Posts Tagged ‘Bing’

My Local Live Scratch Pad

February 24, 2006

Just to recap an older blog entry, I’m working on a clean way to reserve an area on my blog for local live “points of interest”.

In the mean time, here’s my local live world:

  • I live here.
  • I used to work here.
  • This was my commute.
  • My car is here. It’s the blue jeep wrangler on the roof top.

I went to school here:


# Other Points of Interest
1. I used to live here.
2. City Hall is here.
3. Brooklyn Bridge: Manhattan side here, Brooklyn side here.
4. Old Yankee Stadium here
5. Old Shea Stadium here
6. Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village) here
7. Union Square Park is here
8. Madison Square Park is here
9. Times Square
10. A famous celebrity’s roof top is here.
11. Cooper Union in the East Village is here. Abe Lincoln gave his famous ‘house divided’ speech there.
12. McSorley’s Ale House is here. Peter Cooper (founder Cooper Union), toasted Lincoln at McSorley’s.
13. Jimmy Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio is here.
14. Central Park West (CPW) – Tavern on the Green
15. Upper West Side – Grant’s Tomb
16. Fort Tryon Park – The Cloisters
17. The Little Red Lighthouse story is about this.

My world according to

December 12, 2005

Microsoft’s new Bird’s Eye imagery is impressive.

This is my world:

  • I live here.
  • I used to work here.
  • This is my commute.
  • My car is here. It’s the blue jeep wrangler on the roof top.

I assumed they would at least park the car indoors as part of the $370 per month rental fee! Oh well… Life in the big city…

This is where I went to school:


Other points of interest:


The imagery is provided by a company called Pictometry. The photos are taken by cameras that are mounted in the wings of a cessna aircraft. It’s a system like this.

Pictometry calls the angular image an oblique. Oblique is the term used to describe an aerial photograph that is taken at an angle.

Microsoft has an exclusive deal with Pictometry. So, I don’t expect Google or Yahoo to be offering a Bird’s Eye equivalent any time soon.

Microsoft’s enhanced mapping service is not perfect yet but the development roadmap is promising.

At first glance, some obvious issues are:

  • Geographic expansion of the Bird’s Eye Imagery (only ~10 major US cities are covered now).
  • Navigation of the bird’s eye images is a bit frustrating (it could use an ajaxed slider control).
  • Image metadata should be shown.


I expect all of these issues to be resolved within the next 12 months.

Virtual Earth Beta 2 – Coming Soon

December 1, 2005

A major update to Microsoft’s Virtual Earth mapping service will be available soon.

The three big enhancements are:

  1. Eagle-Eye View – I think the official name is still in flux
  2. Fresher higher quality aerial and satellite imagery
  3. Geographic expansion

Some info on the update was posted here.

Also this PDC presentation mentions the major update that was scheduled for November 2005.

More info here: