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Google Maps Bicycle Paths

Google Maps Bicycle Paths

I knew about Google Maps that when you get directions you have the option for travelling by bike, but I was surprised to see that the bike trails/paths also show up in the regular map - you just have to select the corresponding layer (see screenshot). This is extremely useful for discovering nearby, lesser known bike paths.

We've also added information about bike trails, lanes and recommended roads directly onto the map. This can help you get a better sense of your route, or let you find trails nearby for a recreational ride. When you're zoomed into a ...

The Wilderness Downtown

The Wilderness Downtown

Go to and create your own, personalised music video for the song "We Used To Wait" by Arcade Fire. You must use Google Chrome, enter an address (the address of the home you grew up would make the video meaningful to you) and the site will build the video using google maps and street view data (if there is data available at the address).

This is the version with my home address :).



Other channels of distribution for STARLIMS utilities

All utilities related to STARLIMS from this website will be moved to a private location (I don't know where right now, but it might be the STARLIMS forum, STARLIMS Intranet or another STARLIMS internal site).

If you are a STARLIMS affiliate you will still be able to use the utilities and you will be able to stay up-to-date with all new developments...Just use the official/internal channels...

Also, all articles related to these tools will not be active on this site anymore.

STARLIMS Web Utilities 1.2.0

A new version of STARLIMS Web Utilities (1.2.0) is available for download here.


  • export can filter by user, comments
  • fixed issue with export from ORACLE (removed use of ODBC extensions) (GBALINT)
  • UI tweaks
  • fixed issue when exporting items imported from sdp that didn't had source control history (OMURESAN)

STARLIMS Web Utilities 1.1

A new version of STARLIMS Web Utilities (1.1) is available for download here.

New functionality was added to allow exporting and importing of STARLIMS forms, server scripts and data sources.

To configure the system, after you install, you must go to the website to the /admin URL. The default username and password are "SYSADM" and "LIMS", without the quotes.

I will update this post, hopefully soon, to include more details about the new functionality and how to set it up.

Comcast DNS sucks - Host not found errors

In the past few days I started having problems at home with my internet connection. For every page that I was trying to visit I would get, most of the times, a "Host not found" error and after refreshing a couple of times then the page would finally load up.

Initially I thought this to be a Windows problem so I played with the settings of the DNS Client but to no success. I also rebooted my router and modem a few times, again, without solving anything. Then, I remembered that my problems started just after installing Sun's VirtualBox ...

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