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Steam user number blip

After logging into Steam today I noticed this weird drop in online users – something caused by a server upgrade?  The service seems to be functioning well as the time of writing. The number of currently online users curve has returned to trend in the graphic below.

Steam online user blip in the last few hours

Steam online user blip in the last few hours

After a drop of around 1M users the number quickly returned to trend

After a drop of around 1M users the number quickly returned to trend

TSCC – Can’t play video AVI?

TSCC Codec Installer in Camtasia directory

TSCC Codec Installer in Camtasia directory

By default, video AVI files created by Camtasia Studio use the TechSmith Screen Capture Codec (TSCC).  If you can’t play them from your favourite media player you can either locate, download and install the TSCC codec (which is free to distribute) or use the CamTasia free player.

OpenCaching

OpenCaching

OpenCaching

Just saw this pop up on the radar, and it seems like a neat idea.  Personally I never got into the GeoCaching thing too much before (you had to buy the App), but this supposedly has an open platform so it’s probably worth another look.  A quick check of the South coast reveals a cluster of caches near Southampton, someone from “the survey” perhaps?  The capability to send to GPS or download GPX files is very welcome, I’ll post an update when I have had a go with the devices…

One (UK address) gazetteer to rule them all

Post Box

Deliveries to large numbers of flats within a single post code have been a problem

Spotted this on The Register and announced yesterday, GeoPlace has been formed through a joint venture partnership between the Ordnance Survey and the Local Government Group. This is a big step forward towards bringing together the confusing mix of licences, products and data sets available from which public and private sectors have to figure out addressing.
In almost every place I have lived, there has been a poor record in the Royal Mail database, mixed up flats, wrong numbers and delivery errors – I sincerely hope and believe that this step forward will help sort out this mess.

Maritime Chart spotted in the wild

Spotted a set of old maritime charts being used to cover some manequins, nice recycling but would have been better on a wall. Always fun to try and work out where they relate to, definitely not the uk.