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07-Jan-13 Janatech!

In Blog, charity, Consumerisation, Personal, Sports, Technology on January 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

As most of my long suffering blog readers know, I typically share my experience and views on technology. Today is no different, as I return to work for the first time after the festive break; but with a Janathon twist!

Today’s run was the most difficult yet, as the first signs of wear and tear are becoming evident (sore muscles). Even so, both myself and Grainne did a slow 2.59 miles in dry conditions again!

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It occurred to me this evening that Janathon (for me), although very simple, involves a lot of underlying technology that is a factor of how it has become consumerised.

My run is tracked and mapped using GPS on my MapMyRun application using my Windows Mobile phone. As I normally also use the Nike+ application and training shoe sensor to map my runs, I also carry my iPod to record my mileage and speed (before you ask, the Nike+ application is not available on my Windows version. The iPod does not have GPS).

Once the run is completed, I write my blog using WordPress on my iPad (perfect screen size) and copy in my map using the Apple photo application.

After all of this, I share my blog to various social media forums using my Google Nexus, WordPress and the share facility, as I find it the easiest way to custom your posts and share the link (the Apple / WordPress capability is not so good).

And there you have it, a real Janatech using 4 devices and 3 applications!

My stats according to MapMyRide:
Day 7 – 4.16km / 2.59 miles
Janathon to date – 23.93km / 14.87 miles
Days running in dry conditions – 7/7!

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  1. Janatech? Sounds like a regular feature?

  2. I’m using just the one device, a Samsung Galaxy S II recording on CardioTrainer. I’ve had a few problems though. Initially my routes were cutting huge corners out but I fixed this by setting the update interval from 30 to 10 seconds. More annoyingly it has completely failed to get a GPS signal for an entire run once. The mileage was still fairly accurate though as it falls back to using the acceleraometer as a pedometer.

    Have you had any problems with your tech?

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