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About jimthegeordie

I was born in the north of England and am a Geordie. Geordies are celts who are noted for having long bodies with short arms and legs. After working in UK, Africa and Australia as a civil engineer and IT contractor I am now retired and living in a beautiful wine-making area. I am the patriarch of a wonderful family, of whom I am inordinately proud.

Core Data Considerations.

1. TABLE CAPACITY REQUIREMENTS. If, as I have suggested, we set the size of our basic land units (BLUs) at about 1 sq. km., we will require about 8 million records. The actual size of Australia is about 7,700,000 sq. … Continue reading

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Some Database Considerations.

1. INTRODUCTION. I designed my first database in the late 1960s. In those days, they were known as hierarchical databases consisting of a number of separate files. There was no metadata (an IT buzzword meaning “data about data”) providing any … Continue reading

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The Urban Landscape For A New Era.

At last, we seem to have said all that needs to be said about the “What” and now we can get on with the “How”! 1. INTRODUCTION This post is based upon the premise that our current major cities cannot … Continue reading

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Clarification 1.

I recently received a private email from a lady who had inspected this blog. The points she raised, while apparently critical, arise, I believe from a misunderstanding about what this blog is about. I am, in fact, broadly in sympathy … Continue reading

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Just Keeping Things Moving Along – Again.

I had hoped that by this time, I could move on to a discussion of some ideas I have for the development of remote communities and the activities and lifestyle they could support. However, my brand new computer crashed rather … Continue reading

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Project Summary 1.

First of all, I will remind you that the main objective of this exercise is to create a terrain model which can be used to estimate the true sustainable population-carrying capacity of the Australian continent at varying standards of living, … Continue reading

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Infrastructure 5 (Communications).

There is currently an argument raging between Australia’s two main political parties on the need to provide a national broadband service to all regions of Australia and what should be its form and specification. The Labour government favours a comprehensive … Continue reading

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