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More Google Earth integration

You can now view my GPS history for a date inside Google Earth.
Go to Where's Tim
Put a recent date in the Get History textbox and push "Go"
Once it loads, click "View History in Google Earth"

Thanks to Frank Taylor for the suggestion.

Posted On Sunday, April 30, 2006 8:11 PM

Google Earth Network Link for Where's Tim
This is pretty cool technology. I got an email this morning from Frank Taylor and he said that the Google Earth integration we have on Where's Tim is cool, but not even close to what we could be doing. He suggested looking into Network Links. A Network Link is basically a .kml file that points to another .kml file and tells it how often to update. So I created a .aspx page that dynamically creates a .kml file based on data from the web service. And then created another .aspx page that generates a ......

Posted On Sunday, April 30, 2006 10:09 AM

New Yahoo Maps
Yahoo Map Image released new maps the other day. We use them on Where's Tim when we need a static map image. Check out the new maps on the location RSS feed and Where's Tim Mobile. [Where's Tim] [EnGraph] ......

Posted On Friday, April 28, 2006 6:37 PM

What's the worst that could happen?

One of our clients needed some software installed on his computer today. However, he didn't have the cd that was needed. So I VPN into his network, remote desktop into his laptop, VPN'd on his laptop back to our network, shared the cd drive on our server and granted him access to it, put the software into the cd drive and installed away.

I felt like I was on the Office Depot commercial. "Use your easy button to find my easy button?!?"

Posted On Thursday, April 27, 2006 9:51 AM

FollowTim.com
I constantly and shamelessly plug EnGraph and Where's Tim as much as I can :) Since timhibbard dot com slash wherestim dot aspx is not easy to remember and easily misspelled, we bought FollowTim.com. Eventually we will host everything there, but for now it just redirects to http://timhibbard.com/where... [Where's Tim] [EnGraph] ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 12:05 PM

Lawrence gets new images
Lawrence, KS got new Google satellite images the other day. Check out pictures of the EnGraph office.I haven't fully migrated Where's Tim over to the v2 of the maps API. Once I do, you will be able to see the new images on Where's Tim as well.[Google Maps] [Lawrence, KS] [Where's Tim] ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:50 AM

KC .NET UG - April 2006
Jeff gave a good talk last night at the Kansas City .NET User group about the Provider Model. Material available here. It's something EnGraph could benefit from, but probably not something we are going to do right away. I need to get a better handle on generics first, that would make our products better. Jeff also set up a Google Group for the user group...check it out ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:41 AM

ShakinDave
Google Maps Mania reports about a guy that uses a camera mounted on his glasses and sends the feed to his website. Cool idea, I've been wanted to do something like that on Where's Tim and our newest client, LiveWave, does mobile streaming video over EVDO. Maybe they will hook me up!! Speaking of LiveWave, their RoverCam GPS site has been exciting the last couple of days. One of the guys put the phone on his boat and has been cruising all over the bay. [Where's Tim] [LiveWave] ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:19 AM

City-data.com integration
Kyle Archer has been bugging me to put something on Where's Tim that says what city and state I'm in. So I started messing with it, and thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be cool if a user could click on a link and it would give them population and other information about the city I'm in". So I started looking for a website that offered that. I ran across City-Data.com and they offer an extensive data snapshot of a city. And their url format is easy to manipulate. So, now on Where's Tim, you will see ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:09 AM

Lunch with Matt
Matt Croydon blogged yesterday about Where's Tim. He got a new bluetooth GPS device. Turns out he is from Lawrence and is a programmer for LJWorld.com. He did the whatchamacallit thing a couple weeks ago as well as some other Google Map integration. I posted a comment on his blog that we should do lunch sometime. Maybe we can get them to create a Google Map of all the technology companies in Lawrence (there is two just in this building). [Google Maps] [Where's Tim] [Lawrence, KS] ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:01 AM

From Kyle's basement...

A year ago we were working in Kyle's basement, now look at us. We even have an official nameplate at our new office!!



Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 12:13 PM

LiveWave is live
LiveWave is rocking with their new real time GPS web solution modeled after Where's Tim. It was pretty cool to watch them drive all over Newport, RI yesterday and I now know how other people feel when they watch me! These guys have been great to work with and we are working on some cool ways to integrate their existing camera feeds with the new GPS data and Google Maps. Stay tuned, we are going to be bringing some neat stuff. Kyle talks about it too. [EnGraph] [GPS] [AVL] [Google Maps] [Where's Tim] ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:31 AM

EnGraph's new client - Jonesboro, AR
We would like to welcome our newest clients, City of Jonesboro Arkansas Transit. Carl and Kyle went down there last week and installed our paratransit solution, ParaPlan Lite and our fixed route solution, RiderTrac. Kyle talks more about the trip on his blog.[EnGraph] [ParaTransit] ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:25 AM

maps.livewave.net
Like I talked about yesterday, We are building a real time GPS web solution for Smiths Detection. The pieces are starting to come together, but the GPS data still points to my current location since their Cloudberry account is not completely set up. The web site is at maps.livewave.net, check it out and watch for more changes this weekend. [EnGraph] [Where's Tim] [GPS] [AVL] [Google Maps] ......

Posted On Saturday, April 22, 2006 9:53 AM

First Where's Tim sale
We just received a purchase order for a web based real time GPS system using Google Maps. It's exciting for me to see all the work we've put into Where's Tim starting to materialize into $$$. We have a couple other companies that are interested too, so hopefully we'll have a bunch of Where's Tim popping up on the internet :) Check back this weekend for a url. [EnGraph] [Where's Tim] [GPS] [AVL] [Google Maps] ......

Posted On Friday, April 21, 2006 6:32 AM

Working with Google Maps v2
I started migrating Where's Tim to the v2 of Google Maps this weekend. They have provided good documentation so it wasn't too hard, even though I still think that I should not have to rewrite code because the vendor releases a new API. I understand rewriting code to get more functionality, but not to avoid my application breaking. Anyways, it works just about the same. The only problem I having is, I have a couple divs that are at an absolute position that display my current speed and mileage for ......

Posted On Monday, April 17, 2006 7:27 AM

Another Where's Tim podcast
I found another podcast that talked about Where's Tim. Apparently, I'm a "nerd with no life"!! It's by WeBeGeeky.com (which is down right now) and the mp3 is here (9 min, Where's Tim mentioned about 1:45 in). [GPS] [Where's Tim] [EnGraph] ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 12, 2006 12:45 PM

MapQuest Mobile
It looks like MapQuest is trying to compete in the mapping market again. I'll be keeping their mobile page on my radar. And I'm also thinking about making a MapQuest version of Where's Tim for the OpenAPI Developers Challenge. [MapQuest] [Mapping] [Where's Tim] ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 11:24 AM

Where's Tim Google Homepage Module
Google has an API for their personalized homepage, and of course it is really easy to consume. It is an XML file with a place for HTML / Javascript. I created a striped down version of Where's Tim using their API. To install this module on your homepage, click here. Google provided a method for asynchronously downloading data, _IG_FetchContent (which I talked about the other day). To consume this method, you provide the datasource and the function you wish to call after the data is downloaded: function ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 6:48 AM

Kansas City developers Google Group
Jeff had a good idea. Start a Google Group for developers in the Kansas City / Lawrence / Topeka area. This will help us carry on the conversations we start at the monthly KC UG meetings as well as provide a place where you can ask programming questions where you know the persons face. I think it is a good idea. Jeff talks more about it on his blog. [Kansas City] [Lawrence] [Topeka] ......

Posted On Monday, April 3, 2006 6:19 AM

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