Mar
07

Get Ready for Apple Maps

Whoops! Apple had a bit of a slip today when it released iPhoto for iOS.

Dogs and cats living together! Pandemonium!

It seems Apple left API calls to its own servers intact. The maps in iPhoto are drawn via tiles on Apple servers, tiles we’re seeing for the first time. It looks like Apple is finally putting its plan to ditch Google Maps in motion. Make no mistake, this is step one. iMap is on the way.

I just hope someone over at Apple took a moment to think of all the poor Foursquare users that will have to go through yet another map change. Those guys have been through so much this week. Send chocolates.

It seems the Year of OpenStreetMap might actually be a bit broader than anticipated, with a new entrant into the foray. With Apple and Google about to duke it out for mobile mapping supremacy and OSM taking everything else, things are about to get very interesting.

When the history books speak of the Great Map War of 2012, let it be known that it did not begin with a bang, but rather with an API whimper. He who owns the map tiles owns the world.

HT: @cageyjames

Mar
06

Map Fight! The Race to Erase I-40

As you may have heard recently, Interstate 40 in downtown Oklahoma City has been re-routed. This gave me the opportunity to see the speed with which online mapping providers update their databases. Totally exciting, right?

Let's get ready to rumble!

I’ll give you a minute to catch your breath.

You good? Okay, here we go.

I posted this the day before the eastbound lanes of I-40 were to shift over to the new highway. In true fashion, no one responded with anything remotely resembling a guess. For the record, my guess was OpenStreetMap as the first to update and Google as last.

The westbound lanes shifted in mid-February, completing the move. There should now be no reason — other than slow database updates — for any online maps to show the old I-40 location. Two months after the relocation process began, let’s check in on the progress. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar
01

Stalker’s Paradise Foursquare Changes Map Provider, Unaffecting and Enraging Users

The Year of OpenStreetMap continues!

A great day for OSM

Yesterday, Fourqsuare announced that it had changed map providers from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap (OSM).  Good news, right? Yes. Fabulous news. Wonderful news. Best news of the day. Unless, apparently, you are a Foursquare user.

Comments copied from the FourSquare blog post

Rage!

Worst. News. Ever. How dare they change something that I use for free in order to save themselves some money? Read the rest of this entry »

Feb
28

Countdown to Opening Day 2012

One month to go! As you may recall from previous years, I have this thing where I watch the 2006 World Series DVDs as a countdown to Opening Day, with the clincher viewed on Opening Day Eve. This is the best way — as a Cardinals fan — to get ready for Opening Day. This year, I’ve updated the viewing material (for obvious reasons) to the 2011 set.

I’d like for you to join me in this year’s countdown. It’s a great excuse to get together with friends, drink beer, and talk baseball. Since we all live in far-flung cities around the country (and globe), we obviously can’t do this in person. Internet to the rescue! This year, I’m thinking of setting up a Google Hangout for a group chat during the games. Who’s in? Obviously, if we get enough people we will have to use something other than a Hangout. If that happens, I’ll need a suggestion as to a better means of connecting with everyone for the viewing party.

The games will start March 28th and run every night through April 3rd. First pitch is at 7:05pm CDT. I know this is a bit of a commitment, so I don’t mind if you start later in the Series. Game 6 (April 2) and Game 7 (April 3) are mandatory if you consider yourself a Cardinals fan.

The only thing you really need to join in is the 2011 World Series DVD box set, which
you can find here: http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12179276 .

The price has been reduced from the original MSRP of $72. It’s now $57. You should already own that anyway so there really is no excuse.

Join me as we put 2011 to rest and look forward to the Cards’ title defense.

Jan
30

So This Is What I Was Like 12 Years Ago…

First off, I want to say that I am by no means belittling the ambition of the City of Oak Hill, West Virginia. I congratulate them for making the large step — albeit a few years behind the curve — of committing to the creation of a city-wide GIS. It’s a major commitment with lots of upfront costs, but great long-term potential. Cheers, gentlemen.

That said, this article reads a lot like the conversation I had with my parents when I tried to legitimize my Geography major declaration and subsequent career path in 2000.

Amazing!!!1!11

Oh, Zite, I definitely enjoyed reading this, but not for the reason you think I did.

Maybe I’ve become an elitist when it comes to this kind of thing, but I think I’ve earned it over the course of my career. GIS isn’t new anymore. The article even mentioned Google Maps as a basemap (oy vey), something that has been around for about a decade. This is exactly the kind of project I’d love to do as a consultant because it is such an easy job and any results would completely impress the client since their expectations were so low to begin with. The definition of low-hanging fruit. You can probably sense my jealousy.

I give it 9 months until it’s featured in ArcNews.

They’re so excited about “the future” that I almost don’t want to tell them that the initial $16,000 investment should be more like $2,000 if they use readily available open source tools. Too soon?

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