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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software June 2006 Entries
Lunch with Clint
I am having lunch today with Clint Batman from ThinkGeo, another GPS company out of Lawrence. They have some additional hardware that might be useful for us and maybe we do some things on Where's Tim that he might find beneficial to his products. Plus the sweet salsa at La Familia can't be beat ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 7:29 AM

Tour of GWB Headquarter
Jeff and John were nice enough to give me a tour of the GeeksWithBlogs headquarters yesterday in Lee's Summit. They also treated me to my favorite food, Culvers!! They went over Team Foundation Server and I am really excited to start using that. We need to finish the last step of our certification before we get to start playing with it. Jeff also tagged my top: and pimped my saturn: Thanks guys ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 7:09 AM

Checking out Team Foundation Server
I'm heading up to Kansas City this morning to meet with Jeff and John. They are going to show me Team Foundation Server. I need to decide if we are going to switch to TFS or stick with Vault before I can start using what I learned from Raymond Lewallan on continuous integration. Watch me on Where's Tim. Or if you feel like using a super beta MapPoint ClickOnce app, try this one ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 6:53 AM

Class to consume API
In my last post, I talked about wanting to add GeoRSS tags to the RSS feed of the text messages people send me on Where's Tim. The first thing I need is to find out the users location based on their IP. So I wrote a class that communicates with the API to generate a object that contains location data based on that ip. The article with the code is here: ......

Posted On Friday, June 16, 2006 11:28 AM

Using GeoRSS - Geocoding RSS Feeds
Like Lance talked about yesterday, I added GeoRSS tags to my Where's Tim Location feed. Essentially, all I needed to do was reference the GeoRSS namespaces: xmlns:georss=" xmlns:gml="http://www.openg... and add the georss:point tag By adding that one little tag, I was then able to drop that RSS feed on top of mapufacture and get this. And Lance was able to mashup the RSS feed using RSSBus with a Yahoo local search and find the closest pizza place to me, and also ......

Posted On Friday, June 16, 2006 10:15 AM

Follow up on LTA June
Last night, I attended the Lawrence Technology Association mixer at Netopia here in Lawrence. Ends up that Netopia does a lot more than the broadband services that I blogged about yesterday. I ended up chatting with Sam Snyder and Jesse Stanely, two QA guys and they gave me a couple of live demos of their products. One was Timbukto, a remote desktop application that works on Mac and PC. The other one was an end to end solution for tech support. It's called eCare and it rocks! A client submits a ticket ......

Posted On Friday, June 16, 2006 8:15 AM

Updated demo code

I added the Where's Tim API + Google Maps demo code to the article about showing the code from my talk.

Posted On Friday, June 16, 2006 7:23 AM

Lawrence Technology Association June Mixer

I'm off to the LTA meeting at Netopia (a local broadband and wireless provider). Hopefully it will be as interesting as the May Mixer!

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 1:50 PM

It's almost ready

We are working on something pretty cool...stay tuned.

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 1:23 PM

Using on non-SmartPhone

The Java based Opera Mini browser is compatable with the new library!! I have officially switched to using Opera as my main mobile browser. I can't wait to write a Where's Tim mobile version with automatic updates!

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 7:07 AM on Windows Mobile
Michael Schwarz has released a new version of that works with Windows Mobile 5 and PPC 2003 devices. I don't have a device right now to test, but if you want to see if your device is compatible with, browse to on your mobile device. If you get this screen, it works. Very cool ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 8:07 AM

My KML doesn't work in Google Maps
Yesterday, Google announced KML support in Google Maps. KML is a markup language like XML that defines data to be shown on a map. I use KML on Where's Tim to show my current location inside of Google Earth, so I was very excited...until I tried it. My KML file is an .aspx page that returns a content type of "application/ so when you click on opens in Google Earth. So I put the address of my .aspx in the query string as instructed by Google and I got a "could not ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 6:48 AM

Live blogging Where 2.0
Mike Pegg is "live blogging" his experiences at the Where 2.0 conference. He posted a bit ago about getting ready to talk at Google Geo Developer Day His location is also available on Where's Tim. It's pretty cool to see the little icon right at the Googleplex ......

Posted On Monday, June 12, 2006 9:57 AM

Watch Mike Pegg in San Francisco on Where's Tim
Mike Pegg is driving around San Francisco getting ready for the Where 2.0 conference. He has one of the EnGraph Nextel's and you can watch him on Where's Tim!! We also created a Google Homepage widget that shows his location. Click here to add it to your google homepage ......

