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I've been a Switcher for a year now. Two things that made the switch impossible until recently were GPS and PocketPC syncing. The PocketPC synching problem was resolved with PocketMac 2.0 and another upcoming app called Missing Sync for PocketPC.

For GPS support ... I recently purchased a Pretec Compact Flash GPS for my PocketPC at Fry's (also available from for around $160). I popped the GPS in a CompactFlash to PCMCIA converter, and dropped it in my Titanium, and it was detected it as pccard-serial. You have to enable it from the Network Control Panel, leave everything else default. I then downloaded GPSe (the page is in Japanese; just download the HQX file from the link).

Launch GPSe and select Edit -> Preferences -> Serial Port and pick pccard-serial0. Now Select GPS -> Receive -> NMEA. You are set; the window will let you know you status. "No Fix" means you are not acquiring the satelite's signal and it's searching.

Many other features are included, including Garmin Waypoint support, and other stuff. I'm sure this will work with a Keyspan adapter and a portable GPS like a Garmin.

This program is great but it is very basic. If you want something like MapPoint Atlas and Streetfinder, a comapny called route66 (from the Netherlands) is making a native OS X version that is due in April. Information can be acquired from and
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Authored by: Diggory on Jan 22, '03 11:29:22AM
have you tried: GPSY - GPS software for Mac also check this out: Bluetooth GPS device

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Authored by: matvey on Jan 22, '03 12:08:05PM
This is an amazingly helpful hint! Thank you for pointing out GPSe to me - perhaps I can stop trying to get VirtualPC to work with USB...

Garmin eTrex Legend connected via Keyspan USA-19Qi adapter (with latest drivers) to a USB port on my iBook running MacOS X 10.2.3 works well (launch GPSe first, then plugin USB cable). With eTrex in NMEA mode, GPSe displays current location information, and in GARMIN mode you can export (and hopefully import, didn't try it yet) waypoint files.

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Authored by: matvey on Jan 22, '03 12:15:07PM
The URL for GPSe in the original hint is broken, the correct one is

Use AltaVista's Babel Fish to translate the page from Japanese to English if you'd like...

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URL for PocketMac seems wrong
Authored by: PocketMac on Jan 22, '03 08:47:40PM

It should be :)


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