James doesn’t like {blank}?


I’ve been getting quite a bit of email and IM traffic over what I like and what I don’t like. Mostly it is in regards to what I post on this blog. As a public service message I thought I’d like to list what I don’t like. Feel free to print this list out and attach it to your workstation so you’ll know what side of any discussion I’ll be on.

  • ESRI
  • ArcGIS
  • ArcView
  • ArcEditor
  • ArcView 3.x
  • ArcObjects
  • ArcIMS
  • ArcGIS Server
  • ArcGIS Explorer
  • ArcPad
  • ArcReader
  • ArcPublisher
  • ESRI Image Server
  • ESRI Developer Network
  • ArcWeb
  • ArcGlobe
  • ArcScene
  • ArcMap
  • ArcCatalog
  • ArcScan
  • Autodesk
  • AutoCAD
  • Autodesk MapGuide
  • MapInfo
  • UMN MapServer
  • Anything open source
  • Perl
  • O’Reilly Publishing
  • GDAL
  • QGIS
  • uDIG
  • MapGuide Open Source
  • Microsoft Virtual Earth
  • Microsoft MapPoint
  • Google Earth
  • KML
  • Google Maps
  • Java
  • Python
  • Ruby
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Linux
  • PostGIS
  • SlashGeo
  • Podcasts
  • Robert Scoble
  • NASA World Wind
  • Cold Fusion
  • Canadians
  • Wikipedia
  • ArcScripts
  • SketchUp
  • ATOM
  • GML
  • Clowns
  • Programmers
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Dell
  • HP
  • Apple
  • Avenue
  • MapObjects
  • MapQuest
  • AOL

The list is by no means complete, but I got tired of typing at the 66th thing I hate. Now we have posted proof that I don’t like {blank} so feel free to share that with your friends. 🙂


ESRI UC geoblogger meetup

OK, thanks to GeoMullah the UC geoblogger meetup is all set.

Place: Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge
801 5th Ave, San Diego, CA
(619) 233-1183

Time: 8pm, 9 August

Just let GeoMullah know that you are coming either by posting here or on his blog. If you geoblog or read geoblogs come by and hang out with other geogeeks. We had a blast last year and I’m sure we’ll have one this year. Heck you don’t even need to be at the ESRI UC to come by.


Paul Ramsey responds to the brouhaha about “The State of Open Source GIS”

Paul Ramsey responded to some of the comments about his paper on open source GIS.


EDN Survey – EDN, Blogging, Feedback, and more

ESRI Developer NetworkLooks like a new survey has been posted on EDN. ESRI lives for these surveys, but I do know they read them so if you want to talk back about EDN, this is your chance.


ESRI post campus tour, uses no “GIS” whatsoever

I see that ESRI has posted a “virtual tour” of their Redlands campus. I’m left wondering why ESRI didn’t use their own ArcWeb Explorer and some of those cool demos that they showed at the Dev Summit (you know with the videos playing right inside the flash viewer). I swear if ESRI would just use some of the amazing stuff they do themselves, people would be blown away. This campus tour looks more suitable for a bank than the largest GIS company in the world.

via ESRI UC Blog



More blogging GeoWeb 2006

Tim Martin let me know that he’s blogging GeoWeb 2006 also.


State of .NET Open Source GIS

opensource-110x95.gifMorten Nielsen read Refractions Research’s “The State of Open Source GIS” white paper and wondered why Paul Ramsey categorized open source GIS as either C or Java. I think Paul only wrote about the open source GIS clique that revolves around Refractions and OSGeo rather than the state of open source GIS as a whole.


Why do you bother?

mikapiazza.jpgSays my wife as we are sitting reading the paper tonight. (I was reading the Fry’s Electronics ad so I thought she was talking about that). She throws the local section to me and points to the lead story, “Mapmaker’s work outdated by time it’s printed”. I said I’m a Geographer, I work with maps because I love them. I started to explain to her about how time is a big factor in mapping, but she drifted back to reading how Mike Piazza did last night. She said he didn’t play again. “He’s getting old for a catcher”, she says. I reply, “Why does he bother?” and a pillow flies toward me.

I might as well spend the rest of the night on the couch. I wonder if Martin Waldseemüller ever slept on his couch.


ESRI UC Blogger Meet Up

gaslamp_logo.gifGeoMullah is working through getting the blogger meetup organized.

Right now this is the status:

Time: 9 August, 8pm (I’ll be there earlier)
Where: I don’t know?

He’s working on getting some more details out so when I learn more I’ll post back here. Hope many of you can come so I can put some faces with names.


From GeoWeb 2006

logo.gifNo not me, but Stefan Lorimer came through with a great detailed post from GeoWeb 2006. Stefan details some Google Earth and Google Maps sessions and has some thoughts at the end of his post about what we should be paying attention to (or at least what makes sense from a Google perspective). Thanks for the writeup Stefan.