Pioneer’s Raku-Navi car navigation and A/V systems with 30GB HDD – Engadget

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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!

Pioneer’s Raku-Navi car navigation and A/V systems with 30GB HDD – Engadget –


Big list of Open/Free GIS Software

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DigitalGroveReader 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.


New t-shirt “got map?”

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gotmap hoodieFirst 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.


CNET Review of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth beta

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CNET posted their review of MSN Virtual Earth beta, which you can read here

Their review of Google Earth beta back in July can be found here

CNET gives Virtual Earth a plus for its trip planning and search features, but gives the edge to Google Earth in terms of the quality of satellite imagery features and coverage. Their concluding remark: “Travelers looking for local maps, driving routes, and businesses will like Virtual Earth, but students and casual browsers will prefer Google Earth.”

Remote Sensing

Day and Night around the World

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If you simply must know where it is day and night around the world, here are a couple of websites for you. keeps the official U.S. time via atomic clock and has a feature which shows where the sun is shining and where it is dark when you click on a time zone. Check it out here

The second website, by John Walker (founder of AutoDesk), offers the Earth and Moon Viewer, which has the day and night feature, as well as views of the earth from the moon, and the day and night sides using satellite imagery. It is much more of a webmapping interface, with query boxes to change the view and type of imagery.

Check out the Earth and Moon Viewer here