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My Apple Maps Experience

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Everyone has been complaining about Apple Maps. The iOS 6 replacement for Google Maps is largely seen as a huge blunder made by Apple. The reasons are many and valid. Bus routes have disappeared as well as walking directions. The accuracy of the maps as well as the level of detail of the Apple Maps vs Google Maps isn’t even in the same echelon. Apple tries to keep a lot of the same functionality but with the amount of time and money that Google has invested in their Maps experience, Apple’s departing from this standard was destined from the beginning to be sub-standard.

With that being said, I gave Apple Maps a trial run yesterday.

I used the app to get from the office to the football field where the Duke of Ginger was to be playing football later in the day. The trips was mapped nicely with a voice giving me directions that were accurate. With exception of the very end of the trip where the final destination was not exactly where the app said it was (luckily, I already knew where I was going) the experience was good.

However, the drive home was a different story. Again, I already knew where I was going, but I gave it a try to see how it would perform. While directing me through a sketchy part of town can’t be blamed on the app, the final destination was way off. Check out these two screenshots from my iPhone:

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If you look at the address in the search field and what is on the map, they are not even close. However, this was a problem I experienced with Google Maps as well and this seems, to me, to be related to the convention of the address. The use of hyphens in the address seems to confuse both Google Maps and Apple Maps alike. Once I removed the hyphen in the address, the proper location showed up:

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Okay, so it’s not perfect on the exact location of the destination. However, for the record, the pin location of the arena is correct. It’s the location of George S. Hughes/Southside Arena on the map that is wrong. Tell me how that one works.

I’m going to keep using Apple Maps. It’s not like I am in New York or need it so desperately. This town is small and, for the most part, I know enough for it to tell me where I need to go.

My biggest beef: it doesn’t show the New JeffLand Empire. At all.

Bastards.

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The NJLE App For iPhone

I find Lifehacker to be a wealth of great information; from technology tips to productivity pointers, there is so much great knowledge that is shared between writers and readers.

One such tip is http://lifehac.kr/kleKMV where you can bookmark a website to the home screen of your iPhone. It’s an old tip, I know, but this post has been sitting in my drafts folder for over a year. Sue me.

Anyway. I set up the favicon for this site to be… well, take a look at the address bar on your browser and you can see what it is. (Hint: it’s a J.) But if you follow the instructions in the Lifehacker post, you can create a bookmark on your iPhone that will appear to be the favicon for the site… making it appear to be it’s own app. So I’m going to just say that it IS an app because… well, I want to.

Do it because it’s pretty sweet. And it feeds my bloated ego.

Maple Blossoms

Mmmm… Beer

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Happy Friday from the New JeffLand Empire. It’s raining right now but it’s sunny like California in our hearts.

My iPhone Is A POS

For real.

iPhone Haterz

The iPhone 3GS

Sure, I’ve professed my love for the iPhone to so many people. I’ve bragged about it and it’s superiority to other smartphones. And there are many other geeks out there that would agree with me.

However, right now… in this very moment, I absolutely HATE my iPhone. HATE.

I’m not even two years into my iPhone 3GS ownership and, already, I have battery issues. Also, I think that I’ve got an issue with my dock connection which cuts the life to an unusable low level. Basically, on a good day, I can get maybe 20 minutes of use out of my phone when it is not plugged in and that’s after I turned off the 3G and dimmed the screen.

I’d read articles that would chide the iPhone for not having a removable battery. I read those articles and thought that they were really backwards thinkers for wanting to have battery access. Having the battery sealed inside the phone housing was an innovation, right?

It’s only an innovation if you have a fresh battery. Otherwise, it’s a massive pain in the fucking ass that turns out to be wicked expensive to fix. It’s so bad that I almost want to consider buying an Android phone but I’ve already invested so much money in apps for iOS devices that it’s a little late to change now.

The January Blues

To say that I have nothing to say would be an understatement. In the New Year of 2011, I’m just trying to keep my nose clean… which has proved to be a difficult task, considering how sick I’ve been since January the 3rd.

Of course, with the fallout of Christmas 2010 (pronounced ‘twenty-ten’ like the cool kids do) and the ensuing financial crisis that was inevitable, Rogers has opted to kill service to my iPhone on account of me not paying my bill.

The nerve, hey?

So, the thing that has been my link to the world has become a glorified paperweight any time I decide to leave my house. And considering I never answer the phone unless someone calls me on the iPhone, I guess I’m going to be hearing from everyone a lot less until my next payday.

As well, the electrical/water bill for the NJLE has teetered into the four figure dollar range due to a lapse in payment there as well.

Sometimes, you don’t see things until you really write them out like this… at least that’s what I find for myself. So, it has escaped my attention until now that I really need to clean house down in Accounts Receivable for the NJLE. Someone is really not doing their job and that person will have to be let go. If it weren’t in the constitution, I’d have them hanged or drawn and quartered… or something equally horrific.

I suppose that the potential could exist that JeffLand simply does not have adequate income to cover it’s expenses and would run a deficit, much like every other nation in the world. However, unlike every other nation in the world… there is no bank that’s willing to bail out the NJLE and allow us to run with a continually growing deficit. (Remind me to talk with world leaders at the next gathering of the United Nations to see how they do it.)

Western Pottery toilet

Really, what we’re going to have to do here is start tightening our belts. I will have to get the JeffLand maintenance crew out to deal with our Western Pottery toilets that seem to be a never-ending source of headaches and inefficiency. I have to get our crews to replace the tank guts for all three toilets and eliminate the problem.

Besides the running toilets, the weatherstripping around both the front and back doors is severely lacking and is dire need of replacement as well. Warm air getting out and cold air getting in… very inefficient.

In any case, we’re going to have to cut some corners and eliminate some of the frills to get this debt under control… or at least keep it from spiralling out of control.

Go Smurf Yourself

He's smurfy

Ok, so I’m playing Smurf’s Village on my iPhone. So?! Judge not lest ye be judged, fuckers.

Jumped The Gun

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iOS4... Looking good!

Ok, maybe I was a little hasty with the whole “making-someone-pay” thing with regards to the Apple iPhone iOS4 update yesterday.  As it appears, patience really is a virtue… albeit one that isn’t very typical of benevolent dictators like myself.

The update was released around 11:00 am MDT so I updated my iPhone once I got home from toiling in the mines of industry.  And no one had to die in the process, so all is well.  So far.

Anyway, I got the update installed with no serious problems and have since spent some time putting all of the settings together and then I realized part way through today that this new iOS is absolutely sucking the life out of my battery!  After fully charging the battery, I walked around the office for about 15-20 minutes I returned to my desk and saw that I’d used 6%!!

Basically, with the multi-tasking… this new operating system is taxing the hardware that comes with my 3GS.  So that gives me a perfect excuse to get the iPhone 4 when it comes available.  And I’m giving that a Hells Yeah.

Not Available Yet

Someone is going down for this.

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