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WorldKit 3.1 Released
Mikel Maron has released version 3.1 of WorldKit, the very functional, lightweight, web GIS client that we use at the Journal of Maps. FlashPlayer 8 is now supported, along with the addition of select zoom and pan buttons. There are three things that would really help our use of WK though: scale dependent renderer for displaying points and polygons (i.e. a point when zoomed out and a polygon when zoomed in). when hovering over an object the description text is displayed, but if this is too long it is cut off the display being able to point it at a (MySQL) database to read objects rather than using an XML file

posted on: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Converting old word processor files
A while back I had occasion to look at some old files I had created as part of my MSc Thesis. These were generated in WordPerfect 5....

posted on: Wed, 27 Dec 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Firefox 2
I've held off upgrading to Firefox 2 for a while now simply due to lack of time and the availability of Portable Firefox....

posted on: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Academics For Academic Freedom
After a lengthy absence from illness, I thought I would give a plug for the "Academics For Academic Freedom" campaign that recently received some press from the BBC entitled Academics seek right to offend....

posted on: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Fingerprint of Error
I bought a rather snatty Sony Vaio TX3XP laptop recently. Not only is it small (20x25cm) and light (1.25kg; its made from carbon fibre), but it also has a incredible battery life (~10 hours). Anyway, one of the features introduced on this model is fingerprint scanning to log on. It really works rather well and is a damn site easier than typing in a user name and password. That was, until I had a bath. Afterwards the skin on my fingers shrivelled slightly and I was refused access to the laptop!!

posted on: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Inn on the Park, St Albans
Another occasional haunt is the Inn on the Park in St Albans. Really a cafe-cum-coffee bar, its situated on the north side of the park in Verulamium and is a rather pleasant place to go in winter. The food is home cooked, the coffee good (naturally!) and its just mellow. The same cannot be said for it in the summer when it gets very busy, particularly as the "splash park" is only 50 yards away; avoid at all costs if you want peace and quiet!!

posted on: Tue, 05 Dec 2006 | path: /eating | permanent link to this entry

Ultra-Light KAP Rig
As a result og my KAP experiences in China, I spent a while thinking about a new ultra-light camera rig....

posted on: Sat, 02 Dec 2006 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Earth and Life: the birth of a new journal...
I received a circular last week to a new journal from Beijing entitled Earth and Life. in today's very crowded marketplace I either applaud those that can find a niche that isn't being serviced or sit back and scratch my head in wonder....

posted on: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Applied Geomorphological Mapping Working Group
I have recently become the vice-chair for a new working group at the International Association of Geomorphologists on applied geomorphological mapping....

posted on: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 | path: /glaciology | permanent link to this entry