[aprssig] Messaging on the NUVI GPS
jefflists08 at corrt.com
Fri Sep 5 10:34:32 CDT 2008
But the fujistu stylistic is just windows 98 computer - isn't that about
as "large numbers of ready-to-use, standard devices" as you can get?
Your nightmare "how-to" scenario is exactly why I am arguing FOR
software-based solutions :)
Scott Miller wrote:
> Ok, here's my problem with this sort of solution. If you want to build
> one or two for yourself and don't mind putting a lot of work into a
> one-off, it can be just fine.
> But when there aren't large numbers of ready-to-use, standard devices,
> equipping larger groups and sharing your work with others is difficult.
> You wind up with a how-to that usually goes something like "get x
> model of y device, make sure it's not version z or later because they
> changed the board layout, cut a hole here and breadboard a MAX232 and
> wire it to the pads here. Get a compactflash reader and mount a card on
> a Linux box and load this image, find the updated device drivers for xyz
> (not available here due to copyright restrictions), download Xastir and
> apply patch abc..."
> Don't get me wrong, I love trolling eBay for deals on hardware and
> putting it to good use, but sometimes it's just not the right solution.
> "Semi-custom" solutions are hard to do right. Ask anyone who's worked
> for the Air Force in the last 10 years who's had to use the Defense
> Messaging System (or, God forbid, install a DMS server) about just how
> ugly that can get. (Bonus points if anyone can find a copy of the
> cartoon from Federal Computer Week showing passengers being offloaded
> from a covered wagon marked AUTODIN and climbing on to the DMS bus, up
> on jacks and with a mechanic still working on the engine.)
> joe at dellabarba.com wrote:
>> Why not just get something like this?
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