The Spatial Miscellany


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I’m a Mac?

Inspired by the recent rather uninspiring Microsoft campaign (I’m a PC), and the prospect of hacking together an application for the Apple iPhone, I’ve just splashed out on a MacBook.


John McKerrell has been posting recently on his experience developing an iPhone application for the ‘Free The Postcode‘ project – the project aims to build a free collection of UK postcodes (why?).

Interestingly, I found John’s application surfing the application store on my iTouch; it’s a smart move by Apple to put such consideration into providing a market place and distribution channel for application developers. John has shared the download stat’s for his FreeThePostcode app…a staggering 3000 downloads in just a couple of months – for an application that targets a niche audience – all very impressive.

Matthew Somerville has also built a similar iPhone application for FixMyStreet.


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Do you support the campaign? Should government-funded and approved agencies such as the Ordnance Survey collect data with significant indirect contributions from the UK tax-payer, but then charge users and companies for access to it?


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