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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.

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.

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).

exiftool and geotagging

I spent part of today learning a new tool called exiftool by Phil Harvey. It is a pretty cool command line tool for reading, and writing exif data from your photographic images. It is kind of nice to have it updating the geographic data in my images before I upload them to Flickr. I posted a little more about it on my GIS blog

Google Translates my blog

I've been using Google translate (among other things) to try and learn a little bit of Spanish in hopes that if & when I travel I will be able to speak a little of the native tongue. I know that the Google Translate site can translate an entire web page when you type in the url but perhaps I missed this tool that you can add to your site (see my left sidebar near the bottom). It's pretty cool. I might have ignored it thinking it would be difficult to implement but it was very easy.

Jeremy Keith Interview on HTML 5 from Boagworld

I just finished listening to an interview that Paul Boag conducted with Jeremy Keith about what happened with the W3C working group and the split between XHTML2 and HTML5. He explains a little bit behind why things went the way they did and why its for the best. Jeremy Keith is the author of the Friends of Ed book Dom Scripting Book which has great examples of javascript and DOM scripting used in a way that supports graceful degradation.

Online Training Courses from

I just started taking some courses from (for about 4 months now) and I'm really enjoying them. They have some really great instructors and some really good courses. I've been using Adobe Photoshop more seriously for a couple of years now and recently bought CS4. Deke McClelland of is my absolute favorite teacher of all time. He has a great sense of humor and an un-matched working knowledge of the software. He is the ultimate mask-master.

Slickmap CSS

I found this in my RSS reader courtesy of Paul Boag. Slickmap is a template for making a simple flowchart out of unordered lists. It comes with a set of images necessary to make the connections between the flowchart and some other minor effects, a CSS starter file and a starter html file. They have a demo showing what it looks like linked from that page also (

Microsoft's underhanded add-on for Firefox

I thought about titling this post “Microsoft's most despicable act to date”. I listened to Security Now number 199 the other day where Steve Gibson from described a windows update that installs an add-on for Firefox that allows websites to run code on your computer. This is truly dispicable. Leo Laporte called it “unconscionable”.
How to remove the add-on
Show Notes from Security Now 199

Looking for an SMS to e-mail gateway

I'm getting a little frustrated. I'm trying to figure out a way to send SMS from my phone to a service that will forward my message to my gmail address. Then I would theoretically set up a filter in gmail to forward the message to a LISTSERV.


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