View Full Version : Friendly visitors?

04-01-2006, 03:17 PM
I have downloaded a couple of files today and as usual save the good ones to my places but on i did not download manually (mustave been accidental or automatic or linked) is calles 'friendly visitors' and is a picture of an alien spaceship at area 51. there is no obvious problem with this execpt that even when i clear the temporary file folder ( which i ALWAYS do) it keeps returning there. I have cleared the cache but still happens. Just wondering has anyone else had this and how do you get rid of it?

04-01-2006, 03:23 PM
i thought i was the only one to have it, i dont know how to get rid of it but its pretty neat

04-01-2006, 03:28 PM
The same thing happened to me! I hope it's not some kind of "visitor" on my hard disc....

04-01-2006, 03:34 PM
That what i worried about cos it seems to have ruined my default view i see usa again tried re snapping it but nope.......

Captain Hornblower
04-01-2006, 03:41 PM
No clue! Do you have downloaded any network links that may cause that?

04-01-2006, 03:58 PM
nothing that i knew about. don't you have it in your GE, too?

Captain Hornblower
04-01-2006, 04:22 PM
I don't have it...

04-01-2006, 04:58 PM
I got it when I downloaded svens new GE and skype network link.

04-01-2006, 05:08 PM
I got it too! But didnt download the skype thing.
Has it something to do with it's link source http://earth.google.com/images/ufo.png ?

04-01-2006, 05:23 PM
At least it is not a virus/tracker or any adaware as i just checked my HD but still strange that it was able 2 be downloaded without us realising eh?? Could have easily been bad. I wonder how many ppl have actually got it/were it is from and more importantly how 2 get rid of this annoying but sort of funny thing?

Captain Hornblower
04-01-2006, 05:29 PM
I will delete it until sven gives a statement here.

04-01-2006, 05:32 PM
so there's only one explanation left: the picture is real. these are real aliens having a barbecue at area 51. and nobody told us. SCANDAL! :lol:

04-01-2006, 06:30 PM
It must be a joke from Google !!! We are the 1st April !! ;)

Captain Hornblower
04-01-2006, 06:35 PM
I don't have it...
Correction, I have it too. :mad:

04-01-2006, 07:30 PM
Well I did not download anything this morning and I have it also. I deleted it and restarted Google earth and it reappeared. Is someone testing a theory on us. Don't like the idea that anyone can download a file to my computer without my knowledge. I checked time stamps on new files and did not find any new ones that were suspicious. What gives?

Captain Hornblower
04-01-2006, 07:39 PM
Did you download that GE-Skype?

Captain Hornblower
04-01-2006, 07:44 PM
The only reason is that GE is making an April-joke with us. I've checked the myplaces, exchanged it by the default one and it's still there. So the changes made to send us friendly visitors must coded somewhere else. And the only institution can do that is GE.

Edit: I am pretty sure it's GE, not GE-Skype. I've started my notebook haven't used the last days and the visitors are there too.

04-01-2006, 07:53 PM
Maybe not only an april joke but something like an easter egg...
So maybe more to come.


Captain Hornblower
04-01-2006, 07:55 PM
I could bet tomorrow the visitors are gone.

04-01-2006, 08:26 PM
I could not for the life of me figure out what you guys are talking about - there was no friendly visitors that I could find in GEarth. I even did a file search for friendly visitors, couldn't find it.

Then I realized that today is Gary Grinaker's favorite day. And I also realized that GEarth had been running all night. So I closed GEarth and reopened it.

Yep, the little blue men are there, washing their windows and barbecuing burgers and dogs! They appear to be plugged into GEarth.

I'm moving it from my temporary places to my favorites, it will be interesting to see what it looks like tomorrow.

04-01-2006, 09:30 PM

i cant even find what everyones on about though!

04-01-2006, 09:33 PM
i cant even find what everyones on about though!Open GEarth, check your temporary places.

04-02-2006, 03:29 AM
OK, here are the facts on this file so far.
1. It is downloaded as an update onto GE at startup of program.
2. It is not affiliated with GEH, it is universal.
3. It is not a known threat by Norton, CA eTrust, Sptbot S&D, or Microsoft Anti-Spy Beta(all updated 10:00 pm EST [-6:00GMT])
4. And finally, you guys were right, that's all it is, is an April Fool's Joke (http://www.googleearthhacks.com/forums/showthread.php?p=26845#post26845) , because I advanced my clock on this computer and they were gone!

:rofl: :rofl:
:lol: :lol:

04-02-2006, 05:15 AM
i ebt everyone has it...either a prank by google..or its on sum file weve all downloaded.

04-02-2006, 09:49 AM
So all of a sudden my new tool GE-Skype (http://www.svens.dds.nl/ge/GE-Skype.kml) was accused of containing aliens, being a April 1st foolsday joke. It wasn't, GE-Skype was launched on March 31st and it still exists.

Because of the fuzz, noone really replied...

04-02-2006, 10:32 AM
I've tried shifting the system time forward as suggested but this little visitor just dosn't know when to leave home.
Has anyone actually managed to get this unwelcome guest to leave! and how!
Has he reached places others fear to tread?

Captain Hornblower
04-02-2006, 10:47 AM
I haven't done anything (but let time passing by which I can't manipulate) and the visitors have left the planet earth.

04-02-2006, 11:57 AM
Seems it was april fools, mine have gone home too and what is GE-Skype is it anything to do with skype or am i being really nieve after a heavy night???????

04-02-2006, 12:13 PM
I refer to my earlier post and that my little friendly visitor has at last packed his bags and left.

04-02-2006, 01:11 PM
I moved the friendly visitors file from temporary place to my places yesterday, figuring that the blue men would be gone today.

So - if anybody didn't get around to using GEarth on Saturday, April 1, here is what everybody saw.

Captain Hornblower
04-02-2006, 01:57 PM
... and what is GE-Skype is it anything to do with skype or am i being really nieve after a heavy night???????
Look at here:

04-02-2006, 11:28 PM
Seems it was april fools, mine have gone home too and what is GE-Skype is it anything to do with skype or am i being really nieve after a heavy night???????

Yes is a networklink trough which a user gives his position and retrieves those of other within his view. If a user registers, he can also add a personal description and his skypeName. If so, he will be skypeAble from within GE.
SkypeAbility can be turn on and of at all times from within GE.

Soon it will be updated with a switch to fly together. One user can make himself stalkAble, and others can follow his flight/views automatictly. Not registered users have limited options.