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Google Maps South Africa launches new features

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Today Jaroslav Bengl, the Business Product Manager for Google Switzerland GmbH, presented a developer overview of Google Maps features released in South Africa just yesterday.

As of yesterday, the South African Google Maps has driving directions, reverse geocoding ("what is near this coordinate"), and overlays for terrain elevation, photos, Wikipedia, Panoramio, and public transit routes. Google Street View cars are surveying Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and East London - and the street view should be ready before the World Cup.

The South African User Experience Forum

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The South African User Experience Forum ("SA UX Forum") is a community of practice in the field of user experience design. I went to a SA UX Forum event last night at 24.com, organised by Phil Barrett  of Flow Interactive and hosted by 20Four Labs, with wine from Stormhoek. About 50 people attended, mostly designers and architects, and a handful of developers like myself.

The 2004 Fiesta and the loose plastic door bits

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The 2004 Ford Fiesta has black plastic strips glued on between the front and back door.   Twice now,
a plastic strip has come loose and begun to vibrate when driving on the highway, sounding like its about to fall off. I have personally glued the strips back down with contact adhesive and test them from time to time to check if they are coming loose again.

After googling it, I believe this is a consistent manufacturing defect: the wrong choice of glue, and a design defect by not securing the strips properly. Also, the plastic grills on the left and right of the Fiesta bumper come out easily. To make it worse, each of these bits of plastic trimming cost a lot: R400 for plastic grill-bit for a bumper, probably R300-400 for the plastic bit for the door.

IOL article about the plastic trimming: http://www.iol.co.za/index.