Thursday, August 14, 2008

I'm now self hosting my blog using wordpress

This will be my last blog post in blogger.

I have now imported all my blog posts into word press and am now hosting the blog on my own domain using wordpress. Hopefully I'll be able to manage the server without killing it.

Please update your feeds.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Moving web host, planet-osm moved

I'm currently moving my web and email hosting from ukhost4u to bytemark (who also host the svn, wiki, etc.) has now moved to Please update your feed readers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cycling: South London Critical Mass

Quick catchup post. On the First Friday of July 2008, the first South London Critical Mass was held. On the way I done some mapping for OSM, finding some unnamed roads. I find Critical Mass useful for learning your way around London (or wherever it is held), as through random route will take you to parts of the city you have never been before.

Some photos (Just noticed that the Geotagging of the last few failed):

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P1030660.JPG Seems that Critical Mass passes by fuel stations awaiting deliveries.
P1030673.JPG I wonder how Bird In Bush Road got its name.
P1030689.JPG You can try some unusual bikes.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

SOTM2008 Presentations

Can all presenters at State of the Map 2008 conference to please upload their slide to slideshare with the tag SOTM2008.

My Presentation at State of the Map 2008

I'm currently at SOTM2008 in Limerick, Ireland. Just done my Lightening Presentation about the London Mapping Marathon.

I have uploaded my lightening talk presentation to

I have been twittering the events of the conference as they happen.

I completely forgot to mention that CloudMade are providing no-names map tiles for the whole world. London on the nonames map. Edinburgh on the nonames map.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cycling: London to Brighton

On Saturday I cycled from London to Brighton. It's the first day long cycle that I've done since I cycled from Bletchley to Bedford and back, over a month ago. Yeah I did lots of cycling at the Woking Mapping party, but there was lots of breaks and cul-de-sacs.

I couldn't even get 10 minutes away, and I managed to get totally confused by the signage for the National Cycle Network route 23. Having the Cycle Map and an intermittently working bluetooth GPS was really useful. Looking at the trace and where the sign posts were it appears that some of the signposts around the South end of South Norwood Country Park are totally ambiguous, alternatively the route has been changed recently. There was a few other places that I had to double back because I had missed a turn.

Further south there was some nice views across the hills.

I was quite surprised when I found that the national cycle route goes right through the middle of Gatwick airport

Had a little bit of a wander in Brighton before getting the train home.

I added a few extra pois, road names and the southern end of the ncn 20 into Brighton to the osm data.

In the future I should try and leave before lunchtime, for these day long cycles, which I should do more often.
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And finally Brighton Peir for the first time: P1030488.JPG


Last weekend I was at Mashed08. I stayed there overnight, so didn't get much sleep.

Didn't do any mashing up, though I did finally start writing a bit of ruby code to take a file with a list of street names, and ask the OSMXAPI whether that street exists within a specified bounding box.

It was interesting to see what people were doing. There was very few people doing anything with maps. There were a few groups who using high resolution satellite imagery rather than plain old maps. A lot of people were working on something that was tv or audio related, such as ripping the subtitles and translating them into another language in almost real time. Twitter seems to be rather popular.

The event was featured in this week's BBC News Click programme. (BBC iPlayer only works in the UK and programmes are only available for one week.)

I'm uploading the better photos to Flicker with the Mashed08 tag.

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When your at a station waiting on a delayed train, just get some bean bags out to sit on:
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(Kinda ideal for getting passers by ask were the bean bag sale is).

Sunday, June 08, 2008

OSM: GSoC blogs on Planet-OSM

All the OpenStreetMap Google Summer of Code 2008 student blogs are now on Planet-OSM, the feed aggregator for OpenStreetMap related blogs.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Screw in Tire

Originally uploaded by smsm1
Cycling to work, and get a screw in my tire. Just as well it wasn't my front tire otherwise I'd have had to walk the rest of the way, or find a bike shop. Instead I just unscrewed it (and took the screw with me so that the next cyclist doesn't run over it.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


From the 10th to 13th April I was in Prague, Czech Republic for GoOOCon, an conference hosted by Novell.

I done a presentation about the Buildbot system in I didn't have time to prepare new slides, due to my move to London, so I just recycled my slides from ooocon2007.

It was nice to see a bit of another country and to meet up with some of the developers in real life.