Looks like Google Earth is soon going to face tough competition from a strong rival. Apple has just bought a Canadian mapping company named Poly9. The company specializes in interactive 3D software designed to be used in browsers.
Poly9 (read Apple’s Google Earth) is a very lightweight program which uses only 303 kb of your browser’s memory. The application is cross platform, does not require any download and can run from your iPhone
as well. The interface consists of a spinning 3D globe with comprehensive satellite imagery.
This department has implemented E-Banking Service in order to facilitate land owners to make online payment through Alliance Bank.
Land owners can check and print the balance of the quit rent and bring to any Alliance Bank branches within Malaysia for payment at the counter. The departmental land offices counters are still available for payment.
You also click on the E-Banking Icon on the homepage !
The Infrastructurist America has posted an interesting article about urban planning. During our Surveying Science degree course, we were required to do one module of engineering design, back then we were told that Cul-de-Sacs are good design for keeping community privacy, limit the number of cars passing back your house etc. But today, Harvard University has done a study that reviews : while Cul-de-Sacs gives privacy, it may kill the community in terms of discouraging people to walk more (which is healthy) and increase the use of car even to the next row of houses, hence, increase the polution on the road (which is damaging to health).
The maps above say it all :
The one on the left is full of Cul-de-Sacs, forcing people to use vehicle to move around, the area is not friendly to walk or ride a bike. This area is likely to have air polution problems.
The one on the right is accessible and people could move around freely by walking and biking. This area will have lesser air polution caused by vehicles on the road.
This is an actual Tech Support report :
Once I went out to a customer site to investigate what was reported to be a grinding sound coming from the hard drive.
Customer: "Oh! I'm glad you're here, I'm worried that my hard drive's going to crash any minute!"
Technician: "Don't worry. It's not your hard drive. It sounds like it's just the cooling fan."
Customer: "Oh! Really? Thank goodness. Can you fix it? It's really distracting."
Technician: "Sure! No problem."
I lifted the stack of interoffice envelopes that were stacked beside the system and turned them so that the tie strings were no longer hanging into the fan. All my calls should be this easy.