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we are not the only ones using Google Maps

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.

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7

PA is out of sight

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.

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

GPS on Gasbuddy

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

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Nuvi 2595LMT, Nuvi 1490T, Nuvi 260, GPSMAP 195

OnStar's 'brazen' data tracking comes under fire

http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/26/technology/schumer_onstar_in...

Quote:

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.

Contributors of the Week 2011-09-19

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)

Ski Goggle GPS

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 wink

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Nuvi 760 & 660, Streetpilot, GPS III, GPS 10X

Chit Chat Thread for the week of September 26th, 2011

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.

Jonathan

POI Factory Outages 9/26/2011

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.

Jonathan (aka JM)

new password

Just got the following email:

Don B,

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:

http://www.poi-factory.com/user/reset/13242/...

After you get logged in, you can visit your account page to change your password.

TEMPORARY LINK:

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

Improving GPS Accuracy When Recording Locations

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.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Red Light Legal Problem in my state

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.

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/News/article.php?id=94295

Sad to admit, but this looks like interest in revenue.

OnStar Will Sell User Data

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.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/09/onstar-pr...

LightSquared proposes 'simple, affordable solution' to that pesky GPS interference issue

We'll have to find out more about this.

http://goo.gl/xsr85

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

Travelling on I-77 on Columbus Day

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.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Who says that classical music is boring?

This was sent to me and it is Good. Hope everyone enjoys it.

http://www.mozartgroup.org/video.htm

smile

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johnm405 660 & MSS&T

When traveling to Alaska is best to fly

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:

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Garmin 38 - Magellan Gold - Garmin Yellow eTrex - Nuvi 260 - Nuvi 2460LMT - Google Nexus 7

Contributors of the Week 2011-09-12

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.

Chit Chat Thread for the week of September 18th, 2011

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.

Jonathan

Garmin Launches New Portable EFB 796

Some of you might be interested.. while others may not.

http://www.flyingmag.com/avionics-gear/portablehandhelds/gar...

Nuvi1300WTGPS

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I'm not really lost.... just temporarily misplaced!

MAC Lion and Roadtrip

Hi,

Has any one used Roadtrip successfully with Mac Lion?

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