Google Maps API - Upgrading to v3

I noticed recently that maps on my online birding database had stopped working. I thought “That is odd, I haven't updated that page in quite awhile and I think it was working last time I checked”. Upon further investigation, using the Javascript Console Developer tool in Google Chrome, I discovered that some functions I was using in API v2 were deprecated. Other simple maps I've made were still working but not the list of all locations within a given county. Here is an example of that page using Calvert County, Maryland.

Dock weirdness

I noticed some weirdness on my MBP laptop yesterday evening. When I would CMD-tab to go from program to program, none of my other programs were there. I googled this and the best suggestion I saw was to restart the dock. From the terminal I issued the command killall -KILL Dock. The dock restarted and everything was fine. I'm not sure what caused it but I was working with some heavy graphics in Photoshop, so that may have had something to do with it.

Browser Wars (Mobile ?)

My personal preference of a web browser changes frequently for a number of reasons so I was interested in knowing what other people have to say about it. The topic is currently dominated by browser market share analysis particularly in the mobile arena. Frankly I don't care much about mobile browsing. Maybe I'm just getting old but I just can't even see the browser on my iPhone. Interesting though that Safari dominates as top mobile browser.

The Client Questionairre

This article summarizes a list of good questions to ask a potential client. I find myself asking a lot of these questions informally but I kind of like the idea of a questionairre. The article is “How to Extract the Facts with a Web Design Client Questionairre”.

Firebug 1.6.1 released

I noticed there had been some updates to Firebug lately. I just updated my laptop to the latest version of Firebug 1.6.1. I also sent a $5.00 donation to the developers because I've found it to be a useful extension. As my business grows, perhaps I can give more.

It helps me to figure out where my web code shows up on the page in the browser (without hunting for it) and what tags surround the content that I can use to add style with CSS.

Replies to Spam - I'm so tempted

I'm a big fan of Bruce Lawson's replies to spam. It is truly hilarious. I don't have the nerve to play this game with an e-mail address that I really care about so I never sent this along but I am so very tempted and here is what my first correspondence would look like. What do you think ?


My Canon 50D Unboxing

In mid-August, 2010 I dropped my EOS Rebel XTi after shooting the Andrea's Memorial 5k Run and Walk (see race photos). Thankfully it didn't happen before the race. I was told that the electronic sensor that powers the camera on and off had become detached and it was going to cost $284.00 to get it repaired. Well I had been wanting to upgrade to a 40D, 50D, or 7D for quite awhile. I looked at the prices for all of these and the 7D new is currently fetching about $1400 while the 50D was getting about $950 and the 40D about $650 or $700.


Let's go Jowling

You may be thinking "surely he means bowling". I Don't. I mean jowling. It is apparently a phenomenon of taking photos (with a fast shutter speed) of people shaking their heads rapidly while their face muscles are at rest.

Ajax and the eBird web form

This post is only tangentially related to birding but ultimately this web tool I am working on will be a widget to draw data specific to a birding location at Western Maryland Birding from the eBird database. This tool will allow users to generate a table of birds seen at the location by specifying how many days back and how many miles away from that location they want to search (with some limits set so as not to tax the e-bird database).

The Beetle Cam Project

I read about this Beetle Cam Project on the Digital Photography School website. These guys used a remote-controlled vehicle and a 400D camera with strobes to make a mobile wildlife camera with some interesting results. The story is on their blog as well (Burrard-Lucas Blog). They got some interesting shots and learned a few lessons about what not to do as well.


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