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South Carolina

My girlfriend, Chelsea and I are going on vacation tomorrow (depending on the hangover magnitude) for a week in South Carolina. Watch us get lost on Where's Tim.

Posted On Saturday, December 31, 2005 2:22 PM

*Gasp*...potential problem with Google Maps
In the session the other night, I told Jeff and John that I have never had problems with Google Maps, or any Google API. Well, I think I might have found something. I was redesigning the layout for Where's Tim, because, well, I'm an awful UI designer. And I was putting everything into a 2x4 table and I set the left column width at 25% and the right column width at 74%. The upper right hand cell contains the div tag that eventually becomes the Google Map and I set the width of that ......

Posted On Saturday, December 31, 2005 2:16 PM follow up
I had a great time talking with Jeff and John the other night. As I listened to the podcast, I noticed a few things that I should clarify. Lat/Long = Latitude & Longitude, and x and y way of locating a geographic point on a map. For example, the Lat/Long of Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS is -95.25438, 38.954069. We used the library by Michael Schwarz. It is very easy to use and had wanted to talk more about it, but we ran out of time. All you do is modify your web.config, register your ......

Posted On Saturday, December 31, 2005 1:49 PM

Talking with
I just finished talking with Jeff and John from We had a great talk about Where's Tim, GPS technology moving forward, consumer adaptation, the negative misconceptions of GPS, how the web is opening up with API's and web services, and good old fashioned geek stuff in general. Jeff talked a little about it earlier. He might have it up tonight, so make sure to subscribe to their feed. Technorati Tags: Google Maps, Where's Tim, ASMX, AJAX, Podcast ......

Posted On Thursday, December 29, 2005 4:47 PM

Where's Tim on WLL soon
Last week, Scoble asked if we would port Where's Tim over to Windows Local Live. This morning, Chandu Thota (MapPoint all-star) sent me an email letting me know to contact him if I need any help working with WLL. Hey Chandu, I also have a ClickOnce version of Where's Tim in the works using MapPoint that I will probably need some help/guidance on too.I'm excited to work with their new API...I need to work on sending vehicle manifests and receiving messages from vehicles for Sean before I go on vacation ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 27, 2005 9:39 AM

Joey Allen

Chelsea and I got a new puppy Christmas Eve...Joey Allen. More pics here

Posted On Monday, December 26, 2005 8:01 AM

Kansas ignores drinking and driving

Not tech related, but interesting.

Matt Strausz talks about how the state of Kansas ignores low compliance rates for drinking and driving offenders.

Posted On Thursday, December 22, 2005 8:09 AM

Where's Tim gets Scobleized

Robert Scoble talks about Where's Tim. He suggests that I integrate with Local Live. I'd like to do that. I played with Virtual Earth a bit and the Google API was easier (and looked better). But I'll give it another try and see what they have improved.

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:11 PM

Kyle goes to Jersey

Kyle was in Salem, New Jersey last week working with one of our clients. He talks about it here.

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 1:06 PM

Kyle thinks I should try Feedblitz (RSS to email). There are a few feeds that I would like to know right away when something is published. I usually have RSSBandit running, but I set up a few feeds anyway: Kyle Archer Jon Box Jeff Julian Ryan Gregg Google Blog Search: "tim hibbard" It's not as "on-demand" as I wish (updates only once a day), and even if you get the paid subscription, it only updates every 4 hours...not fast enough. I'll give it a try for a bit though ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 9:07 AM

Noodly testers wanted

Pete Cashmore is looking for testers on his new "aggregator of edge content" application.

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 7:48 AM

More from the EnGraph Christmas party

Kyle talks about the EnGraph Christmas party.

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 6:36 AM

EnGraph gets published
The Dakota Transit Association is featuring our paratransit management software, ParaPlan in their winter issue. Kyle talks about it here. Technorati Tags:EnGraph, ParaPlan, paratransit ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 6:31 AM

Where's Tim Web Service
You can now integrate my current location data into your own applications using the Where's Tim web service. The GetTimsLocation function returns a GPSData structure: GPSData -Lat -Lon -Speed (in MPH) -Since (last active reading - date format) -Place (reverse geocoded location - string) Thanks to the new My class in VS2005, my current speed can be displayed with one line of code: MsgBox(My.WebServices.EnGra... The SendTimAnEmail function accepts 3 parameters (From, ......

