Friday, 20 July 2012

Does this go against current thinking?

Stats for this site

I thought the general thinking was that the traditional windows based pc was not the hardware of choice these days? I'm basing this on my experience, that of my friends and a Google talk i attended last night.

just saying!

written and submitted on the tablet (so excuse any format issues)


by the way, my twitter account has changed. It is now @_ianrobinson


here's one I haven't posted...

... from way back in June 2010. A simple live map of London Underground. 

It doesn't do much, just looks great, and as my phone doesn't work down there in the tube, its not much use. Come to think of it, even if my phone worked down there, it wouldn't be much use. But it shows what a couple of hours work can do with freely available transport data. There is a bucket load of data/feeds available right now, and people are doing great stuff with it. Here are the TFL feeds:

When people ask me what I do and I try to explain to them what GIS is, I find myself saying "maps and stuff". We all have to remember that GIS is not special. It's gone beyond that niche technology that only a certain type of geek did. The key word is "Information". Its just information about stuff. Stuff that has a Geographical element, which doesn't rule much out!

It's a kind of Toilet Technology. What I mean by that is that its the type of technology that does a lot, is useful and at the press of a button, without a thought for the "how?" the user gets what they want. The toilet technology is very sophisticated, does a lot if stuff and converts a load of crap into clean, useful water. All the user does is press a button and moves on to the rest of their lives. 

GIS is not maps, it's information about stuff. If we treat it as such the result will be far more useful.

Written and submitted from home

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Project "Find Ian a Better Hotel"

Facebook friends will be familiar with my "Find Ian a Better Hotel" project. Basically, when I'm in the office for more than a day I have been visiting the same hotel for the past 2 years. All well and good, but they used to charge for the internet. I reluctantly paid, but only occasionally when it was a necessity. They then decided to change the internet to free, as it should be. Ah! they listened to their customers. However, they must have had a rethink because they put the price up to a relatively reasonable £3. For that price, I just paid for it every time. I didn't like paying, it should be free... well, not free, just part of the service. Since then it has hardly ever worked.  As my pleas where all unheeded, it was time to up sticks and vote with my feet... and wallet. Well, the companies wallet.

So, it was time to visit all the hotels and B&B's in the area and see what the alternatives are. And it appears that there are a lot. All much better value than the big chain hotels. So far I have had the best breakfast in Britain, a la carte, unpronounceable dinner at £27 per head (turned down for the local pub). The worst rooms where I had to climb over the bed to reach the wardrobe. Smelly ones, dirty ones (not in that way!), small ones, big ones, clean ones, posh ones.... you name it, I've tried it, but the one common denominator was that they all included breakfast and they all included wifi.

I know the big chains have a network provider with support and all that goes with it, but do they really need it?  Do they really need to charge for it? If they are providing a room for the night, is internet now not more important than the telly? It is to me, and I'm sure a lot of other travellers. Maybe 4G will eventually stop the need for a wifi service. But as I write this, I'm thinking 3G didn't. I don't get a signal at many hotels. 

Well anyway, I haven't found my perfect haunt in Stevenage yet but will keep looking and maybe one day the a big chain hotel company will offer what we want. No.. what we need on our travels. It's not difficult, its not expensive.

Written and submitted from a B & B near Baldock

Monday, 16 July 2012

Well, its not interesting, but...

I've decided to revert back to my Civil Ian site. So, you can access it by or via Same stuff, just my own domain.

Written and submitted from home

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

I'm Back!

Goodness me, has it been that long? This new role is taking up so much of my time that I haven't had the brain space to post anything. there has been so much going on in the world and I will start to post again... just not today :)

So, the next post will be interesting, I promise.

Written and submitted from home