Tuesday, June 13, 2006

bird's eyeview - google earth

i was evaluating google's latest google earth. glad they release a linux version.
it was amazing trip, moving around earth's X and Y axis. a virtual trip you cant get
just around it and spend a couple of hours looking to places, buildings and maps.

What is Google Earth anyway?

It is Explore, Search and Discover.

Nice, so any other definitions that I can simply understand?

Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.

You can actually pinpointed and marked your own point of residence, your school, its there and updated!

When are these maps and pictures updated from Google Earth?

Three years ago taken from satellite and some aerial flights above.
As you will notice, most maps were taken at a very early time of the day.

What?! I need the hardware requirements?

Yep, just copy and paste it.

What are you talking about?

Google Earth takes advantage of the 3D graphics capabilities standard on most computers. If you are using Google Earth on an older machine, or a notebook computer that does not have 3D graphics capabilities, you may not be able to run the application.

The 3D graphics capabilities of your machine have a lot to do with how well Google Earth performs. Google Earth will work on most graphics cards from the following manufacturers:

3D Labs
* The following ATI cards are not supported: ATI Rage Mobility, ATI Xpert, ATI 3D Rage.

** Intel 3D graphics machines can use the default OpenGL version, but work better in DirectX (choose Start > Programs > Google Earth > Start Google Earth in DirectX).

Matrox card users must use the OpenGL version. S3 cards must use the DirectX version.

See my attached google earth captured point of residence back home!


Links: Google Earth http://earth.google.com/faq.html#1

in life: unidentified aliens are providing google amazing technology!


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