This will change everything. (FibreGarden to dig)

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Just a quick post to say something exciting happened whilst I was away at GISWORX last week, DigitalDales (trading/operating as FibreGarden) has started to dig in the ducting that will carry the community Fibre network.   This will be great for Garsdale Design as well as residents up Garsdale and Dentdale who will when completed have a word class fibre optic broadband network.   This will change everything around here.

To find out more read David’s blog, those in this area will probably have met David and you will see him driving up and down each dale trying to organise wayleaves and sort out network routes.  His blog posts are regular and a really good read, if you’re a rural fibre broadband supporter you must read it.

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Vostro 3300 – Windows 8 upgrade & the Bluetooth (Broadcom 365 module) fixed

A little off my normal ramblings about CityEngine, GIS and planning.   However I’m sure I will have to come back to this again so here goes…

I have a Dell Vostro 3300 which had Windows 7 on it, I have recently upgraded to Windows 8 (I actually quite like it) and found that my fingerprint scanner software no longer works (but is detected, not found a solution to that yet) and the bluetooth module drivers had to be uninstalled as Windows 8 did not seem to recognise the hardware.  The wifi was fine though.

After extensive searching, I discovered there has been a bluetooth windows 8 driver released for this particular bluetooth 365 module.   But not by Dell…

Thanks goes to the people on this forum thread :

Two posts, one by T.Das777 and the other by jymclarke  jumped out at me, so here is how I have got the bluetooth working on my Vostro 3300.

  1. Download and install the bluetooth driver from Lenovo here
  2. After install go to device manager and expand the Bluetooth heading.
  3. Right click on the Bluetooth device and click properties
  4. Click on the Drivers tab and click on the Update Driver…
  5. Use Windows Update to find the correct driver and it will automatically download and install the correct one.
  6. You can now uninstall the stuff Lenovo installed.
Well the above process works for me and I now have a on/off slider in the Windows settings and the hardware switch seems to work too.  I’ve used the bluetooth device to connect to a wiimote (don’t ask) and this also works well.
I hope this helps people!

OS Data in ArcGIS a little taster

For those of you not in the know the UK’s Ordnance Survey have released some data to play with.  I just thought a quick preview of what you can display would be in order.   The following screen capture shows Strategi and Codepoint data together, codepoint is a csv file for each postcode area so I’ve added headings to the csv and then add them as XY data in arcgis.   Okay I haven’t sorted the labelling out but I am just exploring at the moment….

The green lines are national park boundaries and yes I am aware of what the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary near Sedbergh looks like…

Ordnance Survey Releases Data – No its not an April fools joke!

Updated: The Twitterites inform that this is a faster download link:

Well it finally happened some nice big datasets are now available, visit these sites for more details:

I will hopefully have an opinion on what’s been released later but for the moment just enjoy the idea that you can easily (provided the server is not down) download (shapefiles and the like).   Select the data you want (either as a DVD or download) then give them your email address, they will then send you a link for downloaded your fresh datasets.

I have downloaded the boundaryline dataset and opened it up in ArcGIS, it even has Parish boundaries…. now what do I do with it all?

Keep trying on the site as it obviously has been working very hard this morning to stay afloat!  My suggestion is to wait until the evening (or a couple of days) to do the downloads.

New Template thanks to Artisteer 2.3

As I mentioned in a previous post (website template design) Artisteer is a great way of creating a template without getting involved in the underlying code.   Really it’s a clever template wizard rather than a template editor, but I’ve found it very easy to use and quick!

Artisteer is now on version 2.3 and you can use it to design templates for Blogger sites like this one.  If you have a blogger site and want to change its template easily I suggest you give it a try.    One feature I really like is its ability to automatically upload your created template directly to your blogger site.  No manual uploading and fiddling with HTML and XML files required!

Synchronize your files and folders: SyncToy

Making sure you backup your files is vital, being able to take work home with you is also important.   That’s where this tool called SyncToy comes in useful, yes it is a microsoft product, but it is small quick and free.  I personally don’t like automatic backup software because I have to set a rigid time for when it backsup, oh and I like to be in control!

Basically it can help you ensure anything on your computer is copied to a backup device, but the clever thing is   that it analyses any changes and only copies the files that are new or changed.  It also retains your directory structure.

I strongly recommend it, but be careful to set it up right!   I use it to copy everything from my work folder to a network drive (NAS) and an external hard disk using the ‘echo’ function.   Basically anything on my work folder (on the left) is reproduced on my NAS or external HD (on the right).

My top tip:
It’s not really backup software so always use the preview button first (so I can be sure its not copying over something I need!). 

You can get it from Microsofts site by here: SyncToy, or by searching for “SyncToy 2.1”.

Here I am writing this post not realising we now have a version 2.1!  I was browsing Download Squad when I saw this article I honestly had no idea when I was writing this topical post!