`

www.sciuridae.co.uk

Home | Blog |Podcast |Site Map | Contact Us | Submit Product

GTN GPS, Tech and Net - The FREE Podcast of www.sciuridae.co.uk

Expect Plenty Of Coughs, Crackles, Distortion and Background Noise!

Episode 5: I'm Back!

Sorry it's been so long, I've been working on robnunnphoto.com for last few months, please send questions / comments and ideas to me, scalespeeder@gmail.com.

Subscribe for free on itunes.

Subscribe with other podcatchers. For free.

Download as mp3. (Right click, save link / target as.) Did I mention it's free?

Read the Show notes. They're free too.

My status Click to call and leave a comment / question on my Skype Answerphone! (needs Skype) Oh, its free on Skype.

If You Found This Podcast Useful, Why Not Buy Me A Beer? (£2 via Paypal - Click on the pint glass!)

 

Previous Episodes

Episode 4: From Indiana To India....

Episode four brings GPS Sat Nav news, and interviews with Don about his Nuvi 200, and Rajiv about Callgraph, his free Skype Recorder. emails to scalespeeder@gmail.com.

Subscribe for free on itunes.

Subscribe with other podcatchers. For free.

Download as mp3. (Right click, save link / target as.) Did I mention it's free?

Read the Show notes. They're free too.

Episode 3: New Devices From TomTom, Garmin & Navman. Our First Interview With Dean From technical-itch.co.uk (And I get the date wrong!)

Episode three brings music clips, a guest interview, but I'm afraid the sound quality isn't as good as I'd hoped it would be - sounds better over speakers than through ear-buds. emails to scalespeeder@gmail.com.

Subscribe for free on itunes.

Subscribe with other podcatchers. For free.

Download as mp3. (Right click, save link / target as.) Did I mention it's free?

Read the Show notes. They're free too.

Episode 2: Garmin 700 Series Explained, and More! 23/02/08

I've made it to Episode 2, but lost the jingle this week (technical problems - I deleted it by mistake!), please send feedback, questions, content to scalespeeder@gmail.com. Thanks!

Subscribe on itunes.

Subscribe with other podcatchers

Download as mp3. (Right click, save link / target as.)

Read the Show notes.

Episode 1: Still Coughing.... 15/02/08

Yes! We have an intro jingle! Sort of, but it's all I could come up in 5 minutes... Anyway, my web 2.0 journey continues, please send feedback and questions using the form at the bottom of this screen. Should I do more episodes?

Subscribe on itunes.

Subscribe with other podcatchers

Download as mp3. (Right click, save link / target as.)

Read the Show notes.

Episode 0: The Pilot. 14/02/08

Join me as we tentatively enter the world of the Podcast, with GPS News, reviews of the ATP Photo Tracker and S5700 camera, and a discussion about the merits of geotagging in Google Earth.

Subscribe on itunes.

Subscribe with other podcatchers

Download as mp3. (Right click, save link / target as.)

Read the Show notes.

Comments / Questions:

Good Morning, I really enjoy your Podcast and find it to be very informative. Will you be providing more shows going forward? Did you replace your Microphone yet? Bruce.

Been a bit busy lately, but thanks for your comments about the podcast, I do two, which one were you listening to?

On the third one now……Also I own a Garmin 350 and love it.What would you recommend for a good handheld unit? I would like to try geocaching in the future. I would use this in conjunction with my Garmin unit.

It depends how seriously you want to take it and how much you want to spend. A basic etrex h (which I've got) is ok for Geocaching, but it doesn't have any maps and entering Geocaches is a pain, but they are cheap. If you want something really nice, the new Garmin Colorado models are something special, also being able to accept the new "whereigo" games - imagine a puzzle game at your local zoo, with the Garmin giving you clues, etc. HOWEVER the big problem with all these hiking GPS's is the price of the official Garmin maps that you might want to buy - it can double the price of the GPS. Car GPS is much better value for money.

How do you fancy coming on the show and talking about your 350, like a little mini review?

Hello, iam a podcast listner in Miami USA
loved the first show, especially that you touched on some useful websites like stumble and
like the gps reviews, i have Infiniti indash gps with 3D in my car also own
NAVMAN F20 for travel,and portable navigation.
Take a look at Sony NV-U83T $499.00 retail in the USA with 4.8 inch screen, perhaps discuss this on your next show and compare it to
garmin nuvi 250 or tom tom xl, and perhaps discuss the software i think Nissan uses Xanavi, dont know if Teleatlas or others in various GPS
Thanks please continue the podcast
JAY

Thank you so much for your comments, it's great to hear that you enjoyed the podcast, it means a lot to me when listeners give feedback and ideas for the show, I really appreciate it.

I'm going to try and fit an episode in this week-end, and see if I've got time to look at the GPS units you mention. I bet the weather in Miami is great - it's cold and frosty in England at the moment, just about to take my son to the local park, he's on school holiday at the moment so we'll have to wrap up warm!

I'm trying to build up an online gallery of GPS units photogrphed against local landmarks / views all over the world, so if you've got time it would be great if you could take a picture of your Navman (or in car GPS- a view through the windscreen) with a view of Miami (it could be your street even) in the background, and email it to me with the rough address or town so I can tag the images to a Google map.

Many thanks again for the comments, and listen out for your name in the next Podcast!

