FuelFrog: Tracking Gas Mileage

A long time ago I began tracking my gas mileage on my Palm IIIx using something called FuelLog.  This worked well and gave me a running average and a neat little graph.  Development had stopped on that and a while later somebody branched it and started pFuel.  But it required a newer Palm OS version than I had.  And around this time I upgraded my to Treo 90 (a freebie that was given to me) and it's nifty color screen.  But it too had the same Palm OS issue.  Thus I exported my data and began to track it on scraps of paper and eventually in a small notepad.  I did this with the idea that I would eventually find (which I haven't) or build (which I haven't either) a web application to track it.  And since adding graphs to my CycleLog, I recently have been contemplating starting to work on that.

But then along came FuelFrog.  I looked at it and initially was unsure if I wanted to go this route or not.  But this weekend I signed up for an account and began to look at it.  I'm not certain this is going to work for me in the long run, but once I saw that it appears I can enter my old data, I thought I'd give it a try.

So I've rounded up my written logs dating back to April of 2005.  I thought I had exports of my data prior to that, but I can't seem to find it.  Thus I may have to resurrect one of the Palm units to see if I can export it again as I believe I have the data for the Palm.  In any case, I also need to convert the data to the format that FuelFrog likes and then try a test with a few entries.  If that works I will then write a quick utility to import the data for me.  From there it gets real easy as I can enter it online or even better, enter it via Twitter when I fill-up.

Time will tell if this works for me or not.  In any case, it's worth a shot because then I can move on to something else and no have to reinvent the wheel.
May 19, 2008 @ 12:54 pm | Category:
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