[LINK] gps on kids...

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Jan 16 16:44:51 AEDT 2009

Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>>> However, in a properly FOSS attitude, those who have the devices could
>>> always capture and publish where they've been ... I'd bet with not much
>>> effort a good cycleway map would emerge pretty quickly. Just as long as
>>> you don't let it near the Openstreetmap guys, who (sorry for dumping a
>>> bucket on a popular project) don't much care about data quality ...
>>> (I often wonder why more people don't put their GPS tracks on the
>>> Internet. For example, bushwalkers. Once you've been to Mount Sol with a
>>> GPS, there's no reason not to share the file ...)
>> Part of bushwalking used to be map reading, land marks and deciding on
>> your route. It is the paths and landmarks not the route that you want
>> to know about.
> It still is ... I don't go on anything but trivial walks without a topo
> in the bag.

So, are topos being replaced by satellite images eg those on google?

> Even so, most people find a topographic map somewhat intimidating,
> especially if you've gotten away from where you thought you were... I
> wouldn't position any GPS as making map-reading redundant. But it would
> be a nice addition to sharing walks. For eg: I could (and probably soon
> will) publish GPS tracks of recent walks, identifying places where the
> instructions in popular walks books are confusing or incorrect. I just
> need to get the little handheld GPS talking to the Linux box...

Perhaps it time to sign up to SLUG...

Marghanita da Cruz
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