A $40 GPS for your travels

Jun 16th, 2007, 05:11 PM
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A $40 GPS for your travels

Through 19 June 2007, Fry's Electronics is offering the DeLorme Earthmate LT-20 GPS receiver bundled with their Street Atlas USA 2008 for $59.99 with two $10 rebates (one of which requires proof of ownership of another mapping program). So for $40 or $50, you have all the hardware you need to run Microsoft AutoRoute, which offers country- to street-level routing and navigation with voice directions all over Europe on your laptop. AutoRoute can be found on eBay for a very few dollars.
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Jun 16th, 2007, 06:12 PM
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Or I could buy a map.
Sorry Robespierre, I know you live for this stuff. I just don't.
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Jun 17th, 2007, 07:27 AM
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Why the attack posture? You don't know anything.

I live for my family, music, literature, golf, and flying. The fact that you use paper instead of silicon says far more about you than it does me.
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Jun 17th, 2007, 07:31 AM
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these have been getting cheaper and that's the best deal I've seen. thanks

portables are dropping fast as well.

how good is the MS mapping software?

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Jun 17th, 2007, 07:34 AM
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while I am not very savy with electronic gadgets of sorts, there have been times when a GPS would've worked wonders. Try reading a map at night and you're lost. I am going straight to DH with this one. Thanks Robes!
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Jun 17th, 2007, 08:30 AM
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Microsoft mapping software (Streets & Trips for U.S. and AutoRoute for Europe) works as well as any I've seen. It has all the best features, such as autocompute if you have to deviate from a planned route, and voice prompts.

p.s. in order to make the LT-20 play nice with software other than DeLorme's, it is necessary to install their Serial Emulator.

delorme.com/support/SupportTemplate.aspx?id=319
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Jun 17th, 2007, 08:34 AM
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TTT

flies with honey or vinegar?
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Jun 17th, 2007, 08:26 PM
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Sorry that you took that as an attack Robespierre. It was not meant as one.
My job is programming, but I do not own a cell phone and I use maps. So, yes that says a lot about me.
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Jun 17th, 2007, 09:45 PM
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Does the European mapping include small towns and rural roads?
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Jun 17th, 2007, 11:53 PM
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Robespierre - with Autoroute, can you load that on a Pocket PC with on onboard GPS receiver or do you have to load it on a pc and download routes/maps to the PPC? I am looking for an inexpensive European navigation program that will effectively turn the PPC into a handheld GPS.
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Jun 18th, 2007, 05:21 AM
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Packed - absolutely. See microsoft.com/autoroute

Ripit - no, AutoRoute doesn't run on a PPC, and it hasn't made downloadable maps since MS stopped marketing Pocket Streets in 2006.

But to make a PPC into a handheld GPS, you might look at tinyurl.com/2ztexj
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