Monday, August 25, 2008

New Features of Google Maps

Wow...it is awesome...that is what I have said when I have noticed all those new cool features which are been added in Google Maps. Maybe I have noticed it long after it been added, I kind of guessing that I may not have missed actual launch. But anyway, I will celebrate now. :)

In one breath, I can say they have added wonderful things like

  • Street View

  • This is so nice. Click on "Street" button, and it will say to Zoom in to street level ...

    and next click on a small person icon will show you a photo of the actual street.

  • Photos and Wikipedia

  • Next feature is inclusion of options menu to choose to see photos and/or Wikipedia entries for the street. It is a check box option which enables and disables thumbnails from the street map.

  • Options to choose directions for Car, Walking and public transit

  • Right below "Get Directions" and source-destination address text boxes, there is one drop down box. This allows you to choose if you like to see directions for Cars or walking or public transit.

  • My Maps: Map Editor

  • Hum, looks Google want to make it easy to make your mark on the maps. My Maps will allow you to create maps, to draw shape and add test to it, to draw lines,to add a placemark and to set/edit maps.

    Then you can either collaborate or import those maps with easy single click.
    • Collaborate your creations

    • Import Map

    • Importing map is another cool idea which is been added. Import KML option will add map data from a KML, KMZ, or GeoRSS file to newly created map. It takes a little while depending on the speed of internet connection.

  • Know about Traffic

  • The traffic button either allow to see live traffic or to check what would be happening in near future.

  • Regular Options to see Regular Map or Satellite view or Terrain structure

There are many more things to tour around and to discover and to hack...

Here is the complete picture of Google Map :

so enjoy...and hey please do not forget to let me know which feature you like most....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tips & Tricks : How to list contents ? on Linux/Unix or On Windows

It always happens that we would like to see what is inside that folder or inside that archive. No matter what type of contents are there, it is necessary to get it through listing those directories and archives.

So here are some handy tips, I use for my daily work:

  • Directory listing on Linux and Windows

  • Ever wonder how to see all the subfolders under main parent folder. Here is the trick to list all files and folders recursively.

    • This is on Linux/Unix

    • ls -R -1

    • This is on Windows

    • dir /s /b

  • Listing contents of archive files

  • On Linux/Unix and Windows, lots of time, in day's work it happens that we come across JAR, TAR, GZ,BZIP, RAR etc archive formats and before opening those FTPed or SCPed or magically appeared archives we do like to see if those are right archives.

    So here are some tips on that:

    • Listing tar file contents

    • tar -tvf tararchive.tar

    • Listing tar.gz file contents

    • tar -ztvf gzippedtararchive.tar.gz

    • Listing the contents of a tar.bz2 archive

    • tar -jtvf file.tar.bz2

    • Listing the contents of a Java archive (JAR,WAR,EAR etc)

    • jar tvf jararchive.jar

    • Listing contents of ZIP Archive. Assuming unzip is been installed on the linux box.

    • unzip -l zippedarchive.zip

    • Listing contents of RAR archive. Assuming unrar is been installed on the linux box.

    • unrar l rararchive.rar

    • Listing contents of GZIP or GUNZIP or GZCAT or ZCAT archive. Assuming either of these commands are installed on Linux box.

      gzip -l gziparchive.gz

      gunzip -l gunziparchive.gz

      zcat -l zcatarchive.Z

Please let me know if you have any such tricks to share with our readers. Feel free to put it in comments.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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