Dr Mike J Smith

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Repligo Reader
I mentioned a while back that I had purchased Repligo Reader as it is a particularly fast and efficient PDF reader for android. One problem it (and every other reader I have tried) had was dealing with transparent layers... It would render them with solid fills, clearly not the intended result. I load train timetables onto my phone and the net effect was to obscure the train times. I reported this bug at the beginning of january and the minor release last week fixed it. So all credit to Cerience for being active in their development and response.

posted on: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology: Geomorphic Mapping
SAGE Handbook of GeomorphologyChapter: Geomorphic Mapping (Smith, M.J. and Pain, C.P. Mapping of landforms is probably as old as the making of maps. Mountain ranges, volcanoes, and plains all appear on early representations of land. Often the mountains were represented as hachures or “hairy caterpillars”...

posted on: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

£27,000 degree revisited
Another interesting article by Mike Baker over on BBC News about the recent toings-and-froings on university tuition fees. Well worth a read, but in summary, almost all fees are likely to be £9,000 per year in part because the government has pulled so much money out of HE. As a result there is little chance of an educational market. And the net result for students will also marginal. It will be fascinating to see the landscape once universities start publishing their fee schedules for 2012 entrants.

posted on: Sat, 12 Feb 2011 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

GoPro Hero 960
Well I finally bought GoPro Hero 960. I've now been experimenting with shooting time lapse photography to see what sort of results we can get....

posted on: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Humax HDR T2
I bought a Hummy PVR late last year principally to get HD reception. Of course HD isn't quite available in my area (strength of crystal palace transmitter just too weak) so just got to wait until april....

posted on: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Sony e-book Reader
I've been testing the Sony Reader.... an ebook reader (doh!) as part of a trial at Kingston in to their use....

posted on: Mon, 07 Feb 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

ESRIs Essays on Geography and GIS
ESRI have just published volume 3 of "Essays on Geography and GIS". EGG (nice!) is an irregularly produced volume series (almost annual) that accumulates together a selection of papers from ArcNews. Its a nice dip in to topical items in the ESRI world. I couldn't find a single landing page for EGG, although volume 1 has one. Just use this search.

posted on: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry