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Timothius

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  1. That we can load and unload maps as needed. I have many different mapsets saved within the mapsource program that can be loaded at a moments notice. So if I am going to West Texas I load the areas that I need and go. I am able to switch back to my local area after I get back home. I also use a laptop which means my maps go with me everywhere. In New Zealand and Australia using the laptop and Mapsource realtime tracking saved us a lot of grief, and made the transition to driving on the left side of the road a bit easier. At least we weren't lost!! Also when you get your Mapsource maps turn auto routing off as the legend, and I believe the vista doesn't support in anyway. it will save you a bit of space. Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  2. I have a good chunk of Texas, The area around LAX, chunks of New Mexico, and Arizona, all of New Zealand and almost all of Victoria Australia in mine. I use Mapsource Topo and World Map. I recently had a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and use the NM and AZ stuff often. he Texas chunks are for around home here. The Legend has more than enough memory for me. Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  3. I have not seen a significant gain in accuracy by using WAAS. In fact sometimes instead of being within 10 meters or so the accuracy goes out to 30 meters or so using WAAS. Thats with 4 or 5 satelites pegged with d's. At this point I don't see the benefit of WAAS Perhaps after they launch a few more birds it will get better. Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  4. I believe that one of the firmware updates fixes this problem. If you are not already using the latest firmware I would suggest that you upgrade. An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  5. I wish people would pay as much attention to Microsoft's bugs as they do Garmin's. Speak about problems! Ander,s you should be bugging MS instead of badgering Garmin. Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  6. would be intersestedin what you have to say about it in a few weeks.Please let us know. Tim An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  7. would be intersestedin what you have to say about it in a few weeks.Please let us know. Tim An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  8. quote:Do you people who think you're paying too much have any idea what goes into making an accurate computer map?? These maps all have to be hand digitized, which means mega hours and mega dollars in the initial investment. I'm heavily involved in GIS mapping and GPS'ing. I've done digitizing, and one project I've been working on off and on for over two years if far from complete, and the end product will not be that impressive unless you're a GIS user and realize how much work went into it. Technology is pricey, and people who don't want to support the map makers of your GPS company are just shooting yourself in the foot. But as a consumer it is not my worry how much it cost the manufacturer to produce a product. My only worry is how much they try to sell it for. Frankly I bought the Garmin products because they have what I want, and they are the only company the does. If it is so time consuming and pricey how can NG, TopoGrafix, and MS offer very nice products at less than half the cost? The only difference that I see is that Garmin has ability upload maps to the GPS. I like the Garmin Products, but I still think that they are a bit pricey considering the other offerings out there. Regards Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  9. quote:Do you people who think you're paying too much have any idea what goes into making an accurate computer map?? These maps all have to be hand digitized, which means mega hours and mega dollars in the initial investment. I'm heavily involved in GIS mapping and GPS'ing. I've done digitizing, and one project I've been working on off and on for over two years if far from complete, and the end product will not be that impressive unless you're a GIS user and realize how much work went into it. Technology is pricey, and people who don't want to support the map makers of your GPS company are just shooting yourself in the foot. But as a consumer it is not my worry how much it cost the manufacturer to produce a product. My only worry is how much they try to sell it for. Frankly I bought the Garmin products because they have what I want, and they are the only company the does. If it is so time consuming and pricey how can NG, TopoGrafix, and MS offer very nice products at less than half the cost? The only difference that I see is that Garmin has ability upload maps to the GPS. I like the Garmin Products, but I still think that they are a bit pricey considering the other offerings out there. Regards Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  10. I considered TOPO and R&R for my needs. I instead went with TOPO and World Map as we have a trip to New Zealand coming up in December and felt it would be nice to at least have the country mapped on my GPS. I think that if you spend a lot of time outdoors then TOPO is what you would really need. During the summer I spend a great deal of time in the mountains and deserts of AZ and the TOPO is what I need to navigate. I want to know what the terrain is like and only TOPO can provide that. I think that R&R would be my second choice for a map set to own. It is more up to date than the basemap and therefore it would be a better tool for traveling. I gotta tell ya that I would never go to some of the places that I go to without at least a map and a compass. Because the GPS is still a new concept I take the map, compass and gps with me when I go to the woods. It's not smart not to take all available resources. Regards Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  11. quote: want Garmin to continue to make high quality reasonably priced GPS units. I don't want them to get seduced away from that by the 80% margins they are making on [what is by most accounts mediocre] software. This is in my eyes fairly accurate appraisal. I have 2 of the Garmin Mapsource products and feel that they are at best adequate. One would hope that Garmin would want to produce superior products? I also have NG trip planner which seems to at least equal the Garmin products that I own. However, the NG product was about $80.00 less than the Garmin product and only thing that it doesn't do is copy waypoints and routes to the GPS. So does that mean that I am paying $80.00 for the ability to transfer routes and waypoints? $100 bucks is a lot of money for a simply adequate program. Lets hope that they are going to improve there products in the near future, or give up their little transfer routine to somebody who can do it better and cheaper. An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  12. Their prices are reasonable. http://www.productwizard.com/garac.html An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  13. quote: My wife gave me a 1 to 3 adapter for the car lighter outlet so I can plug in my Vista while she charges her cell phone. I gave up smoking so I can use the third for my laptop once I get a cable and not have to worry about the original lighter I have one of those too. I run a cooler charge the cell phone or run a massager-seat cushion, and run the legend. I love it. Glad to hear that you gave upo smoking. I did too 5 years ago. It was very hard to do. Thanks to all that replied to this question. An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  14. quote: My wife gave me a 1 to 3 adapter for the car lighter outlet so I can plug in my Vista while she charges her cell phone. I gave up smoking so I can use the third for my laptop once I get a cable and not have to worry about the original lighter I have one of those too. I run a cooler charge the cell phone or run a massager-seat cushion, and run the legend. I love it. Glad to hear that you gave upo smoking. I did too 5 years ago. It was very hard to do. Thanks to all that replied to this question. An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  15. It may actually slow down the cache looters? However, I am still trying to figure out what level of humanity it is that would steal a couple of happy meal toys from an old ammo box?? Regards Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  16. Timothius

