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Dear Readers:

Many thanks for all of the useful tips, advice, and experience with portable GPS units. I ordered the TomTom XXL 540TM last night. Yes, it's a TomTom and I'm on a Mac. Thanks to advice and info from madfilkentist and drplokta, I'll be sure to make back-ups before doing updates, pay attention to which operating system the unit seems to want, and go bravely forward in what I hope proves to be a sensible way.

I decided against the spiffier TomTom LIVE and GO models in order to stick with my "one-time expense" requirement for any model purchased.

Luck was on my side when I placed my order. I was debating whether to buy it online or at the Staples store in Sturbridge when I clicked through to Amazon to check some last little bit of technical information and what folks said about it in reviews. Instead of listing the same price as Staples (as it was last week), there was one of those "place item in cart to see the price" notifications. Okay. Hey, neat! The price was $40 less than I was expecting to pay. Happy birthday to me.

It's supposed to arrive today. The next week should offer lots of opportunities to see just what it can do and how much fun it is to play with.

Again, thanks! Decision made, action taken, and All That Jazz...



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Jul. 23rd, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
I've got a Go and a Mac. I've never had a problem with backups and updates. Have fun with it!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to let you know, i will be seeing Bad Touch (sock) Monkey at OSFest this week end (he is guest at Room Con 6.2.

oh and tom tom is a good gps unit!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time with your TomTom. As far as I'm concerned, the GPS navigator is an ideal piece of technology, in that it does a far better job than I can at something which I hate doing and previously had to do anyway. (Kind of like the word-processor/printer combination, without which I would still be taking 30 minutes to produce a page of submission-ready typescript. Or the dishwasher) After the very first trip when I didn't end up frantically doing arithmetic in the margins of a printed-out itinerary in order to figure out how much longer until we reached the next stopping point, and never had to wrestle with an unfolded street map to find out where the next turn would be . . . oops, had been . . . let's just say the GPS, like the computer/word processor and the dishwasher, went from the "if broken, replace when convenient" category to the "if broken, replace immediately" one.
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