Welcome / open talk


No COW this week. Instead: Holiday Survival

Since Contributor of the Year voting is underway, I will not be posting a COW for this week.

This week I’d like to hear about how you either celebrate or endure the holiday season.

Are there family traditions that you enjoy or do you hide out with your light box and count the days till January 2nd?


Chit Chat Thread For The Week Of December 23, 2013

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.


Voting For 2013 Contributors Of The Year

Craker Barrel

I have deleted the Cracker Barrel file from my custom POI file. They have said & done things that offend me.

1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014, or Political correct Happy Holiday

Target Store Breach

This was on last night news. I almost purchased an iPad Mini at Target store on black Friday. Glad I didn't.

BOSTON (Reuters) - Target Corp said hackers have stolen data from up to 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited its stores during the first three weeks of the holiday season in the second-largest such breach reported by a U.S. retailer.

Community Christmas spirit, lets see your lights

Here is my entree, computer work starts in June lights go on the day after Thanksgiving, please give a thumbs up in Youtube.


Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

Home monitoring using the internet.

Has anyone here had experience using any products from La Crosse Alerts? The research I have done looks promising. I worry about the "home front" while traveling during the winter.

:260W, 50LM

No COW this week. Instead: A look back at 2013

Since Contributor of the Year voting is underway, I’ve decided not to post a COW for this week.

Instead I thought it might be nice to hear a little about how 2013 went for everyone.

Is there a New Year’s resolution you stuck with?

For the goal setters, is there a special met goal that you’re particularly proud of?

Did you check an item off of your bucket list?

The Big Easy

Got back Saturday from a trip to New Orleans, and though I'm a Luddite dinosaur, I'm starting to see the benefit of a smart phone with GPS.

On our way to Pascal's Manale for BBQ shrimp,there was a car overturned on the streetcar tracks. The driver said Napolean Avenue was "a few blocks up there", but we had no idea the distance. A smart phone/GPS would have told us how far we had to go.

Chit Chat Thread For The Week Of December 16, 2013

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.


Voting For 2013 Contributors Of The Year


New Google Maps "Send to"

I just found this.

"Send to car and the new Google Maps

Send to Car will be available soon on the new Google Maps - and we want to make sure you can use the feature as soon as it’s ready. To get the Send to Car feature in the new Google Maps, you need to sign in to your Google Account and save a Send to Car enabled device to that account.

Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

CSV vs GPX: Garmin?

Tonight, I noticed there's new labeling when choosing which file format to download. Formerly, CSV implied Garmin and has always been successful for my Garmin units. Tonight, I'm seeing Garmin associated with GPX and Rand McNally associated with CSV. For example contrast "Rest Areas Combined" with "Truck/RV Fuel Stations" and you'll see what I'm referencing.


The Deterioration Of Our Judicial System

How sad that the rich can many times buy their way out.
A 16 year old from a privileged family kills 4 innocent people while driving intoxicated and gets 10 years probation.
Why, because the attorney brings up in defense he was never taught, he was "raised in an environment of privilege that afforded him no understanding of actions and their consequences"

Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

Voting For 2013 Contributors Of The Year

It is time once again for the POI Factory community to select a contributor of the year!

Voting is now in progress and will run until midnight December 31st (Eastern Time).

Voting is open to General Maintainers only.
You have to be a General Maintainer to vote, and you have to be one to get voted for.

Here is a link to a list of all the General Maintainers:

Texas Speed Traps

Did the size of the Texas Speed Traps file almost double??? It looked kind of suspicious so I didn't load it.


Dealing with Highway Construction and Closed Exits

I'm new to the Dallas-Fort Worth area so I'm leaning on my GPS a lot. I'm also dealing with a lot of construction on the highways. In certain sections of the highway most of the exits will be closed.

Of course, my Garmin GPS even with the most recent maps doesn't know this, so it can take me a long time to finally reach my destination. A lot of luck is involved.

Can anyone tell me

Re-CAL-culating... "Some people will believe anything they read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln

Getting GPS coordinates the easy way…

Just go to:


Once there, just enter the address for which you need coordinates for and click the "submit" button.

The results are returned in two formats:
Latitude and Longitude (Decimal) and Latitude and Longitude (ddd.mm.ss)

N = Latitude
W = Longitude

Sullivan's Law: Murphy was an optimist!

Contributors of the week 2013-12-02

This week we are recognizing, donaldb530!

Donaldb530 has been a member of POI Factory for over five years.
He maintains several files that are consistently in the top five POI files download, such as the WalMart files and Truck/RV fuel stations.
I’m more of a Costco person and donaldb530 maintains that file as well.

COY Opens This Friday, 12-13-13

This is just a notice, so the comment setting has been disabled.

We will open up voting for Contributor of the Year on Friday!

At that time anyone with General Maintainer status will be able to vote or be voted for this award.

Those members who are new or without General Maintainer status can still participate by commenting in the discussion thread that will be opened.

The Weather Channel’s practice of naming winter storms is:

The Weather Channel’s practice of naming winter storms is:

10. Stupid
9. A lot of attention seeking publicity
8. Better than the old school practice such as the Winter of 2010 or Blizzard of 1947.
7. A guaranteed money making idea.
6. Where are they getting these ‘new age’ names anyway?
5. A prelude to them naming heat waves in the summer.

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