Warping it up!

Fini Alring's Glossy Tech Zine

Google Mars

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Google has been at it again, and this time they are serving us mars on a silver plate! In cooler but similar fashion to their Google Moon. Special features include elevation map, infrared and (human) visible map.

In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, we’ve created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made.

Interview: Google Maps Creator

Friday, July 29th, 2005

“Addressing a crowd of developers in Sydney today, Google Maps creator Lars Rasmussen encouraged them to embrace bleeding edge technology in browser software. He cited the example of how Google Maps can command Internet Explorer to use VML (Vector Markup Language by Microsoft) to display a blue line between geographical points, but use a PNG graphic format and a linear description for the Firefox browser.”

From the article: “Firstly, the Web allows rapid deployment and there is no software for users to install. It’s also much easier to make sure code runs on multiple browsers compared with multiple operating systems like Mac OS X and Windows. The downside is that browsers don’t give programmers full access to a computer’s resources such as memory, process power and hard disk space. This is a bottleneck the engineer sees being removed in future, although he thinks the simplicity of the current Web browsing experience needs to be maintained.”

Take browsers to the limit: Google

Slashdot | Google Maps Creator Takes Browsers To The Limit

Maps on Path to Mass Innovation

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

/. Ryan MacCarthy writes “When Google and Yahoo
released their map API’s last week they unleashed a horde of hungry developers eager to integrate their data with the user-friendly maps. Brilliant hacks like Chicago Crime and Craigslist Real Estate are in the midst of switching over to the new API, while sites like MetroFreeFi use the new API to make it easier to find free wi-fi locations in US cities (San Francisco, for example). Imaginative developers, like Alan Taylor (Transparency concept), are digging deep into experimentation to dream up new uses for the maps. It’s great to see the innovation when hacks turn to apps.”
I want to see Los Angeles maps of the action in James Ellroy’s novels, and a national map of the worst, funniest tourist traps across the U.S.

* Slashdot | Maps on Path to Mass Innovation

Google Maps insider

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

jgwebber” has written an in-depth article about the way “Google Maps” (Good old hidden frame technique) works and compared it with GMail’s (XMLHttp based) method.

as simple as possible, but no simpler: Mapping Google