| From: Brian Foster <blf at utvinternet.ie>
| Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 15:17:01 +0200
|[ ... ] I more-or-less have what I want,
| but what do I _do_ with [ a `.kmz' file ]?
everyone suggested Google Earth.
despite not being FLOSS and having an objectionable
license, I download it anyways. it helped a little
bit, confirming the general location, but otherwise
seems to be mostly unusable: the menu/toolbar fonts
are too small to be read and there is neither an
obvious nor a documented why of changing it/them;
I can't find a way to display a street map instead
of the (useless in this instance) satellite images;
and it won't print the directions I managed to coax
out of it after fumbling badly because I can't see
(as in read the _tiny_ fonts) of the menus and text
the directions I did get (from the station to a
known point in the village) seem useful (or would
be, perhaps, if I was using a car). but that, and
the fact it installed and ran without any obvious
glitches, are about the only good things I can
currently say for Google Earth (v4.2 beta).
it didn't help, at least not to the degree I wanted.
currently, what I want to do is print a street map,
with labelled (key) streets, of the area around the
La Ciotat train station. (admittedly, now I've some
idea where the station is, I may be able to use the
various on-line map services.) but any other ideas?
of course, ultimately I'll be buying a _real_ map.
what I want now is a general-but-useful overview of
the village so I won't be completely disorientated.
normally, this isn't a problem — instead, it's
almost routine — so I am surprised I'm having so
many difficulties in this case! ;-(
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