Google Maps Widget Update v1.3

The Google Maps Widget has been updated to v1.3. This update fixes a small bug and adds a few new features, such as the ability to view higher resolution satellite images. The release notes are available here. “The Google Maps Widget [is a Dashboard widget which] provides a simple interface for viewing maps and satellite photos [from Google Maps] of locations in the US, UK, and Canada. Maps can be navigated using the mouse or keyboard.”

Add a Copyright Message to Your Feeds

This morning, I added a new copyright message below each blog entry in my RSS and Atom feeds. This deterrent against the recent outbreak of feed leaches, who take full-content RSS feeds and display them on their sites as if the posts contained in those feeds were their own, has been added via Angsuman’s Feed Copyrighter plugin.

A Comprehensive List of Update Services

When it comes to pinging RCP and RCP2 update services, I always prefer to ping Ping-o-Matic, because it simply is the best one out there. With one ping, Ping-o-Matic will notify sixteen of the most popular update services. Unfortunately, Ping-o-Matic has become rather unstable over the past month and has been experience several extended periods of downtime. If you ever find Ping-o-Matic to be offline before making a new post on your blog, don’t fret. Elliot Back has posted a comprehensive list of 56 RPC and RPC2 update services.

Blogroll Dive: 6/27/05

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

Bryan is looking for feedback on his place in the rising tech support industry.
Owen has a few interesting thoughts on his involvement in the future of the WordPress Community.
Michael Heilemann is looking for K2 (Kubrick v2) feature suggestions.
John sold Blogging Pro.
Khaled is preparing Broken Kode v4.
Phil launches his Library, and has a few interesting thoughts on parents’ involvement in their children’s training.
Michael Hampton launches the Homeland Stupidity Threat Advisory System.
Jon launches the Amazon Mobile CD Lookup.
Chris releases CJD Notepad.
Angsuman uses WP-Cache to protect his blog from “the Slashdot Effect.”
Mark wants you to sign a petition if you agree with his point of view on the upcoming 9/11 memorial.
Tom ruminates on RSS and its possible uses.
And, Podz discovers that the Googlebot is disobeying his robots.txt file.