I’m a big fan of social sharing, however, I’m also a huge fan of having access to my data, in particular, data shared along with location information. Most social sharing services support location tagging, however, they don’t really make it easy for you to access or even download your location history. That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible though! I’ve done a little digging into the popular services and have managed to find a number of hacks and tricks for accessing some of these data. One handy trick is enabled by using the very awesome IFTTT tool.
Working from the home office. Everyone is doing it and chances are good that you’ve likely worked one or two days this month from the comfort of your own home. Technological advances, web services, the cloud and other useful resources have made the stay at home shift no only possible, but easy – and convenient! This isn’t ideally suitable for everyone, particularly those who’s job requires some face to face contact or perhaps the boss simply needs to keep you under watch. It sounds easy, and perhaps it sounds fun, however, after working remotely at least part time for 15 years now, I can say comfortably that it really isn’t ideal for everyone.
Here’s a little nugget for some of you road warriors or tech geeks who have to have the latest, coolest gadgets and technology – enter Andiamo smart luggage. Andiamo Luggage is a smart suitcase that helps travelers keep their sanity and travel with ease. This lightweight suitcase connects those on the go with valuable travel information, such as travel alerts, suitcase weight and anti-theft distance alerts, as well as global, secure wireless access.
Via Amazon (sorry but i can’t verify how long this price will last) here’s an unlocked Lumia smartphone for less than $70 – and you can get free shipping using Prime or a free Prime delivery trial. The Lumia devices (think Nokia) have a pretty decent camera, pleasant UI, and the Lumia maps and music services are downright awesome! The device is unlocked and can be used on most carriers. Gorilla corning glass protects the device, however, they can break, I know this as we lost one recently to an accidental drop so to be safe you should case it!
Some interesting stuff regarding Google’s handling and indexing of PR releases – and I know that if your business is Geotech that you send your press releases to GISuser.com! This from CyberAlert… Those questioning the value of press releases may wish to consider a recent, small and little-noticed change in Google’s search algorithm. The change, first reported by Reuters, allows press releases to outrank media articles reporting the news. Google increased the number of sources permitted the “In the news,” a section within general search results. Only links from bona fide news sites appeared in the section previously.
A webinar tip from esri… learn how to add apps to your maps and more! From Esri… Add Intelligence to Your Apps & Maps with Rich Data from Esri’s GeoEnrichment Service. Learn how to take advantage of Esri’s GeoEnrichment Service. Add authoritative demographic, business, and landscape data to your apps and maps. Query and display information from a large collection of datasets including population, income, housing, consumer behavior, and the natural environment. The information products that you can create with this data can not only transform your apps, they can transform your go-to-market strategy.
A little mid-week fun here to break things up a bit… those of you who know me know that I’m a dog owner and dog lover, as are many of you I’m sure. However, have you ever considered taking the pooch into the office to hang out with you? If so there’s a few things you’ll need to remember before attempting this.
Dog lovers will be taking their pets to work the week of June 22-26. The annual “Take the Dog to Work” event celebrates the bond between people and their canine companions and demonstrates the joys of being a pet parent. [Read more…]
With the new year we saw gas prices dip to a level not seen in a number of years. Hold on though because the prices are now quickly rebounding. So how to find the cheapest cheap gas? (unless of course you happen to be in Canada where the prices are fixed by what is essentially a monopoly!)
From GasBuddy… Now you can see what gas prices are around the country at a glance. Areas are color coded according to their price for the average price for regular unleaded gasoline. Click here for the Canada National Gas Price Heat Map.
Yes indeed, we love social media just as much as the other guy and you can find us on most of the popular “must have” social channels. Images are a huge part of our social strategy, particularly as it is well known that a good image can really drive engagement. So how to optimize images (or maps) for a good social media strategy? Thanks to the good people at HootSuite, here’s a pretty handy list of the optimal dimensions for an image shared on top social networks: