Thursday, 26 December 2002
An update to the Poland madness story. I've created an Poland map
Because I wanted to use lat/long coordinates I had to figure out
how to match existing maps with a projection in
found that the maps are drawn in Transverse Mercator projection, and it's
easy to match them.
69(!) happy people.
Friday, 20 December 2002
This is getting way out of hand. I've added 29 people to the map
since yesterday, of which 2 were not from Poland. I really need to
automate this stuff and I've been thinking about how to solve
Most of the information (jid, city, country, lat/long coordinates)
can be processed automatically, but when displaying this can cause
problems with locations that are near to eachother. They need to be
grouped somehow. For now I've been doing this by hand, but that is
getting tiresome. If you have any ideas how to solve the grouping
problem, let me know...
Thursday, 19 December 2002
Wow! Antymon posted an
an apparently very popular polish geek website called 7thguard.net about the Jabber World Map. It
seems all of Poland (well, at least 10 people now) wants to have his
location show on the Map!
Jabber is getting more and
more popular in Poland from what I've heard and a community website
JabberPL has been set
Marcoos was so kind to
translate the polish article in english for me, so here it is:
Jabber World Map
Make yourself visible to the world
Various visualisation projects have appeared recently. There
are maps of the Internet, Linux kernel schemes, and a Debian Users World
Map. Now the time has come for Jabber.
Map is a project in stage of development. Its aim is to show
Jabber users on a map with lightbulb-signs. Of course the map is
interactive, so after registration your status and description will
be shown on it. If in an area there are too many Jabber-maniacs, it
becomes marked as "crowded area". After clicking on it, you'll see a
more detailed map. For example, Northern
How to find yourself on that map? It's simple as that. At
first, you have to know your geographical coordinates. You can find
them at heavens-above.com,
Then, you have to send them to the project's coordinator
(email@example.com). After some time you'll get an authorization request
from firstname.lastname@example.org, which you have to agree with, and since then
you'll be a nice yellow lightbulb (it means you're online) on the
Jabber World Map.