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Apple’s official letter regarding the antenna issue.

| July 2, 2010

A simple mistake, or an attempt at deception that backfired? My initial reaction is to dismiss it as corporate BS, but it does fall in line with my observations that I wrote several days ago (which I didn’t write here in this blog unfortunately). To reiterate, at my apartment (which completely obliterates all providers, especially [...]

iPhone 4 antenna issue

| June 24, 2010

http://www.macrumors.com/2010/06/24/other-mobile-phones-with-similar-signal-loss-issues/ It happens on other phones but it definitely is accentuated on the new iPhone if you bridge the two antennas on the left. Merely contacting the two antennas at the same time isn’t enough – I tried putting my fingers on the two antennas as close as possible without covering the gap, and the [...]

More Google Maps Fail, More Bing Win

| March 21, 2010

So I’ve written how Google switched to their own navigation data. I’m not sure if it’s related to this, but lately I’ve noticed Google maps likes to jump to conclusions, and for me, they’ve been wrong. It’s not uncommon that I don’t have a complete address. The beauty with Google, at least I thought, was [...]

Yelp Manipulation

| January 20, 2010

I love Yelp, but I also love credibility and honesty. Apparently, Yelp’s been accused of massaging scores if businesses hand over some advertising dough. There was always that minor suspicion but this article details it fully: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/eastbay/yelp-extortion-allegations-stack-up/Content?oid=1176984 The story, which was picked up by national news outlets including The New York Times and The Wall [...]

SQL Server Management Studio 2005/2008 forgets password

| January 18, 2010

This is why people bag on Microsoft. SQL Server Management Studio 2005 forgets password As does the 2008 version. I ran into this issue and was (not) surprised to find that the bug dating back to version 2005 had still not been fixed.  Hey, at least you can delete some files to fix it though. [...]

Google Maps Down, Bing Maps Up?

| December 5, 2009

Interesting. My friend pointed out that Google’s directions to an address we were heading to was completely wrong. Apparently Google dumped Nav Teq in ’08 for Tele Atlas, and recently it dumped Tele Atlas in favor of its own collected data. Ambitious, but now Maps doesn’t seem to be very accurate anymore. These directions are [...]

Someone Exploited My Scoreboard

| August 17, 2009

Someone managed to exploit a flaw in the way I calculate high scores for my game Gem Story. As of 8/18/09, Quest Name Score Level Date ma 2147483647 16 August 13 2009 Loren 1317023 28 August 16 2009 yan 1108697 9 August 04 2009 Matt 880118 20 August 06 2009 moogleii 313409 17 July 10 [...]

Gem Story

| July 8, 2009

Woot, on July 3rd, 2009, my first iPhone app “Gem Story” was approved! It could probably be described as a more challenging version of Bejeweled; well, challenging, until you learn how to play with the differences. You have a little character that moves alongside the other gems, and monsters that appear and try to get [...]

TaxCut vs TurboTax

| February 25, 2009

Use TurboTax. End communique. OK maybe not. I’ve always been a TaxCut guy. I don’t know when H&R Block got me, but when they did, I just stuck with them. Maybe their boxes and packaging looked a little more professional. Green geometric shapes on a white box. Huzzuh! Meanwhile, TurboTax just seemed like the ghetto [...]