Country the service is in may affect:
- Their default user language, though they may offer
- Quality of map. The detail they can offer on other
countries (usually less).
- Their legal attitude to link-able URLS, copyright
- Their data harvesting from your web accesses.
- Maps to
Commercial company. Some nice features, ie red circle,
But various annoying features too:
- Graphic symbols blot out street names, making
maps Less useful for city residents seeking detail,
& more useful for tourists.
- [Used to be]Short expiring (2 days) URLs, as they
now invite you to copy to web site I guess they last
longer, & might then eventually expire into a
redirector catch page ?
- Restrictive legal conditions re. links (that too
might have changed, or not, Caveat emptor);
- Their free link setter doesn't work if a browser
doesn't support Java script (eg Dello &
- If you are brave/ foolish enough to enable
scripts, at 2010_08_13 Konqueror browser locked up
the entire X-Windows graphics session reporting a
script was consuming resources, (offering to abort
it, but failing to) (the underlying FreeBSD/Unix
outside of X-Windows was still healthy, so a kill of
Konqueror process resumed X to normal).
- Further crippled, cos now if you print the page,
you get all their adverts, but no map. (Unix
X-Windows people might try xwd, if/ where legal, I
- Good detail in maps, though people perhaps
won't report odd errors they see, as so
||Free & Public & Editable Under ground
rail (U.Bahn) station names in blue, routes in dotted
black. Tram (strassen-bahn) tracks in solid black.
enabled, & tells you if not enabled.
Free service for now, but a commercial company, what if
one day they might abuse a monopoly ?
just leaves you in search engine.
(Not linked as penalty for requiring
|Needs Flash -
OK for clueless Microsoft users, but a problem for some
Free Software users who want to escape the Redmond
monopolist convicted by the EU ! (until if ever
Macromedia issues source or licences to all op
(Not linked as penalty for requiring
|"Fast, has a street finder"
Seems to be 100%
flash, which makes it pretty much useless for non-WinDoze
||for planning walks:
||OK, decent map. Can hang w. mozilla
|World Wide inc. Britain
||Allows detailed URLS for later
London Example Haven't tested to see how long such
|Britain & Austria etc
||OK, Shows a numeric street address in Vienna. Not as
good as stadtplandienst.de for numeric street address in
|Britain, London, Tube
Tube by BBC
||Old map to print, bordered by tons of Ads
||Small maps NOT general map server, just tourist
|Britain, London, 1859
||150 Years Old
||No detailed map, more useful to tourists deciding
where to visit.
"Driving Directions" + a
2010 promo for OpenStreetMap
||Rec. < Gary J.
|You can link URL without problems:
Example Listed last as the owner is
monopolist Microsoft, fined in top European court 2004
for monopoly offences I believe, & fine upheld on
appeal . Do your bit to break their attempts to
increase their monopoly. Don't buy from them. Use free
In alphabetic order - Till I think of a more meaningful
Info. I've been told; Not tried myself yet.
"Routenplanung für PKW - kostenlose"
- "Endomondo ist eine
Sportcommunity. Sie basiert auf kostenlosem Echtzeit
GPS-Tracking von jeglichen Sportarten wie Laufen," It
uses a map from Google.
great for general mapping, particularly footpaths, etc.
Works with GPS & prior download eg via WLAN,
doesn't need a SIM card. Requires the maps to be
downloaded too and they provide the relevant interface
to do it.
great for navigation in the car. Works with GPS &
prior download eg via WLAN, doesn't need a SIM card.
Make sure you don't click the option to download the
paid versions of the program or maps. Requires the maps
to be downloaded too and they provide the relevant
interface to do it.
A beta of their Maps app for Android. here.com/beta/android/?lang=en-US
From web: "Offline navigation: Interactive maps and
turn-by-turn voice guidance are still available even
without an internet connection. Maps to download and to
use offline for nearly 100 countries. Live traffic.
Share your location ... via Glympse"
From friend: "I installed it and it works, but I
didn't play around with it too much. One negative
aspect is that the user has to register with Nokia in
order to download maps for offline use. Not all that
bad, I suppose, considering that the user has to do the
same thing for GMaps (I think). Of course, this is just
a APK file, so the user must install it for himself.
That requires some changes in settings."
From Web: "map cellular coverage, find Wi-Fi hotspots
... Free and ad-free"
Route Planning Providers
Privacy & Security Versus Convenience
This below is new, speculative, incomplete etc. Some
ideas may not be quite right, some ideas not explored
sufficiently yet. Corrections
When you use a map service, or any internet service, or
just read a plain page such as this, you might get more than
just adverts: you potentially expose yourself & your
data. Accessing any web page, even without Java, cookies, or
any other tricks, tells a web page owner your are active,
& so if they're feeling intrusive, malicious,
inquisitive, they could run a `security scan' on you, without
you knowing it, if only to see how well your firewall stops
them. Yes, I could have done that too. No, _I_ didn't, but
some people & companies could. Not all humans are
What could "They" do with data they harvest from us
If you think "They" can't get anything from you, think
If you're using Microsoft's OS & Browser
You're presumably at greater risk when you visit
Microsoft controlled sites: They don't publish their
source code for public scrutiny, so independent experts
can't check what the interaction is, what information
- Article "Windows 98 Knows Who You Are By David
Methvin, Richard Smith September 6, 1999" published
by Byte magazine (
Truncated version here , full
version here )
- Richard Smith,
President of Phar Lap Software
found interesting info hidden in Microsoft format
docs. (I recall the complete edit record - so
recipients could find previous different prices in
earlier draft commercial offers etc! ) A web search
shows other secrets too. Why trust a monopolist ? ( I
heard Microsoft fixed their Word after being exposed,
I don't know, I don't use their viral (*) products or
formats ("viral"*: ie susceptible to viruses, &
also as a proprietary monopolist format: a viral
attack in the wider sense of the word, to try to
marginalise non MS users & discourage use of free
- Remember if you'r on a LAN, or using DSL with an
ethernet card, the ethernet has a unique MAC address, which
was also perhaps on the outside of the box, when the bar
code reader swiped it for `stock control purposes' while
you paid by credit card - with address implicit. - Who
knows how far That info gets aggregated across multiple
sales over time, to analyse purchase trends etc, & who
might purchase such info, or companies having the
- Remember the identification naming info XP requires you
type in when you install it ? & Your licence ID number
- Consider the environment &
language preferences etc information your browser gives
any web server.
- All net computer have an IP number, that can usually be
reversed to a network domain name. The IP number can also
be checked against IP number maps for probable provider
- Traceroute can be used to see physically where you're
- Long URLs can contain disguised & compressed street
names, useful for tracking repeat requests from different
clients. Map providers could take your initial address,
then focus on your repeated zoom clicks plus those of
others, (on a statistically averaged basis to avoid
jitter), then use that to confirm & enhance their
street name database. "Fine, produces better maps." you may
think. I agree. A shame though if something like that gave
a Monopolist any further advantage to leverage their