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Garmin Nuvi 205

Posted by anjilslaire on February 6, 2009

I received a GPS for Christmas, and finally got some time to play with it a bit.

The Nuvi 205 is pretty slick. I mounted it to the windshield & plugged it in. No reading of the manuals needed here kids.

After agreeing OK to not play with it while driving, I found it very easy to cnfigure and get me where I want to go. As soon as I got home from my 1st trip, I plugged it into my  PC to see about getting it updated.

The good  news ius that Ubuntu recognizes thdevice as a storage drive, so I can add extra voices, cars, etc by simply unzipping them into the appropriate folders.

Wine even allows the installation of the Garmin software updater.

The bad news is that the Garmin software updater does not recognize the device when plugged into Linux, even under Wine 1.1.14 😦

So, I had to plug it into a WIndows box to update the OS and install the 2009 map update, which I got free in my 60 days of free updates.
The map update was 1.2gigs. Sheesh.

Aside from that snafu, I’m now cruising down the road being tracked by “Judy,” the British voice guiding my onscreen Black Pearl.

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Netbook Remix to KDE and back again

Posted by anjilslaire on February 6, 2009

Alright. So I went ahead & installed KDE on my Mini 9. Rather than do a
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

and have a messy hidden structure in /home if I decide to rip it all out again, I opted to backup /home, and do a clean install of Kubuntu 8.10 on the 32gig SSD. Almost immediately, I decided I didn’t care for it. The GUI just seemed so LARGE on the precious 1200×600 display.

Yes, I could tweak everything until it was nice and accommodating, but the purpose of my netbook is to have hassle-free easy-on-the-eyes mobile computing, and that’s what the Gnome-based Netbook Remix manages very well. As a result, I must admit I didn’t spend much time in KDE this time around, and I promptly formatted & reinstalled Ubuntu 8.10 and the Netbook Remix.

I’ve heard rumblings though, that the KDE folks are developing a KDE Netbook Remix. Now that is something I”m eagerly waiting to try out.

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