This weekend I’ll be moving our sailboat south to get to some warmer temperatures for the winter. I’ll be posting a GPS track for GE after we get back along with some photos. Soon there will be a new blog for following our preparations and eventually the circumnavigation itself. And, eventually there will be a lot of Google Earth content available so you can follow our adventures (thanks to Google).
Mumbai Attacks – It has been mentioned by many news organizations that the attackers in Mumbai were technologically savvy and used many technology tools such as: GPS, phones, blackberries, and even Google Earth. All truly useful technologies have the potential for being abused by those with evil intent. That doesn’t mean we should deprive everyone from the use of them. One lawyer has filed a petition to ban Google Earth because it could be used by terrorists. Stefan Geens has an excellent post about why banning Google Earth and the petition are bad ideas.
Street View – This year has certainly been a huge year for Street View by Google. There is a good summary of the accomplishments at the Google Blog including the fact they have expanded Street View imagery by 22 times in 2008, the recent doubling of coverage for the US, and the addition of several new countries (New Zealand, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, and Australia). And, Google added Street View for the iPhone last month, and just released Street View for Google Maps Mobile for other phones.
South Africa Award – A marketing company called Quirk eMarketing, which helped South Africa create a tourism layer for Google Earth, has won an award for Search Engine Optimization. The exposure from creating the Google Earth layer (which was released last July) had a very positive effect on the marketing for South Africa tourism. South Africa is one of only four countries with a tourism layer in Google Earth.