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Geotagging my pictures

Monday, August 29th, 2005

So I have begun geotagging some of my photo’s on FLickr!

Since I dont have any kind of GPS device, and certainly non built into my camera, I have to add the Londitude and Latitude manually. Thankfully, this process had been made rather easy by Geotagging community, who are centered around

In partular the greasemonkey scripts and web-services by Steeev are the ideal way of adding geo info to your pictures, you can basicly use google maps or google earth to tag foto’s in a pretty seemless process that mashes up Flickr, and Google Earth/MapsHere is a little guide to the process

Not only are all my geotagged pictures now part of the ever growing collection on, Rob also produced this great little script that can be used if you hav Google Earth installed..  simply fly to my picture location…  its so cool 😀

Click on the picture below to take you to my Flickr account, and check out the links just underneath the picture.

Google talk, why I like it, features, and interoperability

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

There has been quite some critisism on the tech scene of Google talk, people often siting thats its nothing special, that it lacks features, thats it too basic.

But it seems to me that its simplicity is exactly the point. With Messenger clients increasingly bloated with features, a nice, clean, simple and elegant IM client is refreshing. As part of the Google Desktop it sites unobstusively in the sidebar, or simply invisble until the preview of the message pops up.

Dispite its simpleness though, it has that major killer-ap, VoiP.. and if Google can make good on its interoperatbility claims (and it seems they will), this might just be the VioP client you will be seeing on most of peoples desktops.

If Google succesfully partners with Gizmo and Vling, as is being suggested, and perhaps someone creates an addin for Skype using the just released SDK, then it wont really matter what VioP client you are using right?
Gosh I wish the main IM providers would try to work towards the same!

The critism of the last few days does rais an interesting question though: What should be considdered core to IM functionality these days?

I would agree with most people that conferencing over IM should be core, and would even go so far as to say it should be core to VioP. Same should go for message history storage.. and online, not offline.

File Transfer? I dont know about that one.

Experience so far:

I have Google talk over VioP a spin last night, and compared the experience with MSn 7.5, Skype, and Gizmo.  I found that Gizmo and Google Talk seem give the best experience, at least in mine. That means the least lag and dropout, and the best audio quality overall. Dispite the good stuff I am hearing abour MSN 7.5, and its enhancements to their VioP, for some reason it didnt function well at all for me, producing a rather annoying static or buzz.

Now I have hardly been using Google talk as a standalone app, I have been trying it in combination with the Beta 2 of the Google Tesktop, and I am quite happy with it, though it seems much of the new sidebar is still pretty buggy, and lacks some options I would like, put considdering the flurry of development already surrounding it, wont take like to find some really great plugins I bet.

MSN Spaces will support the Metaweblog API – and some thoughts

Monday, July 11th, 2005

From: BlogJet weblog :: MSN Spaces API

Carnage4Life, of the MSN Spaces team, posts on his blog, that MSN Spaces will be supporting the Metaweblog API soon. Or at least, a version of it

Our current plan is to provide an implementation of the MetaWeblog API with some methods from the Blogger API while using HTTPS/SSL for security. These APIs are widely supported by various weblog applications and already have a vibrant developer ecosystem around them. The API will enable people to create, edit and delete posts on the blog in their space. One of our goals is to ensure that bloggers who are already using blog posting tools such Blogjet or w.bloggar can use them to interact with MSN Spaces when we launch the API without having to upgrade or switch clients. Similarly web sites which allow users to post to their blogs such as Flickr and Zoto should be able to support our API without making significant changes

This is exellent news, it will allow tools like blogjet or other online services to interact with MSN Spaces and opens up it up to the rest of the blog-management arena.
I am starting to see a need for some kinds of blog-routing. For instance: I can now post from Flickr to most of my blogs. I can post from Blogjet to all of my blogs simultainiously. I can email my MSN Spaces blog with SMTP, I can moblog directly to Flickr.


I cannot email any of my other blogs, nor can I post to a blogging service while simultaniously uploading to Flickr (Dmitry, are you paying attention?). And I cannot use a web interface anywhere to post to all my blogs simultaniously. I would also like to be able to have all my blogs automaticly draw their content, via RSS perhaps, from any of my other blogs.. or any other content I specify.

Think of it…   I save a bookmark in or a picture in Flickr, my MSN Spaces blog picks it up automaticly, whereafter my other blogs or sites, or whatever, either pick it up via RSS, or are posted to from MSN Spaces, or whatever other blog or content source.

We need some kind of web-service that does all of this. An RSS router of sorts. Hmm.. could Bizztalk do this?  (this is the bit where I hope other people at GWB read my posts!)

Gillmore Gang: Money for Nothing

Friday, July 1st, 2005

» Blog Archive » Money for Nothing

So I was listening to the latest Gillmore gang and what they where talking about struck a chord.

They where discussing how Live8 was consumed by about 5 million people via AOL’s streams, and how the consumption of such media was shifting from the broadcast model to the remix model, especially in the under-35 age group. Do-it-your-self content provisioning. Customize what you consume!

Well I have to admit, it was the only time I had actually considdered that I already do it naturally.

Example: I watched most of Live8 on my laptop, wirelessly, which was purched next to my game pc, and I was swithing between the global feed, the London feed, the German feed etc, while playing World of Warcraft, while scrolling blogs on Live8 and WoW and reading my RSS Bandit. I didn’t even considder watching Live8 on TV…  until my lodger stated that he needed the network bandwidth to play CS:S , hehe.

Jon Udell: Collaborative filtering with (and other ideas)

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Jon Udell: Collaborative filtering with

That coolness factor of browsing and finding other people’s pages because they seem to share a common interest, could be, in part, an automatic process. Here John introduces a way it could be done, very very cool!

I have been filling in key-words of my interests like, for-ever, in profile pages all over the internet. And I dont think that info has ever spawned an online relationship with anyone else..

With the approach John shows here, we can go beyond these superficial keywords, and drill down deeply into a persons interest space. The only downside to this is that where are still being rather virtical here, as in we must bear in mind that we are only looking at a persons bookmarking behaviour, which says nothing of his information-consumption behavior like what he browses, what feeds he aggregates.

Though of course the latter can be analyzed if one uses a service such as bloglines.

If you where to take my page, and compare it to my bloglines page, you get a far more nuanced view of what I do online, and where my interests lie. The next step thus, is to aggregate that information together, and there are many more sources that one could reference in this manner. My blog for instance. Or my personal website. And then there is other kind of meta-info on me, like my online reputation on sites like ebay, slashdot,, or how about online CV’s or forum activity, or comment activity?

What if one would create a crawler application that, using all of these sources, could compine a complete ‘view’ of my digital online self?

The problem though, is that ‘social’ internet tools, that effectively visualize this stuff, are not all that common yet. Bloglines,, and Flickr, and a few others, are still few and far between.

And then there is privacy. Now personally, I have no problem sharing all this metadata about myself. I would not even mind my browsing habbits being monitored to service the ‘social’ metaspace like I do with the above-mentioned services, provided I had complete and transparent control over when what was monitored.

Wouldnt it be kinda creepy, once we indeed had a centralized match-and-compare system for all of this data, if you where to run into another person online that mirrored you and your interestes in every way? And online doppelganger, so to speak