A friend said "I would say to anyone still thinking about buying a computer, that it is worth it just for the endless interest from Google Earth."
I agree with that thought.
Having only just downloaded the latest version, I still have to explore the changes. My own patch on the lesser known part of Gloucestershire on the north bank of the Severn doesn't seem to have changed since a definable date of early autumn 2005.
How often does Google update this massive archive?
Obviously not all at once, any more than there is sunshine over the whole planet at once. My patch was upgraded to better definition a year or two back but the image as I said is datable as 2005 before autumn colours came in.
I'm quite happy to stick with google maps, as it is sufficient for my random browsing habits.
But just occasionally an updated image is not always a better one. A good example of this is the uss arizona at pearl harbour. It used to show up in amazing detail but since the last update it is well nigh invisible because of some 'chop' on the surface of the water.
But anybody else got any favourite sights they would like to share?
Wow, images of my area of Birmingham are now only a few months old and far clearer.
What I find puzzling is that something new has appeared that intrigues me!
Last year I put my full post code into Google to see what came up; to my surprise I found a listing stating that I was a WiFi hot spot and a restaurant. Now on Google Earth there is a symbol next to my property indicating a restaurant, there is no restaurant and never has been! I am neither a WiFi hot spot nor a restaurant!
I have clicked on the symbol on Google Earth and all it gives is directions to the restaurant.