Vancouver Island is an odd, odd place

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 08:59 AM |
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Particularly the City of Nanaimo, which has become the world's most Google-able place.  With a little help from Google Earth you can take a virtual tour of the downtown and harbour, there are listings of the businesses and even some physical information about features in the city.   Find out more about what was done, and how to take a tour, on Slashdot.

... and here some people were upset that Google took a picture of their cat.

"Time.com has up a story on Nanaimo, a British Columbia coal mining town of about 78,000 that has had everything

conceivable mapped into a Google database. Citizens can track fire trucks real time. The results also include Google

Earth data for Nanaimo. 'The Google fire service allows people to avoid accident sites by tuning electronic devices to

automatic updates from the city's RSS news feed, says fire captain Dean Ford. Eventually, Nanaimo plans to equip its

grass-cutting machines with GPS devices, so residents piqued by the apparent shabbiness of a particular park or grass

verge can use Google to find out when last it was groomed by the city's gardening staff. And the city's cemeteries will

soon be mapped to allow Internet users to find out who is buried in each plot, says Kristensen. A new

multi-million-dollar conference center, opening in June, will have 72 wireless access points to allow out-of-towners to

use their laptops to navigate the Google Earth version of the city.'"

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