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Best GPS units for the job in the field?

What is the best GPS unit to buy for my fieldwork, that would ideally display a list of homes to be mapped in a spreadsheet format and allow touchscreen entry of information into the spreadsheet (coordinates, consent obtained [yes/no], why home was unable to be mapped [drop-down menu])? Does this type of interface exist for GPS units? [more inside]
posted by xholisa13 on Jun 1, 2008 - 13 answers

I would like to use my GPS receiver to analyze my commute.

I'm a data dork. Is there a way to rip my tracks and my trip odometer data from my Garmin 60CSx to analyze my commutes to work? [more inside]
posted by timmins on May 21, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me get back on track..

So I just realized I've lost the GPS I bought thanks to a previous AskMe. Presuming I don't miraculously find it, what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by wierdo on May 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Which GPS is best for API access?

I want to write some Location-based software (eventually on the mobile platform) and be able to test it on my laptop without faking GPS coordinates. What's a good, cheap GPS unit with a public API and/or some documentation/third party libraries for interacting with the device and retrieve information programmatically?
posted by callingshotgun on May 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for a better way to track business miles

We got crapped on this tax season, so I'm looking for a better way to track my business miles. I always forget to write down trips in the mileage log, so I think an automated GPS system might work better for me. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on May 3, 2008 - 5 answers

How do I geotag webcam pictures?

I'm driving cross country and parking a webcam on the dash. I also have a bluetooth GPS receiver. I want these two devices together to end up with a folder full of geotagged images, but my google-fu is failing to provide an easy answer. Does anyone out there know? [more inside]
posted by frijole on May 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Wrong GPS location for my house

My house is incorrectly located by MapQuest, Google Maps, Google Earth and GPS systems. I assume this means that there is an error in some common database they all rely on. Is there a way to request that the error be fixed so that future versions of the database are correct?
posted by retiree on Apr 16, 2008 - 2 answers

Finding a lost child before he gets lost

Is there an affordable GPS locator solution on the market? I know about the personal locator beacons that are often used by hikers and skiers, but I am looking for something more appropriate for use with a disabled child. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Apr 7, 2008 - 10 answers

I don't live there, give me my package!

The post office, Google Earth, and all other mapping systems are wrong about my address. Help! [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Apr 2, 2008 - 14 answers

Best Handheld GPS?

Hi, Read the previous posts. Want/need handheld GPS for hiking in the woods, what is a good unit for tree cover and what is waas and sirfs? Thanks.
posted by jara1953 on Mar 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Bluetooth GPS Tracking

I'm looking for software for my Windows Mobile smartphone + bluetooth GPS brick that will let people log in to a web site and see my current location (preferably in google maps). [more inside]
posted by nervestaple on Mar 21, 2008 - 9 answers

GPS PDA for Japan trip

I'm visiting Japan in April, and would like to find an appropriate PDA with built-in GPS to help with navigation, mapping and language translation, but it's proving difficult to find the right device. [more inside]
posted by vaxtv on Feb 24, 2008 - 6 answers

What about London should I map?

What about London should I map? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Feb 21, 2008 - 21 answers

Can I count on my GPS during an extended blackout?

Say there's another huge blackout like the Northeast had a few years ago, and let's say it lasts two months... Will a GPS unit in my dashboard and powered by my car still be able to connect to the satellites it needs to, to direct me on my way?
posted by CarlRossi on Feb 18, 2008 - 20 answers

"Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this."

How difficult would it be to either build a GPS with a little bit of a personality, who is disappointed with you when you make wrong turns, or to mod existing GPS units to have a hint of a personality? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect on Feb 17, 2008 - 32 answers

How to Sync GPS data

What is a simple straight forward way to gather gps data, and sync it with my digital camera/ Digital recorder? And possibly create a GIS database out of it? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Feb 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Professional GPS

My future father-in-law drives a semi for a national trucking company and currently uses a PDA with GPS capabilities for navigation. He's not entirely satisfied with this. [more inside]
posted by bach on Feb 1, 2008 - 7 answers

What GPS unti lets me add contacts from a PC?

