Browse a virtual newsstand

The Newseum, the interactive museum of news in Washington D.C., has a map with links to the front pages of newspapers worldwide. Its like browsing a virtual newsstand with bigger print. For example, I found that rents are set to increase by 20% in Sydney Australia. It’s another great place for news junkies to get more information, besides Very Spatial of course.

Second Life releases viewer code

This actually was announced Monday, but I couldn’t decide what approach to take when talking about the fact that Linden Labs has released the code for their Second Life client into the wild. I decided to go with…

This means a couple of things:

  • 1) Second Life will become more robust as open source coders who are in Second Life will definitely support the cause of a more immersive VR, and
  • 2) content specific Second Life clones are sure to surface with a reverse engineered server-side
  • But why should folks in the geospatial arena give a hoot. Well, one educational example, Second Life navigation is map based, whether you are walking or are transporting, you can keep up with where you are, and learn a little about spatial relationships in the software (compare the number of kids in Scouts doing orienteering to the number running around virtual worlds these days). With the opening of the code, new, better, more interesting and interactive maps could be created. Mash-ups on the Second Life world map anyone, maybe use GeoRSS with the inworld Second Life coordinate system. I don’t know, there seem to be a few things that would help (unintentionally of course) to teach spatial concepts and to continue to increase the visibility of geospatial technologies.

    BBC NEWS | Technology | Second Lifers get hands on code

    CrossOver Mac – run your Windows apps without Windows

    The folks over at Codeweaver have announced a commercial version of WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator) that allows you to run CERTAIN Windows software without booting into Windows or running a virtual machine, almost natively in Mac or Linux. A great idea, but the software list isn’t necessarily long.

    Yeah, this should go on my other blog where I have been talking about GIS on the Mac, but I was too lazy to log into the other site 🙂

    CodeWeavers – CrossOver Mac

    Indian Space Research Organisation will launch 4 satellites tomorrow

    Yes, I am posting about a non-CES or Macworld event, the planned launch of the ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C-7). The vehicle will be carrying 4 satellites, including CARTOSAT-2, the latest IRS sensor, and satellites for Indonesia and Argentina. ISRO’s previous mission, the launch of another vehicle, GSLV-F02 ended in failure back in July, so hopefully they can get everything safely into orbit and deployed.

    Via The Hindu

    Update: The launch was a success, and the satellites have been deployed!

    Multitouch on a phone and maps

    Ed has already posted on Geophoto. But even better is the iPhone, which is cooler than I could have suspected. Completely touch screen, full OS X (more or less), great web integration (great for your online mapping projects)…did I mention multitouch…This is a technology we have been pouncing on every time we have seen it, and while it is cool on a 42″ display it is that much cooler on a 3.5″ display. With Bluetooth capability you should be able to connect to a GPS without too much of a hassle. It should ship in June.

    Live from Macworld 2007: Steve Jobs keynote – Engadget

    Google Maps VE

    URISA Student Paper Comp

    URISA has announced their first annual student paper competition. From the announcement:

    Are you an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. student? Are you interested in a career using geographic information systems, information technology, geospatial technology, planning or community development? If yes, your writing and research should be recognized and shared with your peers. Submit a paper to the first annual student paper competition sponsored by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

    Head over to the URISA website for find out more. Oh and papers are due by April 2, 2007.