Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, everyone. I hope you've all had the chance to appreciate the earth through activities on this day or any other. 

For me, Earth Day was also Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. My eight year old daughter had a chance to visit my humble office and learn something of what I do everyday.

She also had a chance to write her first blog entry based on what she learned. Take a look at it and some other blog entries, mentioned below. If you haven't already seen these tips on our facebook page, take a look. 

  

Hiking with Android GPS Software and Goats

Today is Take Your Daughter to Work Day. As a guest blogger, eight year old Sierra comments on using Android gps software in hiking and what she has learned about topo maps and gps. 

Sean Ensley has announced his intention to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with BackCountry Navigator. His hike will be a good demonstration of using mobile phone software as a topographic gps in hiking. He will be starting on April 20th at Crazy Crook monument. 

Although the pamphlet is not yet published, the Boy Scouts of America have released the requirements for the Geocaching Merit Badge. As part of this Merit Badge, boys learn about safety and geocaching ettiquette, the use of a GPS device, and steps for finding and logging a cache. 

I just created my first YouTube Video about using topographic maps on an Android phone. In the process I learned some things about how effective a video can be in demonstrating a concept like the use of topo maps.  

Using a simple tripod, I managed to focus a home video camera on the screen of my Android phone as I viewed topographic maps in BackCountry Navigator. I didn't actually star in this video, since you don't see a person's face, but you do get a good view of the Android phone screen with a topo map on it, as well a finger coming in from nowhere scrolling the map on the screen.  

Battery life is a common concern when you start using your mobile phone for navigation in the outdoors.  Here are a few tips for getting the most of out of the battery life on your mobile phone. 

 

How is the loyalty to your phone's operating system? Do you care if your next phone has Windows Mobile, Android, BlackBerry or IPhone?