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ESRI UK and GI in 2007
I was leafing through GEOConnexion this month and skimmed through the article on predictions for 2007 in GI (usual culprits included Ed Parsons, Vanessa Lawrence, AGI, Autodesk, Cadcorp, Ian Dowman etc) and was staggered by the opening statement of Roger Waite, Managing Director of ESRI UK which said: "For too long GIS has been a solution looking for a problem; this is set to change."...

posted on: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Dualit Coffee Maker Update
After two and a half years of faithful service my Dualit Espresso machine finally gave up the ghost. Many wonderful cups of coffee have been delivered by this machine, along with an awful lot of milk frothing....

posted on: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

AllPeers Peer-to-Peer Networking
Peer-to-Peer networking has been around for quite a while and is accompanied by the music industry's paranoia concerning piracy....

posted on: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Open Knowledge Foundation
The Open Knowledge Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to addressing the utilisation of knowledge within a digital society and engaging in the wide and open availability of that knowledge....

posted on: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

House re-wiring.... not really in the "fun" category
I've had my house rewired recently and used Instalec, an electrical contractor in the Luton area. I was particularly concerned that a good job was done (I had had some good recommendations of several contractors) and, of course, that the quote was as low as possible....

posted on: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Einstein says it all: geography is much harder than physics
I have to admit to really liking this quotation from Einstein: "As a young man, my fondest dream was to become a geographer....

posted on: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

What degree should you choose?
This question has been posed to me in a variety of guises by, several different people, over the last couple of weeks and remains a perennial problem for students taking A-levels....

posted on: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

What is a TOID?
I set my first year class an exam and one of the questions asked what TOID was the acronym for (I would have used the OS definition but it wasn't as good as Wikipedia!)...

posted on: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Being a good lecturer needs..... more sex
The BBC has reported (admittedly a year ago) on a study at the University of Paisley that was looking at the impact of different forms of sex on stress levels. Blood pressure was monitored during a variety of situations designed to increase stress, including public speaking. And the study found that participants who had had penetrative sex had reduced blood pressure and recovered from stress quicker than all other groups. The worst off were those who abstained from sex. What does this mean for lecturers? Well I won't spell it out, but I suspect our stress reduction courses don't involve this kind of therapy ;)

posted on: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Sense About Science
It's difficult to go a day without reading some loon story in the newspaper or seeing a reporter making ludicrous claims based upon flimsy evidence....

posted on: Mon, 08 Jan 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

First Year Experience: what are we trying to achieve?
Times have achanged in Higher Education in the UK. With the government aiming for 50% of young people to be entering HE, gone are the days of the "top 15% of the population" staying on education....

posted on: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Who needs an address anyway....
This story, originally reported in The Sun, has been doing the rounds on the GIS blogs, but its such a great item I couldn't resist putting it up. In short a guy couldn't remember the address of his friend, so instead of writing the county and nearest town (which is what most of us would do after having phoned directory enquiries!), he drew a map instead. And, of course, the Royal Mail actually delivered it!!

posted on: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Humax Personal Video Recorder
Santa was good to me this year and delivered a shiny new Humax 9200T PVR. For those not familiar with PVRs, they are hard disc based digital video recorders....

posted on: Tue, 02 Jan 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

LaTeX: Code Editor
In my earlier blog on LaTeX I mentioned that at the Journal of Maps we use MikTex. As with any other LaTeX distribution, MikTeX just processes the LaTeX code, typesets it and produces (if you use pdftex) into a PDF....

posted on: Mon, 01 Jan 2007 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry