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wardtn

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  • Location: Knoxville, TN
Let technology help you find your way Tue, 10/21/03 2:13 PM (permalink)
Regarding the use of computers to help plan your trips, I thought it would be appropriate to bring a new device to your attention. The Garmin iQue 3600. It is a PDA (personal data assistant...Palm pilot) with integrated GPS (global positioning satellite) system. Basically, you select or enter an address, it calculates your best route and even gives you turn by turn instructions (voice prompts) along the way! You've probably seen similar systems as an option in high end automobiles for $1,000 or 2,000 more. The Garmin iQue retails for $589 but you can get them for as little as $475 if you search around a bit on the internet. This device just came out in July and folks are loving it!

Now, if only I had the 'discretionary' funds to buy one...maybe my tax refund?

Cheers, good eating and easy driving!

Ward in Knoxville, TN
 
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    scbuzz

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    • Location: Sumter, SC
    RE: Let technology help you find your way Tue, 10/21/03 2:16 PM (permalink)
    My budget allows me only to use Rand McNally version 1.0 !!!


    I especially like the free ones you pick up from the welcome centers at the borders of each state !!!
     
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      lleechef

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      RE: Let technology help you find your way Tue, 10/21/03 2:40 PM (permalink)
      If you lived in Alaska you'd be $1,107.53 richer thanks to our PFD. We already have a hand-held GPS for the boat.....I think I'll spend mine in NOLA
       
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        lleechef

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        RE: Let technology help you find your way Tue, 10/21/03 4:15 PM (permalink)
        no, silly, Permanent Fund Dividend........given to every man, woman and child in this great state every year!!
         
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          Sundancer7

          RE: Let technology help you find your way Tue, 10/21/03 4:44 PM (permalink)
          Delorme has a GPS and a mapping system on the CD that fits into your laptop. It has every street in the USA and Canada on it. Also has a great point of interest feature that has most of the roadfood sites on it, it talks to you, very portable and is about $150.00. The GPS receiver is about the size of a small cell phone and fits on your dash, plugs into your laptop.

          Paul E. Smith
          Knoxville, TN
           
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            lleechef

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            RE: Let technology help you find your way Tue, 10/21/03 4:50 PM (permalink)
            Last year we all got TWO grand.......the stock market was worse this year, we only got a little over a grand. And yes, we get to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
             
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              lleechef

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              RE: Let technology help you find your way Tue, 10/21/03 5:26 PM (permalink)
              Um, yep, that's about what I got in MI living in Traverse City:
              (translation is snow, snow, snow and more snow!)
               
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                Hillbilly

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                RE: Let technology help you find your way Wed, 10/22/03 9:33 AM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Sundancer7

                Delorme has a GPS and a mapping system on the CD that fits into your laptop. It has every street in the USA and Canada on it. Also has a great point of interest feature that has most of the roadfood sites on it, it talks to you, very portable and is about $150.00. The GPS receiver is about the size of a small cell phone and fits on your dash, plugs into your laptop.

                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN

                Delorme also has "Earthmate" versions for PDAs and Bluetooth wireless devices. At less than $200 for the GPS and mapping program combined, this is a real buy. The new versions are backordered, but they expect delays of only a couple of weeks. Their mapping system is among the best I've seen (much better than the one delivered with the Alpine Nav system in my new Honda Pilot).
                I have not yet seen a GPS system and program designed to work with Microsoft's "Streets and Trips", but that should be a natural combination.
                 
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                  lleechef

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                  RE: Let technology help you find your way Wed, 10/22/03 12:15 PM (permalink)
                  clothier, to answer your question, yes, I was the exec. chef at the Trillium Restaurant in Grand Traverse Resort from 1986-1988 (couldn't stand the winters there, in 1986 we had 92" of snow by Christmas Day!!).
                   
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                    wardtn

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                    RE: Let technology help you find your way Wed, 10/22/03 5:03 PM (permalink)
                    Regarding the Garmin iQue 3600,

                    In case you wonder about it's other functionalities... if you want to go hiking to work off that extra cheeseburger, you can take the iQue with you...oh, and if you are walking and remember that thing you forgot earlier, you can record it on the built in recorder...oh, and if you want a little music you can fire up the built in mp3 player...oh, and if you remember you need to make an appointment with the stock broker to invest in Personal Flotation Device manufacturers in Alaska, you can pop it in your datebook, oh, and if you want to know what elevation you are hiking at, you can get that too...and there's more! Oh, and you don't have to buy a laptop to connect it to so you can actually use it in the field.

                    I'd rather have an iQue...unfortunately I'm missing both kinds...
                     
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