So I had this instant messenger conversation this morning:
Marcus: Hey, what was that good sushi place in downtown Seattle that you like? I’m downtown all next week at our geek convention.
(Herschel Action): Quick search at Google Maps for “wasabi bistro Seattle”
Herschel: (sent this link) http://www.google.com/maps?li=lmd&hl=en&q=wasabi+bistro+loc:+Seattle,+WA&num=10&cid=47606389,-122330833,12865757376994002257&radius=0.000000&hl=en&ie=UTF-8
Which has this Hybrid picture (right) that shows the Satellite and Map data – way hard to do, but very cool.
Marcus: here, this is better: http://virtualearth.msn.com/default.aspx?ss=Wasabi%20Bistro&cp=47.614188|-122.345983&style=h&lvl=18&sp=yp.22836750&v=1
Just poking around a little I realized that Microsoft has done an excellent job in catching up. When you zoom in and out the Microsoft hybrid images look much cleaner than Google’s. Funny how both companies have licensed technology from Navteq.
The main point here is that both of these products are awesome! I can easily communicate where one of the best Sushi joints in Seattle is located.
So you see, SOFTWARE CAN BE VERY, VERY COOL!