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Employing the cloud as the hub

Posted by on Sep 28, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I first started working for myself, I looked at what infrastructure I required, and then for available on-line services which could fulfill them.  The primary consideration was backup.  My computer was king.  If it all went to pot, I’d set up another computer, and, well, “The King is dead, long live the King”.  The paradigm shifted though when I recently bought my new smart phone.I’m sure the first thing most people think of doing when they purchase a new computing device, is connect it to their computer and configure synchronisation.  To...

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Tracking via Micro Sensor Constellations

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’d just written a post about relative positioning and how micro sensor constellations could help, then straight into the car for a drive, with the notion still mulling over in my head.  At the end of the article, I talk about tracking people or assets on a freighter, when I realised, I still had my head in the GPS paradigm, rather than thinking from a sensor network perspective. What I proposed was this, that sensors with a known position relative to the freighter, transmit their signal, allowing anyone with a suitable receiver on board to note positions on board.  In...

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The case for relative position and micro constellations.

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In the geospatial world, we’re always thinking of absolute positions, though when you think about it, everything is relative.  Our geospatial positions are in fact relative to Lat 0, Long 0.  When using projected coordinate systems, it’s relative to another arbitrary point on the earth’s surface.  I’d like to draw your attention to the Knock Nevis.  At a enormous 458m long, it’s the longest ship ever built.  Now being a ship it’s designed to move around, so it makes sense to base positions of fixed or otherwise assets...

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Virtual PC for ArcGIS 10.1 no longer an option.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

James Fee just pointed out that ArcGIS 10.1 will be 64-Bit only.  The immediate take away is that for those using Virtual PC to run a virtual server for development/testing, those days are over.  As you’re probably aware, Virtual PC doesn’t support 64-bit client OS’ so the time to switch has well and truly come.  Time to explore VMWare or VirtualBox (great free tool, developed by...

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Geographic Information Systems Stack Exchange

Posted by on Jul 30, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s finally live, the GIS version of Stack Overflow. If you have any questions, or spare time, let’s get all our collective knowledge onto the new resource.  My hope is for this to become the new source for GIS development knowledge, considering the shocking history of the ESRI forums and docco, it’ll be a boon. So bookmark it, and add it to your daily...

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Forget about “Share my location”, how do they get my location?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 2 comments

I was in the airport a month or so ago, reading about the new location API’s in modern browsers.  Interesting I though, that’ll change the way web sites can provide services.  Then a couple of weeks ago, a new version of Opera was released, which, you guessed it, included this new location API.  After the installation and restart, the what’s new page opened, with an invitation to see where all the other Opera users were, by letting the browser automagically add my location to the map too.  Fantastic I thought, let’s see how I go, as being based in...

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