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Stormy Daniels Penthouse!

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I’m not big on Snapchat, but I’m on it…

Since Yahoo! has thoroughly disconnected me from this and least one of their other services on multiple devices now (this one will probably log me off any minute) for daring access my accounts while in another country (from the same devices I always use), I’m making my one and only New Year’s resolution to stop using any of their services at all moving forward.

We’ll see how that goes but I really am using Snapchat, so add me on Snapchat to follow our escapades here in Southeast Asia for the next 30 days or so…

Username: shawnblog
https://www.snapchat.com/add/shawnblog

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Does Facebook’s photo album system really suck? Yeah, it does. It really does.

removepoke:

Does Facebook’s photo album system really suck? Yeah, it does. It really does.

I haven’t even checked yet to see if I have these photos stored anywhere else, so it’s just starting to set in now while I’m writing this how bad Facebook is at keeping pictures. This album, a bunch of concert photos of Wyclef from “over a year ago” (great info Facebook, keep that up and you’ll continue to suck). Most of them were crappy camera phone shots, but a few were very close up from when he came out into the crowd right next to us. Those were really good pictures. Now they’re gone.

So, yeah… Facebook can’t be trusted to keep photos for “over a year” apparently.

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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.

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Mapquest

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.

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Snapfish for international orders: there is no fine print, but you need to know about it… and do they even care?

Shawn: hi, I have just learned that two international orders I made recently have not been received and I am hoping to find out more about the shipment for these order numbers: __ __

Mahesh: I will check your account details. Kindly hold on for a moment.

Shawn: thank you

Mahesh: I’m sorry to hear that your orders hasn’t arrived. They did ship in a timely fashion on Nov 24, 2011. Since it hasn’t arrived yet, your order is probably delayed in the mail. In the future, you may want to order from a different Snapfish country. To select a different Snapfish country scroll to the bottom of the main www.snapfish.com page and you will see a list of all the Snapfish country options

Shawn: is there tracking info available?

Mahesh: We do not provide tracking for International shipping order. Please confirm the following shipping address is correct so that I can resend your order: ___

Shawn: that option was not something your site made clearly available. I would have certainly ordered from another site if snapfish messaging was clear that this was an option.

Mahesh: I’m sorry for any trouble

Shawn: Yes, that is the correct address

Mahesh: Please let me know if you have US address so that I can resend the order for expedite shipping

Shawn: well it’s Christmas and I paid for the order. I do not want the order in the US. That’s why I ordered a gift online. I saw no option for ordering from what you call “a different snapfish country” and in fact, when I looked into placing an international order, I started a chat here like this and was never presented with the option. At this point, I just want a refund.

Mahesh: International shipping time varies according to the country

Shawn: but you’re telling me the order was processed a day or so after I placed it which was a full month ago tomorrow

Mahesh: Per your request I have just issued full refunds on your order. It was a pleasure assisting you. Is there anything else I can help with today?

Shawn: I’ll look for that. Thank you. The site should be more clear about international shipping and certainly, the chat agent should have suggested what you immediately did.

Mahesh: I will send you a link to a page that contains that information. http://support.snapfish.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/577

Shawn: I had a very long chat before placing that order with quite a few questions about the product and about international shipping. From what you suggested about ordering from another snapfish country, it sounds like my family would have received the gifts had I known of this… Here’s is all I see on your link: You can ship your orders to friends and family outside of the United States. In addition, while we accept international credit cards and we can ship other orders internationally, we do not develop film-roll orders for users who live outside of the United States. International orders are sent via USPS Air-mail letter post. Estimated shipping times by the USPS are 4-7 business days for shipments to Canada. Shipments to other countries vary widely depending on country. Again, the messaging is not presented… something like that should stop the person ordering with a strong alert that gives options for ordering/shipping internationally

Mahesh: Yes please see this : Shipments to other countries vary widely depending on country

Shawn: I don’t doubt the messaging exists somewhere in your documentation, but I’d expect it not to be something one has to search for or that is ambiguous

Mahesh: Thank you for your suggestion, it will be forwarded to our product development and research group

Shawn: no charge—thanks for your help

Mahesh: Thank you for using Snapfish Live Support. Have a nice night.

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Excuse me Facebook, but huh?

Someone tagged me in one of those ridiculous infographic “photos” that anyone who has ten friends on Facebook has probably seen more than once. Usually, they don’t show up on my profile page, but this one did for some reason, so I hovered over the “x” to delete it and got this message.

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An inability to stay quiet, an irritable desire to act directly, is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.

An inability to stay quiet, an irritable desire to act directly, is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.

Walter Bagehot, 1826 – 1877
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IOS 4 bug on 3GS?

I think there’s definitely a bug in IOS for where you intermittently cannot hear through iphone. People can hear you but you can’t hear through the earpiece. You have to use Bluetooth or headphone and headphone is shown as an option even when not plugged in!

I’ve gotten this twice – yesterday, on my old iPhone 3GS and today on my brand new one.

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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?