The HitMaps service provided a small world map showing where visitors to your site or blog live. They now started a new service called ClustrMaps™ (beta) which basically does the same. It's still free for smaller sites (< 1000 hits per day), but you'll have to pay if you run a more popular site.
(Wow, I just found out that I'm one of their TOP-50 users, though I'm far away from 1000 hits per day)
Users of the old HitMaps service can upgrade for free and get 5 invitations. New users are only accepted via such invitations at the moment.
I cleaned up my blog a bit, today (various smaller updates, removed spam comments and trackbacks from my moderation queue etc.). While I was at it, I also tried some new Drupal modules:
Funny new stuff. Tell me how you like it.
As most of you probably noticed, the design and structure of my homepage and my blog changed quite a bit a few days ago.
That was me upgrading to Drupal 4.6.1, which makes my life a lot easier, has a bunch of new features (e.g. my blog now has del.icio.us-like tags) and bugfixes, and most importantly fixes a serious security issue.
Two days ago I tried to help a bit with the new Drupal 4.6.2 release, which mainly fixes two major security problems. The first one is an issue with incorrect input validation, resulting in the DRUPAL-SA-2005-002 security advisory. The second one fixes a problem in the XML-RPC library shipped with Drupal (and Wordpress, and PostNuke, and...), resulting in DRUPAL-SA-2005-003.
It was quite a fun experience for me, the release was coordinated and discussed on IRC, we had lots of peer-review of the advisories and release-announcement, testing the patches etc. Thanks to all who participated and made this such a great experience.
I somehow managed to break the comment submission feature, i.e. nobody could post comments here. Should be fixed again now. If you posted a comment and it didn't appear on the site until now, it was lost. Please resubmit.
Sorry for the mess.
The first release candidate of of Drupal 4.6 is available. You can already check out the soon-to-be-released new version of Drupal, but bear in mind that some bugs and issues will have to be resolved until the final release.
There will be some great new features and improvements, check out the ChangeLog.