Archive for January, 2009

Dashboard: Count Down

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

picture-98.png3-2-1 is a countdown timer for Dashboard (OS X). It displays hours, minutes, and seconds, includes a lap function and is resizable. You can label each countdown (useful if you run more than one at a time), enter your own messages (to appear when a countdown has finished) and choose any sound to play.

NuSoap Problem

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Because soap is integrated into PHP5, there can be a problem with calling the nusoap class. Here is the fix:

1. Search and replace ‘soapclient’ with ‘nusoapclient’ (using WHOLE WORD matching) in //includes/
2. Rename the file nusoap/class.soapclient.php to ‘class.nusoapclient.php’



Friday, January 23rd, 2009

moz-screenshot-1.jpgInteresting comparison between the national boundaries data sets.

Scenario Development

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

picture-93.pngNice online application, which allows the user to do some scenario development. Make a change here, and see how it will effect something else.

Hawth’s Analysis Tools

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

picture-92.pngHawth’s Analysis Tools is an extension for ESRI’s ArcGIS (specifically ArcMap). It is designed to perform spatial analysis and functions that cannot be conveniently accomplished with out-of-the-box ArcGIS.

Geonames – Import

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Having difficulties to import tables from Geonames. So, here how it worked finally:

Create table structure:

CREATE TABLE geoname (
geonameid int,
name varchar(200),
asciiname varchar(200),
alternatenames varchar(4000),
latitude float,
longitude float,
fclass char(1),
fcode varchar(10),
country varchar(2),
cc2 varchar(60),
admin1 varchar(20),
admin2 varchar(80),
admin3 varchar(20),
admin4 varchar(20),
population int,
elevation int,
gtopo30 int,
timezone varchar(40),
moddate date

Download and run in Terminal:

$ psql -e -U USERNAME geodataportal << EOT > \copy geoname (geonameid, name, asciiname, alternatenames, latitude, longitude, fclass, fcode, country, cc2, admin1, admin2, admin3, admin4, population, elevation, gtopo30, timezone, moddate) from allCountries.txt null as ''

Personal Environmental Impact Report

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

PEIR, the Personal Environmental Impact Report, is a new kind of online tool that allows you to use your mobile phone to explore and share how you impact the environment and how the environment impacts you.
What’s unique about PEIR? Taking a step beyond a “footprint calculator” that relies only on your demographics, PEIR uses location data that is regularly and securely uploaded from your mobile phone to create a dynamic and personalized report about your environmental impact and exposure.

PHP Object Generator

Monday, January 12th, 2009

picture-85.pngPHP Object Generator, (POG) is an open source PHP code generator which automatically generates clean & tested Object Oriented code for your PHP4/PHP5 application. Over the years, we realized that a large portion of a PHP programmer’s time is wasted on repetitive coding of the Database Access Layer of an application simply because different applications require different objects.

Clipping a Raster based on a Polygon

Friday, January 9th, 2009

picture-82.pngHow to clip a raster based on a polygon in ArcGIS.


JavaScript & SVG

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

picture-81.pngRaphaël is a small JavaScript library that should simplify your work with vector graphics on the web. In case you want to create your own specific chart or image crop-n-rotate widget, you can simply achieve it with this library.
Raphaël uses SVG and VML as a base for graphics creation. Because of that every created object is a DOM object so you can attach JavaScript event handlers or modify objects later. Raphaël’s goal is to provide an adapter that will make drawing cross-browser and easy. Currently library supports Firefox 3.0+, Safari 3.0+, Opera 9.5+ and Internet Explorer 6.0+.

The Form of Facts and Figures

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

picture-80.pngIts goal is the development of a design pattern taxonomy for the field of data visualization and information design. The project core consists of a collection of currently 48 design patterns that describe the functional aspects of graphic components for the display, behavior and user interaction of complex infographics.


Wednesday, January 7th, 2009


Wilderness? Only 10% of the land area is remote – more than 48 hours from a large city

Concentration & density. 95% of the people live on just 10% of the land