Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Where have I been?

Wow still so much of the world to explore, I better get on with it!

create your own visited countries map

Dr. Neil's Phone Map saves the day

I've recently been doing a whole bunch of development with the MapPoint Web Service.
For the local Sydney Microsoft team I wrote a small mapping application for their Windows Mobile devices.
Today I had this IM conversation with one of the team, Lawrence Crumpton:

Lawrence says: yo Dr. Neil... I'm on my smartphone... I have to send through a testimonial on how your PPC mapping application saved my life. literally.
Dr. Neil [Sydney] says: wow - how?
Lawrence says:was with a group-we got lost with no map and found our way into a not so nice neighborhood. I remember having the app pulled it out, took the address off the building across the street and got a map to the city! it was very impressive. great job.
Dr. Neil [Sydney] says:cool!

How long will it be before we can all have maps on our phones? Apart from being able to talk to people I still believe this is the killer application for mobile devices.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Listening to PodCasts on my phone and strolling on the beach. I have to take it easy today so my neck can get better.


As Kris mentioned yesterday I have hurt my neck. I went to the physio this morning and the healing has begun. I have to take it easy over the next couple of days. That means I can't spend 18 hours a day in front of my PC writing and hacking code.
So off to the beach...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Lunch and REST

I had lunch with good friend Luke Burton. Lots of interesting conversation from trading systems for investment banking, through to PodCasts and then on to the topic of web services and REST.
The recurring theme was "It's funny how sometimes we get so bogged down in the technology we forget what we are actually trying to achieve".

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Finding your way with MapPoint

I love the fact that Chandu found out about and blogged about this article 'Finding your way with MapPoint' before I did!
You'd think I might be told when it was published!
I hope you enjoy reading it and get started with some MapPoint development, maps are cool!

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Podcast crazy

I've been sitting and doing quite a lot of writing this last few weeks. Mostly articles for magazines. While writing I have been listening to lots of PodCasts.
PodCasts are a form of Audio Blog, to find out more have a look at iPodder.org
I am using iPodder to download the Podcasts.
Some of my favourite PodCasts are:
Daily Source Code
Evil Genius Chronicles
IT Conversations
Dot Net Rocks
Podcasting from SoftwareLand

Monday, November 01, 2004

iSIM Saga - case closed

Well today I recieved a refund of the money that iSIM took from me last month. I can't say if posting the entire story here made any difference.