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 -
Does anyone have experience using a GPS with traffic updates (in the Chicago area?) Looking to compare XM Navtraffic to Clearchannel's FM traffic reports. [more inside]
posted by natness
on Feb 9, 2007 -
I live in Berkeley, CA and have a great job offer in...yeesh...Palo Alto, so a commute is in my future. I need help in reducing that commute as much as possible. Some ideas:
* If I get a hybrid, are those carpool lane stickers still available? It will help on time and money.
* What GPS units will realistically help my commute based on traffic conditions?
* What else can you think of?
More details in the extended explanation... [more inside]
posted by JLobster
on Jan 17, 2007 -
Help me understand the differences in the way Latitude and Longitude are reported by my GPS and Google Maps [more inside]
posted by frogmoses
on Jan 10, 2007 -
I have a pocket pc and gps device and i'm off to switzerland skiing over new year, is there some way that i can combine my favourite geek toy with my favourite sporting passtime? [more inside]
posted by donbing
on Dec 27, 2006 -
I have a Garmin GPS unit, I would very much like to get some maps on it. [more inside]
posted by quin
on Dec 26, 2006 -
I just bought a Garmin Forerunner 205
. I love it, it's neat, wow, awesome. But I use an Apple and the software isn't compatible. Can someone walk me through how I can get my PowerBook to recognize the unit (and download the data) when I plug it in via USB and if there are any programs I can use that are similar to the "Training Center" software included?
posted by tumbleweedjack
on Dec 22, 2006 -
My husband wants a handheld GPS for Christmas. HELP! I don't know where to get one, how much to spend, will it need tech support? My husband has a Lowrance GPS on his boat so he knows how to use it although he isn't good in other areas like using the computer or even his cell phone. I am thinking of getting him Lowrance, but can I go to Circuit City or Best Buy or should I go to a sporting goods store?
posted by chocolatetiara
on Dec 20, 2006 -
Most electronics drop dramatically in price. GPS units do not seem to have dropped as dramatically. Is there a reason, or multiple reasons for this? Are GPS receivers fundamentally harder to make for some reason? Is there a licence fee? Have the volumes been too low? Does getting new information for the maps, for car guidance systems, keep the price up?
posted by sien
on Dec 14, 2006 -
I've heard my boyfriend mention that he would like a GPS unit several times over the last year, so I am planning on getting him one for the holidays. I don't think he's looked into them in any great detail, and I am boggled by the options.
posted by kimdog
on Nov 27, 2006 -
Is there a program (preferably free) that will allow me to log real time speed, time and (possibly) altitude data from my gps on a laptop pc, and save this data as text? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag
on Nov 23, 2006 -
Are there any good car GPS systems that you can buy that work well in Boston (Big Dig and all) and surrounding areas? Thanks, --spatially-confused person
posted by Malad
on Nov 11, 2006 -
GPS with extremely large memory? I'm looking for something pretty much exactly like the Sony GPS-CS1
)... but that will allow me to download the data to a Mac when I'm done. (Though the GPS-CS1 mounts as a regular drive on a PC, it won't on a Mac...)
posted by dmd
on Sep 26, 2006 -
Is there a simple way of converting a GPS Trackmaker file (or .gpx) to an Illustrator or Flash file? [more inside]
posted by 13twelve
on Sep 20, 2006 -
I am about to start running in a more serious capacity, which is to say to train for races. I love gadgets, so I am drawn to both of these for various reasons. Which is better, Nike + iPod or the Garmin Forerunner 201? [more inside]
posted by bDiddy
on Sep 17, 2006 -
I will be going on several data collection trips to the sierras. I need a device that will constantly monitor my location and also allow me to note special points of interest. Seems most GPS devices do this already but I need to be able to move the collected info into my PC for analysis afterwards. A GPS receiver that exports into an open XML format would be ideal. Any recommendations? This info might need to be used on many platforms for which tools will be written.
posted by Pasa la bola chetu
on Sep 4, 2006 -
I'm taking a road trip on my motorcycle with no particular destination in mind. I'd like to track my route using a GPS, and in the evenings, overlay that day's trip on a map. For some reason my Google-fu fails me and I can't seem to find a straight answer to the question: what is a resonably priced GPS unit that will allow me to record my trip? And as a follow-up: do I need special software to do the "map-overlay" thing?
posted by SlappyPeterson
on Aug 23, 2006 -
I just picked up a TomTom Go 300. Are there any hacks or ways to manipulate the device to enhance its capabilities? Can I update the map SD card with updates from non-TomTom websites?
