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Public domain topographic maps?

Is there somewhere that has the USGS (public-domain?) topographic maps available for free download? [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI on Jun 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Love Polar HRM with footpod..envy Garmin Forerunner...help.

Without going ahead and junking my existing Polar system for a Garmin 305 or 405, is there any relatively small GPS unit I could clip onto my mp3 player armband to add the functionality I'd like (uploading routes to a Sportracks, motionbased, trainingpeaks like service...with the added benefit that I'd have something to take on a hike or go geocaching? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Jun 15, 2009 - 4 answers

App for Blackjack II GPS?

Asking for my brother: What's a good free GPS program for the Blackjack II? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Jun 1, 2009 - 1 answer

iPhone or dedicated portable GPS?

I've resisted getting in iPhone so far. However, now I need a good, portable GPS and am wondering whether I should go for an iPhone, or a dedicated GPS. If the latter, which one? [more inside]
posted by thread_makimaki on May 18, 2009 - 32 answers

How can I get a google map to display my current position automatically?

How can I get a google map to display my current position automatically? [more inside]
posted by krautland on May 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Local Wikipedia search??

I'm looking for a way to search for Wikipedia entries by locality or by gps coordinates, like the iPhone WikiMe application does except on the web. Any suggestions? Thanks!!
posted by Misciel on May 5, 2009 - 3 answers

Location-based reminders for Blackberry

Is there an application for Blackberry that has the ability to give location-specific reminders? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Apr 13, 2009 - 1 answer

Hacking a Navman F15

I have a Navman F15 (US version) that I'm thinking about hacking to run different GPS software on, but I have a few questions/concerns. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Apr 5, 2009 - 0 answers

Has anyone successfully attached an iPhone to their bicycle handlebars?

Has anyone successfully attached an iPhone to their bicycle handlebars? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Mar 23, 2009 - 3 answers

I'm thinking about getting a blackberry pearl. will I need a data plan to view maps?

I'm thinking about getting a blackberry pearl. will I need a data plan to view maps? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Mar 23, 2009 - 10 answers

How can I automatically split GPS tracklogs?

I have almost a year's worth of GPS track logs. I'd like to be able to automatically split them by trip type (walking, biking, car) and filter out some of the noise that gets generated when leaving the GPS on while stationary. [more inside]
posted by komilnefopa on Mar 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Other examples of "Tag and Release" Sites/Projects (Geocaching, Bookcrossing, etc.)?

I was thinking about "tag and release" projects/sites, where you basically leave something for a stranger to find, and came up with four off the top of my head: Geocaching, Disposable cameras on park benches, Bookcrossing, and Photochaining. Are there other examples? Thanks!
posted by Jim Biancolo on Mar 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Vehicular smash-n-grab and Einstein's definition of insanity

How can I avoid having my car broken into -- again? I've had a GPS and an iPod stolen out of my car twice in the past three months. Assuming I buy replacements for one or both, how do I avoid going through this yet again in another three months? What have others found to be effective or ineffective, and are there any relevant stats or studies on any of this? My current best plan is to simply remove both from my car every time I get out (except in my garage); that'll be a PITA, but manageable. Are thieves going to see the mounts and break in anyway? If I leave them locked in the glove compartment instead, are they significantly less safe than on my person? If I simply mounted the GPS somewhere other than the windshield, as suggested by the office taking the report the second time, is that enough to make a difference? [more inside]
posted by SeanCier on Mar 2, 2009 - 38 answers

GPS without the navigation

My Garmin Nuvi (350) won't navigate when I attach it to my car's charger, which is a bummer for obvious reasons. It turns on, but the screen shows an image of it being attached to a PC, and it only goes back to navigation mode if I unplug it. [more inside]
posted by Bakuun on Feb 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Japan or bust: recommend a camera

I'm planning on going to Japan later on in the year, and I need a new camera. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on Jan 30, 2009 - 22 answers

Using Garmin GPS II Plus with Mac OS X

It is possible to transfer waypoint data from an old Garmin GPS II Plus model to a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.5? [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Jan 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Hacking a Bad GPS for a good outcome

I got a crap refurbished GPS for my girlfriend - a clarion NICE 430 because it was on sale for a low price. But it's got old maps, no updates and less support. I'm buying her another one, but what can I do with THIS one? Besides chucking it at the clarion building. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

WWAN with GPS is too expensive; any ExpressCard solutions?

Are there any ExpressCard/54 GPS cards? [more inside]
posted by trokair on Jan 21, 2009 - 2 answers

Software for .gpx files on a Mac

Software to process and display (map, etc.) .gpx files on a Mac [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Jan 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Grid Mapping in the USA

Help me find or create a grid with GPS coordinates of every square mile of the USA. Can I use Expert GPS or Google Earth to do this? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Which (Canadian, hiking) GPS? Criteria inside

Hi there, I'm looking for advice on the right GPS unit. This would be my first purchase but I have used a few in the past and I know what didn't work for me and what did. I've read a bit but to be honest I still don't have a clue about manufacturers, specific models, chipsets and everything else. I was wondering if y'all could help? [more inside]
posted by fingerbang on Dec 26, 2008 - 5 answers

How to maps some trails with a GPS?

How can I create a trail map using a GPS? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Dec 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Which GPS for older driver?

Navigation system recommendations for my 70-something mom. [more inside]
posted by TedW on Dec 11, 2008 - 8 answers

USB Charger Static

My car's USB adapter makes staticy noises over the radio. Should I replace it, and if so, with what? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Dec 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Please introduce a n00b to geocaching!

I've just learned about geocaching and it sounds incredible. Please help me get started, especially with choosing a receiver! [more inside]
posted by Arasithil on Dec 5, 2008 - 15 answers

ok to buy dicontinued garmin nuvi?

Can anyone give me a reason not to get a Garmin nĂ¼vi 350 just because it has been discontinued by Garmin? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 on Dec 1, 2008 - 6 answers

My GPS didn't know where I was!

How long does it take for new data to get to the major GPS data providers and for GPS systems to update? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Nov 25, 2008 - 8 answers

GPS and XBMC

Can I open/run any old program I want from within Xbox media center (on my mac mini)? [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy on Nov 24, 2008 - 2 answers

Best Mac GPS mapping software and hardware?

What's the best GPS mapping system for making trail maps (software/hardware)? I'm an Apple person. [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Nov 7, 2008 - 5 answers

GPS Connection + Car Stereo

My PT Cruiser has a satellite radio receiver installed. I don't care for it. Can I make the antenna more useful? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Nov 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Is there a free (cheap) KML editor for the Mac?

Is there a free (cheap) KML editor, like NorthGates' KML Editor or KaMeLwriter, for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Oct 28, 2008 - 1 answer

Alternative to Wayfinder Navigator.

Is there any alternative to Wayfinder Navigator for the forthcoming Sony Ericsson C905? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount on Oct 20, 2008 - 3 answers

GPS suited to waypoint fastpacking sought, for GPS newbie.

Outdoor tech: GPS units - for backpacking, not for a car? Looking for something best suited to solo already-know-waypoint 2-3 day fastpacks. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Oct 8, 2008 - 6 answers

What happens to stolen GPS units?

What is the eventual disposition of GPS navigation units that get stolen from cars in the United States? Specifically, what about GPS units that are locked with PINs? Details and more specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Oct 5, 2008 - 6 answers

Suggestions for an intuitive mobile phone with GPS, camera for directionally-challenged adult daughter.

I need a suggestion for a mobile phone that is very intuitive, has GPS and is a camera phone. Bonus points if it's kinda like OnStar, speaking directions aloud, and is affordable--under $250--although I don't know if that is possible...you tell me. [more inside]
posted by mumstheword on Sep 4, 2008 - 6 answers

Alternative to MotionBased and Garmin Connect?

Alternatives to MotionBased and Garmin Connect for tracking running workouts with a Garmin Forerunner 305? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Aug 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Interesting GPS applications?

What are useful/fun/collaborative things that can be done with a PDA, computer and a small GPS device these days?
posted by vizsla on Aug 20, 2008 - 4 answers

Best GPS software for Mac or PC?

I have a Macbook Pro with OS X and Vista on it. I also have the opportunity to borrow a USB GPS device. The plan is to drive around Estonia and Latvia, so decent maps of Eastern Europe are a must. What GPS software should I use?
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey on Aug 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Can gunshots be triangulated with sound analysis?

Pinpointing gunshot locations by triangulating sound waves: Would this be technically feasible? Would it be legal? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 10, 2008 - 18 answers

How to auto-geotag mobile photos / track where I've been using GPS?

How to best use the GPS in my Palm 800w? I would like to 1) Automatically geotag my cameraphone photos and 2) Be able to track where and how far I've traveled for workouts. [more inside]
posted by jeffrygardner on Aug 7, 2008 - 1 answer

GPS track management

looking for software/webapp for GPS track management [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Aug 6, 2008 - 5 answers

gps module circuit diagram needed

can you help me locate a circuit diagram of a gps module on internet? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 on Aug 5, 2008 - 5 answers

Looking for a Good GPS Geotagger

Any one has great suggestions for inexpensive GPS photo finders / photo trackers / geotaggers? [more inside]
posted by remi on Aug 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Which GPS?

As a late birthday gift my father wants to get me a GPS for my truck. He asked if I wanted a TomTom or a Garmin, but I'm not familiar with either one. I looked online a bit but found all the models and crap confusing, so I seek advice here. [more inside]
posted by PossumCupCake on Jul 24, 2008 - 24 answers

How to easily update an online map when abroad?

[TravelFilter] What would be an easy and cheap way to get a map update of my brother whereabouts for his year-long asian trip? [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Jul 17, 2008 - 10 answers

I'm tired of backtracking the hinterlands

How can I automatically arrange my walk-lists for political canvassing? [more inside]
posted by abkadefgee on Jul 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Diesel woes, help us sort it out!

We've got a huge truck that does pickups and deliveries all over a rural community. Diesel eats us up. Do you have suggestions for helping us schedule pickups in a manner that maximizes efficiency? We're an NPO... [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jun 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Best Phone for GPS, Gmail, and craigslist

Best Phone for Real-estate? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister on Jun 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Is a Nokia phone with GPS good enough to track my runs?

I've been thinking of buying a phone with GPS to track my runs. Help me be sure and confident about my choice, or suggest a better alternative... [more inside]
posted by cyanide on Jun 18, 2008 - 7 answers

Look farther to get closer

Photostellar Geolocation - Assuming a 10X optical zoom camera, comprehensive star charts and a carpenter's level to determine "straight up", what global positioning accuracy could I achieve? [more inside]
posted by jayCampbell on Jun 16, 2008 - 13 answers

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