Hello from the coast of the great Pacific!  I just listened to both your pilot episode and the Feb. 15 podcasts.  My husband and I recently bought the iPod nano 3G and we listen to podcasts while walking along the bike path on Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach in California.
I really enjoyed the way you present your material. You simplify it enough without dumbing it down so that the average lay person like me can understand your content.  Please keep casting!  In any event, we are just about to head out to buy my first sat nav or gps device.
We already did our homework on line and found, like you, that amazon has the best prices. I am considering the the Garmin Nuvi 360 or 370. The difference is that the 370 has maps of Europe and the 360 only has the US. I can buy the 370 for $479 online or the 360 for only $264. Basically divide that in half to get the Pound Sterling price.
My question is this, if I do not anticipate driving in Europe for about a year should I go ahead and get the Europe maps now or wait and download that when I am ready to travel?  Also, I can buy the 600 series or the 700 series for about the same price. What is the main difference? It looks like it is mainly the battery life.
Is now a good time to buy these devices? I don't want to outgrow it in a year and wish I had the newer better versions. Who wants GPS envy?
I work in Sales by the way and travel up and down the west coast of the US all the time. Last week, while in Seattle I realized that relying on mapquest or Google maps was not the way to go when having to change destinations on the fly. I look forward to hearing more of your podcasts!! Sasha.

Many thanks for you comments about the podcast, you're the first listener to send me feedback and I really appreciate it - glad you enjoyed the tone and the content.
You've got the classic problem of deciding whether to buy a GPS with the extra European maps or to save money now and buy them as an extra later on. If you bought the 360 you would look at paying an extra $250-$300 for the European maps as an upgrade, which is a lot!
It's a question of timing. If you're going to Europe this year, get one with the extra maps. If not, wait. I guess you'll be hiring a car when you come to Europe, so it may well have built in GPS, but that doesn't help you out when you're on foot loooking for that nice little French Bistro or your hotel.
The new Garmin 700 series are very nice, with all the latest featues not included with the 600's. One extra thing the 700's can do is sort a list of destinations into the best possible route automatically - maybe that would benefit your line of work?
Make sure you check phone compatibility or you won't be able to use the Bluetooth Cell-Phone hands free calling:
If you're after a simple GPS without all the bells and whistles, but that does include your European maps, maybe conside the Nuvi 270 at about $300.
Thanks again, Rob. (scalespeeder)

Just a quick note to tell you that you saved me from making a huge error. I went with the nuvi 750 for the multi destination mapping feature and at only $381.75 from amazon I believe I got a great deal. It will arrive in 2 days just in time for a weekend get away to Sonoma wine country in California.  My husband and I will have to treat you to a pint whenever we are in your neck of the woods or whenever you may be in the Los Angeles area. 

Great choice, looks like a brilliant GPS at a great price too! Make sure you please send me your thoughts after you've used the device for awhile so we can share this with other visitors to the site. If you've got time another cool thing would be if you could please take a photo of your new GPS in your back garden, or local landmark, with the address, as I'm building up an online gallery of Sat Navs with pictures pinned to a Google map. I'll give you a shout on the next podcast, look forward to hearing from you soon

I was just thinking that I needed to follow up with you. I wanted to use it a bit more. First of all, I would be happy for you to interview me. No problem with that. But wait until you hear my experience described below. You may not be intereseted.   I am afraid that I have decided to return it. I am packing it up and shipping it back tomorrow. It does not perform well at all. It took nearly 20 minutes yesterday to acquire a satellite and I was outside. Twice during my trip it lost satellite connection while I was on the freeway. Since I was on the freeway there were no tall buildings or even short buildings around for that matter to inerfere. My husband and I had the same experience during our trip to wine country in Northern California. That is an area where there are not many buildings with wide open space and we could not acquire a satellite for nearly 12 hours. We left it on over night to test it. It was stuck on a location in Healdsburg, CA even though we had driven 30 minutes away to another town. These are small towns. It was cloudy that weekend and rainy so we tried again when the sun came out and it seemed to work. It worked in San Francisco even with all the tall buildings on that trip. When I returned home it took almost 10 minutes after I turned it on outside to figure out that I was no longer at the airport in San Francisco. Perhaps I am a little too quick to judge but a colleague of mine has a 200 series Garmin Nuvi and he loves it. He said his acquires a satellite signal quickly.  I took mine to work and showed it to him. We could not acquire a satellite and gave up after 12 minutes. We even went outside. I like the idea of it and it is very easy to enter multiple destinations or via points as they call them. I did call customer support with a few questions and I am happy to report that the person that answered was very helpful, knowledgeable and courteous. Honestly, I shocked. I think I am a little heart broken though about my device. I believe I should wait a few years for the industry to get it right.
Have you heard from others with a similar experience?  Maybe mine is broken?

I'm really sorry to hear about your experience with your GPS. There's two possible reasons I think:

1) It's a faulty unit.

2) After doing a bit of research it appears that many people have had reception problems with the 750, and it seems related to the software on the device. Garmin have released a number of updates to rectify this. http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=010-00657-20

However I understand that once your experience of a product has been tainted you don't want to use it anymore, especially expensive electronic items that we get so excited about. I had a chat with Dean from www.technical-itch.co.uk  who's been testing a 760, and his unit has performed without any glitches, so it could be that Garmin  have got a quality control issue with their GPS recievers, or his came with the later firmware installed already.

I have to say that my Nuvi 200 picks up signals incredibly quickly, just like your friends, and I have never had any trouble from it at all.

We'll still do the interview if that's ok with you - it's important that we have a ballanced view about Sat Navs - and some people are unlucky enough to have poor experiences, and manufacturers need to improve their quality control to avoid this. Just send me a mail with when a its a good time or times for you and we'll come up with a slot.

Add A Comment / Question:

Name:

Email Address (Optional, will not appear in comment, I will post answer on site, but cannot reply personally to all):

Comment / Question:

My status Click to call and leave a comment / question on my Skype Answerphone! (needs Skype)

 

About Us | Links | Submit Link | Privacy Policy | ©2006 sciuridae.co.uk