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Nokia Maps and The Mapsters

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I don’t know if anyone else has had a chance to take a look at this, but I happened to stumble across this fun little site after a recent reformat of my hard drive to get Nokia Map Loader reinstalled. Nokia has launched an interactive website at themapsters.com intended to introduce what Nokia Maps is all about to newcomers to the application. When you click on the link, you get to choose between three different cute-looking creatures which you can control to convert different maps into what Nokia Maps looks like on your S60 device and they’ll also teach you about the features of the application. There’s also some downloadable content including a mediakit and wallpapers, and there’s a location-based game you can play to win a 6210 Navigator with a 12-month walk and drive subscription.

Whether you’ve used Nokia Maps before or not is irrelevant; this site is entertaining enough to check out no matter what. This made me smile so much I might just forgive the actual application for steering me wrong the other night. Click the image to visit The Mapsters and click ahead to download Nokia Maps.

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September 29, 2008 at 4:11 am

Nokia Maps and P’sOI, or lack thereof…

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As I drove around my city desparately looking for a gas station that still has gas to sell, I cringed as I remembered that my N95 can kinda-sorta do a make shift job of helping me out. For those who don’t know, the South is experiencing a gas shortage due to the hurricanes near Texas, causing the oil refineries to close to avoid serious damage. The result is my area now has the highest gas prices in the country, if they have gas to sell at all.

In any case, I cringe when I open Nokia Maps because I remember how terrible the POI system works. While I absolutely love the application and the voice navigation directly from the manufacturer of the phone, finding a specific place by category quickly and intuitively are near impossible. Click ahead to read about what happened last night.

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September 25, 2008 at 12:57 am

A lesson in urgency…UPDATED! (learned!)

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So, here’s a not-so-fun experience I had tonight. I switched to Yahoo a little over a year ago for my email server to avoid problems with Comcast when I change services and move around the country. Switching everything over took some time, but it wasn’t too difficult in the long run. For whatever reason, however, I still would receive emails at my Comcast address from WOM World no matter how many times I attempted to change my settings. This has proven to be a problem on numerous occasions when Donna or anyone else is trying to get a hold of me, but none so drastic as the email I had missed until tonight.

Coincidentally, I thought that it was about time to request a new device from WOM World since I hadn’t done so in a long while. As soon as I had finished submitting my request, I remembered my lingering issue with my old email address and immediately checked it. Apparently, Donna at WOM World had tried to get a hold of me earlier this month on the 11th and the 17th for me to trial an N96 and as I write this, it would appear I am now out of time to take advantage of this opportunity. Of course, I immediately responded to the email and now I’m beating myself up for not correcting this email problem sooner. I have now set everything up correctly so that my Comcast email automatically gets forwarded to my Yahoo email, like I should have set up in the first place.

I sincerely hope I’m not too late to be able to partake in the challenges that are supposed to coincide with this trial, but either way, I’ve certainly learned my lesson on managing urgent tasks, regardless how trivial they may seem.

UPDATE! I got an email back from Donna from WOM World this morning and it looks like I’m not too late after all! I’ll be posting all about it when I get my hands on the device and as I start to complete the challenges that go along with the trial. I’m thrilled!

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September 24, 2008 at 12:41 am