Ah Giuseppe

I got my new camera, and one of the first photos I took with it is dedicated to a fellow photographer, Giuseppe Grimaldi, who lives in Rome, Italy, and does wonderful street photography. You can see some of his work here: http://giugrim.pixu.com/ and http://500px.com/giugrim. The staff of Cafe Giuseppe next door to our office was gracious enough to pose for the first real photo.  If you are downtown, be sure to stop by Cafe Giuseppe and take a break with a cup of espresso or soda and a light snack. They are on Gold between 3rd and 2nd Streets.

Patrician Design is two doors east of our office at 216 Gold Ave, SW. They got new Internet service today so I went over and set up their new modem and got it connected. Everything went smoothly, until they discovered email wouldn’t go out. The outgoing smtp server was timing out, and once I found the host, a call to their tech support provided me with the updated port info we needed, and their email was whole again. I learned from Patti that it was Liz’s birthday today, so she ended up as the third photo by the new camera. Patrician Design carries a large variety of gifts, beauty products, jewelry and original artwork, with a staff of lovely, knowledgeable women ready to help you choose just the right thing http://www.patriciandesign.com/.

The changes in google maps API is causing me a lot of trouble. So far, I will have to re-code all the mapping applications I developed for a project we are doing for the State of New Mexico, if we continue with google maps.  We have deadline next week, so these mapping issues couldn’t have come at a worse time. Fortunately, I never billed the State for the mapping component of the project because I have a great distrust of google, and suspected that they would start charging for their services or change something. I didn’t expect them to just stop supporting the code-base I am using altogether, but it’s not the first time they have done such a thing. I started writing new apps today with their new code base as a stop gap measure, and we are changing mapping strategies for next weeks deadline, but for the time being I’m not going to rewrite all the apps — google might just change the rules of the game again. We are investigating other options such as OpenStreetMap, and then we would drop google maps.