Prior to Google releasing the Maps API, I was messing around with their system and discovered that you can embed an address in a URL call to gmaps and hidden in the return html is the lat/long. I couldn't resist writing a 30 line php program to turn this into an address to lat/long convertor and posted it as public domain code with warnings that it was a proof of concept and not to be used (!). Completely inevitable, but I've just had the cease and desist from Google for breaking their T&Cs.

I understand this stuff. And I understand the need for restricting these things. But it still rankles that you can't make use of everything you find on the web.

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