We received an email from a Redmond employee who created a Virtual Earth shapefile loader. This has been pointed to by several sites including James at Spatially Adjusted. If I hadn’t been a slacker for the last week I would have already blogged it…
Spatially Adjusted: Putting Shapefies into Virtual Earth
I have gone back and forth between using an aggregator (currently SharpReader) and just going to the web sites of my various sites. The great thing about an aggregator is that you don’t have to worry about wandering from page to page, folks can send you RSS links or OPMLs for you to import and check out, and you can group your different areas of interest into groups. The problem I have is that I don’t connect as well with the information that I am looking at. I am just as likely to delete a post in the aggregator that I would read every word of on the web page. I am not sure if this is a case of experience or what.
To bring it back to something we talked about on the podcast, I see the aggregator as a space, whether it is SharpReader or MyYahoo, which I have little connection to and therefore seem to have little connection to the content that I view there. The individual websites then are analogous to cyber-places where I have had interactions with the site design, the content creators, and, heaven forbid, the advertisers. I think this has a little to do with the story that each site or cyber-place sets up from post to post. An odd comparison, but one that I am sure a geographer of cyberspace has mentioned. In the end I will keep using my aggregator, but I will pop into a site every now and then just to look around even though I have probably read all of the posts on the site…
We here at VerySpatial have received our first honest to goodness press release! What is more, its for an actually useful product. Pixel742 generates distributable GeoTIFFs from Landsat bands 7, 4, & 2 to create a Natural color output. There is a demo but I haven’t plyed with it yet.
OK, after almost hitting our 7GB/month transfer limit in August we upped our plan to a 21GB/month transfer plan which is the high end plan for our provider. As of the end of September we had 3GB left! We are probably going over 21Gb in October. We are ecstatic with the response to both the podcast and blog!
The point? We have moved the storage of the podcast to libsyn (liberated syndication) which is designed for podcasters and allows for unlimited traffic. The same day we started using libsyn for episode 11, however, libsyn conducted a server move. So if you have had any problems accessing episode 11 please let me know. Also, my test download seemed to go as fast this week as it has in the past, but if you notice the download taking significantly longer email me and let me know. Generally, any problem, including any coming out of my updates to the blog sidebars, should be pointed out so I can try to get it fixed.
A new SlashDot for the GIS and remote sensing community is up and running at SlashGISRS. SlashGISRS was launched in September by Canadian non-profit Spatial Enlightenment. As they grow their submission base I think this site will become one to watch. Head on over and set up your account today.
Main Topic: Global warming and geospatial technolgies. News: Podcast symposium, GITA online conference, new GPS satellite, NAVTECH LBS challenge
It is true that Japan gets all of the great toys first, but sometimes I think it would be better not to know about them. Engadget provides a brief description of Pioneer’s Raku-Navi which combines an in car gps with a touch panel, a 30GB hard drive for holding your tunes, and can have a tv tuner and other add ons attached. This takes the new genre of multimedia GPS units to an extreme!
PioneerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Raku-Navi car navigation and A/V systems with 30GB HDD – Engadget – www.engadget.com
Reader Leszek emailed reguarding my previous post of open/free software to point out DigitalGrove. I hate to admit when I forget about things, but I did…I had completely forgotten about this great resource. This site has an extensive list of free data and software along with descriptions and comparisons of different geospatial technologies.
Mapz has posted a short list of GIS software that is open source and/or free. I intend to someday create a page of these so if you have other software you would like to point out feel free to email me.
First you were questioned about milk, then the geeks were asked about root, but the question that has been around for millinea from back seat drivers…got map? Head over to the VerySpatial Store and check out our new ‘got map?’ products. Since this is a Cafe Press shop there are tons of product options, so if you don’t see an item that you want with the logo on it email us and we will add it to the site.