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GPS2K? GPS Week Rollover April 6th 2019

Does not quite have the same significance as 31 December 1999, but I’m sure someone in the mainstream press will soon draw the parallels with Y2K with stories of Airliners getting lost or Trading systems failing due to timing errors, April 6th 2019 is the date when GPS systems reset ! Actually for the second […]

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Technology Thoughts

Never have so many people understood so little about so much…

What inspired you as a child ? A child today hopefully seeing the exploits of Elon Musk and Space-X launching and recovering rockets with showmanship seldom demonstrated by serious rocket scientists may have their interest  sparked in science and technology? Personally my love of technology came yes from rocket science, but also crucially from growing […]

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Apple Thoughts

The next Steve Jobs – and then some!

Once the recognised industry visionary was without doubt Steve Jobs, the ultimate showman – the man who claimed to want put a dent in the universe by creating technology so well designed and well of course marketed that it’s introduction would change society. Take for example.. Apple II Apple Macintosh Apple iPhone Now without Jobs, […]

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Aviation Concorde Thoughts

10 years ago today at 50,000 feet !

At just after 9:00 am on the 29th May 2003, I achieved a lifetime ambition and flew  Concorde ! Concorde had six months of service remaining with British Airways so the rush was on for fellow Aviation geeks to organise the trip of a lifetime. The journey was perhaps the last occasion that I could describe as an example […]

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INSPIRE Thoughts

Inspire a moonshot not a blueprint ?

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to take part in the ImaGIne conference organised by the European Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information in Dublin. The conference although not very well attended did contain both excellent presentations and perhaps unusually great discussions which really seemed to address some of the key challenges of using geospatial technology in Europe. A talk […]