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Portable Coffee
Of course you can't always been near a quality espresso all the time which means the need for portable coffee solutions....

posted on: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

New GPS Kit
We use GPS fairly regularly in the Centre for GIS at Kingston so tend to keep an eye on developments in kit, particularly those that are useful for human geography/geoscience. We currently use (in conjunction with PDAs running ESRI's Arcpad) some Fortuna Slim bluetooth GPSs which are cheap and sufficient for many purposes. Recent announcements up the ante for low-cost, accurate, GPS. In particular the fully integrated Trimble GeoXH which claims a <30cm post-processed accuracy. For a little bit more money you can acquire the Thales Promark 3 which boasts <1m real-time accuracy and <1cm post-processed.

posted on: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Blackboard Experiences
I don't know about other users, but I have a mixed reaction to the use of "virtual learning environments" (in my case Blackboard)....

posted on: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Respondus
At Kingston University we use Blackboard as our learning management system for registering students on modules and allowing interaction with course material....

posted on: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Prosumer camera RAW files
As part of my project exploring the use of kite-based remote sensing I have been using a Nikon D70 to take aerial imagery....

posted on: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Saving SWF files in Firefox
Isn't it always annoying when you find a web page with a Flash file embedded in it. You want to save it to look at later, but when you right click on it, all you are given are the Flash specific settings which don't include saving the file. Well if you use Firefox there is a very simple solution. Right click on the main area of the page and goto "View Page Info." Select the "Media" tab and you will see information on media files used in the webpage, including all Flash files. If you select the Flash file of interest you can then hit the "Save As" button. Easy!

posted on: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

USB SD Card!
I regularly use a Palm ZIre 72 to store my contact and diary information. Increasingly I find it great to refer to reference material and, through the excellent DocumentsToGo , natively edit Microsoft Word and Excel files. The Palm Zire takes SD storage cards and I have recently come across the Sandisk Ultra-II Plus. Not only is this a fast and spacious (0.5 or 1Gb) SD card, it very neatly folds to reveal a USB connector turning it in to a standard USB memory stick. It means I can place all my Powerpoint files on the card, view/practice them on the Palm and then plug them straight in to the USB port on the host computer.

posted on: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Teaching Aids
Over the years I have accumulated a few gadgets and tips to aid the presentation and delivery of course materials....

posted on: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Freshly roasted coffee!
Like your coffee?? Well you need freshly roasted beans in order to get the best cuppa. Whilst unroasted ("green") beans retain flavour for months after they have been picked, roasted beans only last weeks, whilst ground coffee lasts days....

posted on: Sun, 06 Nov 2005 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Dualit Road Test!
I've been thoroughly testing a Dualit espresso machine (84009) for the last year. Yes it's a little expensive, but it makes fantastic coffee....

posted on: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

AGI: Inter-planetry Presentation
I will providing an introductory seminar/practical at the AGI Conference, Chelsea Village, London (9-10 November 2005) entitled Inter-planetry remote sensing: landform mapping on Mars. These sessions take place in the trade exhibition space which has free entry; however you do need to register in advance at the above website.

posted on: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 | path: /meetings | permanent link to this entry

Google Back Links
Google has a useful facility to list the pages which link to a single page of interest. Think of this as a way to explore "back-linking". Out of interest I tried it for the Journal of Maps: JoM Back links

posted on: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry