Links for 30 July 2008


A interesting idea, a simple game that works like a visual crossword puzzle,  uses the Google Maps infrastructure to create a zoomed in image of an area which you must identify from a global maps using the clue provided. 

So for example, this place is..

  • In the heart of Europa, but not EU
  • This bridge is next to a famous wooden bridge
  • The wooden bridge burnt down in 1993
ESRI UC coverage..
I miss not attending the ESRI UC in Sani Diego, I have many friends who will be attending and have happy memories of past conferences, Google will be there however, so if you are going to the conference pop by and say hi to the googlers enjoying San Diego. For those watching from a distance, join me in following the conference via the Very Spatial Blog feed and Twitter feed

Written and submitted from Madrid Airport, using its kubi 802.11 network.

Links for 20 May 2008

Gordon Browns speech at Google Zeitgeist yesterday, it great to see the UK Government really beginning to use tools like Earth to publish their data, there is still a long way to go of course, but this is a great example from the top !

Android and LBS
More of the LBS potential of Android

And finally ..

R/C Helicopters and political protest
Following a chat with a old friend I’m thinking of getting into radio controlled helicopters, eventually as sensor platforms, but this must be one of the funniest uses of an indoor model, and a rapidly developing web meme.

Written and submitted from the Mirbeau Hotel, Skaneateles, using its free 802.11 network.

Links for 29 April 2008

GeoWeb 2008 Conference registration open
GeoWeb, one of the highest quality GIS GI conferences held every year in beautiful Vancouver is open for Registration

Apple Store staff become Star Trek cast members
According to, Apple Store staff are to wear colour coded shirts denoting their expertise with slogans specifc to their jobs, Specialists in light blue with “I can talk about this stuff for hours”, Creative experts in dark blue “No pain, no gain”.

I just feel sorry for the security guys in red “I’ll be dead 10 minutes into the episode”

Help where am I
Interesting story many of us can relate to on when technology does not work as it should. In this case the answer is in the comments.

Written and submitted from home, using my home 802.11 network.

Links for 24 April 2008

Milliways: Play the legendary game
Once upon a time, I used to love playing infocoms classic interpretation of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the brilliant, brings news of the unfinished sequel Milliways, which has been found, and is playable !!

Location aware twitter comes to the iPhone
I just don’t see the point of twitter, but it’s now location aware with the soon to be released Twinkle application, location has the potential to add something to social networking for sure..

A Satnav that avoids Manchester
Ah.. the old sterotypes… Still a Satnav, that plugs into crime data is under development by Honda in Japan, traffic data and weather were the obvious first steps in integrating other GI data onto these devices, soon perhaps we will see the whole range of geodemographics available as we drive around.

Walking Hotspot
Sometime you come across an application that is just cool, like walkinghotspot, an application to turn your 3G wifi phone into a mobile wifi hotspot.

Written and submitted from Vancouver Airport, BC, using its free public 802.11 network

Links for 17 April 2008

Geographic Naming continued
Excellent, thoughtful post by Mikel on the problem of Geographic Naming on Internet Maps, as for Cyprus, like Wokingham in OSM, we still need to do it 🙂

Sea level rise Mash-up
Interesting way to visualise the potential impacts of Sea Level Rise, from an organisation called Global Warming Art, who are themselves an interesting example of the product of the impact of democratising technology on peoples understand of science.

Virgin Media CEO talks b****cks
Neil Berkett, Virgin Meida CEO attacks net neutrality, calling it b****cks. Well b****cks to you and your rubbish service Neil !

Whereyougonnabes first day
If nothing else Peter Batty wins the prize for the neogeograophy service with the longest name, his impressions of the first day of his facebook application as a live service. I could not get it to work in Safari, but they are working on it 🙂

Written and submitted from just north of Nassjo, Sweden from an SJ X2000 train, using it’s onboard 802.11 network.