07/10/2005: Fun Geek Toys....
GMaps pedometer. This is a Google Maps hack that allows the user to plot a route and get a readout on mileage over the route. And, if you want, you can save a map showing your route (for planning purposes if you're planning a bike ride or jog, or for memorializing a trip you've already taken). According to the developer, it's called the Gmaps Pedometer because its best use is for planning running routes and walking routes (though it appears to work well for bike trips or short car trips as well); it is probably not a practical tool for calculating your mileage on a car trip from New York to LA, though. For what it's worth, the GMaps Pedometer calculates my morning commute as 2.16 miles driving; 2.08 miles walking door to door (unfortunately, my assigned parking lot is a little ways from the building I work in.
Hat tip: Stan Schwarz, who has an example of a saved GMaps Pedometer route if you want to see what it looks like.
Len on 07.10.05 @ 02:13 PM CST