- Series: How to Do Everything
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (November 28, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072231718
- ISBN-13: 978-0072231717
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,180,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Map your way around an unfamiliar city, improve your golf game, and avoid getting lost while hiking, camping, or boating. Use GPS receivers in your PDA, automobile, or cell phone for help with road navigation, outdoor adventures, games, and more. You'll even learn how to use GPS for business applications. Author Rick Broida provides insight, information, and examples on all the essentials, including real-world GPS case studies in each chapter. How to Do Everything with Your GPS will help you learn more about this remarkable technology with an increasing diversity of applications.
- Navigate from Point A to Point B, anywhere on Earth
- Mount and configure your GPS correctly
- Improve your golf game
- Find your favorite fishing spots
- Monitor employee whereabouts and billable time
- Learn the amazing things you can do with your Garmin iQue 3600
- Select the right in-car system and PDA GPS for your needs
- Track your children with the GPS-enabled Wherify watch
About the author: Rick Broida is the founder and editor of Handheld Computing, the number-one guide to handheld devices. He is the best-selling author of the first three editions of How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld as well as How to Do Everything with Your Sony CLIE.
About the Author
Rick Broida is the founder and editor of Handheld Computing, the first and only print magazine designed expressly for Palm OS users. He is the bestselling author of the first three editions of How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld as well as How to Do Everything with Your Sony Clie.
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With regard to aviation and marine navigation in Chapter 7: "By far the most valuable (and obvious) advantage to having GPS in the cockpit is its ability to provide course and heading information." Actually, the GPS has no idea what direction the airplane or boat is pointed (heading information), it only knows the direction of travel information (track, never mentioned). This is not a semantic issue, but a fundamental usage issue.
Broida misses some of the better aircraft navigation software for PDA's. The programs that he mentions are not even worth considering in my opinion. He also mentions that the GPS can be used for altitude and this is important because "according to the USA Today, accidentally striking the ground is the most common killer in aviation in aviation" - DUH! What he doesn't mention is how to use GPS to avoid this common killer or how GPS used unwisely can increase this risk.
How do you actually navigate an airplane or a boat using GPS? This information is conspicuously absent. Since I have your attention, my advice is to set the data fields on the map page so that you have TRACK and BEARING or TURN (which is the difference between the two). Steer so that the TRACK matches the BEARING. The same thing can be accomplished with making TURN equal to zero. There is quite a bit more to nautical and aircraft navigation, but even this basic level of technique is not addressed. I was not able to find where any of these navigation terms were even mentioned.
He mentions that GPS can be used for hiking. But he doesn't mention that the GPS direction reference is lost when standing still. This is why many GPS receivers have built in electronic compasses. He neither mentions the availability of this feature or how to use a GPS without this feature while hiking. By the way, you can use an inexpensive compass in conjunction with the GPS generated bearing to get directional information while stopped. The electronic compass feature is nice, but not necessary. None of this information is in the book.
"If you own any GPS that can store external map data, be sure to check out DeLorme Topo USA 4.0. It's extremely versitle and feature-rich program, and at $99 it costs less than the Garmin and Magellan CDs." - p 104. Delorme makes a great product, but it will not and is not designed to load into any of the Garmin, Magellan, or any other brand receivers.
More information that is not in the book- where to get coordinates for waypoints, how to work with coordinates.
About one third of the book covers the iQue 3600 in good detail. I don't have one of those so I can't tell you how accurate it is.
very little useful information about using GPS for geocaching.
most of what IS here can be gotten for free on the many web sites dedicated to GPS, and on the excellent forums some of these web sites have.