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Old 01-07-2010
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1. Is any one using "co-pilot" as a nav system?
2. anyone using a laptop for nav?
3. how are people MOUNTING LAPTOP to dash area?

Thank to all for putting up with myriad of newbie questions

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No, yes, no.
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We use Microsoft's Streets and Trips on our laptop,not mounted,also use
air card for internet service home and on road.
Happy with this setup working better than Garmin I have.
Streets and Trips took me to Randy's place Garmin could not locate it.
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I have been using Co-Pilot for years. The last release they went to a touch-screen-type interface. I don't like it as much since they took out many of my favorite features as well. Unfortunately they don't provide map updates, only complete program revisions, so my old version maps are too far out of date and I had to start using the new version software. I put the laptop on the console in the bird, on the seat in the car unless I use my wife's Garmen.

Their main market is trucking firms for which they have much more sophisticated features, but at a cost.
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I use Streets & Trips, I have it on my desktop, laptop and now on a netbook. I like it because I can download updates and get the most recent contruction zones. I use it all the time, I also use Google Earth, I plot my trip on Google Earth and I can go over the complete route from my desk before I leave on a trip. The bad thing about GE that it is about 3 years behind updates, but it is good if you want to get an overall visual of your trip before you leave. With Goggle Earth you can get GPS points and elevations it would be really great if it were more real time info.
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how can you feed your GPS data into google earth to plot your current position and mark your progress on the route?
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In my work van, I have a laptop mounted on an adjustable mount that came off ebay. I use the laptop to keep my DOT log book, so since I have to have it any way I use it with Delorme GPS and Street Atlas program. I use PDA net to connect it to my phone for internet service when I need it. I have a wireless HP printer in the back if needed.
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The problem with the more feature-rich programs is that you need the co-pilot to run it. I can't drive safely and check out traffic warnings and decision making popups other than "turn here". What I do like about the Lap Top stuff is the big screen and multiple view features. Planning is easier as I can view a big area of the map to make decisions and get a better idea of which route looks best.

I am afraid it is like the math calculator revolution, few people can do math in their head any more and they assume what ever comes up on the calculator is right. The same goes for the GPS systems, and map reading skills are dissapearing rapidly.
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I am afraid it is like the math calculator revolution, few people can do math in their head any more and they assume what ever comes up on the calculator is right. The same goes for the GPS systems, and map reading skills are dissapearing rapidly.
You are right about that, I see myself doing that with the GPS instead of just thinking about where I need to go and how to get there, instead of watching signs and such.
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how can you feed your GPS data into google earth to plot your current position and mark your progress on the route?
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Ted, I don't feed GPS data into google earth, if you can I would like to know how as well. What I do is I plot the same course on google earth as I do on my gps, but google earth allows you to travel the trip through satellite imagery. You can see the turns almost like you were there driving down the highway, you can plot points, lets say the bypass around El Paso, you can actually see the whole trip right on from your desktop, days before yo make the actual trip. A 20 mile trip takes about a minute on the computer, if that makes sense.
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