Monday, July 31, 2006

String of misfortunes

This week is just not turning out right. First the dread call, next the barrel of my canon IXUS broke with an E18 error which is quite painful. Thankfully I have warranty on it. The lens mechanism is apparently quite fragile as I have come to find out from various posts.

Hope to get it fixed soonish. Not feeling like spending any money since I can see big expenses in the horizon. Save me from the clutches of the lawyers.

Proxy Tilers and Linking Policy

Google maps explicitly states that if you embed Google Maps on your site and expect heavy traffic you have to notify them.

This does not stop Manifold from using it in their application and boasting about it. So what is the acceptable use policy with regard to Applications/Desktop clients using Google Maps data. It must be somewhere. If you leach too much Google will die on you and claim that you are a virus, which they are right about since bandwidth is being chewed up by freeloaders eager to see theirs and everyone elses house.

But, if an Open Application such as Worldwind transparently uses this data with acknowledgement and brings it to more people who probably cannot use Google Earth due to low bandwidth connections or want to operate in remote areas in offline mode, it should be encouraged since it brings the benefit of this great dataset to more important uses such as Emergency Response rather than just the Desktop Globetrotter. The community can also add bandwidth they have bought to the Dark Fibre Google owns to further ease the use of the imagery.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Parties,Life and World

Ok great do on Friday. Jive and Barbecue and Drinks. Happy birthday Helene.
It was perfect till I got a dreaded call I have been expecting for a while. Hopefully the storm will blow over.
KML Support in Worldwind is coming in leaps and bounds so are graphics goodies.

Sun shading

KML support

I am also planning to bring the RAT project to sourceforge and a wider community.Watch out for simple folks knowing SAR.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Worldwind Forks

There seems to be a plethora of Worldwind forks cropping up left right and centre.Here are just a few.It seems to be getting a life of its own. I am holding my breath for a Linux Distro wars like scenario.

That cannot be bad, in fact it will make more choice available and make the 3D-Globe world a richer place.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Oceanography in Worldwind

I have been trying the Oceanography addon. The data from NOAA and SeaWIFS looks very good and provides tonnes of clues on where ocean currents occur and how weather patterns affect the Ocean. If only these could be obtained real time.

Telstra for has very long international APN that got me into trouble.
APN: telstra.wap.mnc001.mcc505.gprs

Friday, July 14, 2006

Better Worldwind Buidings

I have made buildings in Worldwind using KML , but there are definitely better ways of doing it as Skyline(textured buildings), OsgPlanet or this one using WorldWind show. I like the shading on the buildings makes them look more realistic.
Frankly I am jealous.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Jakarta and Jakartans

Jakarta is a nice albeit dirty crowded and smoggy city. What makes it so nice is the people. They are friendly polite and in the right night club super fun.

In my 1week in Jakarta I spent 2 complete nights dancing away and going to meetings the for the day in other ones.

Had a trip to Pulau Putri as well with beautiful white sand beaches and clear blue water and is typical of me i forgot to bring swimming gear.

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Singapore Airport

Nice wireless here makes blogging on the move a breeze. Changi is the biggest airport for cargo in South-East asia the passenger terminal is huge too. Tonnes of duty free shopping and general indulgence.
Pity I am only in Singapore for 3 hours. Been here before for months , I absolutely loved it. I want to come back here sometime and look at CRISP.

Monday, July 3, 2006

The Fog

At most times life and future are very foggy. You can never be sure something will just work out. Consider the gadget trials of today, we get it on the last day we have no connector cable and on top of all this it does not work, FANTASTIC !!

Well I hope these lovely fog pictures will portray the beauty of uncertainty.
Nice drive to work after a great weekend.Salsa , Superman and Philosophy all you could ask for in a weekend really. Plus the apprehension of going on a trip overseas.

On the Worldwind front the fantastic new camera has sent me on a bug hunting trip looking for all the zillions of things that could be broken, but the rock steady camera is worth the pain.