I will use the space between images on this page to post some random thoughts and observations (can be DV-unrelated), happened with/to me when I am walking in my neighborhood.

Most images I will post here are click-able; when you click on it, you will get a larger (and freely downloadable) instance of the same image (usually a local scene near my house), most with size 1920*1200 or 1920*1080, so these photos and images can be used as wallpapers for 24″+ Monitors (good for DV tools).

For DV hardware I usually go to Dell.com but recently (at least as of February 2o11), http://www.avadirect.com is a strong alternative. DV server with dual 6-core energy efficient XEONs, 72GB RAM, 90GB SSD, 2TB HD can be yours for $5K, DV workstation with 6-core Opteron, 32GB RAM, 2TB HD costs $2K, DV mobile workstation with quad-core I7, 16GB RAM, 500GB HD,  1920×1080 monitor, DVD writer, priced at $1700. For DV Tablet I still not sure what I like more, but I am comparing HP and Asus among others. And yes, iPad is not a DV option so far, but may be iPad2 is

(however not all agreed with Steve, including frowning girl from 4/29/11 royal wedding, see above).

I had recently a few discussions about differences between Infographics and Data Visualization and based on questions I got and interest to the topic I started to think about it while walking in neighborhood trying to reduce my weight. Result is I am planning to blog about it. I may touch also ad-hoc reports, may be the usage of tools like Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Visio, PowerPoint, and may be even SSRS, StatPlanet, ManyEyes, etc. Main reason is that too many people are confusing Data Visualization with Infographics and Visual Representation (basically cool looking static slides) of Data.

Unrelated: I never liked Apple, but I have to admit that I admire Steve Jobs, especially after his recent reappearance when he presented iPad2, despite all health problems. I remember many years ago, when he was away from Apple, Sun was about to buy Apple for $5 per share.

Today Sun is down and out but Apple (many believe thanks to unique Steve‘s leadership, vision, strategy and marketing skills) is the largest technological company in a world with $305B+ market capitalization (sorry Bill!) and extremely popular products like iPad2.

I had recently a few discussions about differences between Infographics and Data Visualization and based on questions I got and interest to the topic I started to think about it while walking in neighborhood trying to reduce my weight. Result is I am planning to blog about it.

I may touch also ad-hoc reports, may be the usage of tools like Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Visio, PowerPoint, and may be even SSRS, StatPlanet, ManyEyes, etc. Main reason is that too many people are confusing Data Visualization with Infographics and Visual Representation (basically cool looking static slides) of Data.

“I watch the sun go down…”

Nice and Free Mapping Add-in for Excel for “Local Intelligence” projects: http://www.mapcite.com/mapcite-excel-addin.aspx

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