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    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."

    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 ( and I’ll try and get you in contact with the right recruiter or visit

    "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...

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    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

    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

    "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.