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YES! Easily…

This is a dangerous judgement on a blog that says to have  a passion for GPS, I do understand that!

Let me explain.

More than often I hear people say that they survived life and vacation without GPS till now. And ofcourse they are right. Centuries ago I have been doing the same. Myself behind the wheel and my fellow traveller with a map on his or her knees and driving the same round about for the third time with a big smile on our faces (his depending on this fellow traveler ;-) ).

But traveling with a gps an be fun too.

Travelling with GPS devices

If you have a passenger without humour, go buy a GPS, to be sure to have and keep the atmosphere relaxed. Next to that you can drive the night away (*) on trips without looking back. No need to be afraid that you can’t find your way back. But only use it on your way back!

With a handheld navigation device you could have loads of fun, while searching geocaching all over the globe.

Newer device can log your route easier than before and with that you can geotag your pictures for you and others to know where exactly the pictures have been made.

Conclusion: A life without GPS is possible, but for sure less fun! ;-)

(edit: Did I forgot to tell you that it saves fuel too and so saves the planet?!)

(*) free to Neil Diamond’s On The Robert E. Lee / The Jazzsinger

February 15th, 2009 | 7 Comments | Posted in gps passion, handheld, navigation, pnd, thoughts
Tags: environment, fuel, , , , , planet, , thoughts,

Bug on the go…

Just after writing the post that GPS Passion is back, I did see this geocaching travelbug on a car close to my work.

This must be a sign!

GC travelbug

[the photo is edited, because you are not supposed to see the code]

January 30th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in gps passion
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Quest for GPS software for Mac – part 1

Switching from one computer to another isn’t always easy. But finally switching platform from Windows to Mac OS, well, that’s a – well thought through – revolution!

The search for holy grail ;-) software is not over, but there is one flaw in the ocean of Mac software: gps and/or geocaching related software. I don’t say there is no software for Mac, but it is not as widespread as Windows software and some types of software aren’t just there (yet).

Magellan (who?) is forgetting about it totally (but about a lot of other things too!) at all and Garmin is starting to support Mac since a few months with different programs that are still in beta (BUT being worked on! :-D)

The most recent Mac OS X I did find (read: a few days ago) is GeoJournal. A program that makes it a lot easier to get you geocaching waypoints and cache info to your devices.

It can make the (by geocaching.com) delivered waypoints from GPX to Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance or even TomTom Navigator 5.x and can export to CacheMate, that is available for Palm for years and years now, and for Windows Mobile about 1 year I say from memory.

For Mac users that are into geocaching GeoJournal is for sure worth the try.

May 1st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in software
Tags: , , , gps games, , , treasure hunt