from Netflix this morning regarding new profile icons: “Our new profile icons are inspired by all the TV programmes and films you like watching.” No they’re bloody well not, Netflix! I’ve never watched any of the programmes they list – and never even heard of most of them.

They all seem to be US programmes, so, as a UK customer, I probably coudn’t watch half of them anyway? Would it be that difficult to let customers use their own icons?!

Second Home?

Second Home?

Still the hot, dry weather continues, so an impromptu visit to Ladybower Inn seeing as we were in the area (well, Hillsborough…). I’d never noticed this fish carving on the wall before.