Archive for August, 2006


Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Superbe 360ยก
from the top of the Matterhorn. Exciting place!

ISO 639 Language Codes

Monday, August 7th, 2006

long time I was (not intensively) looking for languages codes – i.e. languages
spoken in different countries. Today I stumbled over this Wikipedia site, showing the ISO 639 language
codes. It seems that there are different version (-1, -2, -3); not sure about
the differences. In combination with the Geonames
country listing (there is a field for language codes) a valuable resource.

Suspended Racing Car

Monday, August 7th, 2006
Suspended is a stunning art installation created from the thousands of parts
that make up a Honda Racing F1 car. The amazing display was created especially
for the event by Dutch artist Paul Veroude. Each of the 3200 parts of the
Formula 1 car are suspended on fine wires to produce a 3D ‘exploded diagram’
that allows race fans the chance to get closer than ever to the engineering
secrets of the world’s most technically-advanced sport.

Apple Developer Conference – Fees

Monday, August 7th, 2006
bad, these fees…

YouSoftware Tips

Monday, August 7th, 2006
Tip – Hidden Shortcuts in You Control: Desktops
Most You Control: Desktops users know you can assign hot key shortcuts to
navigate desktops and switch directly to specific desktops, but there are also a
few modifier shortcuts that can save you some time for common tasks. Here’s the
? Option-click on the down-arrow in the menu bar shows the
opposite view (Palette or Menu) of what you normally have configured on the
Desktops tab.
? Shift-click on the down-arrow in the menu bar moves the down
arrow (switches from Right to Left to Hidden back to Right).
? Ctrl-click on the down-arrow in the menu bar displays the
additional configuration menu options.
? When the “Selecting Window in another Desktop” is set to
“Switches to the Window’s Desktop” (on the Transitions tab), holding down the
Shift key while selecting an application will bring the application to the
current desktop instead of switching desktops.
? In the Palette View, holding down the Command key while dragging
a window will drag all windows for that application (effectively moving an
application to a desktop instead of just a particular window).
? Option-clicking when enabling “Show Name when Switching” (on the
Transitions tab) turns on a hidden Speech function. When switching desktops,
“Vicki” will speak the name of the desktop to which you are switching (in
addition to the overlay being displayed).

YouSoftware Tips

Monday, August 7th, 2006
Tip – Showing File Information in You Control
Here’s a handy tip when using the File System module to point to a specific
folder of files or images.
The You Control File System module allows you to navigate through the Mac
OS X Finder, including local and remote volumes in a familiar menu-style
interface. No more double-clicking numerous folders to get to a project file
that is 8 levels deep on your hard disk. Using the File System module, you can
set your project folder to be a custom menu that gives you instant access to
your current (or old) project or projects.
The File System module does more than just let you navigate through drives
and folders. You can also preview your Word files, PDF files and images directly
in your custom menu so you always know you are opening the file you need.
For example, if a menu is set up that shows the contents of your Pictures
folder, You Control shows you a preview of every image as you mouse over it.
This is cool, but sometimes you need to scroll through your menu and you don’t
want to preview all of the images. Especially if you’re working with some large
Photoshop files. In this case, you’ll want to go the File System module’s
settings and uncheck the box that says “Show File Info”. When the box is
checked, files in your menus will have the “more info” triangle following the
With the box checked, you’ll get a flyout menu that shows you a quick
preview of your file like
If you don’t want the preview menu to always appear, uncheck the box in the
settings and your items will look like
Undocumented Tip: If you want to have the preview menu turned off
for a menu item, but still want to get a preview for specific items within those
folders, simply press the Tab key while the item is selected and you’ll get a
preview of just that file.

GeoNetwork – data mining

Friday, August 4th, 2006

to explore more in detail. As far as I know this is the
“replacement” for UNEP.Net Explorer. Odd enough, although based on OpenSource
the map browser does not work in Safari nor Opera on Mac.

ArcGIS KML Extension

Friday, August 4th, 2006
Small but useful extension for ArcGIS 9 to export vector (not
raster!) data to KML file to be used than with GoogleEarth.

Web 2.0

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
Just read some informing articles about “Web 2.0”. Didn’t really know
what it actually is. The picture got a bit clearer now. Here are some
What Is Web 2.0
Web 2.0 Label Lacks Meaning,

What Web 2.0 Means to You

ArcGIS Generalisation Extension

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
ET GeoWizards – interesting
to extend ArcGIS, not only to generalize shapefiles. But exactly
what I was looking for, cause the global shapefile for the countries is far too
big to be displayed with SVG. Unfortunately the free version allows to treat
only a limited number of polygons. (But even when I reduced it, I got some error
messages. So not sure if it really works that well.) Here is a pdf file
with some additional info.

GEO Data Portal: For the stats

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

is only for keeping eventually track of changes in the number of links, the
“rank” etc of the GEO Data Portal. At least, I stocked the information as of
today, so I can come back later to see that hopefully in a couple of months the
rank is on 9 and the number of links to the Portal have increased by 1000!!!

So, page rank is here:

Other stats:

Find font style

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

there are given font styles, but you have to change the content. In this case I
couldn’t find a RSS logo with the color scheme I was already using for the CSS
and XHTML logos. So, I had to re-create the logo. After playing around with font
and size, I used as well the “AV <->” parameter to increase the distance
between the characters. And then it matched the given font.

Webservice for country coordinates

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

a developpe un petit webservice, qui pourrait etre utilise de
n’importe quel serveur. Sans entrer dans les details: c’est vraiment super
facile d’installer les fichiers necessaire; et on pourrait s’imaginer de faire
d’autre webservice pour autres donnees…
En bas des coordinees, on voit
les deux messages XML – la requete depuis le client vers le serveur, et la
reponse du serveur. Apres, c’est au developpeur su site (client) de voir comment
il veut integrer le contenu de la reponse dans sa page. Dans ce cas ci, les
valeurs sont affichees juste dans un tableau HTML tout simple…

SVG interactive application

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

of my favorite apps is online again. Not only that it uses the
it-can-do-almost-everything-technology SVG (ok, with the disadvantage of being
slows sometimes), but it shows very nicely how the representational form of
(statistical) data – that is table, graph and map – can interact. If you
deselect a class in the table, the countries which fall into this class will be
greyed out. If you hover your mouse over a circle in the graph, the countries
will be highlighted, etc. etc. Really cool thing!

ClickTale: What are your users doing on your pages?

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

idea, but haven’t yet really seen it: “ClickTale shows you the full story: every mouse
movement, every click and every scrolling action. By using ClickTale you will
gain insights that will improve your website?s usability, enhance
navigation, and increase effectiveness.”


Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

you wonna know where the visitors of your website are coming from, then the
(Beta) application is pretty neat. It gives a really nice cartographical
overview! And shows again that big hole in the middle of the map, i.e. no
connection to the world from Africa.