Oh noes! My backyard is online!
Yes, literally. Folks over at Google had recently churned out the latest version of Google Earth. Currently still in the beta stage, version 4 comes packaged with some great new features hence, this release was tagged as ‘a major update’.
The most obvious change would be the interface, being much more simple and easy on the eyes, as opposed to the old interface. Back then, I thought all Google Earth was lacking is in its interface full of bright colours and ugh, bevels. That said, version 4 is a great improvement, coupled with a more friendly navigation tool complete with a virtual joystick that makes spying on your neighbour’s backyard more fun.
Another update to GE that is worth mentioning here are the new imagery coverage. Google says that one third of the world’s population can now zoom into their neighbourhood and find out what your neighbour is up to with that new shed going up in his backyard. And boy, the best part is, close up imagery is now finally available for Kuching! Yay! No more low-res imagery!
I spent less than five minutes spotting out a few landmarks and finally wander my way into my neighbourhood and there it was, home sweet home, complete with those palm trees around my garden. Due to safety reasons, I would refrain from stating the whereabouts of my home but classmates of mine out there could definitely make out my house (circled in red).
[Image removed due to privacy reasons]
It’s ironic how my neighbour planted high fence-creeping plants and palm trees all over so that a glimpse into their backyard would be almost impossible but you can actually see EVERYTHING he’s trying to hide with Google Earth from way up. *evil smirk*
Leaving home, I followed my usual route to school every morning and reached school in 5 seconds. Ahoy all arangnites! Ever wondered how our school looks like from above? I must say it’s a pretty amazing sight. See that opening there in the middle that kinda looks like the shape of the superman mark? I had always thought of it being a perfect pentagon, but you never know..
Also notice those bare topsoil around the compound which is now our football field. My guess is that this shot was taken when my school was nearing completion, seeing that the bulding is readily erected. That makes the date for this photo at around late 2002 before we moved in for the new term the next year. And if you take a look at the perimeter of the school compound, much of the land around it have now been cleared for development now, but which obviously isn’t the case in that shot.
Welp, I think that’s enough exploring for now. Oh bummer, I’ve got school tomorrow.. Geez. Perhaps I’d post some more interesting stuff in Kuching some time later. Look out for that!