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More open data....
This is nothing but great news..... more open data! There is some genuinely useful stuff here: Met Office Public Weather Service, train/bus real time running and Land Registry. All valuable/useful stuff in and of itself that should already be public. In addition to last weeks criminal court sentencing records, there will also be personal health records. These will (anonymously) tell a very detailed story about the UK and provide invaluable data for further analysis by academics and companies.

posted on: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Raspberry Pi
If you haven't seen the fuss over Raspberry Pi then head on over and take a look at their website. And if you don't want to invest too much time then read the excellent summary over at The Register....

posted on: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Open Source Roundup
A useful open source roundup with a slight focus upon geo-stuff.

posted on: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

NPP Launch
NPP launched a few weeks back and has just sent back its first imagery. Jonathon Amos (over at the BBC) has an interesting article discussing the importance of weather satellites to remote sensing and society more widely....

posted on: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Open Source GIS Intro
Nice article over at Directions on Open Source GIS.... a reasonable primer on the topic.

posted on: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Landsat 5 Anomaly
Not a healthy outlook for Landsat 5 27 years after launch. Mind you, its not bad for a 3 year life expectancy!!

posted on: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

NERC Knowledge Exchange Grant
For those interested, I am currently a Co-Investigator on a NERC Knowledge Exchange grant titled "The Physical Landscape of Britain and Northern Ireland."...

posted on: Wed, 16 Nov 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

One Story
One Story is a great subscription for your Kindle. Each month you get one new short story and they never use an author twice....

posted on: Wed, 16 Nov 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Kindle Daily Deal
Amazon UK offering a "daily deal" each day for a heavily discounted book. See the blog post for further details. It'll be interesting to see how these deals develop.... equivalent price in the US at the moment. Will have to see if it goes up tomorrow as well or whether its the usual "Brits can pay more"

posted on: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Ball camera
How cool is this ball camera?? Love the application.... our Leica laser scanner grabs similar imagery and splices them together but this is so elegant and you get a whole sphere of imagery. The alternative would be to fish-eye images but not as easy to do. Great!

posted on: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Eject USB
Safely ejecting USB devices is a perennial gotcha for those not in the know, recently brought home to me by a friend who copied some audio books to her Kindle and couldn't find them to play them....

posted on: Wed, 09 Nov 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Kindle loses audio.....
PCPro had a good review of current ebook readers this month. And yes the new Kindle came out on top, but as they say, its all about content!...

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

"Couldn’t install on USB storage or SD card” error on Android
Finally got around to sorting out a niggling bug on my San Fran phone. For *one* application only, I kept getting the following error when I tried to install it: "Couldn’t install on USB storage or SD card" I couldnt be bothered to do anything about it, but when it then occurred for another app I thought I'd better do some digging....

posted on: Thu, 03 Nov 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Mighty Text
I've just been trialling MightyText which allows you to send and receive SMS messages on your PC from your Android phone....

posted on: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry