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Why you should clearly mark your geocache!

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This story on CNN demostrates why you need to clearly mark a geocache as such. From the article, “In June, a bomb squad in De Pere, Wisconsin, used a robot-mounted shotgun to blast the lid off a suspicious-looking military ammunition box found in a park. It also turned out to be a geocache.” It’s a […]

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IP Address to Location

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The Link has been corrected now!  Sorry for any confusion.  While there are a few tools out there to do this sort of thing, I thought this one was a nice, clean, simple interface for it. It features AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) as its base technology, which helps make it faster than most implementations. […]

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Do Geographers Need More Sleep?

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Here’s an interesting article about the effects of sleep deprivation. The interesting note is that sleep deprivation appears to most aversely affect spatial learning and spatial tasks! So if you’re having trouble with any of your GIS projects, maybe you need more sleep….? The full article.

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Sometimes you just gotta get out and drive it…

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Here’s an interesting article in Wired about keeping all of these online GIS databases fresh. As they point out, sometimes you just have to send someone out to drive the route and see what’s out there. Electronic methods are great but they only take you so far. I think the most interesting quote is on […]

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TrafficView Project

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The University of Maryland has an interesting concept for traffic monitoring and mapping – peer-to-peer traffic monitoring! The idea is that cars will be equpied with devices which can communicate with nearby cars to report traffic conditions and the like. It’s an interesting use of peer-to-peer technologies and potentially GIS. TrafficView. Read the PDF for […]

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Sony’s DRM Damage Mapped

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Sony stepped into all sorts of trouble with thier copy protection scheme on CDs. Although they claim the damage is minimal, the folks over at Doxpara Research claim otherwise. Since Sony’s scheme calls home, the Doxpara folks figured there would an entry in DNS servers around the world showing the call home. Doing an analysis, […]

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Goin’ Mobile!

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Google local is going mobile! You can now download google maps to your cellphone, if you’ve got the right service. And phone. And location. And are willing to shell the clams for it. A rather hefty premium to step onto the location based service monorail to the future, if you ask me. But it’s still […]

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A different kind of “map”

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While not really spatial, I thought Music Plasma was an interesing application for graphically showing relationships for data points. In this case, they’re pulling data from Amazon’s databases to show how certain bands “relate” to other bands, at least as far as Amazon’s customer habits are concerned. It’s interesting to remember that relationships beyond spatial […]