May 192009
 
 Tuesday, 19 May 2009  Posted by at 14:51 geek, life, pictures Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »

About a year and a half ago I bought a Garmin Nuvi 200w. I bought it just before Adam & I went to MO & KS to visit his family and it was a great investment.

About six months ago it started to notify me that the maps were out of date. And recently we had really started to notice this – it would tell us to take turns that were not there or show us as not being on a road even though we were trucking down US-64.

I looked online and the maps were between $70 and $100. So, I ignored the warning and coped with the map issue, while getting frustrated that a $200 item had become significantly less useful in just over a years time.

This weekend I wa spoking around on the interwebs and I made a discovery. First, my Garmin had a firmware update. This got me excited as I hoped it meant it would find the sattelites faster – which is my biggest complaint about it. As I wa slooking to download the firmware I made a discovery. Yes, a single map is around $70 however a device lifetime subscription that includes up to four map updates a year is a one time fee of $110. No brainer, right?So, I updated the firmware (sattellites still take forever to find, dammit), and updated the maps.

While I was poking around, I foundmyself looking on POI Factory and discovered some useful POI files, including all the rest stops on US Interstates.  I also discovered that, surprisingly, only one corporate entity has published a POI files with all of its locations – Sheetz. I find this odd – not that Sheetz has done this, but that no other company seems to. It is easy to do, and could give your company a boost.

Lastly, I updated the car icon to one with a dog hanging its head out the window:

Jan 212009
 
 Wednesday, 21 January 2009  Posted by at 14:30 people, pets, pictures Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »

I have added a bunch of pictures to my gallery. I have been meaning to upload these for some time. These all, for the most part, link back to albums of pictures.

Here is Garbo and her Christmas present 100_0205

Here are some pictures of Garbo and Tracu all curled up togerther 100_0068

And some pictures of a muddy Garbo 100_0103

Here is Roawn with Garbo 100_0081 and 100_0082

Pictures from Thanksgiving at [ljuser]galeran[/ljuser] & [ljuser]splagxna[/ljuser] are here 100_0085

Pictures from our trip to the Outer Banks in December are here

And pictures from Joe & Michelle’s wedding (last weekend, in NY) are here 100_0204