Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Camera Map Hack

I often feel like an idiot when I have to consult a map while standing on a street corner. Now -- thanks to technology -- I only feel like a nerd.

Instead of printing out my Google maps and directions, I take a quick photo of my computer screen using my digital camera. I could take a screen shot and copy the image file onto my camera -- but a quick snap of the screen is faster and works fine.

When I need to consult my map or directions, I put my camera into playback mode and use the controls to zoom in on the relevant area. Instead of looking lost, I probably look like some sort of camera dork.

Clearly this isn't a good solution if you're driving: please let your passenger do the navigation. Otherwise the camera map hack is a fine way to save some ink and paper.

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