Google Mars Debuts

You may remember when Google Moon was launched last July to commemorate the first lunar landing. Now, the same team which brought you Google Moon, Google Earth, and Google Local have launched Google Mars to commemorate the birth of Percival Lowell, an astronomer who was known for his interest in Mars and its canals. Google Mars allows you to view the entire surface of Mars in visible light, infrared, and color-coded elevation. If you’re a Mars enthusiast, you’ll be excited to know that the Google Earth team is currently working on way to make their Mars data viewable in the Google Earth client.

Categorized as Technology

Blogroll Dive: 3/13/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan, for the benefit of readability and organization, has chosen to return to the consolidated use of his PDA for task management.
  • Owen reviewed War of the Worlds and Ultraviolet.
  • Michael Heilemann discovered a useful list of the top mistakes made while using Ajax.
  • Khaled posted an update on the progress of the Shuttle project.
  • Jim is looking for suggestions on how to treat his iBook’s stress fracture.
  • Michael Hampton discussed “the forgotten national security threat”.
  • Orson ruminated on progress, controversy, and social ideals.
  • Sarah discovered “a great website for music educators, musicians, composers, and just about anybody else interested in music!”
  • Angsuman discovered an article which suggests that the red rain over Kerala was of extraterrestrial origin.
  • And, Tom discussed Google’s recent online offerings and the prospect of being able to store your data on Google’s servers.

Where Have All the Readers Gone?

I am sad to report that has experienced a 90% decline in readers over the past week. Over the past four months, has steadily dropped from an average of one legitimate comment per day to an average of 0.8 legitimate comments per month, so I already knew that a lack of interest was beginning to form. But, such a significant decline in readers over such a short amount of time is simply staggering. So, before you hit that “Unsubscribe” button, I have just a few questions for you.

Categorized as General Update v2.0.2 has been updated to v2.0.2. This update fixes several bugs and adds a few minor enhancements.

This release is recommended for everyone. It contains some new features, fixes many small bugs, and resolves numerous issues. The spellcheck dictionary in German and some other languages is now directly integrated into, so there is no need for a separate download for those languages. The community has added import filters for Quattro Pro 6 and Microsoft Word 2, improved other import filters and mail merge, and made integration with the KDE address book possible. The appearance has also been enhanced, and for Linux users, there are new icon sets for KDE and GNOME.

The release notes are available here. Read the Favored Freeware entry for here.