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OpenStreetMaps as an alternative to Google Maps in Joomla!

If you use Joomla! (CMS / Content Management System), you could switch to the free OpenStreetMaps instead of the recently-turned-much-more-expensive Google Maps, thanks to the OSModul extension for Joomla!:

https://extensions.joomla.org/profile/extension/maps-a-weather/maps-a-locations/osmodul/

At the bottom of this page there is an example that uses a pin icon similar to how a location would appear in Google Maps. And here is an example with multiple pins (shown as ships).

A shortcoming in comparison to Google Maps is that OpenStreetMaps doesn’t show by itself many Points of Interest (POI) on the map for one to get oriented easier. For example the maps for the location at (38.29399, 21.78592) shows up a little bare: https://www.openstreetmap.org/query?lat=38.29399&lon=21.78592 compared to the same location shown on Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/38°17’38.4"N+21°47’09.3"E/@38.29399,21.78592

So it is best to add some such characteristic locations apart from one’s location pin, as shown at: https://gitlab.com/schlumpf/osmodul/wikis/Additional%20Markers%20Pins

More information on the OSModul extension for Joomla! can be found at:

https://gitlab.com/schlumpf/osmodul

https://gitlab.com/schlumpf/osmodul/wikis/How%20to%20use

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Fix: Windows Phone update error 80072f8f

I was setting up a new Lumia phone (with Windows Phone 8.1) and neither phone update, nor the (Here) maps downloads were working. When trying Settings / Phone Update, it was showing error 80072f8f and was pointing to http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/how-to/wp8/basics/solutions-to-update-issues to read more info. However that error code wasn’t listed there. Wonder if there is any page listing all the possible error codes. I find it silly if they have error codes that aren’t documented anywhere officially.

I looked it up on Google (sorry Bing!) and found http://www.techanges.com/fix-windows-phone-error-80072f8f/, which was saying this was related to time/date discrepancy between the phone and the windows update server. Obviously the maps also get their updates via the same system, although the maps update was showing the misleading message that it couldn’t connect to the maps library at that moment.

Although I had set correct timezone, it had wrong date/time, it was set to autoupdate date/time, but forgot that it had no SIM card in it yet. Obviously it doesn’t get these updates from a time server, but from the mobile phone connection provider. Hope Windows 10 phone fixes that and gets the date/time from time server like the one from NIST or from Microsoft that Windows uses on the desktop.

Bug: Google Maps rendering exotic place names onto Patras, Greece

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Seems that day (8 Aug 2010), Google Maps system had been drinking or something, else I can’t explain how “Cara Oasis” and other exotic place names (in Arabic script?) were rendered onto a map for the outskirts of Patras, Greece.

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