Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Real world maps

One thing I've always hated about Google Maps and Live Earth is that its geography is almost ALWAYS tilted towards the US and even North America. Sure, you can see the flying car in Australia but when you're trying to find streets in cities, it's good to know that there are other alternatives. Here I was looking for a street in Paide, a town of about 10,000 people in Estonia - and voila!
Paide Linna Atlas

And it has full map and satellite photo to go along with it. Not quite as cool as the UI in Google but at least I could find it. (how? From here and clicking on Atlas - hard to decipher a foreign language but it still works)

So it's here - why isn't it on Google Maps or Virtual Earth?

We're so close yet still so far....

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