yesterday's technology tomorrow
Sunday, April 11, 2004Happy Birthday Jasmine
Happy 1st birthday to my darling daughter, it has been a privilege to spend the last year with you during the day and night. Enjoy this first of many many happy birthdays.
Friday, April 09, 2004Message for Future Ben
Dear Future Ben, when you need to strip html using a Regex use <(.|\n)*?>
Tuesday, April 06, 2004Toilet Map and Postcodes
As part of the project I'm currently working on I've had to do lots of interesting stuff in determining locations of places without being able to rely on accurate physical addresses, GPS, map references etc.
As the project is a personal one my funds have been limited and I've been trying to track down useful mapping information in Australia that is FREE as in beer. No dice. I can find postcode info from Australia Post which is great but I needed to find relational information to be able to say this postcode is close to this one. Then I had an idea. I checked out the ABS Cenus data and found they have localities broken down to a more discrete level than postcodes and that they have mapped these localities across postcodes. And this locality table is FREE as in beer. So with a bit of smarts and some database work I was able to come up with a FREE Australian postcode to postcode relationship table which now means I can find neighboring postcodes easily. To anyone searching for this, drop me an email and I'll send you a copy.
In following along various leads, Simon pointed me to ToiletMap, an online map of toilets in Australia. Wow is all I can say!
Jew or jew and here's why.
Sunday, April 04, 2004Welcome Silas - Man of the Forest
Congratulations to Andrew and Jackie on the birth of Silas Carson born 50 mins ago at 6:20pm on 4th April. Enjoy parenthood!!!
Friday, April 02, 2004Slightly DisappointingFinally, Kinja has launched. This is the project/company that Megnut has been working on for 15 months (but it seems like 2 years+). Anyway, given her prior effort at Pyra making Blogger and her rep, I was expecting something amazing.
Update - I've thought more about what they are doing and I need to look at it from the perspective of their target audience, that is, people who don't no what an RSS feed is or don't care not someone like me who can handcode RSS feeds. So....with that in mind..I like the display of the aggregated digests..its nice to look at and makes sense. I miss not have personalisation/recommendation features on the digest pages and I'm looking forward to understanding if this will come and if so how it will be done (text analysis or collab filtering stuff). I'll give it some time to see what happens...
It is interesting to see that the launch has been delayed significantly (like over 1 year) from when the initial dates were mentioned. During this time, many RSS/Feed aggregators and personalisationish services around blogs have been launched and iterated over stealing some of their thunder.
Also interesting is that Meg is leaving at the end of the month. Only a month after launching a product you have worked for 2 years on??? That seems weird and smells of a conflict among the chiefs or such.
Anyway....well done Meg and good luck with your next venture.
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