Data Grab Bag

  • In the new release of Google Earth, there’s an exciting feature that lets you dynamically load geographical data in from other sources. They even have an markup language for it called KML. People have already started putting Flickr photos ontop of the maps.
  • On a similar note, if you have a Geotagged RSS feed that you want to put onto a Google Map, you should consider giving this utility a try.
  • The newer versions of Microsoft Word save their documents in an XML format. So it was only a matter of time before someone wrong an XSL template to generate these documents.
  • Do you have a lot of text that you want converted into speech? You should check out the say command on OS X.
  • Google now has built in currency conversion. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, considering that you’ve been able to convert units of measurement and weight for the longest time, this step only seemed logical.
  • Interested to see how the moods of large-scale communites fluctuate over time? The Livejournal Mood Browser does just that, with informative graphs too!
  • What’s better then a free textbook on Graph Theory? Not much!

Posted: July 12th, 2005

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