Testing iPhone Apps on a Motorcycle

Short update today. I’m off for a run with the boys from Melbourne during the long weekend starting tomorrow. I’ll be riding from Canberra to Kevington, a small dot on the map just north of Melbourne. During this ride of three days I am going to try out some things with my iPhone as a practice run for October.

First I am going to try the MotionX iPhone application which I will use to automatically log location updates to my Twitter and Facebook account every 15 minutes. Unfortunately I have been advised that most GPS apps for the iPhone absolutely chew through the battery life, so I will only use this feature for the first hour and a half – Canberra to Gundagai. After Gundagai I plan to manually push updates from any townships I stop at. If you happen to be available to see the auto updates in action, I plan to leave shortly after 8am East Australia Standard Time.

Now MotionX is not a GPS navigator, well not for my purpose anyway. For navigating I am looking at Navigon or maybe TomTom, but due to concerns of battery life and the fact I haven’t hooked up any form of charging system on the Road Star I will give it a miss for this particular trip.

So what else? Well, I also plan to try and keep a small diary log and photos pushing up to WordPress and Twitter when appropriate. Might be pretty light-on Saturday, but hopefully with a full charge on Sunday and some nice roads coming our way I’ll see how I go. Hopefully it will mean people can follow updates either via this blog, my Twitter feed, or my FaceBook account – whatever flavour takes your fancy really.

Have a nice long weekend!

Glenn “Toasty” Martin

Techonology Conundrum – More

It seems the support for blogging tool functionality on an iPhone is a lot stronger than I would have thought (seeing as I am a bit new to this and all).

I’ve found there are various tools available from the Apple App Store to extend blogging functionality to an iPhone – be it the ability of posting to a blog or moderating comments in a blog, such as what this WordPress On The Go article advises.  What particularly interests me about the article is the talk of blogging photos from an iPhone.  I would find that ability very useful as taking lots of photos from the fantastic and varied landscapes Australia has to offer and posting them to this blog is incredibly appealing.

At this stage I would say the balance of my Technology Conundrum battle is:
iphone 2 – netbook 0