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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Google does... maps!

I'm directionally challenged in a big way. Maybe as an artist I shouldn't admit just how little sense of spatial relationship I really have. But anyone who knows me has seen and heard the (sometimes) hilarious stories of my travels. I have learned to leave early because being lost is so much part of my getting there. So, sites like are both the cure and the bane of my existence. Sometimes, Mapquest directions have sent me in places I didn't even know existed. When they get it right - oh, how sweet it is to sail into the parking lot of a new client on time and in the right city.

But I just discovered Google Maps and I'm so in love. If you have ever plotted an address or directions online, you just have to try it to compare and see what I mean. It is still in "beta" (testing) and only works in IE 5.5 (Win), FireFox 0.8 , Netscape 7.1 and Mozilla 1.4. And there are a few things they can still improve on - like the ability to store addresses you connect to often. I'd LOVE to see them really go out on a limb and make it so you could enter the name of the location (ie., the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station) and it would find and suggest the address using that big 'ol database of theirs. But, in most every way, it blows Mapquest and Yahoo Maps clear out of the water - - it's absolutely amazing!!!

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