IDL Artifacts

An old (mid-90s) both/marketing sign I had hanging in my office for years. Biz card – really hip for the day (93). IDL 5.0 was probably 9 months late. At release, Support handed out Beer with a special label – “Peace Dave”. The IDL 5.0 Manuals had this terrible cover — Most thought it ridiculous.…

Geocontext Visualization

Originally Published June, 2011 in GeoPlace (www.geoplace.com) Where Am I? Where Is That? Meet Operational Needs through Geocontext Visualization Kirk Benell – Chief Technology Officer – ITT Visual Information Solutions Today’s geospatial users face difficult challenges to meet the tasks placed upon them. A proliferation of sensors coupled with a continuously connected environment has led…

IDL and RSI Artifacts …

I was rummaging thru some old boxes in my basement this past weekend and stumbled across some old IDL/RSI artifacts. Most was from the 90s, thru late 2000 when the company was sold to Kodak. These were exciting times – the company was growing rapidly and we all felt we could change the world. While…

An AdBlocker Supreme

We all do it, at least those of use with a technical background, we all make use of ad blockers. Easily installed as a browser extension, the ad blocker is the weapon of choice in keeping one’s browsing experience joyful and clutter free. If this is the case, why did I take on this ad…

The Amazing MARDAN

It always happens – put more than two software developers together and at some point the geek-bragging begins. Out come the tech-toys, boasts about their latest brilliant hacks, or a detailed description of some wicked project at work. And for us members of the older generation the discussion always turns to your first computer. While…

A World of Information

Originally Published June, 2011 in GeoWorld (www.geoworld.com) Increase Automation and Accuracy of Remote-Sensing Feature Extraction Kirk Benell – Chief Technology Officer – ITT Visual Information Solutions Today’s Geospatial Analyst has a large array of tools and technologies available to rapidly and efficiently access, prepare and exploit remote sensed information. However, these available capabilities are unable…

Breaking up with my Editor

As every software developer knows, the editor you use is personal – it’s not a just a tool, but an extension to you. After using it for hours on end day after day, a strange bond forms between an coder and their editor – one that has intense meaning and one that last for years…