For those instances when people want to connect but have no connections at all, Facebook is testing a way that lets them pay $1 to send messages directly into your inbox rather than your Other folder. Facebook said “several commentators and researchers” think a fee will keep unwanted messages out and encourage relevant messages…
Facebook to spammers: we have one billion users, pay us one dollar each to spam them.
Great times with my Movember 2012 mustache, but I’m glad it’s over for this year.
Lifehacker’s introduction to Markdown. If you write a lot of stuff like notes, lists, plans, ideas, &c. try doing it in Markdown and see if it doesn’t make things smoother, cleaner, more logical and easier to understand, and see if you don’t save hours that you would have spent formatting.
Medical history for every US president. Some parts are highly speculative, but it’s a really cool way to look into the lives of historical figures, individually and as a group.
I picked it up two days ago.
Every time I write one of these, I think it will be the last time, and then the Google-powered Maps app on my iPhone (I’m not upgrading to iOS 6 because I want to preserve my jailbreak) stuns me again.
Yesterday I was sick and needed to go to the doctor. I was walking there from work, so I quickly punched the address into my phone: 490 Post St.
Oh wait, you know that “St.” is a common abbreviation for the word “Street,” especially on maps and such, right? Because apparently Google doesn’t realize this. Instead of interpreting “St.” as “Street,” something very different happened. Here’s the map I got:
Note that I clearly searched for “490 Post St.” and was shown a map for… “490 State.”
What and where is “490 State?” I asked.
Why, of course. 490 State is an address in Post, Texas.
For what it’s worth, here is the correct map of 490 Post Street – the one in San Francisco, California – that I got by entering the full address, with ZIP code:
So in summary: Google somehow took a request for 490 Post St., which was 0.8 miles (16 minutes walking) from where I stood in San Francisco, and instead gave me information on 490 State in Post, Texas, which is… a lot farther away.
And on further research, I don’t even think 490 State in Post, Texas, is a legitimate address. So, let that count as two failures.
Haight Street, between Lyon and Central. And that’s all well and good, except I did not remember Memphis Minnie’s being directly across from Buena Vista park. In fact, it is not across from the park, and Google Maps was wrong.
Later, I looked up Memphis Minnie’s on Google Maps on a desktop computer, and here’s what it gave me:
Haight Street, between Fillmore and Steiner. That is correct.
If I’d relied on Google Maps for directions this time, it would not have gotten me to where I wanted to go. Just like when I was looking for my friend’s hotel, and the time when I wanted to find an Amazon delivery location. Also, Google Maps consistently sends me through bad neighborhoods and doesn’t label them so I can know to avoid them.
I still haven’t used the iPhone Maps app in iOS 6 (staying at iOS 5.1.1 to preserve my jailbreak), but I doubt it will be much worse than the Google-powered Maps when I eventually do switch.
Pitch me your city!
I can’t think of anyone more qualified than you to convince me that living in your city is the right match for an active young professional like me.
You know your city best, so I’m asking you to help me decide where to settle down.
Are you up for the challenge?
Can’t wait to hear from you!