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Jan. 29th, 2007 | 05:48 pm

Just back from linux.conf.au 2007 and first week of working at Canonical, makers of fine software. Working on Bazaar / Launchpad integration, which promises to be a lot of fun.

Two crazy ideas I had while in Sydney. I'm posting them here because I think they are worth discussing and there's pretty much no other way I can act on them.

1. A Google Maps-style app which showed real estate / rental prices as contours / altitudes / colour.

2. A OLPC application designed to let children make up their own games with their own rules and play those games with other OLPC-laptop owners. No clue how to do this.

What do you think?

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from: aiofe
date: Jan. 29th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
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1. is way cool. That is amazingly cool. People would pay serious money for such a service. Especially in the current real estate climate.

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from: puzzlement
date: Jan. 29th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
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I think someone did in fact do a mashup of Google Maps along the lines of #1 in the US.

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from: blackjml
date: Jan. 29th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
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Do you have a URL?

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from: puzzlement
date: Jan. 29th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
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No I have a vague memory of a talk by Lars Rasmussen...

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from: puzzlement
date: Jan. 29th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
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http://www.housingmaps.com/

Not quite the same idea, it's just location of all properties. But programmatically yours is a relatively obvious extension (although coming up with it in the first place... ;) )

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It's not meant to be a flame...

from: teknico_net
date: Jan. 29th, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
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...although I do realize it looks like one.

> Working on Bazaar / Launchpad integration

I sincerely believe that Canonical would make better use of some resources by dropping Bazaar altogether and switching to Mercurial.

I realize the social repercussions of such a move, so it's impractical already.

But are there any *technical* reasons why this would not be a net gain, given that Mercurial is smaller, faster, cleaner, largely compatible, maintained, and written in Python too?

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Re: It's not meant to be a flame...

from: blackjml
date: Jan. 29th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
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I understand, it's not a flame. On the other hand, it's not the best place to look for an informed answer -- I know relatively little about the range of distributed VCS tools out there.

However, I think that http://bazaar-vcs.org/RcsComparisons and http://bazaar-vcs.org/BzrFeatures may go some way to answering your question.

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