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#53534 - 03/02/20 08:26 AM Why do I live in Buffalo?
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and Google's got no problem tracking my IP address to the Verizon switching station a mile and a half up the road, so why does Apple think I live in Buffalo, NY?

Thanks.
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#53536 - 03/02/20 10:53 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: artie505]
ryck Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Okanagan Valley
Originally Posted By: artie505
....so why does Apple think I live in Buffalo, NY?

Is this a recent belief on Apple's part? Could it be a hacker in Buffalo establishing themselves on an Apple account of yours?


Edited by ryck (03/02/20 10:54 AM)
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#53537 - 03/02/20 11:15 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: ryck]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Where is Apple saying you live in Buffalo? In what context?


Edited by joemikeb (03/02/20 02:21 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling error — mine
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#53539 - 03/02/20 11:09 PM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: joemikeb]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: ryck
Originally Posted By: artie505
....so why does Apple think I live in Buffalo, NY?

Is this a recent belief on Apple's part? Could it be a hacker in Buffalo establishing themselves on an Apple account of yours?

Originally Posted By: joemikeb
Where is Apple saying you live in Buffalo? In what context?

Responding to both you and ryck...

Google
iCloud
Home Depot

Any number of entities other than eBay place me close to where I actually am, but iCloud and Home Depot are the only ones that place me elsewhere.

I see "Buffalo" only when I, myself, go to icloud.com or homedepot.com, and I've never experienced anything untoward with/on either website, so I consider a hacker to be a non-issue.

It's apparently some function of the Internet itself?
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#53541 - 03/02/20 11:55 PM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: artie505]
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Registered: 08/05/09
Loc: North of 49th ||
Move to Queens?! smirk

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#53542 - 03/03/20 12:09 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: grelber]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: grelber
Move to Queens?! smirk

Perish the thought of living anywhere in NYC other than in Brooklyn!!!

[rant] Brooklyn is far and away the best part of NYC...as long as you're willing to accept that in some respects other than quality of life you can do better elsewhere.

Unfortunately, though, many Brooklynites find it necessary to justify living in Brooklyn by deluding themselves into thinking that restaurants, shopping, et. al. are equivalent to what they'd find in Manhattan, and they're losing out. [/rant]
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#53544 - 03/03/20 07:06 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: artie505]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
I hadn't run into this before, but since you brought it up I did some checking. According to WhatIsMyIP with my iPhone and Mac mini physically less than a foot apart the iPhone is in Redmond, WA 😲, and the Mac mini is in Fort Worth, TX 👍. According to ip-adress-lookup.com the iPhone is in Plano, TX some 50 miles from here 👎.

The difference appears to be a function of the specific server that is tapped for the information. Theoretically they should all be synchronized, but… Perhaps it is a function of whether a V4 or V6 IP address is used for the search. In the case of my wandering iPhone the local switch is in Fort Worth, the regional hub is in Plano, and the providers corporate headquarters are in Redmond. So at some level all three locations are correct. Misleading as H___ but technically accurate. If I were using a VPN the location might be almost anywhere in the world.
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#53546 - 03/03/20 09:14 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: joemikeb]
Ira L Offline


Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
My sister in Oregon is often told that she is signing in from Texas. Maybe joemikeb has her MacBook. That would certainly simplify my tech work with her. wink
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#53552 - 03/04/20 12:39 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: joemikeb]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Thanks.

That qualifies as a sufficient explanation.

Your first link places me in New York, NY; your second link is a dead end.
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#53554 - 03/04/20 09:00 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: artie505]
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Try https://www.ip-address-lookup.com. It was too late to correct the initial post.

Another site is https://www.iplocation.net which places you in New York at Latitude 40.7143 and longitude -74.0060 which according to Apple Maps is The Sun Building across the street from City Hall Park?? How close is that?


Edited by joemikeb (03/04/20 09:20 AM)
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#53555 - 03/04/20 09:18 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: joemikeb]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Thanks for the updated link, but no go... I got all sorts of info about my connection, including
Quote:
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_3) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/13.0.5 Safari/605.1.15

but as for my location...
Quote:
Your White IPv4 Address is :
Your city is :
Your country is :
Your country Code is :
Your Internet service provider :

Weird!
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#53558 - 03/04/20 06:06 PM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: joemikeb]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: joemikeb
Another site is https://www.iplocation.net which places you in New York at Latitude 40.7143 and longitude -74.0060 which according to Apple Maps is The Sun Building across the street from City Hall Park?? How close is that?

It's 7 miles from me. I've never seen a Manhattan location before, and according to Wikipedia et. al. it's occupied by the NYC Department of Buildings.

Got me beat!
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#53565 - 03/05/20 06:22 AM Re: Why do I live in Buffalo? [Re: artie505]
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confused
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