GPS application (was: Request for help: Would like communityapplications to show anddiscuss at LinuxWorld)

steve steve at
Sat Aug 2 20:25:01 CEST 2008

 Bike mount?

 Or car mount?

 Guillermo how hard is that?

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If you don't need a GPS that's great but I find them really useful.
Yes, maps and a compasses are really useful but they are quite bulky and you
need the right one. Thanks to the FreeRunner I've now got localised, street
level maps for a large part of the work (OSM[0]) in my pocket. In addition
to this I don't even have to work out where I am and what direction I am
moving in.

I'm also looking for a mount for my bicycle handlebars so I'll have a full
bike computer with me when I'm riding - speed, direction, time and distance
will all be displayed for me along with the map. If I think of anything else
I want to hand I could either implement it myself or ask the tangoGPS guys.

And they are *so* much fun in planes :)



On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM, Ken Restivo <ken at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 12:38:07PM +0300, Mikko Rauhala wrote:
>> ti, 2008-07-29 kello 20:53 +0200, Marcus Bauer kirjoitti:
>> > I'm a huge Openstreetmap fan but until OSM is ready for routing 
>> > this will take at least five more years, probably ten.
>> That's probably true _if you drive a car_ (though even for that it 
>> can be a handy help, especially in areas that don't happen to have 
>> lots of turn restrictions, though you of course don't want to just 
>> blindly drive listening to it anyway).
>> Us others want navigation too and are considerably less hampered by 
>> OSM's current lackings. 'course, there are other projects than 
>> TangoGPS, but it seems otherwise nice so one would like it to include 
>> this as well. As long as I'm not coding it, it's not my call, of 
>> course :]
>> PS: Kudos for your work and all, but with all your hyperbole, jumping 
>> to conclusions, accusations of lying and stuff, you might want to 
>> take a step back for a breather if you want, you know, people to 
>> bother to listen to you instead of just wanting to rant wildly.
> I have a really dumb question:
> What is the point of having GPS anyway?
> I don't travel much, so perhaps that's why I just don't get it.
> If I'm navigating around a strange city, though, a hardcopy map is plenty
> I spend most of my time walking or taking public transport, within a very
short radius, in an area I already know very well. I'm just not getting
what's cool or exciting about GPS.
> -ken
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