Odds and Ends: World’s Youngest Countries, GIS Anniversary, and More

Some odds and ends for the day: -While the current Slovak Republic will turn 20 years old on 1 January 2013, it still ranks among the world’s five or six youngest countries, depending upon your interpretation of Kosovo’s status. South Sudan 9 July 2011 Partition of Sudan Kosovo 17 February 2008 Declaration of independence from…

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Google Sightseeing: Castles of Slovakia

As Google Sightseeing gears up for its annual Island Week later this month, I managed to sneak an article in under the wire.  Earlier this week, Slovakia became the 30th country with Google Street View roadside coverage, and so I jumped at the opportunity to write a post on some of the many medieval and…

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Odds and Ends: Slovakia/Slovenia/Slavonia

Calling back to another recent TBG article (the ‘Same Name, Different Side of the Border’ series), a side-note to the multitude of duplicated regional place names is the Slovakia/Slovenia/Slavonia issue; two independent countries and a major region of eastern Croatia with incredibly similar names each separated from the other by a distance of 230 km…

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Old Country-Code Top-Level Internet Domains Never Die, They Just Fade Away (Sometimes)

In the big, wide world of the Internet, there are essentially two types of top-level Internet domains (TLDs) in everyday usage (discounting the infrastructural .arpa).  There are generic domains with no specific geographic attachment (e.g., .com, .net, .org, .info, .mobi), and there are country-code domains assigned to individual countries and territorial entities based for the…

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