Help me find a standalone user friendly GPS unit that can have addresses or contacts loaded from a computer. [more inside]
posted by imjosh on Jan 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Cheap or free German gps maps for a magellan roadmate 1200?

Cheap or free German gps maps for a magellan roadmate 1200? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Dec 26, 2007 - 1 answer

Can I make my own GPS based audiotour?

I like the idea of "tour" audio that's loaded into my GPS unit, and as I drive through, say, Virginia, a voice tells me about Civil War battles and troop movements that took place in my immediate area. Here's one vendor that makes these. Question is -- how hard would it be to make my own? What technical expertise/hardware/software would be required?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Dec 26, 2007 - 3 answers

How do I turned the Enhanced 911 feature off my cell phone?

I would like to disable the Enhanced 911 feature of my cell phone that broadcasts my position continually via GPS tracking. As my phone doesn't allow me to turn this feature off through the settings, how can I modify the circuit to bypass the GPS transmitter?
posted by moooshy on Dec 21, 2007 - 13 answers

Position? Impossible.

Where to buy a SiRFStar III GPS in NYC, and specifically which one? [more inside]
posted by wierdo on Dec 19, 2007 - 8 answers

DIY GPS

Is a DIY lojack plausible? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Dec 17, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me keep track of where I take my photos!

What is the best, cheapest option to add GeoTagging to my Nikon D50 pictures? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Dec 17, 2007 - 7 answers

What cheap GPS to get for occasional driver in Canada?

What cheap GPS to get for occasional driver in Canada? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Dec 9, 2007 - 7 answers

GPS and mapping software help needed

I'm a product rep and have to visit stores all over the city. I'm looking for a reasonably priced GPS that will allow me to enter various addresses, then the software will organize it and plan an itinerary. Do tomtoms, etc. have this functionality? If not, is there software or mapping programs that will do this? [more inside]
posted by birdlady on Nov 30, 2007 - 8 answers

Big Brother me, please.

Using the BlackBerry 8830 on Sprint, what software is available to upload my exact, current location (via internal GPS) to a custom Google Map every X number of seconds? Similar to what this guy did.
posted by nitsuj on Nov 29, 2007 - 3 answers

What's a good traffic-enabled GPS navigator?

Lazyweb, I need help choosing an automotive GPS navigation unit for a directionally-challenged relative. It must receive traffic updates, have an ability to remember programmed routes, and be reasonably easy to install and use. [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great on Nov 29, 2007 - 11 answers

Portable GPS units in California

California residents, how do you mount portable GPS units to your car? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Nov 28, 2007 - 10 answers

Why are there still lighthouses?

In this day and age of ubiquitous GPS, why are lighhouses and foghorns still operating? [more inside]
posted by beagle on Nov 8, 2007 - 26 answers

Why are my GPS locations so damn accurate?

Why is my Magellan Promark 3 GPS receiver picking up a correction signal from WAAS in northern Australia? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Nov 1, 2007 - 6 answers

IN the words of Anita Ward, "Ring My Bell"

So I love my blackberry pearl 8100 but I've had it with all of RIM's bluetooth crippling and limitations. I want a phone the exact same size with a great keyboard that does email, bluetooth and works with T-Mobile. Ring it up MeFites. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 29, 2007 - 14 answers

IPAQ phone: Do I pay for GPS/wifi?

Am I charged if I leave on the wifi and whenever I use the GPS? I'd hate to find some gi-normous phone bill just because I play with the GPS when I'm wait for the metro... [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Oct 23, 2007 - 9 answers

What is this location I spotted from Google maps?

Does anyone know what this facility is (google satellite image, Action, California.) It looks like a nursery, or something similar, but I'm trying to get more specifics for a hiking guide I'm working on (without taking the long, long drive out there.)
posted by soulbarn on Oct 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Looking for a pig in a poke?

