Escape from New York: Hackaday edition

Woo we’re home from Maker Faire! The Hackaday boss man [Caleb] and [Scott], [Phil], and [Andrew] from Squidfoo are back in Springfield, Missouri. I’m safely back in the bosom of Appalachia in Pensyltucky, and we hope every one else at Maker Faire NYC 2012 made it back home safely.

Don’t think this is the end of our coverage of Maker Faire, though. Honestly, the Internet situation was terrible at Maker Faire, and between tethering on my droid and a MiFi, I was lucky to post what I did. There’s more stuff coming down the pipe, and now that I have a decent connection we’ll be posting more videos to the Hackaday YouTube channel.

Of course this wouldn’t be a proper Hackaday post without a hack, therefore I will humbly submit something I discovered around the Delaware Water Gap: Every GPS unit has a setting to avoid New Jersey. All you have to do is enable the ‘avoid toll roads’ setting. Yes, it’s an easy modification to preserve your health and sanity, lest you accidentally find your way into a suburban swampland.

14 thoughts on “Escape from New York: Hackaday edition

  1. i always find it entertaining that most states use Kentucky in some way to change the name of a rural/farmland area in their state… e.g. Ohio has “Brunstucky” (Brunswick) and Pennsylvania’s “Pennsyltucky”… it makes me a little proud to be from Kentucky!!!!

      1. “Crowdsourcing” (er, baiting?) for the gramar and spelling checks.
        Entertaining and often enlightening, I like it.

  2. “Every GPS unit has a setting to avoid New Jersey. All you have to do is enable the ‘avoid toll roads’ setting. Yes, it’s an easy modification to preserve your health and sanity, lest you accidentally find your way into a suburban swampland.”

    …aaaaand ‘unsubscribe’.

      1. It’s not so much the Jersey-bashing that’s offensive, it’s the HaD staff (Brian in particular) and their inane tendency to attempt to push people’s buttons because they want to appear clever. It doesn’t accomplish much, and it just make them look like jerks. I’m tired of it.

        By all means take his suggestion to avoid toll roads, though. Enjoy your extra 4 hours on the road.

      2. It just goes along with all of the other non hack posts on this site. Oh and by the way, if you are having internet troubles in New York City than maybe its time to upgrade your devices. Nobody tries to push data through a Motorola DynaTAC anymore. You could have also tried any one of our many starbucks. It is now Mayor bloombergs mission to make sure we have 3 on every block so that when your 16 ounce max latte runs out you can quickly grab a new one.

  3. Being that I’m originally from the “Armpit State” aka Pennsyltucky, I find the humour Hilarious. We dig on Jersey as much as we can, and they give it right back to us.. A joke is a joke.. One thing to remember though…

    It’s FREE to get into Jersey… They only make you Pay to get OUT! LOL

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