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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. [...]

Best Seats for Avatar 3D

| January 1, 2010

Well before I write an actual movie review, I thought I’d throw this up after I went with some IMAX noobs at one of my viewings of Avatar…My friend’s friend waited over 3 hrs in line, alone, being about 20th from the front. What’s he do once he goes in? He sits 4 rows from [...]

Avatar 3D – “Dreaming with your eyes open”

| December 23, 2009

[Update] I’ve seen researched it a little more, and I’ve heard multiple complaints about the XpandD glasses. Also, apparently the IMAX version has the full cut, whereas the non-IMAX versions have a cropped cut, losing about 25% of the screen. Definitely see it in real IMAX if you can. “Cameron’s genius is this: He makes [...]

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 [...]

Note To Self

| October 28, 2009

Don’t buy a Mustang for any future wife. http://jalopnik.com/5390929/mustang-crash-gallery/ Do consider a Subie. http://www.drive.subaru.com/Sum06_WhatsInside.htm During an extrication seminar I was conducting, several members of an area fire department approached me with a question and a challenge. They had encountered a Subaru Forester involved in a crash and were unable to cut through the B-pillar with [...]

The Koreans Cometh

| October 4, 2009

Honda Chief: “Hyundai is awesome.” — Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/04/honda-chief-hyundai-is-awesome/ Japan’s automakers know a threat when they see one, and based on their words, it sure isn’t in Michigan. Motown is fleeting image in the Japanese carmakers’ rearview mirrors, which they’re now nervously checking for a budding South Korean juggernaut. … At the moment, I feel like [...]