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I've been playing with something rather interesting:

What is it?

 

Google Maps is a free, online map service provided by Google. It offers a draggable map, route planner and business locater for the U.S. and Canada. It is currently in beta testing.

 

Google Maps was first announced on the Google Blog on February 8, 2005. It originally only supported users of Internet Explorer and Mozilla web browsers, but support for Opera and Safari was added on February 25, 2005.

 

Like other Google web applications, a large amount of JavaScript was used to create Google Maps. As the user drags the map, the grid squares are downloaded from the server and displayed to the user. When a user searches for a business, the location is pin-pointed with a red pin, which is actually a transparent PNG placed over the map. A complete explanation of the technical side of Google maps can be found here

 

But the maps recently got an extra feature.

 

April 6, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Online search engine leader Google has unveiled a new feature that will enable its users to zoom in on homes and businesses using satellite images, an advance that may raise privacy concerns as well as intensify the competitive pressures on its rivals.

 

The fun part with this is that you can take a look around the US from behind your desk. Here are some places I've recently 'visited' by using Google Maps:

Got any more? Maybe even a pic of your house?

 

Important: You can switch between normal map and satellite image with the buttons in the top-right corner. The link to the image is also there, be sure to include it.

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wow, its really odd looking at all the skyscrapers in NY like this, you see all the shadows, but all the buildings look the same!

 

Disneyland Florida, the Epcot Centre With the Giant Golf ball right in the centre!

 

they really need to do one of these for Europe now, I want to see my house!

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done that already, although i couldn't seem to see a giant blue castle though... sad.gif

 

hmm, i can see all the rides, thunder mountain being the most obvious indicatrion, but is the castle the circle thing in the centre, there doesnt seem to be much to indicate it

 

heh, althoughthis indecates EXACTLY where you are in the world laugh.gif

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_puzzled__by_taruto.gif Euhm Phil? You need to press the "Link to this page" button before you copy/paste the address. Your last one (above) links to the Palace of Fine Arts I just spotted.

 

PS: I presume this is what you were looking for? [ link ]

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Checked Las Vegas.. nothing much to see. When I was hoovering over Washington DC I accidently bumped into the Pentagon. Even located the Congress, at least that's what I think it was, 't was kind of blurry. In New York I found the statue of liberty.. and though I saw a glimpse of Ellis Island.

Then, my PC totally blocked... I blame the CIA unsure.gif

 

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My house! my house! This is Barnham, smallish village in Southern England!

 

My house is the one just to the top-right of the centre of the screen with the lighter gravvely drive to the rest of the houses arund it!

 

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=chichester&l...07607&t=k&hl=en

 

(Tag, if you were trying to libk the page, you have to click the link at the side of the map that says 'link this page' and THEN copy the URL...)

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