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STOP PRESS: ArcGIS Virtualised
Tech support at Kingston seem to have successfully virtualised ArcGIS 10 SP1. This has been a (very) troublesome app for sometime and particularly all the old ugly UNIX code that sits behind toolbox. Just loading Toolbox would cause the app to stall for 1 hour whilst it streamed the underlying code across the network. This has been reduced to about 1 minute which is then cached. Hopefully this will be rolled out on a trial basis side-by-side the installed app for student testing.

posted on: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Gatewing UAV
Nice article on the Gatewing X100. In short: Wing - fixed wing, 100cm Weight - 2.0 kg (including payload) Material - Carbon reinforced EPP structure Propulsion - Electric, lipo battery Altitude - 100 m to 750 m AGL Launch - catpult Cruise speed - 75 km/h average Currently equipped with a 10MP camera and can stay aloft of 30 minutes to capture (alot of) stereo imagery. Subsequent processing allows production of orthophotos and DEMs. Price: a paultry $70,000

posted on: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Dolphin Browser
Dolphin Browser has been released free on Android after an injection of cash in to the firm for developing the product further. Its a feature packed browser thats well worth a try.... webzine, gestures, tabs, side bar etc etc.

posted on: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Ordnance Survey moves to BIS
OS moves from CLG to BIS as part of PDC.... lots of TLAs

posted on: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Student textbooks on the Kindle
Amazon have announced student textbook lending in the US for the Kindle. No detailed pricing as yet, but it looks like they have persuaded textbook publishers to lend by the day (or cumulative units). This could be a book for students, publishers and those on distance learning programmes. No sign of it yet on the horizon in the UK, so it'll be interesting to see how this develops.

posted on: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Focus Writer
Good writers suffer from the art of procrastination and take it to new levels.... what can you do NOT to do any writing today?...

posted on: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

80s throwback
Maybe I'm a bit sentimental for the 80s (or at least the music. Very sad of me!), but this YouTube video is a great mashup to the Phoenix track Lisztomania.

posted on: Thu, 07 Jul 2011 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Android: low on space?
I hit the "Low on Space" problem again on my Orange San Francisco.... Ive just ignored this in the past, deleted a few apps on got on with life....

posted on: Sun, 03 Jul 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry