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    Thursday, December 28, 2006

    Holiday Travel


    Hope all are having a nice holiday season… I made a quick trip to Salt Lake City before Christmas for my brother in laws wedding. Then enjoyed a nice warm Christmas in Redlands but now we are in Mesa, AZ visiting my wife’s family for New Year’s.

    Here a photo from the Christmas lights at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

    Thursday, December 14, 2006

    Feedback on ArcGIS 9.2

    Sagebrush GIS shares his first thoughts on ArcGIS Desktop 9.2.

    What's your take? 

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    Tuesday, December 12, 2006

    ArcGlobe Web Services Toolbar

    Checkout Richie's space for a info on his new ArcGlobe Web Services toolbar download (including code) that he's sharing on the ArcScripts Code Exchange.

    The joy that you give others is the joy that comes back to you.

    - John Greenleaf Whittier

    SI.com Ranks the last 20 Heisman winners

    Sports Illustrated (SI) has a picture feature where they rank the last 20 Hesiman winners. BYU's Ty Detmer comes in at #3. He's topped by Ricky Williams and Barry Sanders. That makes him the top college quarterback in the last 20 years according to SI.  I totally agree, Ty was small but had a huge heart and tons of talent.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0612/gallery.cfb.last20heismanwinners/content.1.html?cnn=yes

    Rise and Shout the Cougars are out...

    And playing Oregon in the Vegas bowl next Thursday.

     

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    Monday, December 11, 2006

    No Cost Live Training Seminar: “What’s New in ArcGIS Server at 9.2”

    Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

    This online seminar will introduce the new ArcGIS Server services and applications at 9.2. The presenter will demonstrate how to publish ArcGIS Desktop-authored map documents, models, and locators to Web applications using ArcGIS Server.

    For more information, including instructions for attending, as well as a schedule of upcoming live training seminars, please visit: http://www.esri.com/training/seminars.

    Saturday, December 09, 2006

    Top 10 places I visited in 2006

    1. Barcelona, Spain

    2. Deer Valley, Utah

    3. Boston, Massachusetts

    4. Joshua Tree National Park in California

    5. Provo, UT

    6. Cambridge, Massachusetts

    7. Seattle, Washington

    8. Payson, Arizona

    9. San Diego, California

    10. Palm Springs, California

    Where did you go in 2006?

    Browse Live Mapping sites

    I recently needed to find some good real world examples of Internet mapping sites... So I went to the Server Technology User Registry and found over 600. Several of the "Showcase" sites were quite impressive. Internet mapping sites have come a long way in the last few years.  I remember my first attempts with ArcView 3 IMS and MapObjects IMS when I worked for Utah County back in the 90s.  After browsing a few of these sites, it makes me wonder what the future holds with ArcGIS Server 9.2 and ArcGIS Explorer.

    The wisest mind has something yet to learn.

    - George Santayana

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    Year in Review

    I'm a big fan of ESPN's top 10 sports plays of the day and especially enjoy the top plays of the year.  It always seem that as one year ends and a new one begins, everyone has their top 10 list pointing out the high or low lights of the year.  I'm going to start a few list as I look back at 2006.

    Wednesday, December 06, 2006

    Developer Summit Registration is open

    For those that missed the news of the Thanksgiving holiday, registration for the ESRI Developer Summit is open.

    I know that there a already a lot of people working hard to make this event a success.  Here is high-level look at the agenda and a nice quote from Dave Bouwman.

    ArcGIS Online - GIS On Demand

    With the release of ArcGIS 9.2 ESRI is introducing ArcGIS Online, a family of Web-based products and services for ArcGIS users. ArcGIS users will be able to access maps, globes, and services directly via the Web through ArcGIS Online.

    The initial release of ArcGIS Online will consist of ArcGIS Online Services—ready-to-use content and capabilities for ArcGIS users, including 2D maps, 3D globes, and reference layers. Subsequent releases of ArcGIS Online will expand to include other online content and capabilities for ArcGIS users.

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    Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life.

     

    -Brigham Young

    EDN Documentation Library



    With the release of the new 9.2 developer documentation on the EDN site, there is a new table of contents for browsing the resources. The first thing you might notice is that it’s on the right side of the window. That took some time to get use to but what do you think? Not just on the table of contents position but the new 9.2 documentation in general.



    I can tell you that the focus was on .NET and Java SDKs with several teams focusing their effort on documenting the common and key task for their area of ArcGIS. Be sure to check out the “Working with ArcGIS Components” section for lots of new content for .NET Desktop and Engine developers.






    Friday, December 01, 2006

    Dec 1st is World AIDS day

    Check out this HIV / AIDS Epidemic map and get the facts.

    Read here to find out all the great things that RED is doing to raise awareness and help stop the 5,500 lives lost daily and unnecessarily to AIDS in Africa.

    Thursday, November 30, 2006

    EDN Documentation Library Updated for 9.2

    9.2 developer content is now available in the Documentation Library

    Articles and samples about working with ArcGIS 9.2 using the supported APIs (.NET, Java, C++, VB, and VC++) have been posted to the Documentation Library.

    Note: 9.2 samples are not yet available via the Code Exchange but can be found within the Documentation Library or by using the Search. Look for 9.2 samples to be accessible through the Code Exchange very soon.

    Current EDN subscribers, your updated EDN Media Binder has been shipped and will be arriving shortly.

    Planning ahead: The ESRI Developer Summit is slated for March 19-22, 2007 in Palm Springs. View the Conference tab or the main conference web page for more details

     

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    True independence and freedom con only exist in doing what's right.

    - Brigham Young

    Careers at ESRI

    I subscribe to lots of the different ESRI email newsletters and publications. And today I got the ESRI Career Connection newsletter for November.  It looks like there are job openings in almost every department (Development, Sales, Marketing, HR, & Educational Services) here at ESRI so if you are considering a new of different career, check out http://careers.esri.com.

    Vision without action is a daydream.
    Action without vision is a nightmare.
    - Japanese Proverb

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    Wednesday, November 29, 2006

    Barcelona Photos

    Here is a slide show from my recent trip to Barcelona, Spain.

    Had a great time, definitely a place I'd like to visit again.

    Tuesday, November 28, 2006

    Rise and Shout the Cougars are out!


    BYU Football finished up the regular season over the weekend with a thrilling win over rival Utah. It was one of the most dramatic endings ever in college football with BYU scoring a touchdown on the last play of the game to win. They finish the season with a 10-2 record and now play Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl.



    It was a lot of fun (but stressful) watching the final drive with my 2 boys sitting on my lap chanting "Go BYU!"











    EDN 9.2

    Hopefully all you EDN subscribers out there are getting your 9.2 updates for EDN.  And if you are are not a EDN member, now is a great time to join and get the new 9.2 ArcGIS Server products.

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    Monday, November 20, 2006

    Al comes to Redlands

    A few weeks ago, before my trip to Barcelona, I had the chance to hear Al Gore speak at the University of Redlands.  He was impressive, as he has clearly done his homework and really knows the facts on global warming.  I appreciated that he didn't make it a political issue...

    The event was part of the centennial celebration of the University and co-sponsored by ESRI.  Here's the summary of the evening from the Redlands Daily Facts.

    The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. - Lady Bird Johnson

    Friday, November 17, 2006

    Some good advice for everyone

    Here is a great collection of tips and advice on money.

    46 Things I Wish My Mom Taught Me About Money

    C# to Visual Basic Translator

    This is a work in progress but a good C# to VB.NET converter.

    Microsoft Empower for ISVs

    The Microsoft Empower program is a great way for a small ISVs to get it's hands on Microsoft products.

    A slice of pie

    The following is from Josh Peck from the ONE.org campaign.




    Next Thursday, chances are you'll be sitting down to a large Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and if you’re like millions of Americans, maybe you'll finish it all off with a slice of pie.


    Today, thousands of Americans are participating in a different kind of meal. One of the biggest challenges to building the will to end extreme poverty is communicating the reality of a problem that is so far away. Over the course of the last 35 years Oxfam America, a founding partner of ONE, has worked to develop a yearly tradition the Thursday before Thanksgiving called the "Oxfam Hunger Banquet" to help everyday Americans relate to the problems people face in the world's poorest countries.


    Learn more about Oxfam Hunger Banquets and how to share this simple idea with your family


    The idea is pretty simple. If 20 people sit down at your table, representing the world's population, three would get a gourmet meal, five would get rice and beans, and 12 would receive a small portion of rice. The true power of a Hunger Banquet is that as you eat your meal, unlike the real world, you see what's on everyone else's plate.

    Harry Truman said, "Give Americans the facts and they'll do the right thing." In the real world 850 million people go to sleep hungry every night, but the problem isn't a lack of food. We have more than enough to go around. The problem is the distribution, something we, with other countries around the world, can be the first generation to fix. As you give thanks next week, share the idea of an Oxfam Hunger Banquet with your family and friends.


    Learn more about Oxfam Hunger Banquets and how to share this simple idea with your family


    Each and every American that becomes part of the fight strengthens the political will to help the world's poorest people.The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is meant to illustrate the scope of the problem and remind us of the special role we play in fixing it. This Thanksgiving we are lucky not just to have food on our table, but to live in a time and place when we have the power to end extreme poverty.


    Thank you,

    Josh Peck, ONE.org

    Slimming Lessons

    There are hundreds of weight loss studies and tips out there but we 9 good tips for slimming down.

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    FC Barcelona

    I have always wanted to attend a big soccer match in Europe.  I've seen the big stadiums and the great fans on TV but wanted to experience it for myself.  So I jumped at the chance to go to a FC Barcelona game in the Spanish League while in Barcelona this week.

    The experience was great! Camp Nou, the stadium is huge (3rd largest soccer stadium in the world) and the crowd was into every pass, tackle and shot on goal.  FC Barca won 3-1 with two goals from it's Brazilian star Ronaldinho (2 time player of the year).

    On my photo site, there are few photos from the match.

    Geeks Rule and MBAs Drool

    This article has been around for awhile but it's a good read...

    Wednesday, November 15, 2006

    ArcGIS 9.2 Shipping

    Hopefully you have heard by now that ArcGIS 9.2 (Desktop, Engine, Server) are shipping. This has been the result of several teams working many months on nothing but tying to make the best ArcGIS release possible.

     

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    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    ArcGIS Desktop Tips and Shortcuts Guide

    This 5x7 trifold brochure includes a selection of time-saving tips and shortcuts for ArcGIS Desktop. This piece will be included in the ArcGIS Desktop product box and linked to from the Online Help.

    To view the PDF, visit http://www.esri.com/library/brochures/pdfs/arcgis-desktop-tips.pdf

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    Friday, November 03, 2006

    Eat This / Not That

    Interactive site to test your food selection skills.

    Eat This / Not That

    The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement

    - Unknown

    Other Topics

    It's been interesting to re-connect with former roommates and friends via this blog...  I've realized that some of my readers are not GIS Professionals so I've decide to include a few more post on non GIS subjects.  Hopefully that want offend or turn off all you GIS geeks but there is much more to me then my job with ESRI.

    Many of you know that over the last 18 months, I've re-dedicated my self to living and eating healthier.  Since May 2005, I've lost around 70 lbs and feel great. I think a lot more about what I eat so with Halloween this week, I'm sure you've got some candy around the house so here's a good article from Men's Health about Halloween candy.

    Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regain its original dimensions. - Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr.

    Tuesday, October 31, 2006

    Very Spatial reporting 9.2 shipping soon

    The VerySpatial blog is reporting that ArcGIS 9.2 is coming soon, they are saying that ArcGIS will ship as early as Nov 14th - 17th. 

    I don't have detailed shipping information, but I can say that we on the ArcGIS Engine Team recently had a celebration for the completion of Engine 9.2 Windows.

    I'd be interested to know when you actually get your 9.2 software. 

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    Alphabetize the Start Menu's Program list

    As I continue to install different application on my computer, the list of Programs on the Start menu keeps growing.  Here's the steps to alphabetize the Start Menu's Program list.

    1. Click Start -> Programs
    2. Mouseover an item on the Programs list
    3. Right-click or hit the context menu button (or Shift+F10)
    4. Select "Sort by Name" on the context menu that appears

    Having things alphabetized makes it a lot easier for me to find what I'm looking for.

     

    You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays.   -Professor Harrold Hill (The Music Man)

    Monday, October 30, 2006

    Upcoming ESRI Events

  • ArcGIS 9.2 Seminars
    Through early December 2006
    Worldwide
  • 9th Annual ESRI Middle East and North Africa User Conference
    October 31–November 2, 2006
    Amman, Jordan
  • 21st Annual ESRI European User Conference
    November 6–8, 2006
    Athens, Greece
  • GIS Day
    November 15, 2006
    Worldwide
  • Federal User Conference
    January 9–11, 2007
    Washington, D.C.
  • Petroleum User Group Conference
    February 26–28, 2007
    Houston, TX
  • ESRI Worldwide Business Partner Conference
    March 17–19, 2007
    Palm Springs, CA
  • ESRI Developer Summit
    March 19–22, 2007
    Palm Springs, CA
  • ESRI Business GeoInfo Summit
    April 23–25, 2007
    Dallas, TX
  • ESRI International User Conference
    June 18-22, 2007
    San Diego, CA
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    Server GIS Trends

    New set of web pages on ESRI's site regarding Server GIS. Topics include...

    • Technology Trends in GIS
    • Integration
    • Collaboration
    • Support of Organizational Workflows
    • Deploying a Geospatial SOA
    • Standards Compliance

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    Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly. - Robert Schuller

    10 Biggest Computer Flops of all time

    Interesting post on the biggest flops in the Computer industry by Miguel Carrasco.

    Visual Studio 2005 Enhancements

    The upcoming ArcGIS 9.2 will require Visual Studio 2005 for .NET development of ArcGIS Desktop, Engine or Server.  I've been using Visual Studio 2005 for almost a year now and think it's an improvement over VS 2003. 

    Here's a free download from Microsoft with some additional enhancements to Visual Studio 2005

     

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    Google Pack

    I was helping a friend setup a new computer recently and one of the first things I did was get the Google Pack, it's the easy way to get all the free software you use all the time.

    Friday, October 27, 2006

    Deer Valley Fall Colors

    I posted some more photos from my recent trip to Deer Valley, Utah.

    I love the fall colors in Utah.



    Here's more information on embedding flickr photos in a web page.

    Daylight Saving Time

    At 2 a.m. on October 29, groggy Americans will turn their clocks back one hour, marking the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST).

    The federal law that established "daylight time" in this country does not require any area to observe daylight saving time. But if a state chooses to observe DST, it must follow the starting and ending dates set by the law. From 1986 to 2006 this has been the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but starting in 2007, it will be observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, adding about a month to daylight saving time. (See: New Federal Law.)

    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    Making Great Mapping Mashups Using Adobe Flex

    A friend who is a Java developer for a IT department, sent me the following link about ArcWeb and Flex. He's not a GIS users but came across the article browsing the Java site.

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    Tuesday, October 17, 2006

    ESRI Podcast Feeds

    In case you didn't know, ESRI is pushing out several podcast. See http://www.esri.com/news/podcasts/index.html for more information.

    I have recently be listening to the excepts from the User Conference plenary session. Even though I heard most of the presenations live in San Diego, it's been good to hear Jack talk about the 9.2 release again now that it's so close to being released.

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    "If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy." - Unkown

    Online Geodatabase Training

    No Cost Live Training Seminar: “Introduction to Geodatabase Replication at ArcGIS 9.2”

    Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

    ArcGIS 9.2 introduces a solution to data distribution through a utility called geodatabase replication. New functionality in ArcMap and ArcCatalog allows users to create copies of data across two or more geodatabases and manages replica copies using synchronization. This seminar will illustrate the three types of geodatabase replication available with ArcSDE technology and how they can be used in an enterprise environment.

    Following the live presentation, a recorded version of the seminar will be archived and available for viewing.

    For more information, including instructions for attending, as well as a schedule of upcoming live training seminars, please visit: http://www.esri.com/training/seminars.

    Monday, October 16, 2006

    BYU Campus


    I just added some more photos from my recent trip to Utah. New on my flickr site are some photos of the BYU campus in Provo, Utah.


    Checkout the photo that my daughter took of my son and I in front of the Joseph Smith building, do you recognize that t-shirt?


    That's right; it's the ESRI Developer shirt from the Developer Summit last year. Make sure and save the date now for next years Summit - March 20-22 2007 in Palm Spring, CA.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    12 Tips for Creating Better Presentations

    I have to give and sit through lots of PowerPoint presentations...

    Here are 12 tips for creating better presentations from Microsoft. Nothing earth shattering in these tips but some good things to remember next time you open up PowerPoint.

    And the daily quote / thought in my planner today is...

    To love and win is the best thing,
    To love and lose, the next best.
     by William M. Thackeray

    Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    Rock Canyon in Provo Utah

    I recently took some time off work and went to Utah with my family. We spent a day in Provo, UT (home of Brigham Young University) and went on a fun little hike up Rock Canyon. I've updated a few photos on my flickr site or check out the photos on my blog. More photos to come...

    On a different subject, don't forget to register to vote for the elections here in the US next month.

    "Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles." -Abbie Hoffman

    Monday, October 09, 2006

    Blogger Beta

    I'm in the process of moving my blogger blog over to the new beta version of blogger so I apologize for duplicate post or other odd things.

    The new blogger has some new features for designing the layout of a blog including support of tags or as they call them "Labels" so I'm going to try and start categorizing my post. This post is also being composed with the latest beta of Windows Live Writer so we'll see how it goes...

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    Email overload

    I took some time off last week and went to Utah to enjoy the fall colors. I'll post some pictures soon...

    I had a great time but now I'm dealing with with an out of control Inbox. I've been spending most of my time in Outlook going through the 100s of emails I got while on vacation.

    Ever time I'm out of the office, I plan to stay on top of my mail but it never seems to happen...

    Anyone have any tips for keeping email under control?

    "Luck is when opportunity knocks, and you answer."

    -Unknown author

    Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    Seattle Photos

    Last month I made quick trip to the Seattle area and had a few hours before my flight so I quick drive through downtown and the Public Market area. It was a beautiful day so I took a few quick photos and put them on my flickr site.

    "The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm."

    - Unknown

    Friday, September 22, 2006

    Upcoming Live Training Seminars

    What's New in the Geodatabase at ArcGIS 9.2
    Thursday, October 5, 2006
    9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (PDT)


    The ArcGIS 9.2 release contains new features for working with the geodatabase. This online seminar introduces this new functionality by demonstrating how to create personal and workgroup geodatabases, use the new archiving and replication tools, and perform non-versioned editing. The presenter will also highlight the new conflict detection and resolution options.


    Introduction to Cartographic Representations in ArcGIS 9.2Thursday, October 12, 2006
    9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (PDT)


    With ArcGIS 9.2 users can create cartographic representations to store feature symbols within the geodatabase, allowing for more efficient workflows in high-volume map production environments. This seminar introduces cartographic representations and discusses how they are stored in the geodatabase, how they are used in ArcMap to create professional-quality maps, and how they are managed using new geoprocessing tools.

    ArcWeb Services 2006 APIs

    ArcWeb 2006 has several options when it comes to developer APIs.

    • SOAP
    • REST
    • OpenLS
    • J2ME Mobile Toolkit
    • JavaScript

    Here is a matrix of the different developer APIs to help you decide on the best API for your solution.

    Check out the Geodatabase Toolset

    The Geodatabase Toolset is now available for download. It is composed of tools used to investigate and diagnose geodatabase performance issues. The tools are designed to work with the geodatabase and the ArcMap and ArcCatalog applications within the ArcGIS Desktop products (ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo). The Geodatabase Toolset also provides the ability to generate descriptive reports for analysis. The tools are organized in two sets, each hosted in ArcCatalog and ArcMap.

    In ArcMap, the Geodatabase Toolset is used to review and design characteristics of MXDs, refresh performance, and provide DBMS tracing. In ArcCatalog, it is used to review enterprise geodatabase information.

    Many of the tools provide tables containing numerical information that can be exported to external files that can be archived, sent to technical support, or imported to Excel.


    Diagnostic tools include

    • Editing information
    • DBMS statistics
    • Picture showing hierarchical relationship of states and versions
    • Visual display and numerical information of spatial index definitions
    • Relative fetch timer
    • Refresh timer (per layer)
    • Ability to start and stop DBMS tracking
    • Ability to review layer information relevant to performance

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    Bob Parsons rules for success

    A friend recently sent me Bob Parsons (CEO of GoDaddy.com) rules for success

    He has some good advice no matter what type of business you are in.

    What are your rules?

    Geoprocessing Tools

    Many of you may have heard at the User Conference this summer that ArcGIS Engine 9.2 will support the Geoprocessing Tools previously only available to ArcGIS Desktop users.  That means that developers of Engine applications will be able to leverage the geoprocessing tools in their custom solutions. 

    Here is a link to a table of what tools are available at what license level for Desktop.  For Engine, all the ArcView level tools will be part of the standard Engine Runtime and the ArcEditor tools come wit the Engine Geodatabase Update extension.  Other Engine extensions will add more tools at 9.2.

    Multi-core

    I'm hearing a lot about the advantages of multi-core processors and how it won't be long to all new PCs and Server will come with more then one core. 

    Here is a link to an Intel site that has some good multimedia demos about multi-core for those new to this technology.

    Thursday, September 14, 2006

    VB Express Videos

    On the VS Team blog on MSDN, there is a collection of "how to" videos to help you get going with Visual Basic .NET Express edition.

    ArcGIS 9.2 will support Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 and the Express version is a great way to get started with VS 2005.

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    5 years ago

    Five years ago on September 11th, I woke up and went straight to the Redlands YMCA and there while on a treadmill quick learned what was happening in New York, DC and Pennsylvania. I was shocked by the live images on all the TVs in the gym and returned home to tell my wife.  It was hard for use to believe what was happening on live TV but we couldn't stop watching. We didn't eat breakfast and I remember missing a meeting that morning about the ArcReader and Publisher release. 

    A lot has happened in the 5 years and as I was at that same YMCA this morning, my heart went out to the many that lost their lives that day five years ago. And I hope that I will never have to return home and awake my wife with such awful news.

    Thursday, September 07, 2006

    Tonto Natural Bridge

    I just upload to my flickr site (see side panel of my blog) some photos of a trip this summer to Tonto Natural Bridge near Payson, AZ.

    It was a nice hike with the kids, my son loved climbing on all the rocks under the bridge.

    Working for ESRI

    I've been working here in Redlands, CA for ESRI since 1998 and it's been a great experience.  If you are looking for a change or a new employment opportunity send me an email with your resume. My department is hiring and I know that several other teams are looking for good people so send me a email (relkins@esri.com) and we can talk about opportunities here at ESRI.

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    Who is reading blogs

    Here is a link to a study about who is reading blogs here in America.

    I personally believe most of my readers are GIS professionals but recently I've got a few emails from old roommates and friends saying that they came across my blog.

     

    "Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be."

    - David Bly

    Tuesday, September 05, 2006

    LiveWriter Test

    Based some comments, I changed some settings in Blogger so I'm going to try publishing with Windows LiveWriter again.

     

    This is just a test...

    Wednesday, August 30, 2006

    Ultimate list of Power Tools (Windows only)

    I haven't gone through all these yet but here is a big list of Developer and User Power Tools from Scott Hanselman

    "I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

    - George Washington

    Good list of resources

    I Code Therefore I Learn - Kim Greenlee offers a wide list of informational links for Microsoft developers

    "Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better."

    - Unknown

    Tuesday, August 29, 2006

    Top Universities

    The Princeton Review has recently published it's list of top "Party Schools" and top "Stone Cold Sober" universities.

    Party Schools

    1. University of Texas at Austin
    2. Penn State University
    3. West Virginia University
    4. University of Wisconsin-Madison
    5. University of Mississippi
    6. Ohio University
    7. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    8. Louisiana State University
    9. University of Iowa
    10. University of California, Santa Barbara

    Stone Cold Sober

    1. Brigham Young University (BYU)
    2. Wheaton College
    3. College of the Ozarks
    4. Grove City College
    5. U.S. Naval Academy
    6. U.S. Coast Guard Academy
    7. U.S. Air Force Academy
    8. Queens College
    9. Wellesley College
    10. Calvin College

    As a BYU graduate, I can say that BYU takes pride in being number one on this list ever year.

    Friday, August 18, 2006

    Windows Live Writer

    I'm trying out the new Windows Live Writer Beta for posting to Blogger but just like the Word 2007 blogging feature, it seems to have some issue with Blogger (part of Google). I can only save a post in draft form and then have to go to the Blogger web site and publish the post. Hopefully Microsoft gets things worked out with Blogger during the beta cycle of these products.

    Thursday, August 17, 2006

    More thoughts on the ESRI UC

    The UC is long over and I haven't posted much on the week so here are a few random thoughts on the UC. I'm sure several other bloggers have already provided their commentary.

    Plenary Session

    • Great vision from Jack and outstanding demos of the ArcGIS family of products
    • Big crowd this year, I hear there was almost 14000 at the conference this year.
    • Announced a new EDN offering that will include ArcView

    ESRI Showcase

    • Lots of interest in ArcGIS Server 9.2 now that it's being offered at 3 different levels (Basic, Standard, & Advanced)
    • Really good demo theater presentations this year on 9.2, I'm going to try and get some of those demos posted on EDN.

    ESRI Tech Workshops

    • In the developer sessions, almost everyone has made the move from VB 6 to .NET (VB.NET or C#)
    • A lot of interest in Engine
    • All the ArcGIS server and Explorer session were packed

    Activities

    • 5k Race was fast... There are a lot of fast GIS professionals. I had a personally best of 20:17. My goals was to go under 21 minutes so I'm happy with my 42nd place finish.
    • .NET SIG was great! Thanks to Microsoft for providing food and drink
    • Thursday Night's party was a lot of fun, my family came down from Redlands and the kids really liked all the games and crafts. I think the food was the best in years.

    Next year's UC is in June so just 10 more months till we do it all again.

    Friday, August 11, 2006

    ESRI Plenary Session (UC 2006)

    I missed the opening video of this year’s conference but I heard it was one of the best ever… But I did hear most of Jack’s presentation… Jack is a great communicator of his vision and passion for geography and the power of geographic information systems. I’m sure there have been several reviews of the day already posted online but here are a few things I made note over based on the reaction of people around me…

    ‘”The Web, is the new platform for GIS… ArcGIS is advancing to the web as a platform…”
    “9.2 is about making you more productive…”

    In regards to software development at ESRI, Jack said “We try... but at time we make mistakes and I apologize for that”

    9.2 is better… 100s of bugs fixed, better documentation and lots of new features.

    A big reoccurring theme about ArcGIS was Author – Serve – Use
    Author
    content (maps, globes, tools, etc) with ArcGIS Desktop
    Serve with ArcGIS Server
    Use with a wide range of client applications (desktop, web, mobile)

    More to come soon…

    Live from the UC in San Diego

    I had good intentions to post at least a daily report from the User Conference but just haven’t had time… I got here on Saturday for some Engine pre-conference sessions and shortly after that, I lost my cell phone in Marriott. So I’ve been spending a precious free time trying to find the phone or figure out what I can do to get a replacement.

    I have a T-Mobile Family Plan with a basic flip phone… My contract is up and I’m just month to month so that means I had to either sign a 2 year contract or pay around $200 for a basic flip phone with no features. I’m cheap and keep hoping that someone would find the phone in the hotel and turn it in. Tuesday evening right before I was about to buy a new phone, the Marriott contacted me to let me know that they found my phone.

    Wednesday, August 02, 2006

    What's New in ArcGIS

    For those interested in ArcGIS 9.2, there is a digital brochure available online that highlights some of the new features of the release.

    Plus checkout the What’s Coming web site.

    BYU meet at the UC

    The User Conference (UC) is only a few days away... I’ve been spending a lot of time this week working conference related items. This is always a busy yet exciting time of the year at ESRI. I’m looking forward to being in beautiful San Diego next week with thousands of GIS users. It’s also a great time to see friends from around the world.

    If there are any BYU alumni reading this, a few us are getting together for dinner Monday night so if you are interested, leave me a comment.

    Friday, July 28, 2006

    .NET Training

    Free .NET training avaliable from AppDev

    I've heard good things about AppDev, I'm going to request one.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2006

    .NET SIG in San Diego

    If you are coming to San Diego for the ESRI User Conference and are a .NET developer, make sure you plan on attending the .NET Special Interest Group (SIG) on Wednesday evening. The first few "Rise and Shout" reader that find me at the SIG may get a surprise for attending.


    .NET Special Interest Group Meeting
    Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
    San Diego Convention Center, Room 17-A


    This second annual meeting is sponsored by Microsoft® and designed for all users of .NET technology.

    Art Haddad, ESRI’s .NET Development Lead, will moderate the session. The program will include a presentation by Microsoft Project Manager, Peter Koen, "Windows Presentation Foundation" and user presentations, as well as updates from ESRI development staff on the .NET capabilities included in the upcoming ArcGIS 9.2 release.
    Drinks and appetizers will be served following the presentations.

    Monday, July 24, 2006

    Google Search Tip

    I use Google for most of my internet searches... I just found a shortcut for searching the web with Google when looking for anything related to Microsoft. Try http://www.google.com/Microsoft instead of google.com to have your results limited to only Microsoft related information. I'm sure Google or someone has some other shortcuts out there... Anyone know of any other Google tips?

    Wednesday, July 19, 2006

    Photos from Boston

    I've upload my Flickr site with some photos I took last week while in Boston. I had a good trip but it's good to be back home. Unfortunately I think I brought the humidity of Boston back with me. We are having a hot summer here in Redlands this year and now it's humid (humid for Southern California at least).

    Tuesday, July 18, 2006

    World Cup

    I really enjoyed watching the World Cup with my kids... They enjoyed cheering for teams based on jersey color or location around the world. My son loved to cheer for Brazil because of the yellow jersey's and the great names of there star players...

    Here's a fun site that will generate you a Brazil-name based on your name and surname.

    My new name as a Brazilian soccer "star" name would be ELKITO

    Wednesday, July 12, 2006

    ESRI conference

    ntheWith the ESRI User Conference less then a moth away, I’ve started working on some presentations that I’m responsible for. If you have looked at the online agenda this year, you notice that the Technical Workshops are 75 minutes this year instead of 90 minutes.

    I like the change to 75 minutes as at times 90 minutes can get a little long… With 75 minutes for the session, I’m thinking of cutting out some of the overview slides and demos and try and get into the heart of the presentation. I’m also going to try and reduce the number of slides I use and show more demos when possible. If you think 75 minutes is too short for a topic, I recently heard of a conference that had 15 minute sessions.

    Friday, July 07, 2006

    Windows XP PowerToys

    Windows XP PowerToys aren't new but if you haven't check them out you really should.

    See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

    PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.

    My favorite are the Alt-Tab Replacement, Open Commands Window Here, and the Image Resizer.

    Thursday, July 06, 2006

    Portable Music players

    For months now I've been wanting to get a new portable music player. I have a small Creative MuVo that my wife and I share for cardo at the gym but I want something that I can put a lot of music on and use in the office or when traveling. Any one have suggestions? I know the iPod is great but are there other devices I should consider?

    I hear Microsoft is planning an iPod "killer" for later this year.

    Wednesday, July 05, 2006

    ArcGIS Data Interoperability

    Here is a good summary of the different data support provided by the ArcGIS Data Interoperability. This extension to ArcGIS Desktop provides direct read for many formats along with data import and export options. Data Interoperability will be an extension to ArcGIS Engine at the upcoming 9.2 release.

    I like one page summary that I can keep around for quick reference...

    Tuesday, July 04, 2006

    July 4th

    Most American’s today are enjoying a day off work and school to celebrate our national independence day (ESRI is closed for busy today). I personally have too many chores around the house and other work to catch up on to take the whole day off but I will be enjoying the afternoon with my family and friends here in Redlands. And then later tonight we are going to a local park that offers a good view of the city’s firework show.

    FYI: Only 4 weeks till the User Conference in San Diego.

    SOA Summary

    SOA is being talked about everywhere these days...

    So for those not yet on board with the SOA, here is a quick study on the topic from ComputerWorld.

    ESRI has server technology that plugs nicely into this architecture. Checkout ArcGIS Server.

    Monday, July 03, 2006

    Create an RSS feed from any site

    The days of visiting my favorites web sites daily are over... I use NewsGator, my RSS Reader to stay current on most sites. But not every site I follow has an RSS feed and that's were Ponyfish comes in...

    Ponyfish is a FREE web-based tool that allows you to create your own RSS feeds from almost any web page.

    I recently setup a few custom feeds and it seems to work pretty good.

    Moving ArcGIS setting to a new machine

    I recently got a new machine and have been slowly mitigating everything over… After doing a new install of ArcGIS Desktop, I realized I was back to the default settings and none of my server or SDE connections. If you have ever had this issue, you can transfer most of your user preferences, templates, style, etc by going to the C:\Documents and Settings\”login name”\Application Data\ESRI and copying the files to the same spot on the new machine.

    ESRI Authorization Summary tool

    Have you ever wondered what developer products you have a license for and are authorized to use on your machine?

    I use the Authorization Summary tool located in the c:\Program Files\ArcGIS\bin folder. Double click the AuthorizationSummary.exe and it summarizes what you're authorized to use (what you have licenses for).

    Edited: Fixed typo in title

    Sunday, July 02, 2006

    google search box

    I'm no web developer so I like it when it's easy to update thing on a web page or this blog. I'm happy to say that today I was able to able a Google search box to the right side of this blog (under the photos). You have the option to search the web via google or just this site.

    Saturday, July 01, 2006

    BumpTop desktop emulates moving around paper documents

    As a Tablet PC user, this video demo caught my eye...

    The 3D desktop prototype for Windows, called BumpTop, does some must-see-to-believe wrangling of digital documents as if they were physical pieces of paper.

    http://lifehacker.com/software/desktop/bumptop-desktop-emulates-physical-documents-182465.php

    Bring Windows Desktop Search into Visual Studio

    Bring Windows Desktop Search Into Visual Studio With Our Cool Add-In - Could be useful, certainly a interesting bit of code as I'm using Visual Studio 2005 more and more.

    "One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people"
    - Dick Gregory

    man behind the maps - video

    Here is a fun video that I found via the ArcDex blog.

    Hope all are having a good weekend.

    Wednesday, June 28, 2006

    User Conference 2006

    If you are planning on attending the User Conference this year, I suggest you go ahead and register and book your hotel. Registration ends July 7th and hotels fill up fast in beautiful San Diego.

    The theme for the conference this year is GIS - Communicating Our World

    Planning has been underway for months and there will be several developer related workshops and events. So checkout the agenda builder and the official UC blog.



    "Take care of the earth and she will take care of you."
    -Unknown

    Updated with correct year.

    Internet Access Tip

    Internet Access Tip from Guy Kawaski for all you Linksys router users.

    Tuesday, June 27, 2006

    7 ways to protect your laptop on the road

    7 ways to protect your laptop on the road

    Here are some good common sense tips to remember if you are doing any travel with a laptop this summer.

    Thursday, June 22, 2006

    Server products from ESRI

    Here is a useful Server products matrix showing what is available in ArcIMS, ArcGIS Server & ArcWeb Services.


    "I you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders."
    - Abigail Van Buren

    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    Job opportunities

    Several different teams that I work with here at ESRI are looking to grow and need good people to join them. If you have .NET or JAVA programming experience and a passion for GIS, send me a mail (relkins@esri.com) and I’ll try and get you in contact with the right recruiter or visit http://careers.esri.com.


    "Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out."
    -John Wooden

    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    Interesting Geography (part 2)

    More random but interesting facts...

    Ohio
    There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.

    Pitcairn Island
    The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.

    Rome
    The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B. C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.

    Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

    S. M. O. M.
    The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S. M. O. M.). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts, and as of 2001 has a population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

    Sahara Desert
    In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years.

    Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

    St. Paul, Minnesota, was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre "Pig's Eye" Parrant who set up the first business there.

    Roads
    Chances that a road is unpaved in the U. S. A.: 1%, in Canada: 75%.

    Texas
    The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas. It is as deep as 20 empire state buildings but only 3 inches wide.

    United States
    The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

    Waterfalls
    The water of Angel Falls (the World's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

    Interesting Geography

    Alaska
    More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

    The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

    Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

    Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

    Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."

    Chicago Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

    Detroit Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

    Damascus, Syria Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

    Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

    Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula --and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L. A.

    New York City
    The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930's who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple.

    There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Wednesday, June 14, 2006

    Posting from Office 2007

    This is my first post from Word 2007 beta 2. Blog posting is a new feature with this version of Word so here is my first attempt and getting it to work with Blogger. Several months ago, Blogger released an add-in to Word for posting but it had some limitations and didn’t work when I had Outlook open as I use Word as my email editor.


    Update: I never could got this to post form Word 2007 (Beta 2), it would save the post on blogger in draft form but never post it.

    “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.”

    • Unknown

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006

    What's New video

    There are a few "What's New" videos on the ArcGIS Desktop web site. Checkout http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/about/whats-coming.html


    "Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinons then we do in our own?"
    -Brigham Young

    Monday, June 05, 2006

    Laptop Power mMnagement

    I can across some good tips on getting the most out of a laptop battery.

    Tip #1 Power down the display
    Tip #2 Turn off unused devices
    Tip #3 Decrease hard drive activity
    Tip #4 Disable startup items
    Tip #5 Condition the battery

    "To win without risk is to triumph without glory"
    -Pierre Corneille

    Thursday, June 01, 2006

    Joshua Tree


    I recently visited Joshua Tree National Park and updated my Flickr page with some photos. I also changed my Flickr photo badge on this site to some photos from recent trips instead of photos from last years UC.

    Joshua Tree is a great place... I had forgotten how blue the sky can be.

    Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    Let's Talk

    Just came across this link...

    http://www.inlandnewstoday.com/public-affairs.shtml

    Bernard Szukalski, a senior staff member at Environmental Systems Research Institute otherwise known as ESRI in Redlands will talk about the many aspects of Geographic Information Systems including its multitude of practical application, while in conversation with host Jerry Gordon.

    End of May already?

    Sorry for lack of post lately… I spent some time visiting some customers in the Carolinas then took some vacation time before the summer rush. The month of May has flown by and it’s now time for the User Conference (UC) push here in Redlands. Only 10 weeks till the conference… Make sure and book your hotel now as San Diego is a popular place in the summer. Planning is under way for the 100s of ESRI Technical Session and the Showcase.

    For all you developers out there, make sure and entry the Software Applications Fair to show off your hard work.

    For any BYU alumni or friends / fans of BYU, I’m trying to organize a dinner for Monday night (Aug. 7th) in San Diego. Let me know if you are interested.


    "To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to."
    - Kahlil Gibran

    Thursday, May 04, 2006

    Music Rising

    I’m a big fan of all types of music…. Many of you know that I’m a big fan of the rock band U2. Bono, the front man for U2 is well known for his political agenda and efforts to help people of Africa.

    Recently the Edge (U2’s guirtarts), has down some charitable work of his own to help the musicians affected by the devastation to the Gulf Coast of the US last year. He’s part of the Music Rising program to replace instruments for musicians of the Gulf Coast.

    A few years ago I spent a few days in New Orleans and by chance walking around the French Quarter one night found Preservation Jazz Hall and ended up spending several hours there enjoying New Orleans jazz and other music from the region.

    The Edge helped to reopen the Preservation Jazz Hall in New Orleans on April 28 with the help of Music Rising, he took part in the opening by joining with the band to do a Ragtime version of Vertigo. Who knew Vertigo could translate so well among the different genres of music?It's the middle video on MSN's recap of the New Orleans Jazz Fest.

    Wednesday, May 03, 2006

    Dev Summit slides now online

    The slides as PDFs from the Developer Summit are available in the Download section on the EDN site. I sorted by date to quickly see all the slides. I hear that some video is coming soon to the media center.

    "Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours."
    -John Locke

    Tuesday, May 02, 2006

    Engine Case Study

    There is a new ArcGIS Engine developer case study online. See http://www.esri.com/library/fliers/pdfs/cs-nobelsystems.pdf

    Nobel has moved from MapObjects to ArcGIS Engine to leverage the geodatabase.

    Monday, May 01, 2006

    News wire

    I have a few Google News alerts setup and recently have gotten a few notifications about news stories related to ArcGIS Engine.

    Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp Uses ArcFM Viewer
    GISuser.com (press release) - Frederick,MD,USAFort Collins, CO -- Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (Middle Tennessee EMC) has implemented ArcFM Viewer for ArcGIS Engine as their mobile ...
    Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Corporation Implements
    DirectionsMag.com - Glencoe,IL,USA... Technology is providing its mobile GIS solutions, GO! Sync (Mapbook) and GO! Sync (Redline), which utilize ESRI ArcGIS Engine technology. ...
    If you are building an Engine based solution, I'd like to hear about it and share the news with the Engine Team.

    Tuesday, April 25, 2006

    The way...

    I'm speading some time this week in the employee training room here at ESRI and noticed an interesting sign over the door, it says "There is No Right Way To Do a Wrong Thing".

    A very true statement in my opinon.

    Thursday, April 20, 2006

    A classroom can change the world

    Around the world, more than 100 million children are not in school – and more than 60 million of these children are girls. Whether a boy or a girl, every child deserves the chance to go to school and have a hopeful future.You can help make that happen: Step up and be part of "Send My Friend to School Week".

    Wednesday, April 19, 2006

    What is Del.icio.us?

    What is Del.icio.us?

    Good summary of this popular site in the blogosphere.

    Tuesday, April 18, 2006

    Tech Ed

    J on Scrappad is talking about the upcoming Microsoft Tech Ed

    I was wondering the same thing, are all you GIS Programmers and Professionals interested Microsoft Tech Ed event. And if so, anyone going this year to Boston?

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006

    No Cost Live Training Seminar “Editing in ArcGIS 9: Tips and Tricks II”

    Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. This ESRI Virtual Campus online seminar will highlight the newest tips and tricks in ArcGIS Desktop, introducing more ways to work with editing tools to construct vector geometry.

    Following the live presentation, a recorded version of the seminar will be archived and available for viewing.

    Please be sure to invite your clients to take advantage of this opportunity. You may also want to attend this seminar if it is of interest to you.

    To view a live training seminar, attendees will need to join the Virtual Campus by creating a free membership account.

    For more information, including instructions for attending, as well as a schedule of upcoming live training seminars, please visit: http://campus.esri.com/seminars.

    Monday, April 10, 2006

    Sring Time

    For the first time in awhile, we had a rain free weekend here in Redlands and it felt good to get out and get some sunshine. I’m hoping that we have a nice long spring…

    On a different subject, my home PC started humming over the weekend. Everything seems to be working fine but the fan, drive or something has gotten really loud. Any suggest on what to look out for?

    “We need history, not to tell us what happened or to explain the past, but to make the past alive so that it can explain us and make a future possible.”
    -Alan Bloom

    Wednesday, April 05, 2006

    ArcSketch

    Remember ArcSketch from the User Conference plenary session last year?

    Well it’s now publicly available as a free download.

    ArcSketch is a great example of how ArcGIS Desktop can be extended and customized. As far as I know, ArcSketch was developed using the same public .Net API available to everyone with ArcGIS 9.1


    “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”
    -Albert Einstein

    Monday, April 03, 2006

    FYI

    On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.When will this happen again?

    12 hours later. Then not for another 100 years.

    Friday, March 31, 2006

    Nokia 770

    After my post about the new Microsoft Ultra Mobile device, I got a comment about the Nokia 770. The Nokia looks great and appears to be cheaper then the new MS device but it is Linux based and every PC I own or use is Windows. So I wonder how compatible it would be. I'm basically looking for something that I can
    • do email on
    • listen to music
    • watch video
    • browser the web
    • sync calendar, contacts and task with Outlook
    • small
    • long battery

    Anyone out there using the Nokia 770?

    Wednesday, March 29, 2006

    The Ultra-Mobile PC

    Microsoft and its hardware partners have come up with new mobile device called the "Ultra-Mobile PC". It runs full Windows XP and appears to be a mash-up of a Tablet PC and PDA in my opinion. The video on this site peaks my interest but I wonder how much they will cost.

    Go Everywhere - Do Everything

    ArcGIS and Visual Studio 2005

    At the Dev Summit last week, I got asked several times about Visual Studio 2005 support. Here is a link to an ESRI Support Knowledge Basic article with more information on the question.

    In summary…
    ArcGIS 9.1 supports .Net 1.1 and VS.Net 2003
    ArcGIS 9.2 will support .Net 2.0 and VS 2005

    There is some talk on the forums on using VS 2005 with 9.1 but full support and integration of the ArcGIS SDKs and VS 2005 comes at 9.2


    “Value friendship for what there is in it, not for what can be gotten out of it.”
    - H. Clay Trumbull

    Geodatabase Toolset available

    The Geodatabase Toolset is composed of tools used to investigate and diagnose geodatabase performance issues. The tools are designed to work with the geodatabase and the ArcMap and ArcCatalog applications within the ArcGIS Desktop products (ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo). The Geodatabase Toolset also provides the ability to generate descriptive reports for analysis. The tools are organized in two sets, each hosted in ArcCatalog and ArcMap.

    In ArcMap, the Geodatabase Toolset is used to review and design characteristics of MXDs, display refresh performance, and for DBMS tracing. In ArcCatalog, it is used to review enterprise geodatabase information.

    Many of the tools provide tables containing numerical information that can be exported to external files that can be archived, sent to technical support, or imported to Excel.
    Diagnostic tools include:
    • Editing information
    • DBMS statistics
    • Picture showing hierarchical relationship of states and versions
    • Visual display and numerical information of spatial index definitions
    • Relative fetch timer
    • Refresh timer (per layer)
    • Ability to start and stop DBMS tracking
    • Ability to review layer information relevant to performance

    Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    ESRI User Conference

    I need to look up some information on pre-conference sessions for this years International User Conference and the first think I noticed on the conference web site was that the conference is only 132 days away. We just finished the Developer Summit and it's already time to work on User Conference as 132 days will go by fast.

    San Diego is a great place to be in August....

    "May your eyes stay filled with stars and your hearts with visions of dreams yet to come"
    - Traditional Wedding Toast

    Friday, March 24, 2006

    Engine in action

    It was very exciting at the Dev Summit and BPC to see all the different developers building custom applications with ArcGIS Engine. In my opinion, it looked like more then ever before, people are using the Engine Dev Kit to create a custom solution. I’d like to share some of your good work with the Engine development team here in Redlands so if you are doing any development with Engine, send me a quick screenshot of your application. I want to create a collage of screen shots of custom Engine solutions.

    “Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”
    - Robert F. Kennedy

    Sunday, March 19, 2006

    Dev Summit is over

    The first ever ESRI Developer Summit is now history and the reviews and feedback is starting to come in….

    I personally think the event was a success, there are things that can be improved upon for next year but I’m happy. Actually I’m tired…. It’s been a long with week leading up to the Summit and it was a busy few days. Now it’s now to the Business Partner Conference where I’m doing a few sessions on developer opportunities for partners.

    Here are a few highlights for me
    • The huge turn out, over 700
    • The Community Center
    • Good wireless
    • Comfortable chairs
    • Tech Talks
    • Area to mingle and meet with people
    • Snacks
    • Plenary session with Scott and friends
    • Hearing from IBM and Microsoft executives that understand the value of the GIS community
    • Meeting a lot of really talented developers using ESRI products

      I need your feedback, good and bad so that we can build on the good for next year and improve and grow the Dev Summit in the right direction for you the developer. Please send me an email at relkins@esri.com

    Friday, March 17, 2006

    Dev Summit is rolling now…

    The Keynote this morning was great, Scott Morehouse, Director of Software Development spoke followed by several demos highlighting the upcoming 9.2 release. The Technical Session are going strong today and I just upload some more photos on flickr from the wireless in the Community Center.

    There are lot of devs here, I think there will end up being close to 800. I think that's pretty good for a first ever event.

    Thursday, March 16, 2006

    Getting ready...

    I’m here in Palm Springs helping setup the plenary stage for the big opening session Friday morning. I took a few photos and put them on my flickr site which I’ll try to update each day here in Palm Springs

    I can report that the wireless connect is solid here in the main hall where the plenary and keynote session will be.

    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    The Big Dance


    Tomorrow I leave for Palm Spring for the Dev Summit and it’s also the start of the NCAA Basketball championship. I also fill out the brackets and big a winner. And my final 4 are Duke, UCLA, Villanova, and Connecticut. I’m a life long Duke fan so I have them winning it all. Who’s your pick? And if you are in Palm Springs, make sure and say hello.

    Wednesday, March 01, 2006

    IBM and Microsoft to speak at Dev Summit

    At the Dev Summit, there will be a plenary session each day. On Friday Scott Morehouse, Director of Software Development here at ESRI will be the featured speaker.

    On Saturday morning we are going to start early so we have time for IBM and Microsoft to each present before we break into sessions. Check out the IBM and Microsoft session here.

    It's already March

    It’s a beautiful day here in Redlands, we got a lot of rain earlier in the week but today it’s around 65 degrees F and nice. It’s hard to believe it’s March already, 2006 is over to a quick start. The Developer Summit and Business Partner conference are just a few weeks away and I’ve already been to my first meeting about the User Conference scheduled for August this year.

    Last night I purchased an external hard drive from my personal computer at home to backup photos, videos and files but to my surprise it didn’t come with any automatic backup utilities. Anyone have any recommendations on free utility that will backup a few folders from the C drive to the external drive?

    “It’s easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.”
    - Francois De Le Rochefoucauld

    Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    VerySpatial Podcast

    Last Friday Brian and I did an interview with Sue and Jesse from a VerySpatial podcast. We talked a little about developer trends, EDN, and the upcoming Developer Summit.

    I’m personal subscribed to over 100 blogs but only a few podcast and VerySpatial is on of them. I’m really interested in podcasting and hope to have some time to explorer it some more. Maybe the first step is getting an iPod, I’ve wanted justification for the purchase but can’t bring myself to spending that kind of money on a portable music player. My $50 sport-style MP3 player does just fine when I’m working out at the YMCA here in town.

    What podcast would you recommend?

    Wednesday, February 22, 2006

    Agenda Planner

    I don’t see a link on the Dev Summit web site yet but here is the link to the online agenda builder for the Developer Summit. This is a nice way to plan what session you’ll attend.

    Tuesday, February 21, 2006

    EDN Q&A


    Here's another common EDN question regarding the EDN website.

    Question: There was originally discussion about having some content available only to the EDN subscriber on the EDN website. Has that happened?

    Answer: There is no “subscribers only” section of the EDN web site. The site is currently open to all, EDN subscribers and non subscribers. There is a login for the forums and comments sections, but this is based on the free ESRI globe login. We are still considering and "EDN only" section in the future, but currently the focus is on the public information of the EDN web site.

    Monday, February 20, 2006

    http://www.arcgisexplorer.com

    http://www.arcgisexplorer.com
    In preparation for the ArcGIS Explorer community portal, we would like you to test www.arcgisexplorer.com by clicking on the link. If it doesn't work from behind your organization's firewall, please e-mail info@esri.com with 'Test Failed' in the subject. Thank you for your help.