    Waas?

    I have tried WAAS several times, and on several trips with my legend, and have had lots of those little D's in the power bar and have not seen any improvement. If fact there were a few times when I started out with 10-12 foot accuracy and after turning on the WAAS it jumped up to 30 feet accuracy. Maybe when it jumped up it really did get more accurate. I just haven't seen anything to make it a big seller in my book. It may be my location, but I think it's just a bunch of hype right now! An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  17. I have the combo cable and wonder if I can have the GPS take power from the cigarette lighter and have the laptop hooked up for real time tracking at the same time. It looks as though I can do this? Anybody try it yet? Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  18. it really depends on what zoom level you work with. If you don't need the big picture then it should work but if you need detail at a larger scale then it sometimes gets a bit hard to really tell what your lookijng at. I generally print a map out from map source to use in tandem with the GPS. I do believe that I could function with the GPS topo maps alone but they are certainly not the same level that I was used to in the army, or those purchased from USGS. I never did care much for 1:world level maps.I am a 1:25,000 type of guy lateron Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  19. I have found Mapsource software for 76.95 plus $7.00 shipping. That's a few dollars less than $100.00. I have done business with ebay sellers, but I would use caution and always pay with credit card where possible, and before bidding check the sellers feedback for bad comments. If a seller has one or 2 bad comments in 6 months with hundreds of sauction that one thing, but there are many sellers that have 15, 20 or more bad comments and fewer auctions. I wouldn't do business with them. Good luck in your search. The Product Wizard Timothius An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  20. I have been using NIMH and it seems that it is cheapest all the way around. I always carry a spare set just in case! I also have lots of uses for AA and AAA batteries so they get heavy use in my house An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  21. I have been using NIMH and it seems that it is cheapest all the way around. I always carry a spare set just in case! I also have lots of uses for AA and AAA batteries so they get heavy use in my house An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  22. Those of you placing caches please think before placing them. There ain't a hobby, or a game in the world worth dying for. So lets place em in safe spots. For those of us looking for the caches let's use some common sense. I passed a cache up this summer because some yo-yo placed it on a cliff. I ain't climbing a shear cliff for a happy meal toy! I am really glad that the original poster is OK. Sheesh, it's a game folks! An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  23. Those of you placing caches please think before placing them. There ain't a hobby, or a game in the world worth dying for. So lets place em in safe spots. For those of us looking for the caches let's use some common sense. I passed a cache up this summer because some yo-yo placed it on a cliff. I ain't climbing a shear cliff for a happy meal toy! I am really glad that the original poster is OK. Sheesh, it's a game folks! An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  24. a bug report a week or so ago. Mine does it occasionally when in mod to heavy tree cover. Generally using the "Use with GPS off" and then "Use with GPS on" switch clears it. Please send them a bug report so that htey can at least be made aware of it. You will get a canned answer but they will work on it. An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
  25. The one about the parking lot will be useful to me. I never gave it a thought and often have a hard time in a large crowded parking lot. An Irish Toast: "May you be in heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead"
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