Track Flights in 3D for FREE using Google Earth

Ok, so the concept of tracking a flight REAL TIME (or as much real-time as needed) is pretty sweet. The concept of real time really does not exist in the digital world. There is always going to be some latency. It is gust important to make sure that lag is not more than we need in our application. If you ever have time, look into real-time computing, it can be pretty fun to research.

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So you can pay register for this service (using Google Earth from other websites), or you can follow the instructions and do it for FREE. Alright, to get this to work you need to follow these steps:

  1. Download and install Google Earth
  2. Go to the following website http://www.aeroseek.com/webtrax/fboweb.html
  3. Select your Airline and Flight Number and click GO
  4. Click the Google Earth Feed button
  5. Save the file (preferably to the desktop)
  6. Find the file and rename it to flightnumber.KML
  7. Open Google Earth and select File > Open…
    OR, double click on the KML file
  8. Now in your Places area you can toggle between specific items to display
  9. Double click on the new item in the Places box, and TRACK YOUR FLIGHT

NOTE: The update interval for pinging the flight location is defaulted to 1 minute. To change this preference, right click on the item in the Places explorer and select Properties. Go to the Refresh tab and change the View-Based Refresh value.

If you still want to track a flight, but don’t care if it is 3D, then you can use www.fboweb.com. This is the same place where the data feed is coming from for our KML file that we created above.

Sources:
http://www.fboweb.com
http://www.aeroseek.com
http://www.wikipedia.org

Updated (January 23, 2008)
If you would like to use fboweb.com’s service and do not want to flood your inbox, then may I recommend you read my previous post on how to Register on Websites Using a Temporary Inbox.

Another handy tool is www.bugmenot.com.

Also fboweb.com’s KML file adds some neat enhancements like what other aircraft are active near the aircraft being tracked. It also keeps a running track of the flight. Both features can make it worth the registration. Your choice. Enjoy!

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Google Van Found in Google Maps Street View

Here is a unique picture I found on Google Maps Street View! Take a look at the pictures of the Google Van driving on the road. I think this is the best picture of the Google Van online that I have seen. the coolest thing is that “I found it”! I bet that this Professional Dog Grooming company is happy with this picture! Free advertising with a phone number that is readable: 510-656-0223. This map is of Fremont, CA.

Google Van

Interact with Google Maps Street View to see the Google Van

Post some of the other neat things that you find in the comments. After finding a neat image, click the link button on Google Maps and then copy the address bar (URL) and paste it into a comment. Please let us know what the image is of.

Happy searching!

Tour San Francisco from Your Computer

So I thought that Keyhole (now: Google Earth) was one of the most addicting pieces of software that ever was released. Well now I am addicted to another one of Google’s newest products called “Street View” that is integrated into Google Maps. Google currently allows you to view the following cities with Street View:

San Francisco seems to have some of the better quality imagery compared to Miami. Here is a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. This stuff is so cool. I could take all my time up this evening telling you about all the things I love about this, but then I would take time away from you playing with it like I did. Watch out … time goes by really fast browsing the city. Click the image below to go try it out in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

Let me know if you find anything really neat. Hope you enjoy.

Text a Cell Phone for Free

Sending text messages can be a pain. Try entering a couple sentences via your phones keypad, and you might just get frustrated, or learn some good patience. I started by learning patience. Now I don’t need much patience, I can type on a keyboard much quicker than punching the number ‘2’ three times to get a ‘c’ to appear. So hears a trick that can help anybody who wants to send a text message over their computer. Go to the following website: http://toolbar.google.com/send/sms/index.php and follow the instructions to send a message. It’s that easy.

You would think that it could not get any easier, and then your wrong! Try using the extension “Google Send to Phone for Firefox”. You can install the extension from Google at the following location: http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/sendtophone/index.html

This extension is not yet available on Mozilla’s website. I imagine it will be in the future, but for now you can install it at the above location. Happy texting!

NOTE: Check with your cell provider to find out what it costs to receive a text message. Those charges still apply.