Old School “Mac”

I was old school before your first day.

Macintosh (by shawnblog)

Apple Phones

Apple Maps Fail

Here’s how ridiculously Apple Maps sucks today…

BCC High School is located in Bethesda, MD. It’s not far from the location you see here on the map if you’re in San Diego or something, but it’s definitely nowhere near this spot, which is actually Northwood High School in Silver Spring.

So, it’s clearly marked as BCC. But it’s Northwood.

When you click the icon (a feature of Apple Maps I actually love a lot), the location screen shows the correct address for Northwood, but it’s labeled BCC. Students at either school might be able to get away with using this as an excuse for missing class at least once, right?

I can't make it to school today. I'm lost.


New York City just approved a pilot program that will allow riders to hail cabs on their smartphones



New York City just approved a pilot program that will allow riders to hail cabs on their smartphones, paving the way for app-building upstarts trying to make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.

This should be a boon to Uber — and stranded cab riders everywhere.

This is great news. Uber and others are truly useful. It has been upsetting to see the taxi industry winning in their effort to stop this type of innovation. Good ideas should always be supported and embraced.

I wonder how long it will take Apple to just build the functionality to hail a cab into their maps? Oh wait, they fired the maps guy and their maps sucks. Okay, I guess Google will do it for us!



I don’t actually row, but should probably start! #apple #row #tshirt (at Kensington Cabin Park)



Mapquest has always had free turn-by-turn driving directions. It actually finds street addresses for new residential developments that even Google Maps doesn’t find. Naturally, I want to use it now that I’m on iOS 6 because of the very poor performance of Apple Maps, which can’t find simple local addresses unless they’re spelled exactly the same way as they appear in Apple’s data (which often includes non standard abbreviations).

I noticed an update available and got this error from what appears to be an updated “app store” in iOS 6. Maybe this isn’t really an error, but a covert strategy to force use (free R&D for Apple) of their new attempt at being Google.


Frank Chimero: There is a Horse in the Apple Store


There is a horse in the Apple Store and no one sees it but me.

I think, “Why?” What is the villain here that blinds all of these people to this situation? Am I nuts for thinking this is exceptional? Does anyone else see this? Did I accidentally drop acid and not realize? I must take a photo….

Apple Phones

I had an awesome experience dealing with Apple today

I had an awesome experience dealing with Apple today at the brand new Georgetown Apple Store location. My phone wouldn’t work in iPhone mode (only speaker or bluetooth) and it had “Headphones” as an option even though they weren’t plugged in.

They gave me a new phone.

Satisfied? You bet!


Why did Apple break iTunes?

It used to be that when I opened a new mp3 file from a folder, iTunes highlighted that file as it played. If I decided I didn’t want it in my library after listening to it for a few minutes (or three seconds), I could just switch back to that screen and quickly delete the entry from my iTunes library.

A few (?) versions ago, Apple updated the software with some new features and somehow dropped this very intuitive, useful feature that I believe always existed in the software since the first version. Why?


Apple 1984 Video

Apple Corporate Video From 1984 Rips Off Irene Cara, is Ridiculous

Look at all the “old and gone forever” productsApple had already produced in 1984 🙂


George Bernard Shaw

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange
these apples then you and I will still each have one apple.
But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange
these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

George Bernard Shaw, 1856 – 1950

via QOTD