\ 256MB Portable Flash Drive\ 2)If you haven’t already please check out http://maps.google.com. This is by far one of the coolest sites providing driving directions and maps that I have ever seen. The best feature has the be the satellite imagery. Depending on the city your viewing you can zoom within 300 meters of the ground, in full color. There is even free client software that you can download and install on your desktop available at http://earth.google.com. You can save various addresses that you use frequently. As you’re viewing a map using Google Earth, you can switch on different points of interest such as coffee shops, ATMs, airports, schools, hotspots, etc. You can bookmark you favorite locations. And dare I say it, take a virtual vacation to an exotic location. I was able to locate my neighbor’s clunker in the parking lot of my apartment in Raleigh. Give it a try, you’ll really like it. There are far to many uses to list here. Many of the major broadcasters are using it in news broadcasts to create that neat flying effect to Iraq or somewhere else in the world. There is a commercial version for Realtors, marketers, and other businesses. I’d assume that you could load all sorts of demographic and financial data that you could use to locate new customers, or determine the location of your next brick & mortar store. You’re creative, I’m sure you could find a use for it. Thanks for taking the time to read my column.
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This article was last updated on: 07 Dec 2005