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Microsoft mate, Chuck Sterling is also going to Code Camp Oz. He is driving down from the Gold Coast. As I write this, he will be in Newcastle, and after Code Camp, he is driving down to Hobart. All up, he’s going to be on the road for a couple of weeks.
Now Chuck has his mobile phone with him. Every now and then, if it is turned on, Chuck’s phone will check in with the nearest mobile phone tower. Theoretically, one could enquire on Telstra’s mobile phone network and find out which tower was servicing Chuck’s phone right now. Theoretically, if one knew the exact latitude and longitude of each mobile phone tower, one could plot Chuck’s position on a Virtual Earth map of Australia. Theoretically…
Well theorize no more! It’s been done. Click this link to see where Chuck is right now. Way cool. (In many parts of Australia, you may have to zoom out 4 levels to see aerial photos.)
More information about the guys at Power Business Systems who have built this, over at Chuck’s Blog. (Hmmm… thinks… I wonder how much Chuck’s boss, Frank would pay for this info?)
Update: Mon 2 Apr 07
Chuck skived off early from Code Camp yesterday so he could get to Melbourne in time for the overnight ferry to Tasmania. Here he is this morning just south of Devonport, approaching Launceston, on his way to his next .NET user group meeting in Hobart.
And speaking of skiving off, where’s Chuck’s boss, Frank, this fine Monday morning?