Monthly Archives: October 2005

Buck up for google mash-ups

Jason Miller recently commented on how wb developers can expect to start sharing the profits as developers continue to launch google mash-ups, particularly for commercial services.. real estate apps are a great case in point. If history holds true, I would have to say that I agree. Remember mom or dad telling you how nothing inn life is free… think about it. Google has provided the free API to developers and they have embraced it.. ofcourse google will likely crank up the cash register once things start getting heated up. Think about google adwords and use this as an example. As a”beta” test so to speak, I’ve had google adwords and have used the google pay for ads service as well. The trend over the last year has been for google to charge me more to have my little text ad show up on websites and in google search pages and on the flip side, the commission I receive for serving up google adwords on webpages that I maintain has totally tanked. Using pretty much the same parameters, I now receive about .20 cents on the dollar in revenues commpared to 8 months ago, and I’m shelling out 2x or 3x more to have my ads displayed. You think the Map API will remain totally open and free to use.. think again. Developers will enjoy the “open” technology, however, you real estate agents relying on mashups tfor your business, expect the tab to go up.
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Ning social network developer community tools

Ning has provided a very interesting API and social networking environment at http://www.ning.com/ that enables users to create their own social networking space. The app is useful for creating a blog or community networking space for things like clubs, community listings, classified ads or ??

Oracle to release Free, Open Database

This according to cnet… The database heavyweight on Tuesday is expected to announce the beta release of Oracle 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE), which will be generally available by the end of the year. It is targeted at students, small organizations and software vendors that could embed the Oracle database with an application. See http://news.com.com/Oracle+to+offer+free+database/2100-1012_3-5920796.html?part=rss&tag=5920796&subj=news

New ArcGIS Explorer to support WMS and KML

ESRI’s newest viewing client, ArcExplorer is reported to be prepared for release in early 2006. Users can pan,zoom, rotate (Globes), and integrate data and servies from ArcGIS clients, WMS services, and even Google Earth KMLs. Rather interesting as Google never really had any intention (as far as I have heard) of making KML a data standard, however, it appears that the likes of ESRI, FME, and others are now making KML an important data standard to be supported. More on this free 2D and 3D viewer available from ESRI at http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisexplorer/index.html

RFID Passports on track for 2006

In addition to all people wanting to enter the US to possess a valid pasport, the Government is going one step further in tracking citizens… this time RFID implants are the solution. According to cnet, “The chipped passports “will not permit ‘tracking’ of individuals,” the department said. “It will only permit governmental authorities to know that an individual has arrived at a port of entry”  See more at http://news.com.com/Passports+to+get+RFID+chip+implants/2100-7348_3-5913644.html?tag=nefd.lede

USGS employees question the move

Headlines today read as follows…  Denver USGS employees question Siderelis’s motives  – This from the “Rolla Daily News”…  An internal USGS committee will be assigned to review the decision to consolidate the mapping program in Denver. Recall  the USGS announced in mid-September plans to locate the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center in Denver, Colo., closing centers in Rolla, Reston, Va., and Menlo Park, Calif.  See http://www.therolladailynews.com/articles/2005/10/27/news/doc435fe5c9a6af0436317066.txt

National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) Move to Denver on hold

In a memo from USGS acting Director Leahy, the following details concerning the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center were released in a memo… “Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Mark Limbaugh has requested that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put a hold on the implementation to locate the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado.  Assistant Secretary Limbaugh directed a review of the decision process in light of questions raised about that process.  Therefore, I am directing that no further actions be taken to implement the location decision and the A-76 competitive sourcing study pending the outcome of this review.   See http://www.usgs.gov