Google Maps

Thanks to slashdot I’ve just discovered Google Maps. An amazing repository of digital satellite images that cover the whole globe (not all of it in great detail). You can zoom in, drag the map around with your mouse, and it all seems to load pretty fast.

Searching for Australian cities and areas seems broken, but manually dragging the map around can find some interesting (to me) locations. Such as my old school, where I live now, where I teach, my favourite Brisbane park, and, just for kicks, some pyramids. If this sort of information is available for free to the general public, what must the military and secret services have access to?

4 thoughts on “Google Maps”

  1. Jak said:

    how come my computer only shows map like views of my hometown

    You need to press the “satellite” button on the top right of the map. Hope that helps.


  2. Try “” for even higher resolution satellite photography … you’ll be amazed! Covers Australia only.

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