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Adapter to unlock the Toyota (Sienna) & Lexus GPS unit to use it while driving

I have found a company in Calif. who sells the adapter to unlock the GPS units in Toyota SIenna and LExus so that the user can search poi, input addresses while driving. ALso this adapter will allow user to use the radion/music section without restriction (like searching for multiple folders, songs on ipod ect).

How Good Are **YOUR** GPS's Directions?

Apologies if it's already been offered here, but if you haven't seen this video, I'm confident you'll be impressed!



Map Quality / Accuracy

I just purchased a nuvi 1450T, and I find it very refreshing compared to my old TomTom 930T. One of the things that seriously frustrated me with TomTom was the lack of accuracy in the maps. I am not referring to a brand new overpass, but in one case a piece of highway that has been in place for over 10 years and is 15 miles long, but TomTom's maps were unaware of it.

Haunted Houses 2010.........bomb fires, corn mazes....

Anyone working on haunted houses, corn mazes, bomb fires etc.?

Will Your Next GPS Have Wifi?

I have been using my Garminfone for about a month now. This is actually my third GPS phone. The first two were a Pharos GPS Phone 600 with Garmin Mobile XT and more recently the Garmin Nuvifone G60. I must say that I really like this device. I have my T-Mobile SIM card in it, but I stopped using the data plan on it a few days ago.

TomTom shows signs of life with Traffic Manifesto

aims to shorten European travel times by 5 percent

More GPS news from Engadget.


If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

Swiss van driver gets stuck up a 'glorified goat track,' blames GPS

It seems a lot of people have trouble taking responsibility for being dumb. smile


If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

Masonic Lodges

For those who might be interested, I have created two new POI files of Masonic Lodges. One is for lodges located in the Grand Regristry of Alberta, the other is for Arizona. I hope this helps you in your visits.

One is here: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/30624
the other here: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/30611

I drive, therefore I am happy. Rodeo, wildlife and nature photography rodeophoto.ca

Contributors of the Week 2010-09-20

This week we are recognizing Cactusmitch for his contribution of this file: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/30650 Fatalities near Attractions in Texas. He also published the Worst Fatality sites in the US: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/30499

Miss POI

Does map update mean POI...

When you update/upgrade maps, do the POI's get updated as well?

Chit Chat Thread for the week of September 27th 2010

This is the place to talk about things that are not gps related.

Have fun...

This thread will be closed on Monday and a new one will be opened.

MaryAnn Melby AKA Miss POI

Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race

Yet, another use of GPS technology...

Today is the first day of the Gordon Bennett International Gas Balloon Race. This is a multi-day, distance race with gas filled (hydrogen and helium) balloons.

These balloons are very different than hot-air balloons.

This year's launch is being hosted in the UK in the Southern town of Bristol.

And now for something completely different...

Why do people speed on the freeway? With the exception of those grossly exceeding the speed limit, the general sentiment seems to be that the majority of commuters may be speeding several miles above the speed limit but doing so to enhance traffic flow in a relatively reasonable manner.

POI Locations

I love the POI 1,000,000 location site,wow it's awesome. I'm sure this is only going to continue to grow!There's just one thing and maybe I over looked it but...

Another use for a Garmin

Had to run alot of errands today. Before I left I copied and pasted my list into Powerpoint. (I use MS Office 2007). Horizontal orientation for the slides. I Saved the slide with my list as a JPEG file and transferred it to the JPEG folder on the 1450. I had a nice easy way to reference my "To Do" list as I made my stops.

Map Reading and Land Navigation

Just an FYI for anyone that is interested, here is a link to a fabulous book (PDF format) produced by the US Army on Map Reading and Land Navigation. Since there have been several discussions about paper map backups and such I thought you might get some great info out of this piece, I know I have.

Illinois Task Force to Address GPS Use by Truckers

A new Illinois task force is looking at the issue of truckers straying off of truck-friendly routes when using consumer GPS routing systems...


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president

Contributors of the Week 2010-09-13

This week we are recognizing Hernt and TheProf.

Hernt has been very helpful in keeping me up to date on all the installation and removals of camera locations all over IL. It is nice to have someone that is so dedicated to our community. Thank you so much for looking out for us.

Chit Chat Thread for the week of September 20th 2010

This is the place to talk about things that are not gps related.

Have fun...

This thread will be closed on Monday and a new one will be opened.

MaryAnn Melby AKA Miss POI


I renewed my AAA membership by phone the other day and brought up putting coordinates in the tour books for the different listings. I don't know if this guy knew what he was talking about, but he said they would be furnishing coordinates starting with the 2011 tour books.

Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.