Apache mod_fcgid and PHP on Windows

I’ve run PHP on Windows in every way imaginable. I’ve run it through IIS and Apache. I’ve run it as SAPI, CGI, FastCGI. Heck, I’ve run it from the command line to automate tasks (during my pre-Python days). But I hadn’t

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ESRI Withdraws From FOSS4G WMS Shootout

Aw shucks. Like many people I was shocked and delighted with ESRI’s announcement that they would enter ArcGIS Server in the annual FOSS4G WMS shootout. “ESRI supports interoperability with the OSGeo and open source comm

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Street View System for $300

While OpenStreetMap is continuing to hand data vendors their posteriors, some things, like Google Street View, would seem difficult for the crowd to replicate. Perhaps not for much longer. I just ran across this in Wired

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The Big Board Goes Open Source

The Big Board, a real-time collaborative mapping environment focusing on emergency response by Renaissance Computing Institute, has been released as an open source project. The Big Board from Renaissaince Computing Insti

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Make Smarter - PGCon, Google Earth Trek, and More

PGCon - the PostgreSQL Conference - wrapped up in May, and they’ve posted many of their session online for free, including slide shows and videos. The links are in the notes for each session/tutorial. The videos are host

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Southeast Linux Fest 2009

I was fortunate to be able to attend the first ever Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) in Clemson, SC this last Saturday. I arrived bleary-eyed and smiling after a 2.5 hour drive early that morning, not entirely sure what to ex

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A Contrast in Open Source Approaches

Two stories collided with my RSS reader this morning, each showing very different approaches to open source software and open standards. I thought the Oh wow!/Oh crap! contrast was enough to warrant a blog post. First I

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Open Source ETL Tools

Moving spatial data into Postgres isn’t difficult to script. Suppose you have the shapefile ponies.shp in WGS84, and you want to dump it into PostGIS as ponies. A plain old batch script like this will do it for you: shp2

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NetBeans, Komodo Edit, and Bespin

Unless you are a holy crusader in the Vim vs Emacs war, you are probably less than 100% satisfied with your code editor/IDE. You may like yours a whole lot, but there are always some little things here and there than mak

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You Sank My Battleship and Other News

I’ve got a collection of things I’ve bookmarked that I thought were interesting, but none of them together were interesting enough for a blog post. Going under the belief that a great many mediocre stories = one good sto

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