3 years since my last entry, and not so much upload last year.
Well, life has continued since then.
OpenStreetMap has changed too.
From the weekly updated map with a big portion of blank parts, it's now one of the best available online map, and the most accurate one for sure, when mapping has been done.
While, 3 years ago, I could just go anywhere and be almost sure the route wasn't mapped. I know have to do that differently, based on my knowledge of things (which is a limited 10 km area) or by comparing satellite views or other maps to get an idea.
It's also more necessary to pay attention to all the tiny details. Because you often find roads and streets, but the POI are missing.
When I look at what I published here in 2008 about the hardware. It justs feels like a joke today. Come on, 2 MB?
But that is what the society and the marketing says.
I'm now using an Android Samsung Galaxy S phone to record GPS tracks. It works, but I find it less accurate, but the worst problem is battery life, and the fact that you can't just throw it in your bag and forget about it.
So, tracking in a car with a mobile power outlet is OK, but if you're going on foot or any mean of transportation without power supply, the smartphone just won't do it.
I found the Android application for OSM mappers to be useful. I only use its short-geopositioned-audio-files-recording capability, and it really saves time.
I've previsously worked with paper and pencil before. And, to be honest, it wasn't that bad. It's also easier to thing about where you will be heading in a second, when you do that. The problem is, this takes time, and you're not as fluid as just "talking". You must stop everytime to take note of street name, POI, etc.
The difference is the price. $500 smartphone vs $70 Bluetooth GPS data logger.
If you bring your computer in your car, I found my USB GPS mouse to give the most accurate results. The fact I can put it on the roof certainly helps.
The nice thing about the laptop, is that you can view your GPS accuracy (how much GPS in sight, quality of signal), log much more than you could possibly do in your entire life, no lag of system, ability to show the route taken on a map with background, ability to open images, etc.
I own a MacBook Pro, but couldn't make my GPS device work on it, despite installing kExt modules.
Sorry but you won't find better GPS support on any other OS than Linux.
gpsd is just the best thing invented since sliced bread.