Monthly Archives: December 2005

Yahoo! maps, Google maps, Mapquest hit Saturday Night

Yahoo! maps, Google maps, Mapquest featured on SNL… nice plug for geospatial last week as the map search engine leaders get a nice plug by the crew of SNL in a skit..
SNL cast members Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg walk and rap through the streets of the Big Apple and feature the map engines in an amusing context… some details from the script…
They’re rapping about where to see The Chronicles or Narnia
Chris: Let’s hit up Yahoo Maps to find the dopest route.
(image of Yahoo Maps page visible)
Andy: I prefer MapQuest
Chris: That’s a good one too.
Andy: Google Maps is the best.
Chris: Tru dat!
Andy and Chris: Double True!
The words “Double True” appear in Google colors.
 The complete transcript (unofficial) of the rap is also online. See http://snltranscripts.jt.org/05/05ilazy.phtml – thanks to SearEngineWatch for picking up on this http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/051227-181022

Google makes PC World A list with Google Earth

Kudos to Google Earth for their inclusion in another top 10 list.. no doubt this will be a regular theme over the next couple of weeks! The Google Earth SATELLITE MAPPING SERVICE was a winner in the mobile & wireless category (huh??) likely as there wasn’t another category that was more appropriate… how about innovative web services? Anyway, congrats.. check out the awards from PC World at http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/PCWorld/story?id=1451486

Notes on Mapdex and a wish to search it from ArcGIS Explorer

One GIS blogger is lobying ESRI to include a “Mapdex Search task” for ArcGIS explorer.. when you think about it it’s a great idea… mind you, if ArcGIS explorer is to connect users with map services then no doubt the product is to be tightly integrated with the Geography network and other directories that are likely managed by ESRI. But looking at Mapdex you’d have to think that this would be a win-win for all should the mamoth directory of web services be integrated into some of the ESRI product search tasks. If your not familiar with Mapdex, according to the site, “its a global index of 1,827 servers, serving 33,568 map services, containing over 400,000 GIS Layers, covering more than 4,000,000 columns”. See http://www.mapdex.org/search/ – as a sample test, we looked for DRGs for Seattle, WA and found hits on 16 servers… nice! Thanks to James at SpatiallyAdj. (http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com) for starting a rant on this topic! On a side note, my condolences go out to all you Michigan fans out there who had to endure the Alamo bowl last night and watch what had to be the worst College refs that have ever been recorded on ESPN… The wolverines choked but the refs gave this game away… how can any game end on a defensive penalty???? Here’s to the Irish stomping on OSU!

2005 Predictable stories from Wired and Google capitalizing on search term "Virtual Earth" to lead surfers to Google Earth

In traditional manner, Wired has launched their 2005 most predictable stories.. of course topping the list is Google… here’s what they say… Google Maps: In retrospect, how did anyone bear using MapQuest’s clunky interface, and why didn’t we all realize that dragging a map would feel so good? See http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,69919-0.html?tw=rss.index. Speaking of Google.. have you tried to search on the term “Virtual Earth”… it’s interesting to note that sponsored links that come up at the top are from Google which points to earth.google.com and to Microsoft’s Virtual Earth site at www.local.live.com… interesting how Google can capitalize on the search term to lead to their solution yet if you try to incorporate terms like Google Earth etc.. into your Google adwords you will no doubt have your ad suspended for violating the terms.

Wireless Hacks, Second Edition from O’Reilly

“Wireless Hacks, Second Edition” (O’Reilly) will help readers/developers get the most out of your wireless networking hardware and software. From O’Reilly… The 100 hacks in this book–35 brand new, the rest completely over-hauled or updated–are organized into seven chapters, although each hack stands alone. Whether you’re running Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X, you will be able to: -Use Bluetooth, mobile radios and data networks, cellular phones, Wi-Fi hotspots, and GPS to keep you connected anywhere -Make wireless devices do things not originally intended and turn wired devices into wireless ones -Employ practical methods for detecting, analyzing, and monitoring your own wireless networks and those available to the public -Extend the range of your network, making the best use of the available radio spectrum -Design and build your own wireless access points and antennas -Survey and engineer long-distance network links spanning several miles -Understand the security issues of wireless networking and protect yourself from unauthorized access and eavesdropping. See: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wirelesshks2/

Wireless Hacks, Second Edition from O’Reilly

“Wireless Hacks, Second Edition” (O’Reilly) will help readers/developers get the most out of your wireless networking hardware and software. From O’Reilly… The 100 hacks in this book–35 brand new, the rest completely over-hauled or updated–are organized into seven chapters, although each hack stands alone. Whether you’re running Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X, you will be able to: -Use Bluetooth, mobile radios and data networks, cellular phones, Wi-Fi hotspots, and GPS to keep you connected anywhere -Make wireless devices do things not originally intended and turn wired devices into wireless ones -Employ practical methods for detecting, analyzing, and monitoring your own wireless networks and those available to the public -Extend the range of your network, making the best use of the available radio spectrum -Design and build your own wireless access points and antennas -Survey and engineer long-distance network links spanning several miles -Understand the security issues of wireless networking and protect yourself from unauthorized access and eavesdropping. See: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wirelesshks2/

Virtual New York City Tour via Google Map mashup

Forget about the New York City transit strike and take an amazing tour using this clever google map mashup. VirtualNYC lets users select specific areas to take a tour. A complete description/historic is provided courtesy of mashing the Wikipedia. Then, a map, with place markers is displayed. Toping it off, photos of the area are offered with an amazing panning option with frames snapped at specified intervals… this mashup is AWESOME! See www.virtualnyctour.com