Related to Geographic Information Systems Technology. May include some Remote Sensing Information

How to access a misplaced ArcMap Window

Today I accidentally moved a Command Prompt window so far up and out of the way of my main ArcMap application window that I couldn't grab it and bring it back. Very nice (not). It took me awhile to figure out how to get it back. I added some comments and changed the GetDockableWindow function to the one I needed.

I found the answer here.

I never needed to even visit the link that he references but its here in case you want to see it.

5 out of 4 ESRI developers have trouble with simple fractions

The image says it all. Look at the number of records selected.

4770 out of 3515 records selected

Atlantis is still lost

Some folks thought they might have found the lost city of Atlantis using Google Ocean. However this article indicates that it just isn't so.

Hopes dashed as Google Ocean image of “lost city of Atlantis” proves to be nothing of the sort

When to Automate

I'm just pondering something that I think about fairly often when I'm asked to do some immense task like create output for 2,256 watersheds. That was today's task ... and by “today” I mean ... I'm not going to finish it today, it was just added to my inbox today. I have to use the 2001 NLCD to create forest/non-forest data and then clip out a piece for each of the 2,256 sheds to run Fragstats on. What I wonder about is how much of this can I automate with a script. The answer usually boils down to efficiency. I mean how much time would it take to write the script vs. how much time would it take to do it manually. Usually there are several steps (as in the present case) so I have to answer the question for each step. Sometimes a script can be useful in the future so it may be worth writing one even if it takes a little longer to write than to do it manually (because it will be so much quicker next time you have to do a similar task).

Happy GIS Day

I just couldn't not post something on GIS Day. Are you doing anything to celebrate GIS Day ? I posted the GIS day proclamation on the Landscape Ecology Lab door and I'm busy (well the computer is anyway) selecting National Parks that are within 20 km of a city with a population of greater than or equal to 50 thousand in an attempt to identify "Urban Parks". We'll see how it looks. Sounds like I'm doing a bit of GIS today I guess. That's the best way to celebrate GIS Day.

USPS using GIS to stop crime.

I read this article about an office of the US Postal Service (the Banking Service Act (BSA) Compliance Office) is using GIS to track crime. They are using ArcIMS and something called WebFocus. It seems like its used primarily to track money orders sold by USPS (especially multiple money orders or those with large sums of money) that may be part of money laundering crimes.

Missing VB Editor (follow up)

As a follow-up to my last post, completely uninstalling the program didn't work. Then our systems administrator asked if the toolbox worked as a different user. It did work as a different user so I had to kill my user account on my main machine. It wasn't a terrible ordeal but also not the greatest solution but at least I've got my toolbox back.

Missing VB Editor in ArcGIS 9.3 installations

Let me start by saying that I am not putting blame on ESRI for this. Its probably mostly my fault. I use automated or silent installations whenever I install ArcGIS and that is how I got tripped up. I noticed that whenever I installed the latest version of ArcGIS (version 9.3), ArcMap did not show the Macros and VBA Editor. Apparently the line
\\Desktop\Desktop\setup.msi -qn ... didn't also run the file at \\Desktop\Desktop\VBA\1033\VBAOF11I.msi. Probably setup.exe takes care of that but running the msi did not. I simply added it to my batch file and got it to work.

ArcGIS Service Pack 5

The new service Pack is here. It came out right around the same time as the beta for 9.3 so I'm guessing this will be the last one before the new release. I didn't see much in the way of new features in the service pack but I'm sure I'll go ahead and install it. Maybe I'll do my machines before doing the entire computer lab.

More info here

Google Maps (a little bit scary)

Awesome. Fear no evil.

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