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Monday, December 19, 2005

A survey team exploring how 400 citizens of Casper, Wyoming feel about the city will include the location of those interviewed. From the Casper Star Tribune:

Since the ETC Institute conducted the city’s last telephone survey, the company has, for an additional $1,000 atop a $4,750 fee, begun offering geocoding, also known as GIS mapping. It’s a way to determine if different Casper neighborhoods think differently about a specific topic.

It’s unfortunate there’s confusion between geocoding (finding lat/lon cooridates for a location (street address, ZIP Code) and GIS (a technology system for analysing location). It’s also interesting to note that doing the geocoding ups the cost by $1000.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Our last poll wasn’t too interesting to many of you. Of the two dozen respondents, 33% read the newspaper online 43% in print and 24% don’t read it all all. Onward with a question related to current technology: What’s your relationship to map mashups? Vote on the lower right hand side of the website.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/19 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, December 16, 2005

A New York Times article (reprinted in the International Herald Tribune, no registration required) quotes a few important people on the concerns India and other countries have expressed over the imagery now available in Google Earth. These are solid statements which will hopefully educate more people on how this technology, and technology in general work.

Vipin Gupta, a security analyst at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, suggested that the Indian government should accept the new reality. “Times are changing, and the best thing to do is adapt to the advances in technology.”

“Google Earth is not acquiring new imagery,” said John Pike, director of, an online repository of satellite imagery. “They are simply repurposing imagery that somebody else had already acquired. So if there was any harm that was going to be done by the imagery, it would already be done.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/16 at 08:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Cingular’s subscribers to the AT&T Wireless service have dropped since the two companies merged. That offering and “Find Things Nearby” will cease to operate come January 1, 2006. The offerings, based on mMode, were modeled after very successfull LBS offerings in Asia from NTT Docomo. The good news for Cinglar users? 10Best and Go2Directions, two other LBS offerings, will remain in place. More details in an article at RCRNews.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/16 at 07:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

ic Wales reports that the new thing to steal from cars, at least in that part of the world is GPS navigation systems. Theft rates are up and expected to climb after the holidays. The lure? For on they are typically left right above the dash for all to see. Many are removeable and hence take little effort to grab. Finally, even if they are placed under the seat, the tell tale signs one was there is enough to temp thieves to break in. Advice from the experts? Take the device with you or lock it in the trunk.

Will theft deter people from the aftermarket options and push sales of high cost installed models? Or will it push users to phone based systems?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/16 at 07:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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