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New Garmin StreetPilot!!

Lunch time, so time for a quick post… uh… and maybe I’ll get some food, maybe not. :-)

I’ve been holding off on replacing my GPS just because it isn’t the highest priority to spend money on even though it has a huge orange spot in the middle of the screen that makes it difficult to use. But the wait has paid off! Garmin has announced a new unit!!!

Garmin StreetPilot c330

Our StreetPilot “c-series” GPS navigators feature a simple touchscreen interface, with automatic route calculation to any destination and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions along the way. Selecting a destination is straightforward and requires only a limited amount of input from the user. Plus, the StreetPilot c320 and StreetPilot c330 allow you to choose between a three-dimensional navigation view or the more traditional “bird’s eye” overhead view.

For the ultimate out-of-the-box convenience, the StreetPilot c330 comes pre-loaded with highly detailed MapSource City Select street data of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The database features an industry-leading five million-plus points of interest—including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs, and attractions. (The c320 comes with a 128 MB SD card and a MapSource City Select CD-ROM for data transfer from a PC via a USB connection.)

The centerpiece of both units is a bright, 3.5-inch diagonal, 16-bit color display that makes navigation a snap. The StreetPilot c330 features dual integrated speakers for high-quality voice prompts, and an internal lithium-ion battery for out-of-car route planning.

The new StreetPilot c-series boasts distinctive and sleek styling—the only buttons are a rotary volume knob and an on/off switch. The device is secured by a suction-mount cradle that fastens to the windshield for easy portability between vehicles. Users can customize their unit’s appearance with an array of colored faceplates (sold separately).

Suggested Retail Price:
$964.27 U.S.D. (for domestic US market only)

Expected Availability:
March 2005

(via gpsinformation.org)

No detailed reviews with screenshots and such yet. I can only hope that despite what they say about it being “Easy” they have retained all the features of previous StreetPilots. The only thing that could make me not want this would be if they removed some of the “geek features” like downloading tracks to your computer, entering destinations by latitude and longitude rather than by address, etc…. But Gramin has been pretty good about that sort of thing. If this thing is feature complete, then the larger screen plus preloaded nationwide maps and everything will make it a no brainer… once enough of the critical stuff is taken care of to make an optional thing such as this a reasonable way to spend money again.

Can’t wait to see detailed reviews of this thing once it is actually available!

Hurty

My left shoulder (which I injured several years ago when I went skiing with Chris on a slope that was more ice than snow because there was freezing rain, and which was beyond my essentially non-existant skill level because the kiddie slopes were closed that day) is really hurting this morning. I’m sure I aggrivated it with all the moving heavy things and sleeping on floors and air mattresses and such. Anyway, it really hurts. I should take something maybe. I think I have one Vioxx left from when I originally got treated from the shoulder, but they have that whole heart attack thing going now, so maybe not. Maybe some OTC Motrin or something. Dunno.

I had a fever a couple days ago, but it is gone now. Still have a headache and a cough though. Amy is sick too. And I am just tired. There has been a lot going on. And not enough sleep. (Although the day I came home from work with a fever, I went right to sleep and basically slept through to morning.)

I look forward to the day, which probably won’t be for a couple weeks, where we can take a whole weekend and just relax without having to worry about things we have to get done.

Up and Running

Abulsme.com is now up and running from the new house. Yea! It was stubborn for a bit, but with some help from Chris I got it all happy again.

I gained a bunch of download speed, but also lost a bunch of upload speed. Which makes for better web surfing and all that, but isn’t as good for running a site off of. I also no longer have a seperate fixed IP for the server. But that is all accounted for, and it is working. (As is obvious if you are reading this.)

For reference, here are my DSL Reports test results:

At the old house:

2004-10-27 23:17:30 EST: 805 / 600
Your download speed : 824753 bps, or 805 kbps.
A 100.6 KB/sec transfer rate.
Your upload speed : 615072 bps, or 600 kbps.

At the new house:

2005-01-06 00:05:38 EST: 2571 / 351
Your download speed : 2633624 bps, or 2571 kbps.
A 321.4 KB/sec transfer rate.
Your upload speed : 359534 bps, or 351 kbps.

Of course those test results are influenced by many factors and come out different every time you run them, and I just ran them once in each location rather than running it many times and taking an average, but the general conclusions are I’m sure accurate. Much faster downloads, much slower uploads. A trade off I guess.

Anyway, I’m up and running again. The disconnect order is in for the DSL at the old place.

Oh, I forgot to bring my monitor for the server, so all the setup I did today I did using my projector that I normally watch Tivo and DVDs on, projected onto a 2 foot square area of a blue wall. Hey, it worked!

The next posts will be about something increadibly interesting I’m sure rather than a new connection for the abulsme.com server. Stay tuned!