2013 in review

Happy New Year to all my faithful readers, lots of new blogs on the way which I hope you will continue to enjoy and comment on:)

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Ever Been Burgled? Tips on Buying Your Next Home (Read Time 2:38)

Luigi Cappel:

Your house is your castle, or is it?

Originally posted on SoLoMo Consulting:

If you don’t know by now, last week I published my new Kindle eBook, How to Buy a House, Using Apps, Maps and Location Based Services.

This link will tell you more about what’s in the book for you and how it can help you with your research, but I thought I’d share the Prologue with you, which sort of sets the scene for what life was like when the neighborhood changed after I bought my first house. The rest of the book isn’t like this at all, but I think it might help you understand some of the reasons why you might want to do a bit more due diligence using Location Based Services, maps and apps.



It’s 2AM and I leap out of bed, grab the Fijian souvenir skull crusher club from under the bed, ready to deal with an intruder in the house.

I race…

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Buying a House? Get the New eBook Which Tells You How Using Location Based Maps and Apps

Luigi Cappel:

In case you missed it on the SoLoMo blog

Originally posted on SoLoMo Consulting:

We all know buying a house is stressful. Get it right and you can own your dream home, get it wrong and the dream could be a nightmare. It’s all about Location as Luigi Cappel explains in his new Kindle eBook ‘Buying a House – Using Real Estate Apps, Maps and Location Based Services’, new on the Amazon Kindle store today.

Buying a House Final Cover ArtThis unique book takes you into the world of mobile applications that take advantage of mobile and tablet functionality such as GPS and the camera, web sites and map tools that can help you do your essential research before you start looking at homes. Illustrations show examples and there are many links to apps and web sites from around the world.

We chose Kindle as a platform because it is universal. You don’t have to own a Kindle device, you can get free software for your PC, smartphone…

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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Originally posted on Imersia NZ:

Memories from a short distance of the Christchurch Earthquakes are many. POTS phones work if the telephone exchange is working, but cordless phones don’t. Everyone wants to use their mobiles to get information and the networks may have limited cell towers in operation. Information people need to access includes where are my friends, family and colleagues. Other key things include which roads are open, where can I get petrol, food, water, shelter, transport, help.

The public were asked not to make voice calls on their mobiles because most cell sites were down. There were some good web sites put together such as Google mash-ups, but they are only as good as the ability for people to access the Internet. For many that wasn’t an option, as was recently the case with Hurricane Sandy.

I was thinking today that everything seems to have calmed down in Christchurch and I…

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Social Media, Location Based Services and Opinions

  1. I had more than one person say, who cares about Foursquare and check-ins, Twitter said you had coffee and Foursquare told people where you had coffee, so what? 75% of the people we polled didn’t have mobile friendly web pages but a similar amount had smartphones. I guess they spend most of their time on the phone wondering why they aren’t getting enough business, but that could put me in the realm of opinion.
  2. This guy has empirical proof that Twitter doesn’t work. He says no one reads the articles that are linked to from his tweets. Well if I hadn’t read that, I wouldn’t be quoting and linking to him.
  3. This was an interesting story that several corporate people delighted in sharing with me. They said social media marketing is so useless that even GM is pulling out of it. It obviously didn’t occur to them that the problem might have been with GM and their lack of integrated social media marketing strategies that was the problem.
    So what’s your opinion?

Big brother speed watcher: Government plans pre-fitted GPS devices on … – Daily Mail

See on Scoop.itLocation Is Everywhere

I understand the reasoning behind this, but unless I missed something, there is a fatal flaw here. There are times when it is necessary to accelerate rapidly in order to avoid an accident. Take away that option and you may potentially be causing more accidents, or at least accidents that may not have occured otherwise. If the system has telematics and is mandatory, instead of limiting the speed, a points system could be implemented which monitors driving behaviour and contacts the driver by email or otherwise, encouraging or penalising and offering opportunity for an explanation when it is an isolated incident.


Another option coming in some countries is insurance PAYD, (Pay as You Drive) effectively charging you insurance based only on the time you drive, rather than at a flat rate, so people who drive more, pay more, but potentially using telematics, can also have their premium based on the quality of driving, e.g. no speeding, regular harsh acceleration and braking etc:


Daily MailBig brother speed watcher: Government plans pre-fitted GPS devices on …Daily MailPrivate vehicles in India will soon come fitted with a GPS-based speed-limiting device – already in use abroad where it is called Intelligent Speed…

See on www.dailymail.co.uk