Posted On Saturday, June 10, 2006 12:17 PM

Article about using Google Maps .getBounds() function
Too many Google Maps mashups force the user to enter a zip code, or select a state before displaying the data to the user. This interrupts the user experience and takes away the "browsing" capabilities that Google Maps offers. This article shows how load data from XML using the Google Maps AJAX helper when the user moves the map and display only the points that are in the viewing range of the user. ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 11:54 AM

Hippies invade Lawrence
Has anybody seen the episode of South Park where Cartman tries to stop the hippies from having a music festival? It's kind of like that in Lawrence right now due to the Wakarusa music festival starting today. Except there isn't a fat kid hosing down hippies with a fire extinguisher. I've seen more grass skirts and dreadlocks since...well, last years festival :) ......

Posted On Thursday, June 8, 2006 11:11 AM

2 years at GeeksWithBlogs

2 years ago I meet Jeff Julian at DevEssentials in Kansas City and he set me up with this blog. My first post here. Thanks to all the GWB members for making this a great community!!

Posted On Thursday, June 8, 2006 9:49 AM

Digg vs WebHost4Life

Digg wins. I need to implement the caching stuff I learned from Raymond Lewallen last weekend into Where's Tim

Thanks Frank :)

Posted On Thursday, June 8, 2006 6:54 AM

Google Maps Mania goes real time with Where's Tim
Mike Pegg is heading out to San Jose for the Where 2.0 conference next week. He sent me an email this morning telling me he was going to give a talk on Where's Tim! Very exciting!! We got to talking and I suggested that he take our spare Nextel and show his current location on Where's Tim. He agreed, so I headed to the UPS store to overnight it to him. I went ahead and left the phone on, hoping that we might catch the phone in transit. So for the next week or so, you can watch Mike Pegg on Where's ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 7, 2006 4:58 PM

Google Maps Mania + Where's Tim

Not everything is ready to go yet...but keep your eye out for Mike Pegg of Google Maps Mania on Where's Tim

Posted On Wednesday, June 7, 2006 1:41 PM

EnGraph in Orlando
Kyle and Mark are heading down to Orlando tomorrow to be vendors at the CTAA trade show. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our transportation and GPS software. Kyle talks about it on his blog. [EnGraph] [CTAA] ......

Posted On Monday, June 5, 2006 9:17 AM

Nice feedback
Steve Walker was at my AJAX.NET talk at Wichita Code Camp. This is what he said: ...One thing that I thought was interesting about the presentation was Tim showing us how his company uses Google Maps and GPS to track items around the world in real time. In a VERY small amount of code, we were able to see where Tim was at and where he had been on his drive over this morning... Thanks Steve. People are starting to use the Where's Tim API for interesting things. One guy mashed up Where's Tim data with ......

Posted On Sunday, June 4, 2006 6:53 PM

My problem with Continuous Integration
Raymond Lewallen gave a great presentation at the Wichita Code Camp yesterday on Continuous Integration (zip file) and I know that I could integrate it into our existing source control and automated updating system and that it would save some time now and a lot of time in the future, but I have one problem.I need another license for Vault to pull the files from source control. Which isn't that big of a deal, but I've been pushing EnGraph to look into Team Foundation Server. So they are not going ......

Posted On Sunday, June 4, 2006 7:12 AM

Real time GPS on a private flight

Google Maps Mania reports that Captain Dan created a real time flight tracking system in his plane and will be taking off tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 10:00 EST...Watch him here.

Hey Dan, can I put your data into Where's Tim?

Posted On Saturday, June 3, 2006 10:05 AM

Down in Wichita
I'm down here in Wichita for the Code Camp. I left Lawrence around 5:45 AM and got here just in time. Raymond Lewallen started out with a talk about smarter ASP session and cache use. I can't wait to incorporate that into Where's Tim. Next I talked about using the library. It was the same talk I gave at the Kansas City .net user group last week and I think I did better. Even though Jeff wasn't there to explain some of the "under the hood" stuff, I was able to give a ......

Posted On Saturday, June 3, 2006 9:12 AM

Speaking at WichitaDevelopers Code Camp
I posted a comment on Raymond Lewallen's blog saying that I was looking forward to his talks at the WichitaDevelopers .net Code Camp this weekend...long story short, I'm giving a talk on, come check it out if you are in the area. I'm going to have lots of practice for Chris's SC Code Camp ......

Posted On Thursday, June 1, 2006 11:07 AM

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