Map Quest Navigation App

When I read that Map Quest had released a free navigation iPhone app I downloaded it at once but I just got to try it out. Well I am dissapointed with it. When I am on a highway it kept saying I was off route wanted to reroute. It does not reroute automatically but show a dialog box I have to OK. Plus the routing is not very good. It wanted me to make a U Turn when I knew I just had to turn left to reach the destination. Anyway I hope Google comes out with their app…

Bahrain Grand Prix 2010

Bahrain Grand Prix 2010
Image from f1fanatic.co.uk

Bahrain GP started of the much anticipated Formula 1 2010 season. The return of Schumacher, banning of refueling, four world champions competing, Alonso’s first race for the most famous team in F1 and a lot of new teams made this the most anticipated start of a season. Vettel got pole, the Ferraris were close behind in 2-3. Schumacher was a few tenths off Rosberg. Will the Ferraris leap ahead of Vettel? Will Schumi’s race pace be way better than Rosberg? …

Well Ferraris did pass the Red Bull of Vettel but only because Vettel had a problem. Schumi was slower than Rosberg. Hamilton got the first blood in the battle of the British in a British car.

In short the race was on of the more boring ones in recent history. With no refueling there was no changes in the running order due to strategy. Everyone were on a single stop strategy. The stop is kind of mandatory as each driver has to use both tires. Most of the top 10 qualified on soft tires and changed to hard ones when it wore out. Only significant change in order took place when Hamilton regained his starting position from Rosberg with a new set of tires.

Well with no refueling there should be more on track racing and overtaking. Right? Wrong! The only on track overtaking was Alonso taking on Massa in the first lap.

Why so dull? Well the fast cars are in the front after qualifying. Nobody seems to make mistakes and the pitstops are mere formality as there is nothing setting the teams apart. Hopefully the teams think of some innovative strategy to get past in the short pitstops and liven things up. Otherwise we are in for some more dull races.

At least Ferrari are fast and finished 1-2.

Rule changes for 2010 F1 season

Looks like a couple of rule changes have been made to the 2010 F1 season. The points system has changed to:

1st – 25 points
2nd – 18 points
3rd – 15 points
4th – 12 points
5th – 10 points
6th – 8 points
7th – 6 points
8th – 4 points
9th – 2 points
10th – 1 point

The second is that the top ten qualifiers would have to start the race with the same tires as Q3 qualifying!?! Why on earth would they create a rule like that? How does it help racing?

The final change is that the teams get only 11 sets of tires compared to 14 last year.

Gordon: An open source Flash™ runtime written in pure JavaScript

flashgordon

Tobias Schneider has created a open source Flash runtime in purely JavaScript and HTML5. It is called Gordon. Flash Gordon. Get it. Check out some demos hosted by Paul Irish. This runs in Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. Yes, It runs on iPhone version of Safari too. Pretty cool!

Now if there is a proxy that could convert all flash based sites into Gordon based sites it would be cool. We would not need Flash on iPhone or iPad. [ajaxian]

Thoughts on iPad

Apple iPad 

There was too much hype. Lot of Apple patents was associated with it. It was to be the greatest thing to come from Steve Jobs’ mind. Finally when it is unveiled, it is just a big iPod Touch. Here are the disappointing things:

  1. No camera. Would have been cool if the iPad supported video chat with a front facing camera. I would not use it to take photos so a rear camera is not a deal breaker.
  2. Third party apps can not run in background. Well no Pandora running in the background while browsing.
  3. No tethering to iPhone. I would have the iPhone where ever I take the iPad. It should just use the iPhone for data not another data plan.
  4. No USB. To connect a camera I need a $30 accessory!
  5. No Flash. This is the deal breaker! No flash means no Hulu. Or hundreds other flash based video sites that are useless on the device which is supposed to be primarily for browsing and media consumption.

Hmmm… When does that HP Slate come out?