Some updates

Some assorted thoughts, happenings of the past couple weeks/months:

(Originally written on April 26, 2013 – forgot why this never posted..)

…..I’m stoked to announce that I’ll be joining HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) in Cap Haiten, from May-June. I’ll be with some immensely talented and great folks. We’ll be doing great work down there and working with local Haitian mappers. …..Alas, I’ll miss FOSS4G-NA, SOTM-US, mais, c’est la vie.

Coming to the realization that there’s simply so much learn and with increasing specialization, I should focus my learning efforts more on web mapping instead of print mapping.

note to self, I’ll be updating the site. Finally get a domain name name and strongly considering to move the site to jekyll.

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Also, looking over the popular apps on the droid market and seeing most of the apps on the top lists on the market were games, made me reflect: what has the droid really enabled us to do ?

What made me think is that there aren’t many “killer apps” but rather, general hardware improvements like:

– being able to check your email, communicate online, 24/7 thanks to mobile data plans and increased presence of wifi in public spaces.

– Gps

– a more improved camera that allows higher resolution, image stabilization, etc.

The lack of killer apps is also an indication that software being less app based and more web-based with Software as services and social networks that are OS independent like Dropbox, twitter, facebook.

Now, granted there’s a few things that are close to ‘killer apps’ for me.

– finding local reviews for restaurants when you’re out of town… (yelp) and soundhound and shazam. Thinking of the capability of a software on your phone that could identify a song by just playing a 10 second clip of it was a pipe dream just 10 years ago…

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