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BBC reports that government agencies and state-run enterprises in Brazil are switching from Microsoft Windows to open source alternatives. According to a source cited in the story, the primary motivation is economics. The Brazilian government estimates it could save $120m a year by switching and is considering making the use of open source software compulsory for government. Opinion
Jun 6, 2005   By Abhijeet Chavan
This article, How Linux Could Overthrow Microsoft, in MIT's Technology Review caught me off-guard. The article is a fascinating overview of the open source and proprietary software models. It appears to be well-researched and written, and makes a compelling case for open source:...For all its flaws, the open-source model has powerful advantages. The deepest and also most interesting of these advantages is that, to put it grossly, open source takes the bullshit out of software. Opinion
May 18, 2005   By Chris Steins
American Planning AssociationExecutive Director Paul Farmer testifies before the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Federalism and The Census that public investment based on unreliable data and analysis may constitute a hidden tax in the form of higher costs for infrastructure. Farmer's compelling testimony (PDF, 150KB) is based on his role as CEO of the APA Opinion
May 17, 2005   By Chris Steins
Google's new mapping feature is getting a lot of (deserved) attention for its easy access to satellite imagery (thanks to Google's judicious purchase of satellite mapping company Keyhole). Microsoft tried much the same thing when it set up TerraServer, but Google's version is easier and more fun to use. That probably doesn't surprise you. Anyway, here's another cool Google Map application: Sprol Opinion
May 12, 2005   By
One of the best travelogues of pictures i've seen. Escape Route provides a unique method for organizing and viewing photos. The site also offers dphoto - a kind of ophoto with pizazz. This is one step away from what could be a great application for organizing and documenting change at the scale of a neighborhood, city and region. Opinion
May 9, 2005   By Scott Page
One of students was kind enough to forward this to me. The Cool Space Locater is designed to match innovative and creative firms to spaces that may not traditionally appeal to businesses looking for office space. I could have used this in Philadelphia when I really needed office space that wasn't overpriced nor in Center City. The only resource we really had was Craig's list as there are few coordinated resources for finding office spaces for rent - particularly small, non-traditional spaces. Opinion
May 5, 2005   By Scott Page
Broadband Reports reports on CNET's national map which offers a state-by-state summary of developing fiber or Wi-Fi projects, and the legal barriers states are are facing in implementing these projects. From a CNET article Opinion
May 3, 2005   By Chris Steins
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Related to Charles' article about google maps and satellite images… The emerging MemoryMap pool on Flickr, where people annotate maps and photos (frequently taken from google maps) with their memories linked to specific places, takes the Google map service to a new fun level. So why not bring this into the planning process? Maps, like this example here Opinion
Apr 21, 2005   By Ken Snyder
murmur is one of those inexpensive but creative ways of combining technology with space. to me, its exciting to see public art move into this realm - dealing expressly with communications rather than focused solely on physical beautification. potentially so much more than a mural.... "[murmur] is an archival audio project that collects and curates stories set in specific Toronto locations. At each of these locations, a [murmur] sign will mark the availability of a story with a telephone number and location code. Opinion
Apr 20, 2005   By Scott Page