Google Earth Goes Browser
I’ve played around with it a bit, and I have some nits to pick:
- The plugin is a memory hog. It will eat 100MB RAM when firing up, and playing with some of the demos made it jump to 300MB. Not a problem on my 4GB laptop, but if you’re rocking an old Packard Bell, forget it.
- It’s also processor intensive. The fan in my laptop is buzzing so fast right now it is nearing escape velocity.
- It’s Windows-only at the moment, which really kills the deal. Linux and Mac versions are supposed to be on the way though, giving it a one-up on Virtual Earth, which will probably never release for a non-Windows platform (shakes fist at Microsoft).