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October 17, 2005

Google Earth

I'm guessing that not everyone has installed Google Earth yet. If you haven't, that's OK. Just go do it now. As in Right Now. Here's the link to install Google Earth. (Note: Not available for Apple/Mac.)

This is so cool, I don't know where to begin. Once you install it and get it up and running with Direct X, click on the little Zoom In button and hold it down and you can zoom in from outer space until you see your own house. You can click on the map to recenter as you zoom in, so you can find your house. Mine is actually there, as is my satellite dish, though my garden isn't there, so I'm not sure when this photo was taken. (Note to neighbors: No laughing at my weed garden.)

My good buddy Volker in Germany was kind enough to convert my last GPS tracks to a Google Earth map and send it to me. Sometimes, I feel like the technology is advancing faster than my ability to comprehend it. Here's my magnalog converted to a Google Earth file named magnalog_10708.kmz. You can save this file From Google Earth, select "File - Open" and just enter this URL "http://www.peeniewallie.com/images2/magnalog_10708.kmz" and it should work. Alternately, try the same filename with a .kml extension, as this should work also.

Be sure to check out Volker's Magnalox website. It's indescribably cool.

Related posts: North Fork and Middle Fork of Swan River, Summit County, Colorado

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Posted by Peenie Wallie on October 17, 2005 at 09:25 PM


Is there a reason why You use GE's DirectX mode and not OpenGL?

On my system the OpenGL mode is somewhat smoother.

PS: This magnalog


has also images and waypoints. If You click on
a numbered waypoint, You'll see the photos taken there.

This one


has a user-drawn map beeing projected on the ground.

Posted by: Volker on October 18, 2005 at 02:21 AM


Posted by: twex1 on October 30, 2005 at 12:01 PM

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