Tuesday, March 20, 2007

OpenStreetMaping using satellite images

As I've written before, I help out with OSM, mainly around Turku, but thanks to Yahoo, OSM can now use high-res satellite maps for some cities. Unfortunately, only the Helsinki/Vantaa/Espoo region is available here in Finland, but I've been making some progress in drawing some of the missing main roads around Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. I've also added some nice details like Helsinki-Vantaa and Helsinki-Malmi airports.

SPSS Dimensions survey system

Unfortunately I must work with the above piece of shit software for a while. I don't understand how the hell SPSS justify the cost.
The documentation is a mess, web interface works with IE only (there is not technical reason for this, gmail and other "web 2.0" interfaces are much more complicated than DimensionsNET), the web admin interface kicks me out from time to time without any reason and when I try to login again, it just gives an internal error (wait 4-5min and it works again).
Could be that it's just some simple configuration problem but unfortunately I'm not the administrator (and the server is located some 500km away so I can't even go and kick it myself...)

Well, back to building the survey...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Winter by a child choir...

I've been Tori Amos fan since 1994 (since Under the Pink), I even had a pretty popular web site from 1995 to 2004, but after that I just didn't have the time and bandwidth to host all the stuff anymore and thanks to youtube and torrents I don't think a plain old ftp site is even needed anymore.
Anyway, to the point... I was searching youtube for some clips from the new album (American Doll Posse) and found this a childrens choir singing Winter.
They have a pretty cool teacher... my music teacher sucked soooooooo bad.