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© November 2004 Tony Lawrence

I should have realized these things were getting less and less expensive, but what I thought was really neat about Lowrance was their downloadable emulators. Though unfortunately only for Microsoft OSes, these really let you try out the product features and usage before you buy. That's a really great way to sell a product like this. Great idea, very well done, and very useful.


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Sun Oct 29 16:43:01 2006: 2563   BigDUmbDinosaur


Gee! What did we ever do before GPS became available? Get lost a lot? <SarcasticGrin>



Sun Oct 29 19:24:43 2006: 2564   TonyLawrence

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I certainly did.. though mapquest etc. make it easier now.





Thu Nov 2 07:45:36 2006: 2579   drag


I bought a little USB GPS receiver a while ago.

Just a little black box attatched to a cord. I used GPSD with it and GPSDrive in Linux on my laptop. Kinda fun, kept me from getting lost on a trip. I wish the maps included with it were better, but I just need to figure out how to scan in my own I guess.

With it you can do neat things like combine it with Kismet to map out wireless access points and things of that nature.



Thu Apr 9 14:02:39 2015: 5491   TonyLawrence

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I still prefer a dedicated GPS over the phone systems. I bought a brand new top of the line Garmin two years back; it's so much better than anything my old GPS or my iPhone can do.



Sun Jun 17 11:34:10 2012: 11107   TonyLawrence

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Today, GPS software in smart phones is affecting this market. The only thing that keeps it going is the screens, but when phones are able to project to any desired screen nearby, I would expect Garmin/Tom Tom etc. to have tough sledding.

It actually surprises me that we don't have that already. It's trivial, but maybe the problem is the "need both" issue. If someone were already making inexpensive smart screens, phone software would use it. If phone software could easily find a nearby screen, someone would make the screens.. but maybe the chicken and egg is too much?




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