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Dunstable Downs
I've been carrying out the further testing to the kite rig at Dunstable Downs (Note: whilst Mastermap might be up-to-date, the Landranger maps displayed at Steremap most certainly aren't!). This offers fantastic views out over the Vale of Aylesbury, is wonderfully windy and hosts the internationally famous Dunstable Kite Festival (which incidentally is TOMORROW). It's well worth a visit and now has the new Chiltern Gateway visitor centre. Designed to be eco-friendly and blend in to the landscape, it offers fantastic views out across the Vale and sports a reasonable cafe/restaurant.

posted on: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 | path: /eating | permanent link to this entry

Open Office Footers
I've finally taken the plunge and am in the process of fully switching over to Open Office. I've been wanting to do this for a while, partly to move over to open source software and partly because of Portable Open Office....

posted on: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Continuous Rotation Servos
The rig designs I have used for flying my cameras (from kites), all use model aircraft servos (e.g. Hitec, Futaba) to drive the rotation (horizontally) of the vertically pointing camera....

posted on: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Fisheye Panoramas Continued
Well it's been a month since my last blog on creating panoramas from fisheye lenses. I had said I would come back to using Hugin to create panoramas, it's just taken longer than I thought!...

posted on: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

More KAP Testing
I managed to get some testing of the Ultra-light rig this week. As you can see from the photo, we were trialling both the new rig and the stereo mounted cameras....

posted on: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Google Gears
I've just been tinkering with Google Gears. OK, so it's old (ish) news (a month is a long time in IT), but I've had other things to do....

posted on: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

RS and ArcMap
I've been doing a little bit of training this week on using ArcGIS for simple image processing and, whilst ERDAS Imagine remains my staple (simply because I'm familiar with it), it's quite beneficial to find new ways of accomplishing old tasks....

posted on: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

KML Editors
I was needing to create some KML files recently so had a quick hunt around for easy ways of creating and editing them....

posted on: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

GIS Day Review
GIS Day proved to be a great success with somewhere around 60 students attending from a range of local schools....

posted on: Tue, 03 Jul 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry