Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Google earth Framework -- world wind

World Wind:
Very simlar to Google earth, developed by NASA
45MB for the .exe
~8MB of source code -- use DirectX9.0c

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Charting component

When searching for the collaboration platform, I found “.netCHARTING” C# component that enable the website to display “massive amounts of dynamically generated data quickly and easily through a visual interface”. I am not sure whether it will be useful in the future. However, just quote it here for future reference.

A free developer’s version can be downloaded for trial at: http://www.dotnetcharting.com/?cssk

Snapshots of what kind of charts are supported; the visualization and history can be viewed at:



should we have a forum?

Continue to the previous idea about the website, I think it is much more convenient for us to have a collaboration platform for the whole project. The idea is being able to gather all different “blogs” that are written by all of us into a single “stop”. This will make it easier for KL to monitor the process of the whole project as well as allow of members to have better ideas of who are in the projects, what each member is up to or just to enhance individual skills and knowledge in general.

There is a Knowledge Management and Collaboration Platform that I stumble into that is quite good. It is written in C# and is open source that includes “a discussion system, blogging system, photo gallery system, user profile management, advanced permissions system, extensible theme engine, and much more.” Its source code can be downloaded and compile easily. From what I heard, the application is written by the guys that developed the “dot net” framework therefore we can expect generally “good practice” in developing the application and program in general. For more information, please visit the website: http://communityserver.org/

Monday, August 15, 2005

website for the project

From unofficial source of information, Todd is helping KL to create the website for the project. I'm not quite sure where Todd is up to on that task. However, I just find out some templates that I think are "professional" enough for the project. If Todd hasn’t developed the website from scratch I think it is faster to create the website based on the templates. The template made use of flash however; I just post here the snapshot of the homepage. I personally prefer the first template but any feedback is more than welcome

Template 1

Template 2

Template 3

Color and shape coded

This idea is similar to the "news map". However, the point to note here is that it also groups the finding into sub-categories and "shaped coded" the finding based on individual shape.

Monday, July 25, 2005


I don’t know how to describe this ... but this is something I that impressed me very much whenever I visit. The "flash" work that have been done by "expert" from the National Geographic is amazing

www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/ or


--> click on "Multimedia Map and Time Line:" on the right (use IE otherwise you need to install flash)

What I want to mention here is we can construct the "flow" of the application similar to how they construct the interactive "timeline" for the Pearl Harbor attack (zoomable map, interactive timeline, strong and "military-like" color scheme, music, voice ...)

Thursday, July 21, 2005


http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/fisheyemenu/ ----- Fish eye menu:

It is quite interesting and easy to use. Try the demo at


Can we apply this on the panel on the left … that Todd is doing (the list that show all items that are loading …) when there are many items that are currently “load” onto the system that can’t be display all within the space provided

http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/piccolo/learn/index.shtml --- Piccolo

Fish eye calenda: http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/piccolo/play/applet/fisheyecalendar.shtml

It illustrates the point I raised before: providing more information without loosing the information already provided: be able to zoom in for more details (view tasks for a particular day) without loosing more general information (what is the position of the day with that month)

Presentation tool: http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/piccolo/play/applet/presentation.shtml

Perhaps we can create “”Zoomable visualization” similar to my idea previously (see “Thought for http://ranking.thumbshots.com”