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Android OS Updates
Really interesting article on OS updates comparing iOS and Android phones. This shows the quality user-experience that Apple aims for and keeping users happy with the latest OS version. It also keeps developers happy in the sense that they stick to the "curve" and make sure their products are up-to-date. Compare that to Android where fragmentation of the OS and out-of-date products as they ship leads to a not entirely satisfied end-user. The moral of the story being, if you are on Android you are betting off rooting your phone as soon as possible and putting on the latest ROM developed by the community.

posted on: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

BOOK NOW LIVE "Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications"
Our book "Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications" is now live on Science Direct for download. The first print copies should be arriving in the country next week. Enjoy!

posted on: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Kindle 3.3 Firmware
The Kindle 3.3 Firmware has now landed.... not sure what happened to 3.2 unless it was internal and with the release of the new non-keyboard Kindle this has jumped to put them both at the same point I don't know. Also worth noting that the "branding" is now "Kindle" and "Kindle Keyboard": ostensibly the same hardware otherwise. Featurewise there is nothing to write home about..... backing up to the Kindle account of your own documents as well as those from the Kindle store. All part of the cloud based service that the Kindle Fire (aka tablet) is aiming to tap in to. So it makes sense and shifts people in that direction. Not sure if anything else has changed.....

posted on: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Font management
Font management seems to be one of those things you never get around to if you aren't a designer (and possibly even if you are)....

posted on: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Microsoft Office upgrade.....
I finally took the plunge and upgraded Microsoft Office. Having used Office97 for.... well the best part of 14 years its time to retire it....

posted on: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

SSTL to build SAR
Interesting article by Jonathan Amos about the announcement of SSTL to build a SAR satellite (complete end-to-end at 50M euro). Quite a departure for them and sure to provide a lift to the market. Watch this space as they say.

posted on: Tue, 04 Oct 2011 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Back to KAP
I spent a day with Paolo Paron (co-editor of our book on Geomorphological Mapping) kicking off a new kite aerial photography project....

posted on: Tue, 04 Oct 2011 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications
The edited book I have been working on is in the final throes of publication. Titled "Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications" by Mike Smith, Paolo Paron and James Griffiths, its Volume 15 in Elsevier's highly regarded Developments in Earth Surface Processes Series edited by Jack Shroder....

posted on: Tue, 04 Oct 2011 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry