Vagrant on AWS with Windows

Vagrant on AWS with Windows Required installations: – AWS CLI – VirtualBox – Vagrant – an existing EC2 instance with an account private key on your local file system. [Optional] If you use PuTTy ssh client, you may want to install and configure the Vagrant PuTTY plugin, by following instructions here: https://github.com/nickryand/vagrant-multi-putty. You will also…

I’m back!

I’m back from my cross country bike ride!  On a completely different topic, my book with Packt Publishing, is finished and available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine book retailers:

Quick GIS tip of the day, 6/10/14

To keep symbology of a shapefile or geodatabase feature class, save a layer as a “layer file” (.lyr).  If you keep this .lyr file in the same relative path location (in the same directory, for instance), it should continue to reference the data and you can just add the .lyr instead of the data itself.  If…

RWD Summit 2014

Here are some notes and thoughts I gathered during the 3-day Responsive Design Summit, which concluded today.  Link to the live document. Design principals Atomic design Stop thinking about websites as collections of pages.  They are collections of elements that, through a browser-based, collaborative, design process, that are mixed together into larger and larger collections. …

Plotting and Projecting Coordinates

So you have some data that includes latitude and longitude, you add it to the map … and it doesn’t line up.  You’ve got some spatial reference/projection problem.  Figuring out what coordinate/projection system your data came from is not always straightforward, and often involves looking more deeply into the source of your data (for metadata).…

Hit the geocoding wall?

Google’s Geocoding API limits results to 2,500/day.  So what are your options when you hit a geocoding wall with a public/free API? Using ArcGIS (or alternatively Gisgraphy, which I have not yet experimented wtih http://www.gisgraphy.com/) you can geocode against the best data you can get your hands on.  Esri Streetmaps Data is great, if you…

ArcGIS Online Terms of Service, Notes

With the plethora of cloud services being offered these days for hosting and analyzing geospatial data, it is important to know what we’re agreeing to.  Unfortunately “the fine print” is still relatively dense.    With ArcGIS.com (ArcGIS Online) opening up their “subscription” service level to their higher ed site license clients, and more of our clients…

ArcReader 9/ArcGIS 10 Conflict

I’ve seen a few folks who’ve had trouble installing ArcGIS 10 because they’ve been unable to uninstall ArcReader (usually version 9.x). The best way I’ve found to do this is to download the ArcReader installer from here.  Run the installer and try to uninstall. If you’re unable to do that (sometimes you’ll need to force…