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More on Maps

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Google Maps aren’t the only offering out there of course… just the easiest to get to.

Another offering is the experimental setup at Flash Earth which carries access to all major map and satellite image sites including Google, Microsoft and NASA which updates its shots daily, but has lower resolution!

Currently the NASA shots show Sydney covered in cloud… which it is… so I can’t see how much detail is available, but it’s a site to watch 🙂

So… having looked at as many satellite picture sites as I can find in a short while, by far the best has still been Google.

Typical. 😀

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Written by welshdog

April 30, 2007 at 7:17 am

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Google maps

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Just been looking at a few places I know on Google Maps… like my own house of course 🙂

It’s a great improvement on what it was originally, helped by both my computer and internet connection haveing improved. In the recent past it took ages for pages to render and even then quality was ‘fuzzy’ to say the least. The lack of links between map and satellite picture meant we were unable (then) to enter a specific address. The result was that when we tried it out the wife and I took hours following road links from a known location until we found our house and even then it took overnight for the page to complete its download.

In fact it took *so* long we gave up looking for anyone or anything else.

Now though it’s *very* fast and responsive… plus it has both map and satellite picture… and often a hybrid with road names superimposed on the picture. Of course these are not the most up-to-date images. My house, for example, is shown from at least three years ago and there is no sign whatever of the local billion dollar shopping centre that will be opening next year.

Apart from’immediacy’, another thing that *is* lacking is the ‘perspective’ shot which lets you see the area as if at an angle. I’ve seen these shots so know they’re available and they gives an entirely different ‘slant’ on the image.Still… for free this is damn good!

Written by welshdog

April 30, 2007 at 6:59 am

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Clickety clack front and back

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Spent the larger part of the day out in the garden. It looked like rain so I thought I’d get it done before we had a downpour and it grew even more dangerous than it already was… it’s a jungle out there! 🙂

Of course… after spending the day rushing about chopping the edges and mowing… the sky cleared and the sun came out. Needless to say I wasn’t that pleased, but of course if I *had* waitied it would have poured… it’s called sods law or something.

I suppose I ought to go get on with the weeding but I’m not really that bothered! 🙂

Written by welshdog

April 29, 2007 at 2:54 pm

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C'mon back to my Adobe.

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Was reading Wired today and got led to an Adobe site where I found this picture…

Adobe Logo

… which has to be one of the oddest logos I’ve ever seen.

Why on *earth* would someone think a gap toothed tattooed weirdo was a suitable logo for a site about design? Maybe if I was a designer I’d appreciate it more… but I’m not… and I don’t! 🙂

Anyone want to hazard a guess about how much it cost for this travesty to find the light of day??

As for this… well… I don’t know *what* to say! What *was* Microsoft thinking?? It sorta defies logic 😀

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Written by welshdog

April 28, 2007 at 5:44 pm

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Neighbours move upmarket

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Beitish media mogul Michael Grade has made a bizarre move on the ailing relationship between the Beeb and the long running Aussie soapie “Neighbours”. Lord knows why but this tedious ongoing saga of dysfunctional families and social misfits is being sought by ITV with an offer price of $275,000 per episode!

The BBC who have been running this series since it arrived on UK TV reckon they are willing to raise their offer from $62,500 per episode to $175,000 but say anything more is tantamouint to extortion.

My opinion is that I’d be willing to pay to keep it off the air and if someone wants to pay that sort of money they can come and watch us for a while! Reality bites.

Written by welshdog

April 28, 2007 at 7:03 am

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Dave Allen – still missed.

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I liked Dave Allen, he was a wonderful comedian. One of my favourite jokes is a really short one and goes something like this:

I was walking down the road in a small town when a funeral passed by. I turned to a local and asked “Who’s dead?”. He looked at me and said “The man in the box!!”

I laughed like a drain when I heard that 😀

Written by welshdog

April 27, 2007 at 10:13 pm

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Gawd they start young!

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Daughters party is in full swing… sort of. The wife asked me a couple of times to ferry food up to their room at the far end of the house. I went once but then decided I wasn’t going back again.

Last time she went in the wife said that was probably a wise move… they’d started playing strip monopoly!!! Don’t ask… weird mob… but I’m keeping well out of it. Ewww………

Written by welshdog

April 27, 2007 at 8:39 pm

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