Dec 13

Merge is located in Greenville, SC-a secondary market for the likes of web traffic services like MSN Live, or Google Map’s Traffic feature.

The web is great, because we still have options. Enter SCDOT’s traffic cameras for Greenville, SC. They have 15 minute delay photos of key highways.

Combine iGoogle’s web site and the ability to create a page with the content you want, and viola, I have my own personal traffic reporting site, whenever I want it:

Simply looking at this before I call it a day tells me if 385 is clear for smooth sailing or if I need to take an alternative route home.

Isn’t the web great?

Dec 06

Here is another example of why the web is so great: Do you realize you have at your finger tips, the information the best colleges and universities in the world teach to their students?

Go ahead. Learn from the following great organizations, for free:

-Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leadership

-Harvard’s HBR IdeaCast

-MIT Sloan Podcasts

You can choose to consume this information either via podcast, video (both online or via an iPod), blog, newsletter, magazine, etc. Almost all of it is free. Want to have a world-class education and save about $50,000 per year? It’s up to you. The only thing that doesn’t come with it is a degree-which in and of itself is most likely useless to an entrepreneur anyway…happy learning.

Dec 02

Google just released the beta “My Location” for Google Maps Mobile. If you aren’t familiar with Google Maps (Mobile), it’s an indispensable tool for your cell phone that has a data plan. I use it religiously as a substitute for GPS, to find restaurants, phone numbers, directions, etc.

The problem with GGM is that there was no easy way to tell GGM where you were located. So, on occasion, if I was lost or needed to get directions to somewhere from my current location, I would have to find a nearby address and type that in. Now, with My Location, Google estimates your location using triangulation from cell towers.

My test from my home located me on the map just one street over (Google says + / - 1700 meters). For the purposes of getting directions or finding a nearby restaurant, this serves my needs just fine.

To get GGM with My Location for your cell phone, just text Google “Bluedot” at 33669. See the Google video for more info: