Free and open source software (FOSS). I bet you use it somewhere in your computing life. Whether that's at home, through a web browser such as Firefox, or at work using LibreOffice or QGIS. Although the word 'free' is used in the name, as with much in life there will be a cost incurred somewhere … Continue reading Thank you FOSS
There seems to be a trend at the moment for web pages with very light text*. I wonder whether this is a response to the 'dark themes' that have been prevalent in recent years. Or maybe my beef with the 'light text on light background' is more to do with ageing eyes! Although this sort … Continue reading Improve my UX!
I thought that I would post about some of the interesting things that I have come across on GitHub that relate to Earth observation. GitHub, if you aren't a coder, is an online platform where software code can be managed, stored and shared. I just want to say up front that I haven't tried and … Continue reading What’s on Github?
Recently I've been doing much of my processing work using Docker. This containerisation software is great for keeping software and data separate from your base machine, but more importantly allows the same software configuration to be used across different operating systems and hardware. Anyway, more about how I have been using it can be found … Continue reading Portainer
Between 19th and 21st February 2019, Munich played host to the Big Data from Space 2019 (#BiDS19) conference. The conference was jointly organised by ESA, SatCen and the JRC and hosted by DLR (the German Space Agency). It's remit was to cover all spatio-temporal Earth and space observation data collected by a variety of sensors, … Continue reading BiDS19 Munich
I've had an idea in my head for the past few months to build myself a nice, neat, self-contained data processing set-up using Docker.If you don't know, Docker is a containerisation system that allows software to be run in a sand-boxed environment i.e. without impacting on your operating system set up. The great thing about … Continue reading (G)EO Containers
In VirtualBox you can choose either a dynamic or fixed size virtual disk. Dynamic disks are faster to create and more significantly can grow to larger sizes. Fixed size disks are often faster to use, but can’t grow larger once they fill up. I recently had a requirement to change a dynamic virtual disk to … Continue reading Changing virtual disks
Last month the Ubuntu 18.04 Linux distribution was released. If you are a Linux user you will be aware that there are various different desktop environments that can be installed on an operating system. If you are not a Linux user, the concept of a desktop environment may initially cause some confusion - I know … Continue reading User experience
In December 2017 I started the Scene From Above podcast with my co-host Andrew Cutts. The following are a series of notes on how I host the podcast. These notes are written for my own needs, and were first posted on my personal blog, but if they help anyone else then that's great. I’m hosting … Continue reading Hosting and sharing the #scenefromabove podcast
From an announcement from the QGIS mailing list: RQGIS has released a new version of RQGIS! RQGIS establishes an interface between R and QGIS, i.e. it allows the user to access the QGIS geoalgorithms from within R. With the new release, it is possible to run the most recent QGIS releases (>=2.18.2) with RQGIS. RQGIS […] … Continue reading Open source goodness! RQGIS