Even my iPod wants to go back to California

As many of you may know, I am very eager to graduate and head back out to California. However, last night I discovered that my iPod seemed just as eager to do the same… I was playing with the new Google Earth application which features location detection. Basically, all you do is press a button and it zeroes in on your location. At first it worked as expected, followed by some interesting results

It first zoomed into Purdue which made sense to me. In fact it was disturbingly accurate for not having an on board GPS…

 

What did surprise me was that a few moments later it suddenly zoomed out and panned over to California where it proceeded to zoom in to my apartment from this summer’s internship.

 

 

Of course, while I like to think my iPod has the same idea i have in mind, there is actually a logical explanation for this. iPods and iPhones (the ones without GPS) can actually determine your location based on wireless access points. (The complete details I am not fully aware of but that is the general concept) What seems to be happening here is my iPod is used to seeing my access point (which was with me in California) and therefore is not sure where I am. So when it sees other access points here it jumps from mine to them and therefore goes back and forth between locations. An interesting effect. I do wonder how long it will take it to realize that my access point did in fact travel with me back to Purdue…

 

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