I have no idea how long it will stay there, but for map-o-philes the ad box for Windows Live that sometimes appears in our ad bar is kind of cool. Yesterday I was curious to see how much of California they had loaded into that little ad so I scrolled the window halfway up Canada’s Pacific coast before I got bored and gave up. I guess they can put the entire planet into one of those.
Today I scrolled it over to Area 51, which feels like kind of an accomplishment to do freehand in that little window. Think you can do it? Post any other map fun, or call me a dork, in the comments.
The ad appears to be gone and I can’t get it back by reloading. Oh well, here is the service they were advertising. It isn’t as cool as the ad was because the ad let you seamlessly navigate by moving the mouse to the margin of the box and then it scrolled for as long as you left it there. The service itself is a PDF-style grab-and-drag, which is choppier and kills the feeling of doing a low-orbit flyover. Oh well. When I said ‘random’ I really meant it…