4×4 Automotive Laptop Setup Version 2

June 25, 2008

I’ve been running this setup since 2006 with good reliability (photo above is inside a 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80). I’m often asked which applications I’m running, so here they are: Here’s the list of software applications I run on the laptop: TOPO!: Provides detailed topographic maps. Great for planning trips. Plus most all of […]

Week-end Things To Do With the Kids February 15th – 17th, 2008

February 10, 2008

Family Day, Norton Simon Museum, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Experience the art of communicating with the hands and learn the meaning of mudras. Create a work of art inspired by these symbolic Hindu and Buddhist hand gestures. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Map Madeline and the Bad Hat, Haugh Performing Arts […]

SPOT Personal Satellite Messenger and Tracker

November 17, 2007

Imagine you are camping, hiking, mountain-biking, climbing or off-roading somewhere. Disaster strikes and you or someone with you is injured. Globalstar’s SPOT is designed to help you in this situation and give you peace of mind  when traveling in remote areas. I just activated my SPOT this evening. All that was required was to register […]

Things to Do This Week-end With the Kids September 28-30

September 24, 2007

Los Angeles County Fair, September 26th, 27th and 28th 2007, Catch a glimpse of life on the farm without any of the grueling, day-long chores. Learn to milk a goat, sample some of the freshest ice cream around, and meet an assortment of friendly barnyard animals. Pacific Asia Museum Free Day, Friday, September 28, 2007, […]

Things to Do This Week-end With the Kids

May 21, 2007

Printing Museum On Wheels: Huntington Library, Saturday, May 26, 2007, 1pm to 3:30 pm. The mobile exhibit from the International Printing Museum is back, bringing history to life with a working printing shop and antique presses. Curator Mark Barbour will tell stories of the history of printing and visitors will have an opportunity to set […]

Navigation with Compass and Map

May 9, 2007

I spent the weekend before last, camping in the Mojave National Preserve with my kids. I introduced them to the compass and topographic map. I think this is a good skill to learn. If you were in the outdoors for an extended period, you may run out of batteries for your GPS. I normally take […]

Photos for Google Earth

February 27, 2007

Whenever I plan a trip, I take a look at Google Earth to get a good idea of the terrain. The additional local information within Google Earth is very helpful. Flickr and other photo sharing websites can take advantage of your photos that have the GPS location embedded into the photo. Called a Geotag, software […]

Ultimate Automotive Laptop Setup

May 11, 2006

Perhaps not the ultimate, but close. It does nearly all the tasks that I like in the laptop mounted in my Toyota Tundra. I’m often asked which applications I’m running, so here they are: Here’s the list of software applications I run on the laptop: UI-View: An Amateur Radio mapping, position tracking and messaging application. […]

Amateur Radio Repeater System Thank You

January 13, 2006

I should have written to the members of the PAPA System and thanked them months ago. On a cold early spring night in 2005, I was driving the whole family to spend the weekend at a little Motel in the mountains near Lake Arrowhead, CA. When we were around four miles from the town of […]

Spyware in MS Streets & Trips and AutoRoute

January 3, 2006

Posted on the APRS SIG mailing list today: Microsoft is using tactics virtually identical to spyware pushers in Streets 2006 and AutoRoute. When you first insert the CD to install the program, an undisclosed undocumented program is stealth loaded onto your hard disk, even before the first screen of the install dialog appears. This program, […]