Thursday, July 10, 2008

GPS navigation - 1,000th post

When we started RVing in 2003, our guesstimate was that, of all the RVs we saw in any given park, 50% of them had a computer inside. Now, five years later, our guesstimate is closer to 90%. And, half of them have TWO computers inside!

This is a substantial market for our computer education. We teach RVers how to get connected to the Internet as they travel. We teach them how to manage their digital photos, how to make a blog, and how to properly maintain their computers.

One thing we don't teach is how to use GPS navigation on your computer to keep you on the right road. We use GPS navigation, and we love it. It's a major reason for using computers for taveling. We want to teach it, but but haven't found a good way to do it. The critical things to learn are how to manipulate the program as you travel down the road. How do you simulate that in a seminar setting?

It occurred to me that I could at least take a bunch of screen shots of our GPS navigation program as we're traveling down the road. Maybe I could put them into some kind of show, to give an idea of what it is like to use GPS navigation while traveling. So, I took screen shots when we were traveling to Hannibal, Missouri last week. Using Photo Story 3, I turned it into a movie and used it for my weekly post on's blog. We don't have enough material to make a seminar, but the little movie is a start.

Rather than post a copy of the movie here, I'd rather you viewed it on the post. Check it out and leave a comment if you have any experience with GPS navigation. The blog at is amazing. They set it up as a group blog and found 30 or so of us writers to contribute articles regularly. Within 6 months I think they've developed the greatest accumulation of RVing information to be found on the Internet.

p.s. This is my 1,000th Blog Post! I've often said I'd like to write a book. .... I think I have! If someone wanted to, they could start with the first post on April 5, 2003 and keep clicking on the link to 'newer post' at the bottom to turn the page. It would take many hours, maybe days, to read the whole thing!

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