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Technical notes
« on: August 19, 2009, 09:26:45 PM »
My posts about technical stuff never seem to fit properly with existing threads, so I'll make this catchall and occasionally throw some news into the basket (anybody else that finds things they're willing to share is of course welcome).
First up: new Street View imagery for Portugal, Switzerland and Taiwan. I know--too little, too late for us--but it's interesting to see a bit of Kleine Rugen; and the M/O TARA3 elimination turns out to be just a few yards from the Astronomical Museum pit stop, making the car-sleep a bit of a sham.


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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2009, 09:43:52 PM »
Don't give away too many of your secrets Slowhatch!  :lol:  .. I still have a few of your tech notes stashed away that I'm not willing to share so easily.

okay I'll go away now  :sneak

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2009, 10:50:36 PM »
Untechy me loves the technical stuff you share..... more anytime please!! :kuss:
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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2009, 01:08:51 AM »
Google is experimenting with changes to its core algorithms. The new code, called Caffeine, is described here.
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The new infrastructure sits "under the hood" of Google's search engine, which means that most users won't notice a difference in search results. But web developers and power searchers might notice a few differences...
You can compare the old and new at sites like this. For some searches, the new system moved RFF up a few notches; in other searches, it fell behind, so it seems mostly a wash. (RFF is still #1 for Amazing Race spoilers).
In other news, Twitter may soon tag posts with geodata, but it's a voluntary opt-in and I doubt that many people will sign up.

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009, 07:47:10 PM »
Dual Maps is a mashup mainly aimed at developers who want to embed custom maps on their websites, but it can also save time for those of us wanting to double-check our results. If you have an address or a GM  link, you can get a multi-pane view: street map (or aerial), Google street view and Bing bird's eye (in parts of the world where those things are available).


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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2009, 11:28:58 PM »
Yandex, the all-purpose Russian search portal, has entered the street view business. There's only Moscow so far, but you can expect more cities: as this post explains, the authorities don't have to bother with pesky things like blurring faces or asking permission.  :lol: An example is below: Dallas is (supposedly) running after his cab, but he's actually on the Garden Ring, nowhere near Bulgakov's flat (not that it matters, the phony editing behind the lost passport was already exposed by Gman). Also, there are alternatives:
  • Gdeetotdom has worse resolution, but more cities (here is a view of the bridal church in Novosibirsk).
  • Mappi in Russia uses technology from Norc, a site that specializes in Romania but also covers European cities like Prague (Moscow coverage halfway done)
English interfaces don't always exist, so navigation might take time.

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2009, 12:01:31 AM »
You found it Slowhatch! Damn your good  :yess: :jumpy: :jumpy: :yess: :jam: :jam:

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2009, 12:50:46 AM »
Hmmmm...Prague?? :jumpy:
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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2009, 01:15:09 AM »
Prague is covered, but not the whitewater course. Google went through Prague with their camera cars recently, but it takes several months to process and upload images.

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2009, 01:21:57 AM »
Thanks slowhatch, these will be wonderful to have!!
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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2009, 12:55:36 AM »
Google does an adequate job mapping Tokyo and HCMC. A couple of address finders to complement searching:
  • Diadiem covers the larger cities of Vietnam and has an English interface
  • An awkwardly named website allows searching for Japanese addresses using English, but you must know the address and a knowlege of the prefecture/ward system is helpful. Here's a Tokyo ward map and here is the address of the Hachiman shrine properly mapped out.

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2009, 12:55:36 PM »
 :lol: OK, here's my token contribution to the list of utilities, namely a FREE photo editor (with so much more).

PhotoScape beats Picasa hands down, IMO.  If you hate Picasa (as I do), then you may want to check out PhotoScape.  Tons of effects, good UI, and simple to use.  Mainly for manipulating photos.  And it's FREE.   :snicker:

Even has an EXIF info viewer, and a direct link to Pictriev (for searching faces on the internet).

download PhotoScape here

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2009, 10:47:37 PM »
:lol: OK, here's my token contribution to the list of utilities, namely a FREE photo editor (with so much more).

PhotoScape beats Picasa hands down, IMO.  If you hate Picasa (as I do), then you may want to check out PhotoScape.  Tons of effects, good UI, and simple to use.  Mainly for manipulating photos.  And it's FREE.   :snicker:

Even has an EXIF info viewer, and a direct link to Pictriev (for searching faces on the internet).

download PhotoScape here
Done! Thanks Boingo  :hearts:

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2009, 10:00:39 AM »
Looks good and downloaded! Thanks Boingo!

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2009, 03:10:32 PM »
Me too! Me too! I like it lots, thank you!
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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2009, 09:50:55 PM »
Thanks. The pictriev stuff is interesting. Face recognition for the public is slowly getting better (we wish we had the stuff used by the government, and the government wishes it had the stuff used by the Vegas casinos  ;D). Picasa and iPhoto have their apps, and Facebook has something called Photofinder; even if the software respects privacy options, you might get lucky with a public-photo search (I'm not a member, I've never tried it). I took Pictriev for a spin with two photos of Phil: the eyebrow photo matched him with J-Lo ???, but the second was spot on--it even made a guess at his age. I think it has to be a full-front face shot to be effective.

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2009, 10:40:56 PM »
I never knew about photofinder, my facebook friends who are tagged come up  :tup:

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2009, 07:50:26 AM »
After i downloaded the application and tried to get it work, my laptop crashed. I guess it is uncompatible with the programme. :groan: :'(

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2009, 08:09:03 AM »
:lol: OK, here's my token contribution to the list of utilities, namely a FREE photo editor (with so much more).

PhotoScape beats Picasa hands down, IMO.  If you hate Picasa (as I do), then you may want to check out PhotoScape.  Tons of effects, good UI, and simple to use.  Mainly for manipulating photos.  And it's FREE.   :snicker:

Even has an EXIF info viewer, and a direct link to Pictriev (for searching faces on the internet).

download PhotoScape here

Very nice program! Thanks for sharing this.
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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2009, 03:22:27 AM »
Google street view additions: Canada (selected cities) and Prague. Google maps (not street view) now shows Almaty (too late!  :().
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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2009, 05:13:39 PM »
A Google Maps mashup from a student at Ohio State that may save some time: Geomap bundles entries from Picasa, Flickr, Youtube, etc.

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2009, 07:43:16 PM »
Thanks slowhatch!! Saved!!

Looks handy! :hearts:
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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2009, 10:54:20 PM »
There's a new metasearch for panos called Panogoogle. It searches the usual suspects--360 cities, panoramas.dk, etc.--but you can also try it for independent sites. Here's one for Dubai/UAE created by some real estate people (I think) that has some interesting views.

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2009, 12:32:06 AM »
Sweet Slowhatch!

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Re: Technical notes
« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2009, 11:37:52 AM »
Chateau asked earlier about the dates for GE imagery and I can provide a partial answer. Ignore the dates by the copyright symbols. Zoom down close to the ground and check the lower-left for a date. Dubai is 23 Apr 08, HCMC is 11 Feb 08, Vierhuizen is just "2005," and PP is blank. According to this article, for international cities you can assume a default of 2004.


 

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