Global map of Mobile devices using Twitter including Trinidad and Tobago

Via http://www.mapbox.com/blog/visualizing-3-billion-tweets/ :

“This is a look at 3 billion tweets – every geotagged tweet since September 2011, mapped, showing facets of Twitter’s ecosystem and userbase in incredible new detail, revealing demographic, cultural, and social patterns down to city level detail, across the entire world.”

 

Here is Trinidad and Tobago:

http://www.mapbox.com/labs/twitter-gnip/brands/#10/10.5351/-61.3655

Some initial thoughts : A lot of Blackberry phones……

 

 

Bing Maps features updated satellite imagery and driving and walking directions to venues in Trinidad and Tobago

Microsoft’s Bing Maps of  Trinidad and Tobago have improved a lot since we first looked at satellite imagery of Google Maps of Trinidad.

Here’s a satellite map of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Note the NAPA building indicating the satellite imagery is more recent than that of Google Maps.

screenshot of a satellite image of Port of Spain Trinidad using Microsoft Bing Maps on May 3 2013
screenshot of a satellite image of Port of Spain Trinidad using Microsoft Bing Maps on May 3 2013

However, more interesting is an outcome of Microsoft partnering with Navteq – the ability of getting driving and walking directions to venues in Trinidad and Tobago. Its not 100% accurate, but impressive nevertheless.

Here is a screenshot of Bing Maps showing driving directions from Port of Spain Hospital to San Fernando General Hospital.

screenshot taken May 3, 2013 of Bing Maps showing showing driving directions from POS General Hospital to San Fernando General Hospital,
screenshot taken May 3, 2013 of Bing Maps showing showing driving directions from POS General Hospital to San Fernando General Hospital,

And here is a screenshot of Bing Maps showing driving directions from Crowne Point, Tobago to Scarborough, Tobago.

Bing Maps screenshot taken May 3 2013 showing driving directions from crowne point, tobago to scarborough, tobago
Bing Maps screenshot taken May 3 2013 showing driving directions from crowne point, tobago to scarborough, tobago

And here’s the links to go to Bing Maps directly to try it yourself :

 

Rest of 2009 update

A recap of what happened in the last half of 2009, since the blog hasn’t been updated since then :

just to name a few. Here’s to 2010!

Trinidad and Tobago Wi-Fi hotspots

Person using laptop (stock photo from pexels.com)

 

The following is a list of venues such as restaurants and hotels (in no particular order) where internet access via Wi-Fi is known to be available to patrons and visitors to these estabishments. Details on how to configure your laptop to connect to these Wi-Fi networks should be obtained from the restaurant/hotel. Some restaurants/hotels may charge a fee for Wi-Fi internet access. [A map (volunteers needed to update this) is also available to clarify locations.]

(Last updated: 14 September 2016)

Public WiFi Hotspots

    • Bmobile’s Bzone
      TSTT offers WiFi hotspots at various locations for free to bmobile and Blink Broadband customers. See the list of Bzone locations throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Bmobile and Blink Broadband customers must register at http://bzone.tstt.co.tt/ to access Bzone hotspots.

TTWifi

      An initiative by the Trinidad and Tobago Government to provide free WiFi Internet access to public spaces, beginning with WiFi Internet service on several Public Transportation Service Corporation (PTSC) buses. See the

TTWifi page

      for the list of locations and their

FAQ page

    .

 

Hotels

  • Piarco Airport, Trinidad
  • Kapok Hotel
  • Hilton Hotel, Trinidad
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinidad
  • The Normandie Hotel, Trinidad
  • The Chancellor Hotel, Trinidad
  • Cara Suites, Trinidad
  • Marriott Hotel, Trinidad
  • Paria Suites, Trinidad

Libraries

  • National Library Building, Port of Spain
  • Carnegie Public Library
  • Point Fortin Public Library
  • St. Helena Public Library
  • Sangre Grande Public Library

Restaurants

Several

Govt of Trinidad and Tobago releases Consultative Document for the Policy on Cinema Exhibition and Video Entertainment

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) has released a “Consultative Document for the Policy on Cinema Exhibition and Video Entertainment in Trinidad and Tobago.” (PDF ; 671K) in May 2009

The proposed policy “is targeted to the proprietors/ businessmen, administrators and law makers involved in providing availability to, and regulation of such availability of, film and video entertainment products to the public of Trinidad and Tobago.” and applicable “..to all persons exhibiting, intending to exhibit or otherwise making available motion pictures, video games or any form of video entertainment via rental, sale or arcades to the general public.”

