TomTom voices

New from the MySociety genii:, capsule the curiously-capitalised PlaceOpedia. Think Google Maps ? Wikipedia. Brilliant. Except that, as I write, all the links read


  1. GPS is suprisingly hard to integrate… large antenna, loads of power, not *that* cheap, plus it isn’t very customer-friendly – long time to first fix, doesn’t work indoors…

  2. Instead of a TT Go, why not run TomTom on a PDA? The main advantages:
    – address book integration. Just select a contact, instead of having to fuss with selecting letters from an A-Z grid on a touchscreen.
    – if you do want to enter an address directly, you can use the PDA’s handwriting recognition instead of (again) selecting letters from an A-Z grid.
    – portability (depends on which GPS unit you choose, though)

  3. Chris – Oh. Well, that makes sense. Merde.
    (For the uninitiated, Chris works for Nokia doing ‘cool stuff.’ So, like, he should know about things like this.)
    Harro – PDA? What, you think I have a PDA? I still have a Newton, but I don’t think that’s quite what you mean. However, if I did have one, I’d take your point.
    (for the uninitiated, Harro is a general loon).

  4. On behalf of the uninitiated: congratulations, Harro, on making general and best of luck in one day advancing to the rank of field marshal loon.

  5. Thank you, thank you. I’d give a speech, but can’t be bothered right now.

    ObTT: In my car, I’ve got a bracket to hold and feed the Palm for navigational purposes. The bracket is ‘attached’ to the windshield with a suction cup. Today, the damn thing fell off, after being in place for a little under a year. Suction cups suck.

  6. Harro isn’t a *general* loon; I found he’s quite specific.

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