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Monday, June 05, 2006

I’m getting ready for a road trip of about 1000 miles, so this weekend I was figuring out the route and picking hotels along the way. After working with trusty Google Maps for a while I realized I was using the wrong tool for the job and switched over to’s maps.

Why? It’s one of those trips where I need to stop in five different places and try to scope out hotels just out of “big tourist” destinations to keep costs down. really came through.

I could create a route to where I was headed and easily pick a town along the way as a potential stopping point. Hotels too expensive? I’d pick another town. It was a bit like using one of those sliding puzzles to get all the pieces correct, but I was master of the puzzle and obediantly recalculated the route as I experimented. (Maybe you like an automated program or the travel folks to do this work. I frankly find this fun!) I also liked that I could bookmark the map right from the app, so I could come back to it later.

Maybe other folks like all the floating windows of other apps (Live Local, for example) but I like the simple, “stays put” interface of Ask’s maps. It’s hard to lose anything! If I had one wish for the Ask folks? I need a scale bar, please!

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Amond those subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating connections between Representative Jerry Lewis and lobbying firm Copeland, Lowery & Jacquez are Riverside County, the Cal State San Bernardino Foundation, San Bernardino County and the city of Redlands reports the (Southern California) Press-Enterprise. The firm has been connected with former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham. Lewis has not been accused of any wrongdoing at this time.

Other organizations in the region are among the firm’s client list, including the University of Redlands, Loma Linda University Medical Center and ESRI. None of these organizations would say if they’d been served.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Bad news on the GeoRSS front, at least from our small sample of 49 respondents. Asked about “knowledge of GeoRSS” 41% had not heard of it, while 22% had. 27% claimed they understood it while just 6% say they use it. 4% noted their involvement in making it a standard. Fear not, there’ll be more on this topic to come.

On to the next poll: What’s the next “big thing” in Web mapping? Cast your vote on our homepage in the lower right corner.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/05 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Sunday, June 04, 2006

I want to point to a few valuable posts from “my CAD friends” about press releases and company reputation. These are folks who’ve been doing this a long time and are well respected. I urge you marketing folks to take heed.

First up, an analysis by Rachel Dalton-Taggart in her blog on an article highlighting the future of press releases. Read the comments, too!

Second, Evan Yares details of what appears to be an Autodesk created video that appeared, then disappeared from Evan uses “fair use” to offer stills and tell the video’s story. I’m embarassed when I see respectable companies do this stuff. But then Autodesk has not admitted it created the video, nor did the new CEO, who appears in the video, seem to know about it.

by Adena Schutzberg on 06/04 at 12:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, June 02, 2006

Rosum made Popular Science this week with a nice discussion of its TV signal based solution for locating (that works indoors, among other things). The company is working with Trimble to include its chips alongside GPS chips for fleet tracking and parole monitoring. But here’s how it will really make it big:

Last December, President Bush put out a call for a backup locating system in case the aging GPS system, first deployed in 1978, fails. Rosum is betting its system fits the bill.


by Adena Schutzberg on 06/02 at 07:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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