(Update 18th May 2009 : The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has open a wiki page (Note link is to a saved version of the wiki page as a PDF) to gather answers to the questions asked in the document. If you have never used the TTCS wiki, you can request access to the TTCS wiki and once added, you can edit the TTCS wiki page)

(Update: On June 30th, 2009, the TTCS submitted its comments : TTCS Comments on Consultative Document on Draft Policy for Video and Cinema.pdf

In this proposed policy, the GoRTT states the following policy positions :

  • The current mechanism for censorship of material is unwieldy and impractical in the contemporary setting. In the interest of encouraging personal choice of the consumer, the Government proposes to introduce a rating classification system which will guide the content of the motion picture and video entertainment product.
  • Accordingly the framework should be focused on content regulation and/or management in the interest of protecting the citizenry (and especially minors) from unwanted or unexpected exposure to harmful, distasteful or socially malignant content. Such regulation shall include all forms of motion picture (film, videocassette, DVD, etc.) and/or video entertainment products (commercials, electronic games etc.), and auxiliary materials associated with the marketing and release of such products.
  • In an environment of continued convergence of information and communications technologies, and the new channels and media thereby facilitated, it is essential that the framework is technology neutral;
  • Where there are gaps in the overall legislative framework, or where it is necessary to provide clarity for applicability herein, the framework shall defer to parent frameworks associated with the maintenance of public safety and the preservation of public order.
  • The framework will support easy entry into the industry of video entertainment sales or rental service providers, reducing regulatory overhead as much as possible in this area of activity which has neither control of supply nor market dominance, considering the multiple channels by which these products can be obtained. In that regard, regulation will be limited to that which is sufficient to ensure compliance with the content management provisions pursuant to (2) above.
  • To facilitate this function, the Government proposes to convert the Film Censors Board to a sectoral regulatory body: – the Film and Video Review Authority to –
    1. Classify film and video entertainment products, as well as auxiliary marketing paraphernalia (posters, advertisements etc.);
    2. Licence Exhibitors;
    3. Licence Exhibition Venues
    4. Undertake to inspect operations of Exhibitors and Proprietors to ensure adherence to the provisions of this Policy;
    5. Develop codes of practice in conjunction with Exhibitors and Proprietors; and
    6. Advise the Minister on recommended regulatory instruments and orders to support the management of the regulatory framework herein established.

The deadline for comments to  the GoRTT is June 30th, 2009 (updated June 15, 2009)  May 30th, 2009. View/Download

TTCS pizzalime on Wednesday 13th May 2009 from 6pm

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having a pizzalime on Wednesday May 13th, 2009 from 6pm at Pizza Hut, Roxy Roundabout.

Come join us as we eat and chat about :

and more. One attendee will receive a book about the popular Linux distro Ubuntu, along with the latest version of Ubuntu v9.04.

Contribution of $30 towards food bill is expected. See you there!

TTCS meeting on Saturday 21st March 2009 from 1pm

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having a meeting on Saturday 21st March 2009 from 1pm at Engineering Consultants at 112A Edward Street, Port of Spain.

Proposed agenda :

Anyone interested in computing and future TTCS activities are welcome to attend. See you there!

CBS 60 Minutes on e-waste from the US to China

The CBS TV program 60 Minutes TV reports on the problem of electronic waste in the United States being illegally exported to places like Guiyu, a town in southern China.

Read the article here : http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/11/06/60minutes/main4579229.shtml

Watch the video here : http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4586903n

It is (or definitely will be) a problem in Trinidad and Tobago given our growing use of computers and cell phones. What happens to our e-waste in Trinidad and Tobago?

(Hat Tip : Boing Boing Gadgets )

Steelpan featured in Wii Music

Nintendo Wii Music for the Nintendo Wii will be available at Amazon.com on October 23rd, 2008. Available in Japan last month, part of the advertising was the variety of instruments available.

Instrument # 29 : the steelpan! (30 second youtube video)

The steelpan is also featured in the video trailer/ad for Wii Music on Amazon.com (1 minute and 5 seconds in). Nintendo has probably done more to popularise the steelpan, using it in Super Mario World (youtube video : 32 seconds in) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in the early 1990’s.

TTCS meeting on October 11 2008 – TTCS Comments on Draft National E-business policy of Trinidad and Tobago

Note : May 14 2013 : this page makes references to the TTCS wiki in use at the time which is no longer in use. We’ve added local copies of the documents mentioned for reference.

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Update (20 Oct 2008) – comments submitted. View the Google document of the questions and our submitted answers.

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having a meeting on Saturday October 11th, 2008 from 1pm to 5pm at Engineering Consultants at 112A Edward Street, Port of Spain.

At this meeting, we will be framing our response to the proposed National E-business Policy of Trinidad and Tobago (PDF ; 745K ; 25 pages) .  The deadline for comments is Monday October 13th, 2008.

However, you can make and review the existing comments BEFORE the meeting on the TTCS wiki page on the Draft National Policy on Electronic Business for Trinidad and Tobago .

To add/modify comments on the TTCS wiki page, just select the “Edit this page” button. At the login screen, the wiki password is “ttcswebwiki” ; enter your name and email address to proceed to add/edit the comments on the Draft National Policy on Electronic Business for Trinidad and Tobago.

Comments to the Ministry of Public Admin must use the fastforward’s e-Town Hall Website at http://ebusiness.fastforward.tt/business/townhall