brent on 1 Apr 2008 17:40:40 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] OT: GPS Recommendation Wanted

On Tue, Apr 1, 2008 at 8:13 PM, Casey Bralla <> wrote:
I am planning on getting a GPS unit for my car.  I want to semi-permanently mount it on
the dash, hard wiring the power supply into the vehicle.  (In other words, I'll hard
wire around the cigarette lighter plug, and leave the plug into the GPS unit intact.)

My desire is to have the GPS turn on automatically when I start the car (my cigarette
lighter outlet shuts off with the car).

However, I have noticed one huge problem:   Many GPS units require that you acknowledge
a limit to liability whenever the unit turns on!

This not only annoys me philosophically (how many other consumer goods will soon
require a formal limit to liability release be approved before they will work????),
but also means the unit won't work "automatically" unless I touch the control pad.

Does anyone know of a good GPS unit that does **not** require constant acknowledgment
that I'm still supposed to watch where I'm driving and that it's not the GPS's fault
if I drive into a tree?

more of a PoC than anything, but you could get a eeepc and hack it into a makeshift GPS... might even be cheaper if you get the 2gb surf model eeepc.

yes, it's an odd idea. no, i don't think i would use it myself. yes, i probably would only want to do it because i'd love doing that hack.

Brent Saner

Bill Gates is to hacking as Sid Vicious was to the Sex Pistols: no talent, everyone hates him, and he's just in it for the fame and money.
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