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This thread is to wish everyone with birthdays in Oct, " Happy Birthday and Many More"
Not sure if anyone is affected. This just happened this morning.
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CHICAGO (KGO) -- Burglars are now using Google Maps to search for victims.
Police in the Chicago area recently arrested two suspects in a string of burglaries involving Google Maps.
Investigators believed they used the Google service to find expensive homes along highways. The burglars then allegedly use Google Earth to see the homes in 360-degree detail.
We are going to leave for Gettysburg Sunday and I was checking on tolls to make sure I have enough in my IPass account to cover all of the tolls. I can't believe Pennsylvania, it's going to cost almost as much to go part way across PA as it will to cross Indiana and Ohio combined.
Gasbuddy.com and its sister websites post a poll each week. This weeks poll asks what kind of GPS do users have in their primary vehicle.
Current voting shows 41% use portable PNDs, 32% don't use a gps at all, 13% use their cells and only 7% use in dash units.
Voting ends Sunday
A senator from New York has asked the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into vehicle tracking by General Motors' OnStar division. Two other senators issued calls for the company to explain and reconsider its tracking policies.
This week we're recognizing VersatileGuy for his help troublehooting some technical issues with POI Factory's OV2 files. He also often appears with helpful or thoughtful posts in the discussion areas.
Thank you VersatileGuy!
Jonathan (aka JM)
Coming soon to a ski slope near you, goggles with GPS built in: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20110926/z3-gps-goggles-lost/ Useful for those times you're tempted to call the ski patrol to find out where the heck you've gotten yourself
This is the place to talk about things that are not gps related.
This thread will be closed on Monday and a new one will be opened.
POI Factory was offline for a while today due to a network outage at our hosting company. The outage started around 9 am eastern and lasted approximately two hours.
EDIT: A second outage started around 1:45 pm eastern and lasted approximately 1.75 hours.
Sorry for the troubles.
Just got the following email:
A request to reset the password for your account has been made at POI Factory.
You can log in to www.poi-factory.com by clicking on this link or copying and pasting it in your browser:
After you get logged in, you can visit your account page to change your password.
I have tended to take three coordinate readings for locations being recorded in a POI file and averaging the results. Any thoughts on whether that is a worthwhile approach?
Another thought, you can drop a latitude/longitude marker in Google maps. But I have often wondered how accurate the GPS coordinates are in Google maps. So far I have not observed any discernible discrepancy.
It would seem that Bluff City failed to follow new state law that went into effect in July. The new law sets a minimum distance for a change in speed limits before a red light camera.
Sad to admit, but this looks like interest in revenue.
If you have an OnStar system in your vehicle you may want to disconnect it pretty soon. OnStar will begin selling user data!!!! And cancelling your service won't stop the data collection, you have to actually deactivate the data connection.
We'll have to find out more about this.
We are looking at a trip to Savannah and would expect to be driving along I-90 and I-77 on Columbus Day.
This will take us through Pennsylvania and West Virginia, that day. This is the Canadian Thanksgiving, so we have an idea what to expect in Canada. Unfortunately we have no idea if this is considered an extra busy travel day for our American friends in this part of the country.
This was sent to me and it is Good. Hope everyone enjoys it.
If you are going to Alaska from the lower 48 it is best to fly or have a large bank account just in case.
Just found this at the US State Dept website:
This week we're recognizing jgermann & Strephon_Alkhalikoi.
Both are regular contributors who've recently shared some thoughtful posts in the the forums.
It can be tricky at times to keep the dialogue productive, particularly when there are differences in opinion or strong feelings involved.
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