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ESRI Support Site Updated

It looks like ESRI has rolled out their new support pages.

It is a little easier to manage than the previous setup. The search still hasn’t been improved IMO and a search for ArcSDE still results in ESRI offering “Did you mean: arcade “. Now if they can get the backend search product up to 2007 standards, we’ll have something here. Someone on the support team needs to get on the ball and offer up RSS Feeds for the “Latest Additions” section. I’ve heard from multiple people at ESRI that they _code their RSS feeds by hand_ so I suspect that is why they haven’t offered this as an RSS feed as the person who would have to maintain this code would be busy 24/7.

Most of ESRI’s RSS feeds don’t validate anyway, but that is another issue altogether.

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Searching GIS on Google

Interesting*

Use Google Earth Pro – A software solution for viewing GIS data

Hmm, for about half the cost of Google Earth Pro, you could have Manifold…

  • Fortunately searching for Goo doesn’t not result in Google trying to pimp their Goo….
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Ed, I’ve got a request now that you are at Google

Ed, congratulations on the new job.

Private sector clients of ours can’t or won’t use Google Earth as a client to our products until the EULA is fixed, can you address this? If Google Earth is to be more than a tool to locate flying airplanes in satellite imagery, we’ll need to see this addressed very soon.

Thanks,

James (Concerned GIS Professional)

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ESRI posts Developer Summit Keynote Presentation

The Keynote Presentation by Mark Driver of Gartner Research about the strengths and weaknesses of the Java and .NET environments is now available for download. I missed most of the presentation so I can’t really say how valuable it was, but it appears it was well received by those who attended.

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Metadata and Online Mapping

All Points Blog brings up a topic that I’ve touched on a couple times over the past year. If we are to perform an sort of analysis using these free online tools, we’ll need to know more about the metadata and sources (and accuracy). As Adena points out, people are beginning to see the need for it and are calling for GYM to start providing it.

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April Fools runs late this year?

Is IBM the Next Major GIS Player?

…ESRI, though Mr. Dangermond shows no signs of retirement, could make an interesting acquisition given the long-standing ESRI-IBM partnership.

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ArcGIS 9.2 SP2 Due “Mid-April”

As I’m sure many of you who subscribe to ESRI’s email announcement list saw, ESRI is planning to release ArcGIS 9.2 SP2 sometime near mid-april. For those who missed it, you can view the changes here. One thing to keep in mind is ESRI’s definintion of a Service Pack may be different then yours. These aren’t just bug fixes, but feature releases (especially ArcGIS Server). So you’ll want to start paying attention to these Service Pack announcements in the future (remember there is a planned SP3 due later this summer) so that you’ll not miss out on new features.

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Got the key

Well I’m finally a homeowner again. My realtor got me the key this afternoon and the house is ours. The seller had a moment of insanity that I hope has passed and we both can more forward and be happy. I just want to say if I ever buy a house from any of you, I don’t want your old neckties. I’m always glad to give to back to you ASAP even if you did forget them and tried to break into my house to retrieve them.

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Happy Opening Day

The best time of the year is when baseball starts up again.

Opening Day 2007

Recommended reading: Baseball Hacks

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Monday Open Thread

Open Mic

We haven’t had one of these in quite some time and a couple have emailed me asking if I could do another one.

Knock yourselves out guys.