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RFID Student Monitoring
This is an interesting article from Doncaster about monitoring student movement using RFID chips embedded in school badges (I assume washable!)...

posted on: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

ASTER G-DEM
ASTER is an experimental sensor that sits onboard NASA's Terra platform and is jointly run by NASA and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry....

posted on: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

ArcGIS SP4
Well Service Pack 4 is now available, which includes a list of bugs fixed as well as "new" features. And at 176Mb for Desktop thats neh too bad; although the updated help file weighs in at a heftier 379Mb.

posted on: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

TopSat Opportunities for UK HE Staff
MIMAS maintain an archive of satellite imagery, primarily of the UK, for most UK HE institutions through the Landmap website....

posted on: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Animated GIFs and Powerpoint
I wanted to put an animated GIF in to Powerpoint recently and, when imported, it simply showed a blank square. A little bit of Googling later and it would appear that, from Powerpoint2000 onwards, animated GIFs can be viewed (fully animated) in presentation mode only. When in editing mode, they simply show the first frame. Useful to know...

posted on: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Stem and Leaf Plots
My wife was teaching stem and leaf plots to first year business students recently and wanted to dynamically show how they are built from a raw data set. We use Powerpoint 97 which doesn't support motion paths, so makes any kind of "real" animation difficult. Open Office's Impress has a half-hearted approach to motion paths, but they are pre-defined (although please correct me if I'm wrong!). As a result I ended up using the only animation software I have, which is the Flash-based Swish. For a quick effort, the animation works reasonably well.

posted on: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

Interesting factoid of the week: vinegar....
Vinegar dissolves the glue that holds the eggs of head lice to hair strands, thus making them easier to comb out. You can tell I have children . . . .

posted on: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Quantum GIS 0.9 Released
Quantum GIS 0.9 was released last week. Things are getting close to a full "first version" and this update adds support for scripting Python plugins (and, indeed, Python programs that use QGIS libraries). If you haven't had a go with QGIS it is well worthwhile and makes an admirable companion to GRASS.

posted on: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Adpative Release (and the spiral of death)
I have blogged about using Blackboard before and, by large, things have been pain free. I hit a problem recently which should have been (and was!)...

posted on: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry