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The king is dead (my San Fran) - Long live the king (my new sparkling San Fran II)
Well I guess the day had to come, but sadly (particularly after the Gingerbread upgrade) my San Fran passed away....

posted on: Sun, 29 Jul 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

40 years of Landsat
A nice cover image and article over at PE&RS celebrating 40 years of Landsat missions. The cover article looks at the analysis of the first ever Landsat scene which is a pleasant bit of nostalgia - and perhaps provides an excellent example of the power of multispectral remote sensing in identifying surface features.

posted on: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

NEXTMap World 30
Intriguingly Intermap has just release another global DEM in the form of the NEXTMap World 30. Perhaps the most useful document to read is the technical review which contains a fair bit of detail on the product - that is, its a fusion of ASTER GDEM, SRTM and GTOPO. They clearly believe that their experience in fusing data products has led to the production of the "best available" near-global DEM under the NEXTMap badge. I'm not going to argue and it'll be interesting to see how many people start using this.

posted on: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

Gingerbread Upgrade
Well I finally took the plunge and, 18 months on from installed Froyo (Android 2.1), finally upgrade to Gingerbread (Android 2....

posted on: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry

Point Cloud Roundup
Point clouds are becoming big news - as LiDAR systems move out of the niche and in to the mainstream, software processing shifts from high cost bespoke to lower cost and open source....

posted on: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

MER Panorama
NASA has released a new panorama from ne of the rovers on Mars which shows an incredibly detailed image of the Martian surface. Nice viewing!

posted on: Mon, 09 Jul 2012 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

What's a large class size?
How about 100,000?? A really great TED talk from Peter Norvig on how they turned their on-site classroom in to a 100,000 strong virtual class and flipped many of the ideas about distance learning to motivate and engage students. <embed src="http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf" pluginspace="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" bgColor="#ffffff" width="526" height="374" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" flashvars="vu=http:

posted on: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 | path: /teaching | permanent link to this entry

OA Costs.....
OA costs raised its head again this week when I was asked to review a paper for Remote Sensing, published by MDPI who have specialised in open access for a number of years....

posted on: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 | path: /publications | permanent link to this entry

Leaf Motion
The Leaf Motion is doing the rounds, but is well worth repeating again anyway, not least because, amongst other things, it shows some Google Earth navigation. Minority Report style motion control is arriving....

posted on: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 | path: /computing | permanent link to this entry