March 3 update:The
mapobject volunteered by the Google maps site of today only offers the
pan()method with intact name, hence this script, needing all of
getCurrentMapType()to work, no longer functions.
If you are familiar with the Google Maps API or sites using it, you might know that the Google logo in the bottom left corner of every view is a clickable link that brings up the same view you were seeing, but in Google Maps (or, actually, Google Local, but for most purposes the result is the same). A rather good feature, and especially so in times such as the present, when Google Local has two zoom levels more than all the sites using the Google Maps API.
The feature skew comes from the Google Maps team recently having pushed out new maps images to Google Local previously only available in Google Earth. I would presume we will eventually get to see these via the Maps API too, quite likely with the event of the forthcoming move to Maps API version 2.
Especially as the new API names zoom levels with 0 mapping to "see the whole world in one tile", which was previously "see the finest detail map imagery available". Clearly, the new world order will allow for future expansion a bit more safely.
A bit to my surprise, my script ended up number one at userscripts.org. (Have you started reusing the ID:s of deleted scripts, Jesse et al?) Just in case it's a temporary lapse and the above doesn't end up the script's permalink, you may pick it up at my own userscript repository too. That actually goes for most, not to say all, of my user scripts. If either archive is offline, try the other for a fallback.