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  1. Boyd

    Woolwich Township abandoned missle base for sale

    "A Gloucester County community has put up for sale the command section of a Cold War-era Nike missile base that was part of the nation’s defenses against an attack by the Soviet Union. The Army abandoned the 33-acre site in Woolwich Township and hundreds of others like it around the country in...
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    Normandy Beach tornado on April 21

    Just noticed this on the NWS site. Here's where it touched down, according to the information below https://online.boydsmaps.com/#14/40.0003/-74.0667/pinesHD PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ 402 PM EDT THU APR 23 2020 ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/21/20...
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    Cold night Friday - frost?

    From the NWS forecast.... Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
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    Identity verification nonsense

    Have run into this twice during the past week, once on my bank's website and the other time at my insurance company. Now, I am completely in favor of confirming my identity when performing an online transaction. But both of these institutions are using the same service that evidently scoops up...
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    Your first digital pictures of the Pines

    Have been meaning to start a thread on this for awhile, and finally got around to digging through my archives to find these. I bought my first digital camera - a Nikon CoolPix 900 - at Mid-City Camera in Philadelphia on April 2, 1999. Cost was $864.72, which included batteries and a HUGE 32mb...
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    boydsmaps.com is moving!

    The one-year anniversary of online.boydsmaps.com is soon approaching and I have decided to continue the site for another year. Instead of simply renewing my current lease, I will be moving to a new cloud-based plan which replaces the single dedicated server with a cluster that works together...
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    lidar.boydsmaps.com: quick-start tutorial

    There are a lot of new features on the LIDAR site, but here's a quick exercise that should help you understand the map controls. We'll be looking at this gravel pit next to Oswego Lake that appears pretty unimpressive on a topo map But it offers a good opportunity to observe the effects of...
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    Welcome to lidar.boydsmaps.com!

    After four months and thousands of lines of code... the all-new LIDAR site is finally online! https://lidar.boydsmaps.com Coverage is pretty limited at this point (I've been concentrating on the code) but I'll be adding more maps every few days. Keep in mind however, that each little grid...
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    Dirty Power

    Here's an odd one.... returned from a walk, heard the fans roaring on my two big UPS units and wondered what was causing a power outage on a nice day. Then I realized the power was still on, but both units refused to go off battery power. Turned them on and off a few times with no difference...
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    Black Friday GPS deals

    Cabela's has a few nice deals under $200 Garmin GPSMap64ST for $170 https://www.cabelas.com/product/Garmin-GPSMAP-reg-st/1813418.uts?slotId=74 Garmin eTrex 22x for $170 https://www.cabelas.com/product/GARMIN-ETREX-X/3339780.uts?slotId=73 And for the car, a Garmin DriveSmart 61LMT for $190...
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    TwoNav GPS.... a Garmin alternative?

    Have been using the TwoNav smartphone app for awhile, and it's pretty nice. Their "Land" software runs on Windows and the Mac and is quite powerful - allows you to manage your data and import/export maps in a number of formats. But the same company also makes dedicated GPS devices the are sold...
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    Wind advisory

    It's blowing pretty hard here... the lights have flickered but they're still on. :) URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 343 PM EDT Wed Oct 16 2019 DEZ002>004-NJZ013-014-020>027-170900- /O.EXT.KPHI.WI.Y.0008.191016T1943Z-191017T2200Z/ Kent-Inland Sussex-Delaware...
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    The new 3D LIDAR site is now online!

    The first full-featured version of the site is now available for your browsing pleasure with 5 different maps (and more on the way). You can choose either aerial imagery or shaded terrain for each map and also share links or create bookmarks that incorporate all your settings. Here are a couple...
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    Snake Skin

    I received the following message in a profile post this morning from @Gerania _______________________________ "I don't know how to start a thread here. My son moved to Pine Hill four months ago. He's a block from from Pine Valley, and he found a two foot long skin in his basement yesterday. He...
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    Apple Pie Hill in 3d

    Am looking at ways to present LIDAR in 3d, and this is just a very small baby step in that direction. This link will display a 3d model of Apple Pie Hill that you can "explore" in your web browser. It will take a little time to load, so just wait until the image appears. If it doesn't appear...
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    Major update to the site!

    The next time you visit the site, you'll see a number of new features.... Click the wrench button to set a custom home location to open the site anywhere you like. You can also choose different icons for the home button and set the default for the center crosshairs Click the heart button...
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    Download problems at boydsmaps.com

    Last night I received a message from a user who was unable to successfully download my Map of the Pines HD - https://boydsmaps.com/boyds-map-of-the-pines-hd/ [stuff deleted] UPDATE: the download issues have now been resolved.
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    Facebook tracking

    Starting to see quite a lot of traffic coming to my site from Facebook, yesterday was the busiest ever with 7 or 8 times the activity of a typical day. Glad to see that people are using the site, that's what it's for! :) But I see that Facebook is modifying the site link and inserting a...
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    Terraserver Nostalgia

    Al and Bob were recently saying how much they still like the old 1995 black and white Terraserver aerials, so I did a little research on where they came from. I found the USGS 1995 Digital Orthophoto Quadrangles (DOQ's) and they seemed like a good fit, but they're false-color infra-red and not...
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    KeyHero

    This is a very clever idea.... wonder how well it actually works? Anybody try it? I suppose it also opens up the possibility of a hacker getting your keys though. ;) https://www.mykeyhero.com "KeyHero makes it easy to create a digital backup for your key. Just scan your key at any Home Depot...