Posts By: Gary

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    Avis – Less “We Try Harder”, More “We Can’t Be Bothered”

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    Last week I was unfortunate enough to hire a rental car from Avis at Heathrow. The italics are important here as they point to where the problem seems to lie. I travel quite a lot for work and so it’s fair to say I rent a reasonable amount of cars; all of them through Avis… Read more »

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    Know Your Place; Adding Geographic Intelligence to your Content

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    Day two of the AGI GeoCommunity conference and the conference as a whole has ended. We discussed neogeography, paleogeography and pretty much all points in between, finally agreeing that labels such as these get in the way of the geography itself. I was fortunate enough to have my paper submission accepted and presented a talk… Read more »

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    Plenaries, Privacy and Place

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    Day one of this year’s AGI GeoCommunity conference saw the geoweb track draw a sizeable, if varying, share of the delegate audience; some sessions were crammed tight and reduced to standing room only whilst others had a slightly less cozy but still enthusiastic crowd. Showing that Steven Feldman, the conference chair, started as he meant to… Read more »

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    Location and Privacy – Where Do We Care?

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    As part of this year’s AGI GeoCommunity ’09 conference, I took part in the Privacy: Where Do We Care? panel on location and the implications for privacy with Terry Jones, Audrey Mandela and Ian Broadbent, chaired and overseen by conference chair Steven Feldman. Our location is probably the single most valuable facet of our online identity, although where… Read more »

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    The Geo Ice Has Broken

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    Last night was the icebreaker for the AGI GeoCommunity conference in Stratford-upon-Avon (but not Stratford-upon-Avon, oh no, that’s the district not the town you know) and the run up to the conference has started extremely well, with the added bonus for me that John McKerrell of mapme.at used a quote from one of my decks as the #geocom landing page. Twitter is… Read more »

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    Deliciousness: themes gained, avatars lost, accents found, London and the end of the world, scrobbling and Streetview

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    Look at all of this stuff that fell down the back of the internet and got lodged in my Delicious bookmarks … Posterous recently gained themes and Twitter lost the background and avatar settings for lots of accounts, mine included.  Need to write München, Côte or Café with proper accents while on a Mac? Easy when you know how. If you live… Read more »

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    Is AGI Short for “Ahh, Got (Any) Inspiration”?

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    So next week is GeoCommunity ’09, the annual conference for the Association of Geographic Information and everyone’s getting thoroughly excited at the prospect of putting the word “geo” in front of everything, including georant, geobeer (although only in half measures for some reason), geochat and conference chair Steven Feldman’s personal favourite, geolagavulin. This probably won’t be news to… Read more »

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    Oh No! Not Rain

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    It rained last night in London. This is not news. This is not even an uncommon occurence. Granted, it was heavy rainfall, as evidenced by the windows of the restaurant in Soho last night being drenched every time a car went up Wardour Street and by the tree branch which was floating off down the… Read more »

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    Delicousness: iPhones, boarding passes, Cult of Mac, nerd subclasses, Snow Leopard and weird ads

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    The end of the week, semi regular, hand selected, carefully edited snapshot of what made it into my Delicious bookmarks this week. Last week I blogged about my experiences with an electronic boarding pass, hosted on my iPhone, while travelling home from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport. Cult of Mac came across it, liked it, and used it as… Read more »

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    Why Snow Leopard Thawed Back To Leopard

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    Last weekend I upgraded my MacBook Pro from Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5.8, to Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6. This kind of classes as early adopter behaviour as there’s no bug fix release for Snow Leopard out in the wild yet to iron out any kinks or rough edges but I wasn’t particularly bothered… Read more »