Monthly Archives: August 2006

My latest WMB article on developerWorks

My article on Transformation Options for WebSphere Message Broker V6 has just been published on IBM developerworks. Let me know what you think. It looks like some of the code samples have been truncated (XML errors are showing, to do with line length). I’ll see whether I can get that fixed.

Thanks to Tim Dunn for his assistance and support in getting this published.

Update: The XML errors in the code are just warnings, apparently in each case the preceding line is longer than 90 characters. I can try to get it rewrapped to a shorter line length, but in the meantime just ignore those red “error” lines, they are not supposed to be there!

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Flickr now does geotagging

Looks like Flickr now has a maps feature which allows you to geotag photos (found on DSLRBlog). This brings one of the key Zooomr features to Flickr users.

I’m impressed. The interface for adding tags is very easy to use. It is built into Organizr, so you simply need to find a place on the map, select the photos you want to put on it (in my case, I was able to search my tags to get groups of photos for each location), and then drag the bubble over.

The disappointing thing is that the feature is (unsurprisingly) based on Yahoo! Maps… and the level of detail available is very poor, particularly outside of the US. This might be an impetus for them to improve their coverage to compete with Google. I can’t realistically locate several of the places where I took photos without more detail, or even just more roads visible at close zoom levels in the UK.

On balance, I think I’d prefer this implementation to the Zooomr version, if only it used Google Maps! In the meantime, Zooomr now has some other cool features such as portals, so I guess it will be interesting to see how both services continue to develop.

Here’s my current Flickr map (I haven’t placed all of my photos yet).

I’ve also discovered various helpful Greasemonkey scripts to improve my Flickr experience, through a group called Flickr Hacks. They include a script that changes the homepage, and a number of others.

Update – just discovered via Cote’s blog that Upcoming.org and Flickr have been integrated somewhat, evidently as part of a drive to bring Yahoo! services together. Shame about those maps, though…

Update – Thomas Hawk (of Zooomr fame) likes the Flickr implementation, too…

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Windows Live Writer plugins help to impress

I just discovered a couple of useful plugins for Windows Live Writer via this blog article. The first one allows me to browse my Flickr photos within WLW and insert the photo into my post, with a choice of sizes. The other one allows me to tag my posts and have those tags sent to Technorati, del.icio.us or various other sites. Really nice – and it looks like people are already developing more.

I also discovered a Syntax Highlighter plugin and a Currently Listening plugin, but I haven’t tried them yet.

At this rate, w.bloggar really will be a distant memory. If only WLW worked properly with Roller. For more, have a look at my mini-review from earlier in the week.

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Obsolete…

My Canon 350D just became obsolete 😦

While I’d love a 400D (particularly the auto sensor-cleaning, larger LCD and resolution), I think I’m now more likely to upgrade to a 30D or 5D in the future – but not until I’m much richer!

Day at the zoo

Now for a photographic interlude.

About 6 weeks ago, we went to Marwell Zoo for the day, for my niece’s birthday. I’d not been there for probably 20 years, so it was good to go along, this time with my camera. I’ve uploaded a few of the shots to my Flickr space, and will try to add some more as I get around to processing them (I’m still trying to learn Lightroom – more on that anon).

Anyway, the animals were (mostly) behind glass or wire, but I’m reasonably happy with some of my results. Let me know what you think.

Keeping them clean

Watchful owl White-faced Saki Monkey

View all my Marwell pictures