I look out the window while working. Lately, I've seen some strange behavior: people park, get out and circle the cement pig nearby, and they get back in their car. What are they doing? [more inside]
posted by Monday on Aug 10, 2007 - 16 answers

Going nowhere with my Sanyo 7050?

Help me use the GPS that's in my Sanyo 7050 with Streets & Trips 2007! [more inside]
posted by @homer on Aug 2, 2007 - 2 answers

GPS to Census Tract?

How can I convert GPS to Census boundaries? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jul 9, 2007 - 3 answers

What is the best way to live-blog a cross-country road trip??

What is the best method & location for live-blogging a cross country trip using a MacBook, DSLR camera, DV camera, t-mobile EDGE and intermittent wifi? [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Jun 13, 2007 - 6 answers

Does this service exist? It should.

I'd love to know of a phone number I could call for voice directions, based on my cell phone's GPS; ideally, a 1-900-like service, charged per-call. Better still... free! [more inside]
posted by derekb on Jun 2, 2007 - 8 answers

International GPS

What is best option for a GPS/Navigation system for a frequent international traveler? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on Jun 1, 2007 - 2 answers

GPS for Urban Living?

I'm moving to NYC soon and given my history of getting lost half the time I leave my house, I'd like to get a GPS to help me navigate my new city. However, I'm sort of stumped to as to whether or not I can actually get what I want... [more inside]
posted by ml98tu on May 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Global position system based on position of moon?

If I looked up at the sky some time at night, pointed to the moon and gave you the exact orientation of my arm (the two angles in the north/south and east/west directions) and told you the exact time of night and date it was, would you be able to tell my exact location in the world? If so, how?
posted by DirtyCreature on May 30, 2007 - 39 answers

Is it really that risky to take a GPS unit to Russia?

This travel advisory from the State Department website, dated 1998, states that the use of GPS units is highly regulated in Russia and that it is risky to bring one unless it is fully documented. Now, GPS units are a lot more common today than they were in 1998. Do I really have to worry about this? I am planning a multi-country trip and I could mail myself the GPS ahead of time to my post-Russia destination if I had to. I am an amateur photographer and I use the unit to tag the location of photos I have taken.
posted by matildaben on May 11, 2007 - 9 answers

Automotive GPS for GPS newbs

I'm thinking about getting a GPS device for my car. I mainly want something simple that will give me voice directions to where I'm going, but I'm totally new to GPS and don't know what other features might turn out to be useful. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by nixxon on May 5, 2007 - 22 answers

GPS for hiking

What's a good GPS unit for hiking? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Apr 29, 2007 - 11 answers

Anywhere.TV?

I've recently become obsessed with truly mobile streaming video (a la Justin.TV), and would love some hardware and software input. For hardware, I just want a basic, small laptop. For software, I'm looking for something that does live GPS mapping on the web. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Apr 27, 2007 - 8 answers

GPS, accelerometer pods or something else for running?

I’m training for a marathon and I’m looking for a training tool to keep track of my progress and to keep me motivated. Should I go with GPS, accelerometer pods or something else? [more inside]
posted by racingjs on Apr 26, 2007 - 14 answers

Versatile GPS?

What is the ideal GPS device that will offer the most versatility? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Apr 3, 2007 - 7 answers

Maps vs. GPS - Choosing High Tech or Low Tech Travel

Roadtrip technology. Which would you prefer, high-tech solutions (web-enabled phone/Palm, laptop, GPS) or low-tech solutions (maps, AAA Triptiks, GoogleMaps printouts) or some combination? [more inside]
posted by Dreama on Mar 27, 2007 - 29 answers

MobileComputingFilter - Help me pick a mobile computing device

Mobile Computing Filter - my boss has informed me he would like me to get some sort of mobile computing device to become more efficient while on the road. I've been looking at Pocket PCs, Blackberrys, Tablet PCs, Trios etc. What do you use? What works and what does not? What features do you wish you had? (I've done some Ask.Mefi research with little success) [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Mar 20, 2007 - 14 answers

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