posted by honorguy7
on Aug 17, 2006 -
Help identify a very strange truck seen in Queens, NY. Scanners, cameras and GPS Oh My! [more inside]
posted by Skorgu
on Aug 9, 2006 -
GPS ready Digital SLRs : What are the best available? Coming soon? Am I better waiting until the industry catches up? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Jul 25, 2006 -
Will a GPS device help my running and what are the best weapons against unfriendly animals and dangerous humans? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious
on May 22, 2006 -
I would like to purchase a GPS receiver for my car. I primarily need it for work covering Chicago and suburbs. I would like one that can speak and talk me to my destination. There are just too many models to choose from! I do not want to purchase the cheapest model and regret the decision later. Neither do I need one to cover all of North America and Canada. I am just seeking a good reliable system that has a good reputation for always picking up the signal. Any assistance would be appreciated.
posted by Mckoan1
on May 13, 2006 -
How can we find the photograph DATES of the satellite images in Google Earth? [more inside]
posted by stst399
on Mar 23, 2006 -
Is anyone aware of a program that converts The United States Public Land Survey (such as found on platt maps) coordinates into UTM coordinates? I would like to input land survey coordinates and have it convert the data to UTM coordinates for my GPS. Many thanks...
posted by orlin
on Feb 14, 2006 -
I have GPS data associated with various measurements from around the world. This data also includes a UTC timestamp. I would like to display this timestamp converted to the local time where the measurement was taken, based on the GPS-reported latitude and longitude. [more inside]
posted by Nothing
on Feb 13, 2006 -
Emergency GPS suggestions for girlfriend who is compelled to travel alone in the desert for a week. [more inside]
posted by pissfactory
on Jan 31, 2006 -
Need your assistance in comparing 4 vehicle GPS systems before purchasing one of them. Units include Garmin Streetpilot C340, C330, Magellan RoadMap 360, and TomTom Go 700. Pl provide feed back on screen size and ease of viewing while driving, anti-glare sceen, backlight at night for viewing, ease of use. Your pro and cons would be appreciated. If you have a unit not mentioned but believe it is better than those listed above, let me know. Leaving soon on a trip and your responses would be appreciated ASAP. Thank you.
posted by Scanner
on Jan 29, 2006 -
K. My google skills are weak. I am opening an art gallery at the intersection of Gore and Powell street in Vancouver, B.C. I want to name the gallery the GPS coordinates. Can I find this on the internet, Google maps or something? I should add the deadline for declaring this is 5pm today, so time is tight.
posted by cascando
on Jul 29, 2005 -
At the end of next week, I will be embarking on a move from the New York City area to San Jose, California. I have this brilliant (or slightly overzealous) idea to "geophotopodcast" my way across the country using a combination of different technologies, so my friends back home can keep up with my adventures. What suggestions can you offer me for making my high-tech travelog cooler / easier to execute? [more inside]
posted by superboy422
on Jul 13, 2005 -
I'm quickly becoming a member of the Mac Cult with my shiny new PowerBook. I can't seem to find a MS Streets&Trips or Mappoint like app though.. Any suggestions?
posted by joshgray
on Jun 22, 2005 -
I'm looking for a portable GPS-type navigation device that has good road maps especially for southern France, Germany and Italy. [more inside]
posted by mosch
on Jun 8, 2005 -
So, I was thinking about the latest "airplane over DC" scare, and it reminded me of something I've been wondering about for a while. Given all the advances in avionics and fly-by-wire
technology, couldn't aircraft manufacturers install some sort of 'hijack button' that would irreversibly cause the aircraft to contact the authorities and land itself at the nearest suitable airport, or let someone on the ground take over the controls remotely? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte
on May 14, 2005 -
In the book _Cryptonomicon_, the author's generated emails from Randy Waterhouse, a main character of the book, contain GPS information which refers to a "Nearest Geographical Feature". This mythical NGF seems to work worldwide. How would you practically implement such a feature using today's technology - are there any free datasets that would do the job? Having just purchased a GPS receiver I am very interested in locating data sets that can accomplish a similar set of functionality.
posted by arimathea
on Apr 28, 2005 -
Would using a training GPS like the Garmin Forerunner be ethical during a running race like a marathon? I think of it like you would a computer on a bike, so I don't think i have a problem with it. What do you think? I don't really want to use it to keep me on pace, i use it more as a data collection thing to go over my stats later and not as a crutch during. Am i just rationalizing it for myself to use cool gadgets?
posted by joshgray
on Apr 5, 2005 -