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Help for those challenged by the road ways! September 20, 2008

Filed under: Computer Software — angie79 @ 4:19 am
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Satellite locations above Earth

Just yesterday I was heading into Richmond to attend a small business class and I almost lost my mind. I left the house in plenty of time and even had printed directions. But of course, this just wasn’t enough!  I called three different people in an absolute panicked frenzy asking for help.  I’m not sure what I wanted from them but it was either that or have a nervous breakdown on 5th and Main Street. So, it really wasn’t difficult for me to select which topic to write about this week.  I need a GPS unit more than anyone I know but I just don’t want to admit my failure of navigation.  I keep thinking I will overcome this weakness and learn the ways of the road.   

Regardless of my inferiority to the roadways, I did discover that these systems are quite affordable.  I was previously interested in Tom Tom but after web searching couldn’t find as much about it as I did for Garmin.  After perusing I’ve discovered that I can get the hot new Nuvi 200 for just $199.99. This particular unit comes preloaded with City Navigator NT that gives you Map information. 

It also has Garmin Garage which allows you to select your vehicles specific details and Saversguide with information on Merchant discounts in the area of your choice. Garmin offers a webupdater function that allows a consumer to go the website and download software updates as needed. It was listed on the website as a free feature. Unlike a CPU, the hardware for this device is a satellite above earth.  It takes pictures of whatever is below and sends signals that report data as requested such as for Direct TV or Sirius radio.  The software downloaded to your GPS essentially formats what the satellite (the hardware) is reporting and allows the user to understand the information.  A satellite might send longitude and latitude information but that doesn’t do me any good when I’m stuck in rush hour and have no idea where I’m at.  The signal from above is sent to the GPS unit, the software then unscrambles the data and it is delivered in an organized humanly format by a pleasant voice.  


With the help of these technological advances, there would be no reason for me to ever get lost again!