Lenovo Thinkpad -> Panasonic Toughbook

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  1. CWB32

    CWB32 Need parts for my flying saucer.

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    yeah ...
    there are a couple of *test* programs (we don't need no stinkin' apps) that are good to have to make sure that a gps module is installed/working correctly .
    these will also let you know something about the accuracy and S/N ratio (signal to noise) .

    personally , i have not liked the "lookin' sideways" mounting scheme of the factory gps antenna on the '19s .
    this is counterintuitive to what i learned over 40 years ago .
    but , then again , there have been some girls i have gone out with that i didn't think i would like ...
    seemed that their engineering was a tad messed up , but , they turned out to *work* ok when it came right down to it .
    :p:D
     
  2. SJLPHI

    SJLPHI Notebook Geek

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    I ended up ordering the GPS Unit from the e-bay link. Thanks! I will bug you again when I have it.

    In the mean while I can entertain you with that the toughbook proudly left a ding on my friend's car when I forgot it on top of his car, and cracked a toenail off of me, and apparently it is very champagne proof as well as waterproof.

    Earlier at a dinner, I opened a bottle of champagne and a lot of spills went onto the toughbook.

    So far, CF-19 Mk6 is certainly an everyday-laptop. The only times I don't take it with me is when I am taking my T430 with me in its new home (otterbox 7030)
     
  3. safn1949

    safn1949 Notebook Deity

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    I demonstrate toughbooks every week by dropping it about 2 feet and standing on the lid, while its running. I weigh right at 270. Never fails to impress. :D
     
  4. CWB32

    CWB32 Need parts for my flying saucer.

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    things you think you read :
    "Earlier at a dinner, I opened a bottle of champagne and a lot of pills went onto the toughbook."
    well , that would explain how the '19 managed to whistle off of the car and bounce off of your toes !
    :p
     
  5. SJLPHI

    SJLPHI Notebook Geek

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    The GPS hardware has been installed, software wise... I am going throughthe list here:
    http://www.maps-gps-info.com/fgpfw.html#Windows

    also some of the threads posted here before. So far, I'm not sure if the GPS is working right, or if I am doing things right. Everything is reading the GPS from COM 3 port.The problem is that the information that gets fed to the software makes no sense. Maybe other than the fact that it can see 12 satellites
     
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  7. SHEEPMAN!

    SHEEPMAN! Freelance

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    That list you posted would choke a horse. :) (Friendly ranch saying)

    Narrow it down by:
    Windoze or Linux?

    My Linux uses:
    .wine
    Winfast Navigator (loaded with .wine windows program loader.)
    USAPhotomaps (It's best for my purposes 7 1/2' topo maps)

    On the rare occasion I take Windoze outside I use Navigator for testing and USAPM.

    I'm a Fire Chief, very rural ....and these work for me. Not recommending USAPM anymore at MSMaps quit building the tiles. Before they went off line I saved maps of the whole county plus a little.

    Some folks like Openstreetmaps. I don't care about streets so I always go back to the topos.

    Our department helps to cover a bunch of unimproved private, federal and state lands. (roughly 2,000,000 acres) and has 25 miles of improved (gravel/dirt road) No pavement. Some of our medical calls are helicopter medivac. It's handy to have the ability to sit on the end of the road and use the cursor to pin-point gps locations several miles away......enough of that.

    With a laptop you can download your maps and not have to be online if you are in the same area all the time. Yeah everybody, it's doable with a cell phone but I can SEE the detail on a CF-31. There's a CF-19 in the fire truck right now though.

    Bed time. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Using_OpenStreetMap
     
  8. SJLPHI

    SJLPHI Notebook Geek

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    Well, I am spending more time on Windows 7 than on Linux these days, simply because I need the CAD software and things run smoother on CF-19.

    There are few purpose for my CF-19 GPS:
    1.Navigating through unknown streets. Switzerland, Germany,U.K. and some parts of Canada at mostly walking speeds with no wireless access.
    2. I am planning a big of a crazy trip sailing across the Atlantic ocean a Car battery and solar panel would cover power, but I will need navigation up and running.
    3. just plain old exploring the Alps and other mountains.

    I am trying to download some maps here after I re-arrange partition sizes, since maps are larger in size than I thought
    http://free-map-gps.com/gps-maps-of-the-world.html
     
  9. CWB32

    CWB32 Need parts for my flying saucer.

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    the rule of thumb with high freq RF :
    "if you can't see 'em , you can't work 'em"
    obviously this excludes optically opaque things that allow the transmission of rf .
    although , those fancy *metal film/vapor* coated windows will block microwave energy .
    a quick look at the signal strength will show what is happening .

    yessir ... those tiles , especially the ones with a resolution that is good enough to keep you from walking off of a cliff , are fair sized .
    as of today , the data base for the program i use is about 3.5 gigs .
    however , i need everything from a major overview to "where is the nearest cafe ?" and how do i (usually) walk there .
    this data base covers 90% of minnesnowta and a portion of three other states .

    i tried a gps/nav program that was/is under development ... it showed much promise .
    i was in communication with the developer/coder and he has interests outside of coding that take precedence .
    the major feature of his program was the ability to stash the "google maps" tiles and it made a record of the missing tiles in an area skimmed over as well as the resolution required .
    the ability to dl in real time on the fly or later on while having a cup of coffee was a nice feature .
    the downloading was click-n-go .
    i have not heard from him for quite some time .

    i am considering using a flash drive to stash the data bases on .
    this will make cloning the data as well as updating it much easier .

    @SM ...
    another expression i have heard since i was a kid :
    " ... more'n you can shake a stick at"
     
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  10. SHEEPMAN!

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    I must agree M$ is best for GPS at this point.

    The stored google maps are huge-ish. Definitely SD card worthy.

    FYI strictly educational here is what I call tiles ....roughly <1/2 mile square with the .ptr being the location information used by USAPM. Mendocino County California fits on 17% of a 4G stick.

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