Posts By: jonny

The MapTiler Swindle: Update 2

Wee Jiri got back to me. The message is shown below but for the TLDR; In the paragraph labelled as ‘1’ Jiri & Jadek have redefined the meaning of ‘perpetual’ which you could look up for yourself. In the dictionary I checked I found words such as ‘endless’, ‘uninterrupted’ and ‘never ending’. However MapTiler have… Read more »

The MapTiler Swindle: Update 1

MapTiler got back to me about my assertion that it was unfair to remove download links for older versions of their software that customers had paid for. MapTiler changed their pricing model to a SaaS model so they now benefit from charging customers annually for access to the software, and are forcing customers to upgrade… Read more »

Convert Irish Grid Coordinates to Latitude Longitude

On the OpenDataNI portal some of the data sources show X,Y co-ordinates for the Irish Grid reference system (EPSG:29902). I wanted to be able to convert these to latitude longitude values I could use with OpenStreetMap and the cs2cs tool from the Install Proj (Linux) Install Proj (Mac) Usage Run it with example co-ordinates: And… Read more »

MapTiler Swindle

TLDR; I suppose this is a warning to contributors to OpenStreetMap that while MapTiler make use of our contributions their sole purpose is maximum profiteering from the mapping community. As an active contributor to OpenStreetMap I had a use-case to create raster tiles of an existing map so that I can use that as a… Read more »

Fish Shell Escape Delay

Using the fish shell I needed to increase a timeout to allow me to use Esc-. keyboard sequence to print the last argument from the previous line: Add the following line to ~/.config/fish/fish_variables to fix the problem:

Run a Linux Mint Web App from the CLI

I wanted to run 4-5 applications based on a keyboard shortcut on Linux Mint. The shortcut key runs a shell script that launches the applications I want for that key press. Some of the applications Creating the keyboard shortcut is straight-forward in Mint and is shown below: Then the script I wanted to run could… Read more »

Number 1

I was number 1 most active mapper in the UK charts today due to my contributions in County Down and East Belfast over the last few months. I can’t see that continuing as another Irish mapper b-unicycling is sure to take top spot soon.

Python Threads Querying CouchDB

With a list of 500,000 CouchDB endpoints to hit for info I wanted to speed up the process. There are multiple ways to do that but queues and threads worked fine for me. The script reads in a list from the file input.txt , then uses that to retrieve a list of documents from an… Read more »

Removing template_file from terraform state

I’ve run into this issue a few times so recording here for future reference. template_file has been deprecated in terraform but I occasionally perform a terraform init before realising that there is a template_file command in the code. I get the error: So I need to remove the template_file resource from state to continue. Listing… Read more »