Archive for August, 2006

I came across the link to BlockRocker earlier today mentioned on Tom Raftery’s Blog and just had to mention it. Why ? Well I thought my fellow Irish bloggers may be interested in the distinct lack of markers on our fair island and like to fill in the green!

BlockRocker generates geotags suitable for inclusion on your blog posts, your YouTube videos, Flickr photos and more besides. Think of the possibilities …if blogging while travelling you can include the tags to show where you posted from or tag where your next video upload to YouTube was shot. I really like the latter idea. It again illustrates the trends of today’s web users to do more and share more of what they love to do. A real bonus too is the fact that it makes use of Google Maps, I can even find Mountmellick on there (where I grew up!). I love it and hope others will too.

So what are ya waiting for? Go ahead, give it a go and show the world where you’ve been!

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I like to know and present all relevant sides of a story, so when I came across this today I thought it would make good reading for anyone who saw the recent story about the FBI getting it all wrong when it comes to software systems. It seems they’re back on track with the recent unveiling of an investigative intelligence system that looks very impressive indeed.

In an effort to restore confidence in the agency as the 9/11 anniversary comes round again, they demoed the Investigative Data Warehouse which brings together data from 50 previously disparate systems, no mean feat.


“Grigg said that before 2002, it would take 32,222 hours to run 1,000names and birth dates across 50 databases. Now agents can make such asearch in 30 minutes or less, he said.”

Read the full article here, courtesy of the Washington Post.

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Wow that’s a huge number! It marks a huge success for the Flickr team. I was astonished to read this figure this morning given such a short timeframe, but it just goes to show the popularity of geotagging. It seems the hottest thing on the web this week then is not YouTube then, nor anything to do with video, and the emergence of a new trend. People are no longer content to just share photos but they want to share where they took them too!

I havent actually tried out the tagging just yet but I notice some complaints about the quality / accuracy of maps outside the US and Canada. The good news is Flickr have already taken notice and released the Geo API so you can map on Google, MSN and others. Lets hope Yahoo also take note as quickly.

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Hey all!

As promised, a few more words on the Flock browser. It’s been around in beta for almost a year but apparently is really maturing now and I’ve been trying it out for the past 2 days.

So far, almost every aspect of it seems excellent, though I find it a little slower to launch than Opera. That said , I dont have any extensions / plugins installed on Opera so maybe thats the delay in loading Flock.Once it’s up and running it hums along at pace.

With direct links for posting to Flickr and PhotoBucket ,the ability to post to almost every blogging API out there (WordPress, Moveable Type, Blogger etc) and a speedy browser window and feed reader it really has it all. If thats not enough there’s already loads of extensions for interests like geotagging to be downloaded too !

I suggest everyone go get Flocked right now !

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The web browser for you and your friends.

I “drag n dropped” this image from the Flock homepage just to test posting to Blogger!

Flock Browser beta 0.7.4 + Performancing extension!

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