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iOS: How to Change Google Maps to a Different Language than the System Setting

Google MapsWe break from our regular programming to give you something that may or may not be useful. In fact, the main purpose of my writing this post is to help guide forlorn web wanderers who are looking for a solution to a very unique problem, now that I’ve figured it out myself.

You see, I live in the United States, where most all the street names are in English, and I use Google Maps on my iPhone 4 to give me turn-by-turn voice directions as I drive around town. However, being the multilingual person that I am, I really wanted to have my iPhone interface in a different language, namely Korean. It seemed like Google Maps could only be in the system language, which is a bummer, because there is not even a Korean voice available. However, after much tweaking, I found a solution! (Please note that I did this on a Mac, but it should work fine on Windows too.)

So how did I do it? It’s easy enough: (keep reading)

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Mashkioya
Filed under: technology

A Peek at the Precise Pangolin

Don’t you just love pangolins? They’re so cute and furry, and… oh wait–are those scales?

If you’re like me, you’ve never seen a pangolin before. In fact, I just had a foggy notion that they were some sort of exotic creature when I found out that the latest version of the Ubuntu operating system was named Precise Pangolin. But be that as it may, I would like to give a brief overview of the OS and tell what I like about it so far. If you were hoping to find out more about pangolins, well, too bad–you go do the research yourself and then come back and tell me all about it.

Since I got a MacBook four years ago I’ve only used Ubuntu every now and then, and I was pretty behind. I forget which version I had installed on my Dell laptop, but it was rather old and no longer supported, and when I found out that Ubuntu 12.04 was to be a Long-Term Support (LTS) edition, I figured now was the time to upgrade. After all, this one will be supported with updates five years hence.

I got it installed with no problems, except that it was slow. I guessed that was to be expected–this was a brand new OS, in the body of a dinosaur computer with 1 GB of RAM. I did a bit of research and found out that I could double that RAM for a decent price, so I went ahead and ordered me some memory. That did the trick, and now my pangolin is more playful than ever.

I must say, I really like version 12.04. Windows is perhaps my least favourite OS, yet Windows 7 has some features I really like, and Mac OS X has some nice features as well. And with Ubuntu 12.04, it’s almost as if someone took my favourite features from both of them and put them together in Ubuntu! That’s pretty nifty, if you ask me. (keep reading)

Posted on 14 July 2012 by Mashkioya
Filed under: technology

Complete Defenestration

Goodbye, Bill Gates.  I am proud to say that my Dell laptop is now free of everything Windows and Microsoft–besides the little Windows XP sticker next to my mousepad (which is nearly gone anyway).  That’s right–I have now switched to Ubuntu, a popular Linux distribution.  So why did I get rid of Windows, you ask?  Well, I had become fed up with my print spooler which I must disable everytime I boot up my computer, and in general I was ready for something new.

So far, I have had fairly good success with Ubuntu.  It took me a while to figure out how to connect to the Internet, but now I’m up and going.  There are a few other things to iron out, but I have high hopes.  As I continue my adventures with Linux, I will periodically post here to say how it’s going.

Posted on 21 February 2008 by Mashkioya
Filed under: miscellany,technology