ArcGIS 10.4 Prerelease

ESRI has announced that ArcGIS 10.4 prerelease software for Desktop, Server, and Engine is now available for you to download, install, and test.  They do stress it is for testing purposes only, so I would not use it in production.

Some highlights are vector tile layers, Portal for ArcGIS Map Viewer includes analysis tools, and improved enterprise readiness with ArcGIS Server and Portal.  Also, ArcGIS Pro 1.2 is currently in beta.  For more info about the release, see their blog post here.

UPDATE 2/22/2016: The ArcGIS 10.4 release is now available.

Register Your Drones!

If you are planning on giving that wonderful flying machine to someone for Christmas, make sure they know that there is a string attached.  The owner – whether it’s a new purchase or a drone that’s been flying for years – will have to register a name, a physical address and an email address with the FAA.  Existing owners will have to register by February 19, 2016, and new flyers will have to register before their first flight.

You are required to register a drone if it weighs more than 9 ounces.  Registration opens December 21 and is free through January 20 (the credit card transaction will confirm the owner’s identity and the fee will be refunded).  After that, the FAA will charge $5 for registration.  You must be at least 13 years old to register, or someone older must register for you.  The registration is good for 3 years.

Oh, and the registration rule excludes “paper airplanes that are not linked to a system”, so a paper airplane that weighs more than 9 ounces does not need to be registered unless it has a motor and remote attached!

And the FAA plans on enforcing their rule.  “Failure to register an aircraft can result in civil penalties up to $27,500,” the rule states. “Criminal penalties for failure to register can include fines of up to $250,000”.

Merry Christmas kids!



Local GIS Jobs This Week

Server Support Analyst – ESRI, Redlands

GIS Specialist – Costa Mesa area

GIS Specialist – Los Angeles area

Senior GIS Analyst – Ventura area

GIS Operator – Newport Beach area

Senior GIS Programmer Analyst – Riverside area

GIS Technician – Newport Beach area

GIS Coordinator – Costa Mesa area

GIS Analyst – Los Angeles area

GIS Software Developer – Monrovia area

Geospatial Engineer – Army National Guard, Los Alamitos


Rent or Buy?

Near the beginning of this year, there was a post about renting or owning in SoCal.  From the NY Times, there is this great tool on calculating in more detail if it is better to rent or buy a home.  Here you can enter a home price, how long you plan to stay, mortgage details (rate, down payment, and length), projected future growth rates, taxes, closing costs, maintenance fees, and then in contrast the costs of renting (monthly rate, broker’s fee, renter’s insurance).  With all that info, the site calculates whether it is better to rent or own, as well as where the dividing line might be in terms of renting versus the costs and benefits of owning.  Yes, there is no map like the other tool, but I think this tool helps you make a more informed decision about buying a home instead of renting.  Check it out!


California Historical Census

Looking for historical census data for your county or city in California?  You might find what you are looking for at California’s Historical Census Populations of Counties and Incorporated Cities web page.  The report provides total population counts for the state, counties, and incorporated cities in California from 17 decennial US censuses from 1850-2010.  Make sure to read the notes and caveats about the data.