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Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2007 10:29:09 -0800
From: dylan <debeaudette@ucdavis.edu>
Subject: Re: [vox-tech] GPS logging and linux.
To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
Cc: Bill Broadley <bill@cse.ucdavis.edu>

On Sunday 02 December 2007 10:19:10 am Bill Broadley wrote:
> Dylan Beaudette wrote:
> > On Saturday 01 December 2007 07:41:34 pm Bill Broadley wrote:
> >> Just wanted to mention to anyone interested.  The i-blue 747 works quite
> >> well with linux.  I avoided it in the past because the only driver I
> >> could find was windows.
> >
> > Thanks for the post Bill. I have been thinking about getting something
> > like this for path logging, but wanted to make sure that it would work
> > well with linux. Currently I am using an old Garmin GPS 12, which can
> > only record 1024 track points- usually enough for a single day's hike.
> The unit claims 16k points, not sure what it's recording though.  There's
> a dozen or so messages you can turn on and off.

So is the thing configured through some sort of GUI ? Will that run on a linux 
system? Also -- can these settings be configured via USB (I do no have a blue 
tooth interface)?

> > Have you tried any of the other tools for working with GPS data out
> > there: gpsd
> No, but I plan to tinker with it on the Nokia 800 I should get soon, I
> believe it uses gpsd.
Ok -- it should, as gpsd uses a NMEA stream for all of its goodness.

> > gpsbabel
> Yup tons.  Maemo mapper -> gpx -> gpsbabel -> kml -> google earth.  I've
> also written a few things to pull out distance/speed over time from a
> track: http://broadley.org/bill/Altitude-over-time.png

ok-- if gpsbabel works then I am happy. Playing with GPS data is a lot of fun, 
here is an example from a sail boat, with some example code in R:

> > gpstrans
> Maybe.
> > Thanks for the review- I know what I am getting for Christmas this year!
> There's a similar unit with the same chipset, double the memory, but it was
> a good bit more expensive ($90 vs $60).

Ok -- I was looking at another one which has a solar panel for recharging the 
battery. That would be a nice feature for longer hikes. 
(http://www.semsons.com/i757prosobtd.html) .. i imagine that this would work 
with linux as well... but i will do some more detective work.

> BTW, it charges via usb and comes with *gasp* 3 cables, car charger, wall
> charger, and usb -> gps data cable and charger.  I've not tested this one
> but I've had excellent battery life with the 737.  On the order of 30 hours
> running, and 300 hours sleeping.  It happily wakes up and gets a lock
> within 40 seconds or so when I turn on my 770, goes to sleep when it loses
> the BT connection.

Great -- This looks like a fun toy indeed.



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