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Just finished mapping all of the New Hampshire Aldi stores...
Thanks to some relatively recent images from Bing, I was able to trace the new Manchester airport access road set to open this Friday, November 11, 2011. I'll have to get out and drive it soon after it opens. There will even be another bicycle path crossing the Merrimack River.
Last year in November I got a Garmin etrex Vista HCx to use mainly for recording tracks to upload to OSM. I've been primarily just leaving the device in my car on the dash to record where I drive. My setup involves a car USB adapter and the Garmin friction dash mount. When I stop driving I unplug the car USB adapter and the Garmin shuts down after 30 seconds. When I start off again I plug the car USB adapter again and then power on the Garmin. (My car is a Volkswagen, so the dash power adapter is always on, even when the car is not.)
In the first week of June, the Garmin would no longer turn on. I was able to record my morning commute, and my trip out for lunch, but then for my commute home I could not get the device to turn on. I tried all possible combinations of swapping batteries and removing the memory card, but no luck. After emailing Garmin support, I was able to get an RMA for the device and send it back for a replacement.
Less than 2 weeks after getting the replacement, my replacement device will not turn on (exactly the same problem as before). I'll probably end up sending this one back as well, but this is getting frustrating. It seems that the Garmin etrex Vista HCx is fairly popular in the OSM community. Has anyone had similar problems?
Allyson Drive, Hudson, New Hampshire, USA
I stumbled upon http://open.mapquest.com/ the other day and it's very cool to see yet another use for OpenStreetMap data. They even pull Points of Interest out of the OSM data and display them on the map.
One of the categories of things to display on the map is "Places to Give." There don't appear to be any "Places to Give" listed in the United States currently. I'm assuming these are for offices of non-profit organizations that serve the community. Anyone have any idea which OSM tags might trigger entries in the "Places to Give" category?