[OSM-talk] newbie needs hand-holding
richard at systemeD.net
Thu Mar 30 10:48:55 BST 2006
Quoting RolyMo <rolymo at gmail.com>:
> At present, I am tempted to buy the Geko 201 because its the only one
> with documentation - but I get the impression that there may be better
> options. (I'm looking to add tracks from within my car.)
> I'd really appreciate suggestions. Remember - I don't have the first
> clue at this stage about what hardware I need, how to connect it to my
> Mac laptop or Ubuntu/XP desktops or what software is required to
> upload something useful to OSM.
> Is a handheld appropriate for gathering data in a car? Is it a better
> solution to add GPS harware to my PowerBook?
A Geko 201 is a good all-purpose solution, equally suitable for a car,
trip or a cycle ride. My main complaints are the battery life (but you
it off a 12v cigar lighter socket in a car) and the tiny size of the buttons,
but these shouldn't be a major issue for in-car use. One plus is that the
rubberised base will sit nicely on the dashboard without sliding around.
To connect it to a Mac laptop, you can use a serial cable (available on
about £10, including 12v adaptor), with a serial-USB adaptor (Keyspan make
MacGPSBabel is simple, easyish-to-use software that will download the
GPX format, ready for uploading to OSM.
(Alternatively, I like the look of the Scytex NaviGPS
(http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/GPS_Reviews), but it's not clear
whether it comes with/needs a Mac driver.)
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