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Google Earth

Posted on: July 7, 2006

Rite now, I’m freakin up with freeware, so called with Google Earth. What is it anyway? The main idea is to put a globe in your PC. An 11.2 to 13 MB downloadable virtual globe in MAC or PC and Linux Version, is available in free version. Point to specific location and zoom at anyplace on the earth, or by tapping it in the search box, and the globe will gladly spin to deliver where you wannabe. You can tilt, up and down, add landmark, and even fly on it. Ow, and 3D bulidings are seen clearly, but only in the US. The Latest is Version 4 (Beta), and here are the minimum spec in order to run it well:

  • Operating System: Windows 2000 or Windows XP
  • CPU: Pentium 3, 500Mhz
  • System Memory (RAM): 128MB
  • Hard Disk: 400MB free space
  • Network Speed: 128 Kbits/sec
  • Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 16MB of VRAM
  • Screen: 1024×768, “16-bit High Color”

Released in 2005, this 3D planet interface on graphical basis surely has become NASA World Wind’s number one foe. Some coverage area are in extremely high resolution, up to 15m per pixel, esp. those which are in the US again, since Google itself is a US-based corporation and that the majority of both Google and Google Earth users are American.

Ummm… but what about privacy issue? I mean bad one can use this to act terrorism, or to plan an attack. Or famous artist who wants to be secure in his/her palace don’t wannabe seen by public. Well, unlike those people, i don’t really care about. Wanna see ma place?

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