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Welcome / open talk


Chit Chat Thread for the week of February 15, 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

Sat-nav devices face big errors as solar activity rises


Researchers say the Sun is awakening after a period of low activity, which does not bode well for a world ever more dependent on satellite navigation.

National Red Light Camera Protest Feb 14.

And you thought it was just another Valentines Day on Sunday.

There are several groups doing protest demonstrations against the Red Light cash cows. Oh, I'm sorry, they are calling them 'safety rallies'. wink

Article about Chicago's protest rally:

There is a RLC Protest page on Facebook, too:

High cost of Motorcycle GPS

I am in the market for a GPS for my motorcycle. Don't really understand the high cost of them compared to auto units. I guess my only real concern is, when they say bluetooth does it send the voice directions out over the bluetooth? That is about all I need really, to be able to hear the directions in my headset.

Skydiving Drop Zones POI

Do we use the Skydiving Drop Zones POI to hit them or avoid them?

dobs108 razz

Open post to GPS engineers

Greetings all,

A suggestion:

Please include data into the poi database such as a business's hours of operation.

Example, you are in unfamiliar territory and it is late. You select "all food". The GPS would know that it is late and would filter out businesses that have closed.

Have A Great Day! Michael

Navteq quick response

I just got a email today (2-11-10) from Navteq:

Dear Map Reporter,

Thank you for your recent Map Report. We are pleased to inform you that we have completed our investigation.

Summary of your Map Report:
NAVTEQ Map Report number: NVTQ000005902989
SUBMITTED: 21, Jun 2008 12:42:41


Garmin Asus-reveals-two-nuvifones

Maybe Garmin will not go out of business

"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Adding a icon to 255w

How do I add a custom icon to the list of icons already on the 255W data base from garmin? I have lighthouse icon from POI Factory's list of icons that I would like to use on a site I down loaded from google Maps into my "Favorites". How do I do that or is it impossable?

Snow Snow, Go away

Can't use my GPS if I can't get my car out. sad

Newby with Nuvi

I a very long time user of Garmin GPS's, currently have GPSMAP-60CSx, several etrex units a gps-12, nuvi 750 and 3-nuvi 255w's. I got the 255w units for my kids and thought I'd do some tinkering with them before I turn them over. I have some basic questions about these units and found this neat site doing a search.

2010 Olympic Scheduel

Is everyone ready for the Olympics now that the super bowl is over. If so here is a site to get the full scheduel. smile

johnm405 660 & MSS&T

New Here

I've had my GPS for awhile and just decided to update it a little bit. This seems like the best site for POIs, so I thought I would join and drop a line to thank all the people that have put stuff up on this site. Looking forward to many more additions in the future.

EZ Pass Lane assist

Just a thought, This probably is a bad idea but I would think that knowing which lanes at toll booths accept EZ Pass or similar, or cash only, would be very helpful. This would be a more dynamic feature than exit lane assist and would need more updating. Does anybody know if this has been discussed before? Regards, John


Got woken up by an earthquake about an hour ago here in Illinois. That was wild!!!

Cool Beans & Applesause

Who Dat?

Boudreaux died and was on his way down to hell. In anticipation, the Devil turned up the thermostat to make it extra warm for Boudreaux. When Boudreaux arrived, the devil asked, "Hey Boudreaux, how do you like it down there?" Boudreaux says. "Mais, it's just fine. It reminds me of summer on the bayou." That made the devil mad. That night, he turned the thermostat up all the way it could go.

Recommendation for a friend.

I have a friend who has been hired by the U.S. Census bureau to do Census work in a fairly rural area of Georgia. The maps for the area are really poor and he is considering his first GPS unit.

He does not have a lot of $ to spend on a unit, and I suggested he check out a Nuvi 650, which I have, because I found a refurbished one on sale on Amazon ( for only $165.

Nuvi 3790T w. Lifetime Maps/Macintosh OS Lion/iPhone 4/iPad 1

World War II-era navigation system shutting down

Good night, Loran.

In a series of small ceremonies, the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday afternoon will shut down Loran-C, a navigation and timing system that has guided mariners and aviators since World War II.

nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

Contributors of the Week 2010-02-01

This week we are recognizing DRMCMTR!!!

You have been keeping me up to date with the Chicago IL red light camera locations for years now.

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate having your wonderful set of eyes looking out for us.

Miss POI