Posted On Sunday, December 18, 2005 8:30 PM

Where's Tim shirt
Pictures of the t-shirts that Kyle made for the EnGraph christmas party. Good stuff. Thanks, Kyle ......

Posted On Sunday, December 18, 2005 5:31 PM

Off to Iowa

Chelsea and I are going to fight the snow and head off to Iowa this morning to see my family. You can watch us on Where's Tim

Posted On Saturday, December 17, 2005 5:46 AM

Article about Where's Tim
Based on a request from one of my .NET heros, Jon Box, we put together an article about Where's Tim, the technologies that we used to create it, the various functions, some source code and the future of GPS. The article is here. Technorati Tags: GPS, Where'sTim, AVL, Google Maps ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 7:17 PM

EnGraph Christmas party
Just got back from the EnGraph Christmas party. Kyle made some fantastic Where's Tim shirts. Pictures on the way. Paisano's was delicious, of course. It's nice to sit down with everybody and talk about all the things we have accomplished over the year. As a developer, it's easy to get stuck in the daily grind. We work really hard and create some cool products and it is very nice to work for a company that appreciates all that we do ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 7:02 PM

Lawrence needs recycling
For such a progressive town, Lawrence, Kansas does not have a public recycling program. We can pay $15 a month for these guys, or $16 a month for these guys, or haul our tin and aluminum to Walmart (which finally reopened).I think it's crap that we don' t have this service provided to us for free. The town of 10,000 that I grew up in has provided it for over 10 years. Kansas City has it too.I love Lawrence, but we really need this. It makes me ill how much paper and cans we throw away. Katie talks ......

Posted On Thursday, December 15, 2005 6:41 AM

Where's Tim gets podcasted

Diggnation, a podcast that dicusses items dug on, talked about Where's Tim on their latest podcast.

The .mp3 can be downloaded here.

Thanks for the plug :)

Posted On Tuesday, December 6, 2005 2:10 PM

Where's Tim hits the airwaves in Ireland
I'm listening right now to Rick OShea's radio show in Ireland. He just talked about Where's Tim on the air and also mentioned it in his blog. You can listen along on radio station's real player stream Hey Rick, thanks for the plug. And to answer your question of “Why would anybody ever want to do that”...I'm working on an article that might explain that. Stay tuned ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 6, 2005 1:56 PM

RSS Feeds for U.S. Congress Votes

Adrian Holovaty (formally of Lawrence Journal World) reports that has released RSS feeds for every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991. Very cool.

I can't wait to see the mashups that come out of this.

Posted On Monday, December 5, 2005 5:34 PM

Where's Tim issues fixed on Safari

The messaging and get directions to Tim on Where's Tim now works properly on Safari thanks to some javascript changes I made here and here.

Posted On Monday, December 5, 2005 9:09 AM

Browser Stats

According to Blogflux mapstats, here is my browser breakdown:

This blog:
Internet Explorer = 73%
FireFox = 20%

Where's Tim:
Internet Explorer = 44%
FireFox = 34%
Safari = 6%

Interesting how much lower IE's share is on Where's Tim.

Posted On Sunday, December 4, 2005 9:12 AM

Biggest tech industry lies
Sahil Malik talks about the biggest lies in the tech industry My favorite: .NET is better than Java/Java is better than .NET/We should switch to <XX> to make our development better. Okay, I don't care who you are - you don't know enough to make that call. I've been a hardcore MS Developer for about 10 years now (not counting paid college and school work), I have worked with MS technologies from Borland Turbo C, to .NET, and whenever I read a book I discover something new about MS Technology. ......

Posted On Sunday, December 4, 2005 7:53 AM

document.getElementById(id).getAttribute("value") on FireFox
The messaging feature of Where's Tim was not working in FireFox and Safari. I changed my javascript code from: var msg = document.getElementById(... frm = document.getElementById(... To: var msg = document.getElementById(... frm = document.getElementById(... That seemed to be the fix for Firefox. I admire you web developers, this ......

Posted On Saturday, December 3, 2005 1:16 PM

Window.Navigate on FireFox
The get directions to Tim feature on Where's Tim wasn't working quite right in Firefox and Safari. I changed my javascript code from: Window.Navigate(url); To: Window.Location=url; And that fixed it in Firefox, I haven't had a chance to test on Safari yet ......

Posted On Saturday, December 3, 2005 11:26 AM

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