Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi everyone, as some of you may know, I also write a hardware / upgrading column for Personal Computer World magazine in the UK - I recently wrote about the Eee PC in this column and have had lots of feedback from other owners - and the great thing about PCW is its readers are generally very knowledgable techies who are doing some really interesting stuff!
One reader emailed with a neat project for his Eee PC as a rugged front-end for in-car navigation in remote or unsuual parts of the world. I thought you might find his page on it interesting:http://www.xor.org.uk/silkroute/equipment/satnav800.htm
Because this thread was posted in again it came to my attention. I browsed a bit through it and saw your reference to satellite navigation.
For everyone interested in this subject particularly regarding use in areas for which the usual map providers don't have maps available (Garmin/Tomtom/etc.) I have a few links you may find of interest. I recently loaded up a Pocket PC with built-in GPS-receiver for myself with navigation software and maps and also one for a friend who had bought one for his brother's birthday and who lives in a South-American country for which there are no out-of-the-box navigation solutions.
There is a very active community that is faced with this problem in Malaysia and Singapore. They have a very informative website at:
You can find loads of information on the subject there. They also have a Wiki with a lot of information. There is everything you need to know if you want to make your own maps. The format used by Garmin can now be used to make maps yourself for any Garmin hard- and software that can handle maps. You can even make routable maps!!
In this Wiki you'll find links to the site where you can find the software to make your own maps in Garmin format which is here.
Many people have already made maps and they are shared here too.
and here http://mapcenter2.cgpsmapper.com/
The first is an 'old' site and the second a 'new' one. Not all maps that are on the old site are also on the new site so make sure you check both if you don't want to miss anything.
Gordon might want to take a look here
http://mapcenter2.cgpsmapper.com/maplis ... ountry=165
If you have software that can use raster maps then grabbing calibrated maps of large areas from Google Earth can also be done with a program available here.
Hours/days of browsing/tinkering guaranteed for everyone who up till now was navigationally challenged because of the absence of useable maps.
Happy navigating and don't blame me for the hours of lost sleep.