A303 Diversion

Apparantly the big news in the Westcountry is that the A303 is to be closed some time early next year, with a 40 mile diversion. The BBC has more details and the Highways Agency press release is also available.

I wondered why neither the HA nor any of the press articles I’d seen bothered publishing a map. While they’re happy to describe an elaborate route in text, it took me less than five minutes to knock this up.

The visual view is – I think – much more explanatory than any text, and it adds instant impact to the article.

Microsoft switches UK Mapping to Multimap.com

Oh dear. What have they done? Microsoft have put a redirect in for UK users from their usual mapping site maps.live.com to MultiMap.

MultiMap is a new acquisition of Microsoft, and for those unfamiliar it’s an awfully ad-laden website with nowhere near the features of maps.live.com. Users are truely peed off that they’ve been relegated to this lower quality website.

While MultiMap brings across Bird’s Eye view from its Live.com brother, it doesn’t seem to fare very well. I tried the Bird’s Eye view (as linked from their homepage), went slightly South (‘up’) and got a really corrupted screen

Google Maps Mobile v2 – using Cell ID

Google have just released Version 2 of their Google Maps Mobile, with the most obvious feature being the ability to locate the user even if they don’t have GPS – using the current Cell ID.

From the press release “[GPS technology] is supported on fewer than 15 percent of the mobile phones expected to be sold in 2007”

Go get it now, point your phone to google.com/gmm