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Friday, March 20, 2009

The folks at Microsoft replied to my query for more demos.

First they want to be sure you could find the one on the Earthware page; it’s here. (I had complete faith you could find it!)

Second, they point to a demo from which should be live in the next couple of hours, as noted on this page. “OnTheRoad.To is a new service from Michal Bláha. It helps you share travel experiences and keep connected with friends and family while you’re on the road.”

Finally, they note a demo from Soul Solutions. I was unable to load that one, but here’s the blog post about it. It’s app that shows the origins of the folks at the 2009 MVP Summit.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 03:05 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

One of the latest attempts to encourage Web surfers to download malware involves geotargeting, that is determining the location related to the IP address. The scheme involves and e-mail telling the recipient of a “dirty bomb” blast that occurred in a nearby town. The user is requested to get more information a (fake) Reuters site, one that determines the user’s location to put up a convincing looking “local story” on the blast. The (fake) site requires a download of a (fake) new Adobe Flash player to view a video of the event. The download installs a variant of the Waledac worm.

Remember, technology can be used for good or evil. (Look for a podcast next week on the use of geotargeting via IP used for good!)

The Register via @mpdaly

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 02:44 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I read about Fixables on Twitter. The site’s vision is pretty simple:

(1)  visitors find specific (infrastructure) problems exist in their town/city that can be fixed
(2)  they upload images of the problem to the site (graffiti, broken stoplights, furniture on the curb, trash, broken playground parts, broken apartment heater, skunk…) and mark the local on a Google Map along with some descriptive information
(3) the site notifies the “right” people
(4) the community puts pressure on to get it fixed

The tag: “Working together to fix our neighborhood, community, country, and world.”

There’s no “about” information, so its unclear who is behind it or if the geography to be covered is limited in any way. The map does default to California, however. Great concept; I’m just not sure it should be global. Locally we have 311, the phone number for government information and non-emergency services, which works pretty well.


by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 02:32 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Dr. Wayne Schlipp introduced Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) to GIS in January 2003. This year in addition to adding 25 new machines, he announced the program will be adding GIS Business Analyst Online as a course this fall (‘09). The new course will be part of the GIS certificate program. It’s great to see business GIS being offered; it’s not something you hear too much about in education.

MATC Times

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 10:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Two week ago we learned that Microsoft was suing TomTom over allegations the satnav company infringed on eight patents, some related to mapping, some related to basic operating system functions. Today TomTom has countersued. TomTom filed a patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Virginia on March 16th. That suit claims that Microsoft’s Streets and Trips infringes on four TomTom patents related to vehicle navigation.

- Wall Street Journal
- C|net

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/20 at 10:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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