[kismac] Re: GPS software

  • From: Brad Knowles <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: kismac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 22:27:27 +0100

At 12:32 PM -0800 2004/02/06, Patrick Munson wrote:

 I am sure Apple could devise a clever way such that a CF/PCMCIA GPS
 system would share the internal antenna used by the AirPort card,
 thus eliminating the extrusion found on all such cards but have
 provisions for an external antenna as well.

No can do. You're talking two totally different ranges of frequencies for GPS vs. WiFi, so they can't share an antenna.

Talk about elegant, that would be elegant.

It would be nice, but it's not possible.

 The fact that Apple does not do this tells me that even they
 think their own market is to small to bother.

No, it tells us that GPS is a small market to begin with, which explains why there's not much GPS-enabled software for Macintosh.

If you're going to do GPS today, then why not do Bluetooh-enabled GPS and not waste time with CF or PC Card devices? There are plenty of Bluetooth-enabled GPS devices that are out or coming out soon, and this would allow you to place the GPS device closer to where it could get good visibility of the satellites, while still making that information available to the computer.

Getting back to my original question, however...

Does anyone know of a CF/PCMCIA GPS system that does work on the Macintosh?

Dunno. I'm not worried about the hardware, myself. I want to know what good GPS-enabled software exists for Macintosh.

Brad Knowles, <brad.knowles@xxxxxxxxx>

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