    Sunday, February 19, 2006

    Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support

    Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support

    ArcGIS 9.1 Geometry Performance Patch - This patch resolves a performance issue when using the ITopologicalOperator::Intersect method to perform intersections.

    Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    Happy Birthday EDN!



    One year ago, the ESRI Developer Network (EDN) was launched by Jack Dangermond at the Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs. That was a big day for me as it took several months of planning and work by a dedicated team to release EDN. The purpose and goals of EDN on day 1 are still true today.
    Make ESRI’s developer technology available to developers by reducing the cost and complexity
    Fostering and supporting a developer community
    Increase developer opportunities with ArcGIS

    This first year is just the beginning… I think we have made progress but there is still more that can be done. The upcoming 9.2 release will have many features for developers and the upcoming Developer Summit is the result of your feedback. So if you have suggestions on EDN or developer related stuff, let me know (relkins@esri.com).

    Productivity and Outlook

    I get several emails a week from Microsoft… MSDN, Partner Newsletters, and an one about Microsoft at Home and at Work. I normally scan them for any new utilities or downloads but today’s email had a few interesting tips on productivity.

    5 beliefs that limit productivity--and how to overcome them
    What stops you from being more productive? Chances are good your reasons are pretty much the same as most people's. In this article, consultant and productivity expert Sally McGhee takes a look at five common beliefs that can limit your productivity--and shows how you can turn them around.

    Monday, February 13, 2006

    Real World Engine Solution

    GISuser.com GIS, GPS, LBS, CAD, mapping news, jobs, software, data, community: "Damage Assessment Enhancements Planned for ArcFM Redliner Extension "

    ... Miner & Miner met with Mississippi Power and other Southern Company employees to discuss how to optimize ArcFM Viewer for ArcGIS Engine with the Redliner ...

    This showed up in my Google News search; it's always nice to read about real world examples of ArcGIS Engine solutions.

    Friday, February 10, 2006

    Only 35 more days till Dev Summit

    It’s a beautiful Friday afternoon here in Redlands. It’s been dry and warm this week. The only thing better them February in Southern California is March. So don’t forget about the ESRI Developer Summit March 17th and 18th in Palm Springs. The early bird registration deadline is next week (Feb 17th) so go sign up. The Summit is in the Palm Spring Convention Center which is connected the Wyndham Hotel, making it a great place to stay. Plus they have a great pool area.

    Opposition in all things

    Great quote from Robert Fripp

    “We should not expect good work to be acknowledged; and where it is, we should not expect it to be welcomed. Rather, the strength of a creative impulse is measured by the strength of opposition it meets.”

    Wednesday, February 08, 2006

    Uses for RSS

    Basement.org has a cool list of ways RSS is being used to deliver information besides delivering headlines. With recent launch of the IE7 beta with RSS integration, RSS appears ready to explode as a delivery channel.

    Tuesday, February 07, 2006

    Documentation for Visual Studio integration

    In this post, I talked about the download on the EDN site for getting some new developer tools for ArcGIS Engine and Desktop users of Visual Studio 2003.

    I just wanted to say that there is a help document in the C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\developer\Documentation folder. For 9.2 we'll support Visual Studio 2005 with even more SDK integration.

    Monday, February 06, 2006

    Stats

    Using Blogger, I don’t get any stats on my blog so I use the free version of FreeStats to get a few metrics on my site. One of the interesting reports they offer without charge is a list of “Top Refers”. And every time I look at that report, James Fee (Plant Geospatial) and Brian Flood are always numbers 1 and 2. They definitely seem to be the premier GIS bloggers.

    The most common Google search that gets people to my blog is “ESRI blog” but I barely make it on page 1 of the results. It’s interesting to see that this search doesn’t return many ESRI employee’s that have blogs.

    Documentation - ESRI Support

    Documentation - ESRI Support: "Technical Paper discussion how at version 9.2, ArcGIS Server will allow publishing of GIS data in a format compatible with Keyhole Markup Language (KML) clients."

    I haven't read this paper yet but it's on my stack of things I need to read.


    "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
    - Helen Keller

    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    For Visual Studio users

    Last month on the ESRI Developer Network (EDN), we posted a new download that all ArcGIS and Visual Studio 2003 users should be interested in. The ArcGIS Visual Studio .NET Integration Framework provides a number of commands, wizards, and templates that are available through the Visual Studio .NET IDE to help you create solutions, projects, and classes for ArcGIS customizations more efficiently.

    At 9.2 will release a verions of Visual Studio 2005 with even more features and integration.

    EDN Q&A

    We are coming up on the 1 year anniversary of the launch of the ESR Developer Network. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly year since Jack announced EDN at the Partner Conference in Palm Springs. Over the past year, I’ve gotten several common questions about EDN so I’m going to try and share those questions and answers here on my blog.

    Q: Are EDN developers allowed to install and use the software on any machine they want regardless of whether it is a desktop/laptop machine or a server?

    A: Yes, the developer with the EDN subscription is allowed to install the EDN software on any machine as long as they are the only one using the EDN software for development and testing.

    If you have a question, let me know (relkins@esri.com)

    Monday, January 23, 2006

    81 points

    Kobe scores 81 points! That’s the most points ever scored in an NBA basketball during my life time. And as a life long Lakers fan, I was impressed and happy that the Lakers won the game. 81 is a huge number, I’ve watched games this year when the whole team struggles to score 81. The excitement of 81 helped deal with the defeat of the Carolina Panthers in the NFC championship game. The Panthers didn’t exist when I was growing up in Carolina but I still cheer for them. But with them out, I’m not sure who to cheer for in the Super Bowl.

    Saturday, January 21, 2006

    Mobile GIS: from developers to developers

    Mobile GIS: from developers to developers
    A few members of the Mobile Team here in Redlands have started a blog. This are good guys that have been developing some really cool stuff for the upcoming 9.2 release.

    I'm subscribed to their feed.

    Thursday, January 19, 2006

    ESRI Developer Summit

    This afternoon I worked with a few teams about their Developer Summit technical sessions…  I think the technical agenda is shaping up nicely.  There will be sessions for all types of developers; the new and experienced ArcObjects developer.  There is also going to be several core GIS concept session, these will be good to refresh your GIS knowledge or introduce some key concepts that all developers should be aware of.

    Make sure you plan on getting to Palm Spring on Thursday for the unofficial app contest host by Steven and James.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2006

    ArcEditor Videos

    Five new ArcEditor videos are now available, highlighting the product’s key features:

    • Managing Annotations and Dimension Features

    • Visually Editing a Geodatabase

    • Disconnected Editing

    • Managing Geometric Networks

    • Versioning

    All five videos can be viewed at: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arceditor/about/demos.html.

    Places to work

    A friend just sent me the list of the best companies to work for and as I was browsing, I noticed an article about number 81, Autodesk.  It appears that long time Autodesk CEO, Carol Bartz is stepping down.

    I personally think ESRI is a pretty good place to work.  The main campus here in Redlands is awesome and the benefits are pretty good.  For example, we all got Monday off for Martin Luther King Day.

    ESRI Training To Go

    Instructional Series Podcasts Now AvailableReceive free ESRI training tips on demand with the ESRI instructional series podcasts. Download and listen to these short audio recordings on your computer or take them with you on your portable MP3 player.

    The instructional series podcasts cover a variety of topics to improve workflow, tricks for optimizing your geodatabase, and updates on new software features. New topics are added often. Subscribe to the podcast feed to be notified when new content is available.