Saturday, October 31, 2009


Cars, originally uploaded by justinKnol.

I like the yellow car......

Friday, October 30, 2009

now on facebook

I've just created a presence on facebook. The purpose is not (just) to spy on the children.

With luck this post will appear there momentarily.

I missed my 10th blogging anniversary on 5th August

I saw Peter O'Kelly's 10th anniversary blog entry the other day and it occured to me that I have been posting stuff for a while too.

The best part is that the page is still hosted at and many of the links still work. If only I could remember what my username and password for the site were...


SharePoint 2010: Developer Platform White Paper

Brief Description
An Introduction for ASP.NET Solution Architects by David Chapell
This white paper provides an overview of the SharePoint 2010 Developer Platform for ASP.NET developers.
What is an application platform? It’s a broad concept that can include a range of interconnected technologies. ASP.NET is a platform for creating Web applications, for example, while at the same time it belongs to the larger application platform provided by the .NET Framework. Because the SharePoint 2010 application platform is based on ASP.NET, learning how to use it isn’t a huge learning curve for ASP.NET developers. But when does it make sense to build an application on SharePoint instead of on raw ASP.NET? The goal of this paper is to answer these questions. Doing this requires describing what the SharePoint 2010 platform provides and looking at the types of applications SharePoint is designed to support. If your application can benefit from the SharePoint framework, building it on SharePoint will enable you to focus more on creating value and less on building infrastructure.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FAST meets SharePoint 2010

Microsoft Enterprise Search Blog : FAST meets SharePoint - What's Coming in Search for SharePoint 2010 says: FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 adds a whole new level of search capabilities that are a superset of what comes in the out-of-the-box SharePoint 2010 Search option. Since there are now two search options in 2010, it’s useful to understand what is unique in FAST Search for SharePoint and when you might consider using it over the out-of-the-box SharePoint 2010 search. With that in mind, here are my 10 reasons to consider FAST Search for SharePoint 2010:
  1. Content Processing Pipeline

  2. Meta-data Extraction

  3. Structured Data Search

  4. “Deep” Refinement (Faceted Search)

  5. Visual Search (Document Thumbnails and Previews)

  6. Advanced linguistics

  7. Visual best bets

  8. Best-in-class development platform

  9. Custom search experiences (per user/profile)

  10. Extreme Scale and Performance
Read the whole article to get details on these ten. They give a reasonable overview of what is coming.

Hopefully there also be some public info available soon on the two 'raw' FAST Search 2010 products.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

An Endless Stream of Government Data Contests

Andrea DiMaio from Gartner say in An Endless Stream of Government Data Contests:
I remain convinced that these sort of contests will not deliver significant value until when they are better segmented and more explicitly targeted to government employees who, in spite of what some think, are better placed that Java programmers out there to make sense out of raw government data.

Mt Stromlo at the Gallery

Mt Stromlo at the Gallery, originally uploaded by justinKnol.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Improving data visualisation for the public sector

The Improving data visualisation for the public sector project:
Good data visualisation can help users explore and understand the patterns and trends in data, and also communicate that understanding to others to help them make robust decisions based on the data being presented. This site supports public sector researchers improve the way that they visualise data, by providing good practice examples and case studies, practical and step-by-step guides on how to visualise data, and links to more detailed resources.
The site’s Visual Examples page contains a list of different types of visualisations, some of which are interesting…

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bike Rack on the Big Screen

Bike Rack on the Big Screen, originally uploaded by justinKnol.

Another shot from my exhibition last week...

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Opera House

Opera House, originally uploaded by justinKnol.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Omerang, originally uploaded by justinKnol.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Powerhouse roof

Powerhouse roof, originally uploaded by justinKnol.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

At the Gallery

At the Gallery, originally uploaded by justinKnol.