Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Google Earth: search engine for your planet

"earth at night" from Google Earth

[See UPDATE EDIT at bottom of post]

Being an fanatic Googlephile, I must command you now to check this out please: Google Earth--your 3D Interface with the planet you live on.

I have prophesied that soon people will interact with the External World via blogs and personal computers. We will be able to change, modify, do things to the "real world" while poking at our laptops, wrist puters, puter medallions, and PCs.

The negative side is stupid "virtual hunting" where you mercilessly, needlessly, barbarically kill an innocent brother or sister animal via your computer linked to a rifle in some other location. Idiotic senseless violence.

But positive manipulations will also be forthcoming.

This prophecy of mine regarding External World Interaction via Personal/Wearable Computers... coming true with all the force and velocity of an astral nuclear locomotive.

This is so exciting, I'm just copying and pasting the material from:

Google Earth

[NOTE: The response has been so great, the server had to take a breather.]


Google Earth – Explore, Search and Discover

Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.

Fly from space to your neighborhood.

Type in an address and zoom right in.

Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels.

Get driving directions.

Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.

Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.

Google Earth products [ product comparison chart ]
Google Earth

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.

• Get Google Earth (it's free)
• Learn more

Google Earth Plus

Google Earth Plus is an optional upgrade adding GPS device support, the ability to import spreadsheets, drawing tools and better printing.

Google Earth Pro

For professional and commercial uses, Google Earth Pro is the ultimate research, presentation and collaboration tool for location information.

Google Earth Enterprise Solutions are also available for on-site deployment of custom Google Earth databases in your enterprise.


[UPDATE EDIT Wed. June 29 9:20 PM CST USA]

I cannot access the download of Google Earth, due to excessive traffic at the site, but I may not be able to use it anyway. I, like the vast majority of computer users, have a dial-up internet connection.

Here are the system requirements, from the Google Earth info page:


The Google Earth client requires certain system configurations in order to run smoothly.

Minimum configuration:

* Operating system: Windows 2000, Windows XP
* CPU speed: Intel® Pentium® PIII 500 MHz
* System memory (RAM): 128MB
* 200MB hard-disk space
* 3D graphics card: 3D-capable video card with 16MB VRAM
* 1024x768, 32-bit true color screen
* Network speed: 128 kbps ("Broadband/Cable Internet")

Recommended configuration:

* Operating system: Windows XP
* CPU speed: Intel® Pentium® P4 2.4GHz+ or AMD 2400xp+
* System memory (RAM): 512MB
* 2GB hard-disk space
* 3D graphics card: 3D-capable video card with 32MB VRAM or greater
* 1280x1024, 32-bit true color screen
* Network speed: 128 kbps ("Broadband/Cable Internet")



[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate


carrie said...

pretty darned cool.

steven edward streight said...

Given your interest in the awesome but obscure Interplanetary Internet, I was sure this would be of interest to you also.


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