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Where do they get all those toys?

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Ok, so this is probably pretty pedestrian for most real geospatial users out there. There’s a little write-up in Digital Trends about how mapping companies like Tele Atlas get their navigation information. However it’s nice to see some inside photos of the toys with a bit of discussion of how they all work. The article […]

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Geospatial Augmented Reality

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Check out this article about how Simon Frasier University is taking advantage of virtual environments and augmented reality in the classroom (and beyond). These technologies are flourishing in some areas, but they are slow to find wide adoption. This probably has a lot to do with the cost of most of the hardware associated. Either […]

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New Mac Pro and MacOS 10.5 announced

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While we have been at the ESRI Plenary, Steve Jobs took stage up north and introduced a couple of little things. I am pretty excited about the new Mac Pro which is based on the new Core 2 Duo chips including the high-end dual chip (4 cores total) option. Check out Engadget’s cover for details […]

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ArcPad Today Powertoy

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This morning on the new ArcPad dev team blog, they released a small powertoy for the PocketPC. The ArcPad Today Powertoy is a free today screen plug-in that allows you to access ArcPad directly and keep an eye on your battery and memory. I spent good money on a similar program for my PocketPC before […]

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Real time traffic tracking

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This isn’t your father’s real time traffic tracking. This is personal. Technology has been out for awhile now that can read a license plate in traffic from a distance. So what’s the news? Apparently G2 Tactics in Virginia invisions a day when its cheap enough for anyone to buy. We could all track each other’s […]

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LAPD Get their Spidey Tracer!

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If you read the blog regularly, you’ll know my facination with the “Spidey Tracer”. (in truth, I’m facinated with all super gadgets… Batman is my hero!) Now the LAPD will jump on the spidey tracer fun bandwagon with Virginia-based company StarChase’s new laser homing dart GPS. The dart can be launched by chase vehicles onto […]

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Opera 9 and widgets

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As you all may know I am a fan of the widget. Konfabulator was wonderful, Yahoo Widgets made them more ubiquitous, and of course Apple stole widgets from Konfabulator 🙂 (and Widgets in Vista…have I mentioned Vista is very pretty). Now, Opera has officially released version 9 complete with…you guessed it, widgets. These are similar […]

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Use tablet instead of table to control GE

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Inspired by the Smackbook demo and the tabletop Google Earth at the Where Fair, I am trying to use my Toshiba M200 tablet to control Google Earth (and others). Unlike the MacBook and ThinkPad (SmackPad), the Toshiba comes with a utility to take advantage of the accelerometer out of the box (though I haven’t used […]