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The Travelling Salesman Problem Is Not a Routing Problem, It’s A Monetization Problem

Creative destruction is awesome until it comes for your livelihood.   Having made a few dollars over the years building custom routing applications, I had two distinct reactions when testing out the Straightaway app recently after reading this Mapbox post. “this is way cool and efficient” 😀 “time to look for another way to make […]

Singapore Harbor and the Failure of Geospatial Marketing

If the global economy were collapsing, how would we know? In mid-February as parts of Asia wrestled with COVID-19, Twitter user @IAMIRONMAN7 had some data to share and he wasn’t shy about connecting the dots: As I doom-scrolled through the responses, folks who were familiar with Singapore chimed in that this looked like business-as-usual to […]

JS.Geo: Web Mapping at a Crossroads, and the Crossroads is in Philadelphia on October 8th

Web maps are too important to be left to the mapping industry. Google figured this out before anyone else. Uber’s recent purchase of Microsoft’s Bing Maps assets and the sale of Nokia HERE geo assets to an automobile consortium signal next-level dynamism in the industry. Simply put, the old web mapping portal paradigm of GIS-in-the-browser […]