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Old 07-04-2013, 09:59 AM
 
Location: A tropical island
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My Mac book OS X has some strange defaults. Whenever I do online shopping, it defaults to stores in Arkansas. For weather, it defaults to Los Angeles. I've never lived in either of those places, nor intentionally searched for anything in those places.

Is there a way to reset my default hometown so that all searches go to the right town?
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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You're using Google to search or what?

You're on satellite ISP presumably?
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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As an OS X user, I am not aware of any setting in the OS for location. For some websites ( CNN, MSNBC, etc) you can set a location, which I believe becomes a "cookie", so that you get some "local" news, weather, etc. Other sites detect your IP address, and because they can resolve the general location of the IP, give you results based on that. Google uses this method. Or you can set Google to a location See this Google Help page

https://support.google.com/websearch..._topic=3081746

Last edited by reed303; 07-04-2013 at 10:32 AM.. Reason: Google info
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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My Mac book OS X has some strange defaults. Whenever I do online shopping, it defaults to stores in Arkansas. For weather, it defaults to Los Angeles. I've never lived in either of those places, nor intentionally searched for anything in those places.

Is there a way to reset my default hometown so that all searches go to the right town?
No. You also can't help idiot web developers out of being idiots. What they are doing is the equivalent of thinking "Hmmm, the car he is driving has Arizona plates, therefore he must be from Arizona and like fried rattlesnake. I'll offer him some."
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: A tropical island
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You're using Google to search or what?

You're on satellite ISP presumably?
Yes, for example today I used google to search "buy freezer." I clicked on a hit for Home Depot, and the store location was in Arkansas. I'm always getting stores in Arkansas! I have no idea why google or my computer or whatever thinks I am now or ever have been in Arkansas! It's not a huge deal to change the location, but it's just an annoying mystery.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:52 PM
 
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About Location Services in Mac OS X v10.6 and Safari 5.0

https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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You can set a location and other preferences for Google here:

Preferences

Google returns result based on your location, for example if you're in the UK you're going to get results relevant to the UK. Local results are usually done by geo location of your IP whether it's Google or some other site. If for example you have satellite service that breaks down becsue the IP resolves to the companies servers which could be anywhere in the country.
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