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YES! Easily…

This is a dangerous judgement on a blog that says to have  a passion for GPS, I do understand that!

Let me explain.

More than often I hear people say that they survived life and vacation without GPS till now. And ofcourse they are right. Centuries ago I have been doing the same. Myself behind the wheel and my fellow traveller with a map on his or her knees and driving the same round about for the third time with a big smile on our faces (his depending on this fellow traveler ;-) ).

But traveling with a gps an be fun too.

Travelling with GPS devices

Travelling with GPS devices

If you have a passenger without humour, go buy a GPS, to be sure to have and keep the atmosphere relaxed. Next to that you can drive the night away (*) on trips without looking back. No need to be afraid that you can’t find your way back. But only use it on your way back!

With a handheld navigation device you could have loads of fun, while searching geocaching all over the globe.

Newer device can log your route easier than before and with that you can geotag your pictures for you and others to know where exactly the pictures have been made.

Conclusion: A life without GPS is possible, but for sure less fun! ;-)

(edit: Did I forgot to tell you that it saves fuel too and so saves the planet?!)

(*) free to Neil Diamond’s On The Robert E. Lee / The Jazzsinger

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February 15th, 2009 | 7 Comments | Posted in gps passion, handheld, navigation, pnd, thoughts
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New iMovie’09 in Apple’s iLife’09

I know: Mac again… Don’t be afraid. This post will be about navigation!

After editing my first video with the new iLife’09 (sorry: yes, Mac only!) I did find out that Apple did a nice job with the new maps and backgrounds thing in the video editing software iMovie. It has the great feature to have an animated view of a trip on a world map now.

To my sadness I saw that they did only half the job. I tried to make an animation of my trip to the other side of the country to the 4th city of the country, Arnhem, as a test.
To my surprise this city could not be found in the system, other than the weather application in my iPhone 3G, that finds the smallest cities worldwide.

iMovie maps

It would be nice if Apple puts (much) more places in the database OR make it possible to give your own coordinates on the globe. It is already possible to give the place of your choice another name, so that would work great.

Can I wait for the update?

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February 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in navigation, software
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Rumours about next Mac OS X to calculate location

There are rumours that Snow Leopard, the Mac OS X to come, will have the possibility to calculate the geographic location of a Mac computer. Not, like the iPhone, also by GPS, but there are signs that the CoreLocation framework will be used. Developers can have the Mac to locate itself by a technique that was used in the first gen iPhone: the location of WiFi-networks and GSM cells. No GPS necessary…

With only WiFi the system will not be as accurate as with the assistance of these gsm cells. I am very curious how precise the location will be.

[via: AppleInsider]

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February 5th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in gps passion
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British Satski brings new navigation device

Satski skiing GPS

Satski skiing GPS

Fresh from fish and chips land Satski brings us a new stand alone device for navigation in skiing resorts, the Satski GPS. I haven’t been skiing for a decade (I prefer a burning sun now), but of course this is a nice piece of news. Satski had their software before to be used at smart phones (and connection rates!), but this gps has the maps included. The stand alone device was too expensive, so was in fact for rent only.

The things I like are:

  • build in information on emergency/mountain rescue services
  • real time route plotting from the whole day with average speed and more
  • colour touch screen
  • Satski Ski Viewer software to see your skiing vacation at home (see the Satski demo here)
  • use Google Earth to see your skiing in 3D (see the Satski demo here)
  • the price, at about 259 eur0 average retail price, is quite okay – I don’t say cheap, I think

What I am missing are a few skiing resorts in for instance Austria (Kaprun area) and Italy (St. Christina (Val Gardena) area), but I would think they are working on this.

[via:  Benelux importer DigiTrading]

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February 5th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in gps passion
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