Last week, I wanted to track the flight of my wife who was travelling from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Gensan, via Bangkok and Manila.
I already know of websites that will help with these task but I haven’t personally got a chance to use them until last week.
The website that I was using is flightaware.com (<—click link)
I was so impressed with this website because it can give you the details of the flight that you are monitoring. This is in real-time. You can even do this on your mobile device.
The interface is so simple. On the main webpage, just type in name of the airline and flight number and click the blue track button. You can also type in the flight origin and destination as an alternative way of searching.
This will bring you to the next page which is the awesome part of this website. In this page, you can view a lot of details about the flight that you are tracking. (In my case its Ethiopian Airlines flight 618).
- You can see from which airport the flight originated and from what terminal the passengers boarded.
- You can see the estimated time of departure and arrival.
- You can see the duration of the flight, how long it had been on the air and how much time is left before it will arrive the destination.
- You can see what type of airplane, the 7 day average time of departure for this flight and so much more details.
- You can even send a link to an email about the flight.
- Lastly, you can see in the map the approximate location of the airplane and the flight path.
It automatically refreshes so that you can get the real-time details of the flight. The small airplane moves in the map and the time remaining and duration is updated. I used this to tell my son that her mom is just 2 hours away from Bangkok and showed him the location of the airplane in the map.
I find this website very useful specially when you are tracking long flights and want to know the status of the flight with minimal effort.
With this website, tracking the progress of the flight that you are monitoring need not be a burden anymore.
Check it out.
My Tech Blog
I have a new blog site. The url is tech.gensanboy.com It’s actually just a spin-off from my main blog. This site will be all tech. I dedicate this blog to all my Non-Techie friends out there who sometimes bombard me with questions about technology. This site will also be for those tips and tricks that I often share with my homies. I hope you will visit this site as you have visited GensanBoy.com.
Whenever someone asks how I started to blog, I always answer that I started blogging because I wanted to keep an online “diary” much like Doogie Howser, MD, only I wanted to post it online.(for those who are too young to know the tv series, here is a typical ending of each episode) Another reason for my blog which I started in June 2007 is my insomnia. Sometimes a lot of things are going on in my mind which makes me awake. So, I thought, I might as well write them down. Read More
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Gone are the days when we used to carry those floppy disks that contains our precious computer data.
When I was still in college, it was a requirement for our computer class to buy a 5 1/4 disk. Then when I was already working, the 3 1/2 inch floppy was the standard. It can store a few MB of data which at that time seemed to be a lot.
Then being the techie guy that I am, I was first to use a flash drive when everyone else in our company was still using a floppy disk. I remember buying my first flash drive for 3k+ pesos. Flash disks are expensive when they first came out. How much storage does it hold? A whopping 64 mb. . . yup 64 megabytes. Of course at that time 64mb was huge. It could store more than 20 times the capacity of a floppy disk. I still have it with me for keepsake.
Wow. . 64Mb of flash storage. . . Amazing
I have a lot of gadgets with wifi. When I am at home, I have no problem connecting them to the internet. My house has been a hotspot since 2005 even before hotspots were easily available. Although hotspots are very common nowadays, there are times that you need access to the internet and cannot find a wifi area. What to do? You now have more choices to connect to the internet. The most common choice that have been around for some time are the plug-in internet. Read More
The spelling is correct. Yes, It is not an Ipod. Yup, its the long rumored Apple Tablet. I thought they would name it Itablet but they did not. The rumor has been spreading around since late last year that Apple will reveal at this very day(Jan 27 in the US) a tablet computer.
I have been wanting to buy the Kindle because I love to read but books are becoming cumbersome. I can’t even finish a good book now because I am always traveling and I tend to leave it at home. By the time I get back home, I forgot what it was that I was reading. My wanting to buy a Kindle is now overshadowed by the want to buy an Ipad.
The Ipad is a far more better device than the Kindle. It is actually a bigger version of the Ipod Touch. This is the device that I really want. You can see for yourself at Apples webpage. The Ipad can be used to browse the web, check emails, play music and movies, browse pictures, it has google maps in it, has an awesome calendar and the thing that i’ve been wanting it can be used to read books. There are more apps at the Apps store. Check out the demo on Apples web page. While your on it, check out also Steve Jobs keynote presentation. The device is also affordable. They priced it at $499.00 or roughly less than P25k. But, we will have to wait for now because this device will be coming out around March or April of this year. My Goodness! I feel like a baby drooling over a candy, This is one of the longest wait I will have to endure. . Haha. For now, I will just browse the web for more demos and videos of the Ipad.
I am waiting for my counterpart to arrive. I left my car in Gensan and didn’t want to ride the bus going home. By the way I am here at Pancake House in SM Davao. I just had a heavy snack of spaghetti and pancake roll (its 2 scoops of ice cream wrapped in a pancake). I just discovered today that SM has a free wifi. The speed is very fast. I tested it on speedtest.net and got a 1.32mbps.download rate and a 1.74mbps upload rate. Below is a speed test screenshot that I took.
I can already imagine, people with laptops sitting on the bench doing their favorite things on the net. . . Well if it can encourage people to patronize their mall, then it is a great idea. Now I know what to do when I am here at SM again with my family. While they are busy shopping, ill just find a perfect spot in those benches and go to my favorite place. . that is called the internet.
Meanwhile, ill just relax and slowly digest the snack that I have just taken. Burp! (Excuse me).
Wow, and I mean wow.
Finally, Online Mac Store Philippines !! Hello, Philippines so it says in the apple website but this time the url has that distinctive .ph at the end. This is one of the best things that ever happened in the internet (here in the Philippines or in Gensan for that matter) ever since . . . . Bram Cohen created Bittorent? Just kidding, but hey, this is progress indeed. Just imagine, buying your latest Macbook or Ipod directly from the Apple Store. Just think of the possibilities: Customizing your Mac, choosing from different Ipods or Iphones . . and so on. Lets face it, some or shall I say a lot of Authorized Mac Centers do not have a complete line of stuff that are available on the online store. In Mac centers, Customizing your Mac would be such a hassle and would take time. It’s better off buying what is available in the Mac Center nearest you than to customize it through them. . but now, walaaa now just go to the Online Mac Store and Presto, you now have a 4gig Ram on your new Macbook. . . I must admit though I haven’t used the Apple Online Store yet. But hey, it’s only been open for 2 days. Somebody give me a feedback if you already used it. Meantime ill just keep my credit card in a place where I can’t get hold of it easily or else . . . . .