Global Positioning System

Uncle Charlie bought a new GPS – Global Positioning System – several days ago and He had some trouble with how to use it. So today I help him to learn how to use it. This is My first time using GPS also, so I need to RTMF – Read The Fucking Manual – :D Unfortunetly the manual is so simple and not complete so I a little bit confused how to use the GPS.

I turn on the GPS inside the house but it didn’t get any signal from the satellite so I go out, turn it again and it get signal from the satellite. The GPS managed to detect My current location which is Revelingse Erven. Ok, then I input Eindhoven station as the destination I want to go. The GPS start calculating the route for a while and then it show the map and the route i must take to go to the station. But wait.. why the hell it running it self? the triangle – which should be My current location – moving following the route the GPS calculate before and moving 100Km/hour! the GPS also giving sound direction. I’m so confused why it’s moving while I’m still standing still in Refelingse Erven. Well it’s a good sign, that means the GPS does work.. at least as a map for now :D

Ok, the triangle already arrived at Eindhoven train station and the GPS speak “Destination..”, wierd GPS because I’m still at Revelingse Erven. But then the triangle going back to point at Revelingse Erven, and when I walk the triangle also moving and the GPS said that the moving speed is 2Km/hour. I think the GPS start working correctly, so I tell Uncle Charlie to try drive to the station. Hey the GPS really works! :D it giving direction correctly, if there is a cross street it give information to turn right or left, if there is a turn over it give information which exit We should take and if We must go straight it give information how far We must go. Its cool b-)

We follow the GPS direction and actually it works good and giving correct way, but doesn’t know if there is some works on the last turn it give so Me and Uncle Charlie should be take another way – Of course Uncle Charlie know the way, so We make another turn, not follow the GPS – the GPS the get confused :D and still keep giving information that We must turn back – which actually a good thing in normal condition, but this is a special condition where there is some work on the road and We can’t take that road – it giving a question mark sign – ‘?’ – for a while and then it give another route, it seems the GPS track Our position and then re-calculate the route, but because We keep moving so it takes a while to get the result. The GPS giving a new route and Uncle Charlie said it’s correct so We stop on the side road – We not continuing to the station.

Uncle Charlie request Me to input Revelingse Erven as We going back to the office. The GPS doesn’t get any signal for a long time, it seems that I must take the GPS out side where there is no roof so it get clear sky and can communicate with the satellite. After the GPS get connected to the satellite I put it back in the car but then it lost the connection again. Because We stop in the road side, We can’t stop for long so Uncle Charlie start drive back to the office. On the way back I keep trying the GPS, at last it get signal and start calculating, then the triangle start moving it self with speed at 100Km/hour - same with when I try it at the office – and it show different location with My current location. I wonder why it moving it self now while last time it works fine – giving direction from office to the station – My conclusion is the GPS giving some preview of the route We will take before We really start to go.

When We arrived at the office I check the settings of the GPS and in the setting preferences there is a “Demonstration” choice ticked on, I un-tick the choice and then try again inputing a destination. The GPS calculating route and the triangle is not moving it self, when I walk the triangle start moving and the GPS giving speed information 2Km/hour. My guess was right, the triangle was moving it self because the default setting is to give demonstration of the route.

I input the address and house number of Uncle Charlie house – Yeah its also giving direction as detail as a house, cool b-) so if You know the street name and the house number of someone You want to visit, You can’t get lost :p – the GPS start calculating and then its show the route. I said to Uncle Charlie to try it once again, so We go to Uncle Charlie house – the first time for Me – the GPS works great.

Uncle Charlie house is small, but it quite nice :) Houses in Netherland usually are small I already write about houses in Netherland on a post before but I forgot which post :D I stay at Uncle Charlie’s house for several minutes and then We go back to the office.

After trying the GPS I very like it, I wonder is there any Indonesian map for GPS as GPS is very rare or even no GPS in Indonesia, well at least not the same GPS with the one Uncle Charlie have. I see once when I’m still in college because there is a GIS – Geographic Information System – class, but it’s a different GPS I think as it doesn’t have a map and only can store the direction from point to point, first You must record the route and next time You can use it to show which route You take before or it show the route back.

Markus

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  1. >>>>After trying the GPS I very like it, I wonder is there any Indonesian map for GPS as GPS is very rare or even no GPS in Indonesia, well at least not the same GPS with the one Uncle Charlie have.

    Please visit http:\\www.navigasi.net for a lot of free Indonesian map.

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