Wednesday, February 10, 2010

GIS Show

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Preview of GIS 2010

Check out GCSAA TV and preview of GIS 2010.


Well today things started getting interesting in San Diego for the GIS Show. This morning I headed over to the convention center to get the rest of my credentials. I was met by Leslie Renzlemen and her staff and was given a tour of the Test Drive Technology Lab. We sat for lunch and discussed some great new technology ideas for GCSAA and Superintendents. For those of you who haven't taken the leap into some of the technology that is available to us, you need to!! Although, I would have to assume if you are reading this, you already have. Lunch was fantastic and the conversation was great.

After lunch we headed off to the GCSAA media area to film my short clip for GCSAA TV.. I was filmed discussing the great iPhone apps I use as a Superintendent. The clip will be posted tomorrow, I look forward to seeing it. I will have some photos and videos from the Test Drive Technology Lab on Thursday and post on here.

Come back for more information into my trip to GIS or follow me on twitter @greensuper. I am posting quite often on twitter as to happenings in San Diego.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Turfgrass Management App

I finally dove into the Turfgrass Management App......WOW!!! A must have for all Superintendents or turfgrass managers. I normally carry a small reference manual around with me, being in the Mid-Atlantic region, I see the full prism of turfgrass issues and pests. The reference book was great until you spill coffee, wetting agent or that day you get stuck the furthest from the shop in a downpour. Now I have it on my hip. Never again will I to drive back to the shop upset because my book wasn't in the cart.

Besides the wealth of information in the library, this app offers other resources in the form of Power Point presentations and article publications. These are perfect for when you have 5 or 10 minutes under a tree, pull out your iPhone and scroll through an article or slideshow . The main screen allows you to view 4 different categories Diseases, Insects, Turfgrasses and Weeds. Each of these main categories are broken down further. See screen shots below. The flow of this app through the various sections is perfect! Not once did I find myself heading in the wrong direction when looking for a disease or weed.

The best part about this app is the subscription. Downloading the application is free, there is a one year subscription fee of $19.99. Now for anyone who thinks that is expensive, not worth it, here is the major benefit over buying a continues to update. The developer has the ability to continue to make changes or update the database. It is a "living" database. You are not stuck upgrading and paying a fee each time the database changes. When you buy a book, you bought it. There is no automatic update, you must wait until the next addition arrives and pay more!

I could go on and on about this app, there is that much information in it. Below are some screen shots, but if you have any questions about the app, feel free to leave a comment. I will do the best I can to get you an answer.

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