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Want to see where you’ve been for the past few years?

Unless you opted out of location history when you set up your phone,  your phone has been periodically tracking your location. Want to see for yourself?

On an iPhone with iOS 7, go to settings, privacy, location services, system services and click frequent locations. That’s it. You’ll be able to see a recent-limited view of the places you spend the most time at.

If you have an Android, you’re probably being tracked too. To see it on Androids, it’s just as easy but you’ll have to use a computer. You can see much farther back and you can see many more location plots than the iPhone users can – whether that’s bad or good is completely up to you.

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First, go to this site: https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0/. Do you see where you’ve been today? If so, congratulations! You’re being tracked dozens of times a day by Google! Click “Show 30 Days” if you want to see a much better range of places. That’s about it! It’s pretty simple to see where you’ve been across a whole month!

If you’re like me however, you want to see it all. All the location history Google has ever picked up about you. I figure, since they’re tracking me anyway, I might as well make a cool map of the places I’ve been out of it!

On the same page, right click “Export to KML” and copy the URL. Paste it into another tab and change the “starttime” number to something drastically lower. If you want more detailed instructions on this first step, click here. The original source suggests using Google Earth but when I did that, I was able to see only a certain limit of points and trails. I want to see ALL of them. But depending on the amount of points you have, you might be finished with this step! Just use the slider to extend the amount of time it shows.

For me, though, I had to follow a few more steps. First, I downloaded and installed Python from here. Then I downloaded this script from here. Lastly, download this file here. Open up a command prompt and type: “[Find Python on your computer by going to the C: drive and looking for a folder named pythonXY. Click it and drag python.exe into the window] [Drag the script from wherever you downloaded it into the window] [Now drag the last file you downloaded here] [Drag that same file again here and change the “json” to “kml”] Click enter and it should create a file in the same folder as where you downloaded the json file.

It should look something like this: “C:\Python33\python.exe C:\Users\James\Desktop\latitude-json-converter-master\latitude_json_converter.py “C:\Users\James\Desktop\Location History\LocationHistory.json” C:\Users\James\Desktop\Location History\LocationHistory.kml”

Now fire up Google Drive. You’re almost done! Click here and follow the steps to get Fusion Tables into Drive.  You’re going to upload that converted file and wait until it finishes (Might be a few minutes depending on how many points you have) and that’s it! You’re done! Click “Map of Geometry” and you’ll see an insane number of points – You’ll notice how many points are centered around your work and home. Enjoy!

If I helped you at all with this guide, be sure to like this page on top of the site! And feel free to ask questions if you get stuck!

Update: If you want an easy way to see your location data without going through the above steps, click through to this site:

https://theopolis.me/location-history-visualizer/

 

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How I Take Ridiculously Close Macro Shots With an Android -DIY

To start, or rather, to prove that the photos I take with this phone are insanely closeup, take a gander of these photos before I show you how I took them.

Ready? You’re going to need an old camera and some hammers. No. I’m not kidding.

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However you obtain these small little lenses is beyond my jurisdiction. I’ll tell you this though; if you dont happen to have any of these little lenses lying around on your desk, find an old camera rip it to shreds! (Just a heads up, watch out for shock hazards! Old internal camera batteries hurt.)

 

Before I made this a permanent add on, I’d simply stick one of these lenses in between my fingers and go around with my newly created macro-droid. Only recently did I make this little copper contraption to clip onto my phone.

As always, there’s a retail version of this that’ll save you some headaches, but it was a fun experience for me and I’m willing to share the complex planning on how to make it. Here is how you make it:

  • Find a thick piece of copper wire.
  • Crudely bend it around a camera lens and then bend it around to fit your phone.
  • Put some tape on the end so you don’t scratch your screen.
  • The end.

Go crazy and enjoy.

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A Journey to Find the Perfect Tablet PC

UPDATE 2: The laptop below is actually my old(er) tablet. I found a newer HP TC4400 for only a tad bit more and sold that one.

Tablet PC’s round 3:

Well, my cherished 60 dollar laptop decided to cut out on me short, so it was time for me to upgrade. The new laptop, an HP-Compaq (because they still haven’t figured out what to name themselves) TC4400, was similarly acquired on eBay, but the price tag was a bit higher. It was only $78.89 for the laptop + $7.05 for the adapter + $3.50 for some stupid cover that wasn’t included and + $21.99 for a hard drive, since this is my first SATA laptop (I’ve finally stepped into the “future” and the only SATA hard drive I actually had was coincidentally broken.) I added another GB of ram with a stick that I had lying around, why I had it is beyond me, and I already had a stylus for it because I have two older tablets. All in all, it cost me $115, much lower than any computer on the market today, but I can already tell that it was well worth it! The computer comes with a fingerprint reader, which has been a nerdy dream of mine since I first heard of them, and a fancy dual core processor (although they’re up to quad core by now, I’m sure.) It was also my first laptop that actually ran Android 4.0 without a problem, something I hadn’t expected to work at all, to be honest! For once, I bought a laptop that actually has a mousepad and actually has decent battery life (around 3 hours), so it’s a great feat in my book. But chances are, I’ve bored you to death reading off all the specs of a laptop and how amazing I am for getting it. So, in lieu of your boredom, here are some pictures to make you more jealous:

Now, a lot of people always ask me how I get things for such a cheap price. I always say that I got it from ebay and immediately I get death stares that scream, “How could you” or “You fool!” Who’s the fool now?

UPDATE: The laptop below is actually my old tablet. I found a more unique HP TC1100 for the same price and sold that one. Tablet PC’s round 2:

The TC1100 is unlike any PC i’ve ever seen. It’s a slate with an attachable keyboard, not a laptop. I loaded mine with Windows 8, and it couldn’t be a better experience. (And I have less than 1GB of RAM.) If I didn’t know any better, I would say this laptop is from 2009. Its design is amazing, and for a PC from 2003, it’s thin! I wouldn’t DARE go back to the tablet I boasted about above! There’s literally no comparison to my new toy! Go buy one and shove it in an iPad lover’s face!

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Recently, I set out on a quest to fulfill my childhood dream of owning a Tablet PC. I’m cool, I know.

Now, if you’re trying to find a tablet PC under $100, ebay is the first place to look. (I got mine for $60 on ebay and +$30 for the special stylus (NO, a DS stylus will NOT work – lesson learned) and an IDE hard drive.) Just for my own use, I bought 2 1GB RAM sticks for $15 each, but that’s not at all required.

It’s sad to see that a laptop once worth $2,450 USD is now worth barely a cracked iPod touch.

And you would think the battery would be crap by now, but I still get around 2 hours worth of use – that’s actually more than one of the newer laptops in my household!

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Android’s Face Unlock Feature – Proposed Change

Yes, we all love the new face unlock feature. That’s a given. But Google has to realize that it isn’t a surefire-perfect feature, and it’s design is its biggest fault. No one is going to be sitting down, completely still, at the perfect angle to be recognized all the time.From sun glare, darkness, to movement and bad days, this feature is very touchy with recognition.

A simple change would remedy this problem: Show the passcode lock as the main screen and move the time over a tad bit to allow for an icon sized front screen image. If it works, it works. If not, you’re not sitting there making faces to your phone hoping it recognizes you. Just a suggestion.

(No, That’s not me. Making that crystal clear.)