– Ben Martens

Track My Life

If you’re worried about Prism and the NSA, have you ever stopped to think about that device you’re carrying around in your pocket? The government doesn’t have to worry about tracking where you are because you’re doing it for them. At a minimum your cell phone is reporting which cell tower it’s connected to and sometimes it will report GPS location which is more exact. I’m fine with that, but I also feel that if info like this is being collected about me, I want to have the data! This stuff is cool!

This is where an app called Track My Life comes in. It’s available for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone and the basic app is free. It periodically records your GPS location and over time you get some interesting stats. How much time do you spend at work? At home? Somewhere else? How far have you travelled?

I don’t really know what I’ll do with the data yet, but as with most “big data” scenarios, the trick is to start collecting the data now so that when better analysis is available, you have the data to feed into it.