Just happened upon a sweet and simple geobrowser called Flash Earth...very smooth and easy to understand. Added bonus for me is that it links to high-res images of my favorite field area that are available only in Yahoo and Bing Maps:
Seems my pals at Google still just don't care about SE Oregon. Anyway, I found the site by perusing the details in an exif header in one of my geotagged photos. Was checking that out in Irfan View, a program I was aware of but hadn't tried yet. Turns out, it is well worth a look:
Which led me to the GeoHack wiki:
The internets are amazing, no? Totally cool.