Free GPS SoftwareWritten by Anne King
I took a look at some of online offers for free GPS software and found, like many "free" offers there were often limits and provisos involved. Often freeware is a scaled--down version of purchasable products. Sometimes free product has restricted functionality with features disabled, other products are trial--based and are disabled after a certain time (hours or days or use).
An example of limited free GPS software can be found at GPS Utility. The downloadable freeware is limited 100 waypoints and 500 track points. (There are 65,000 of each in registered version of their program.) The free program gives you a good opportunity to try before you buy, and this is benefit of most free programs.
There are online sites that list various free GPS software and describe how to use programs after you download them. Often individuals who have used programs themselves develop sites. These are great because they give you an unbiased interpretation of benefits and disadvantages of programs before you use them.
Using free GPS software you can download programs that allow you to retrieve and display aerial photos, topographical maps, USGS landmarks. There are programs available that allow you import scanned images and add latitude and longitude points and other data.
Free GPS software downloads are available for PDA units that are capable of communication with GPS receivers. With these downloads you can have a useful navigation assistant, location database manager, and GPS data converter.
Programs to manage GPS waypoint and route files are available for both PC and Mac users. The waypoints and route files can be saved or converted to various formats used by other mapping programs.
Home Automation - Save Money & Enhance Your Lifestyle - Some Exciting ApplicationsWritten by Steve Faber
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your home take care of things for you, automatically, without you having to lift a finger? You bet it would. That is promise of home automation. There are many different systems, especially in larger homes, that can benefit from being integrated. Some of these systems include security alarm, HVAC, audio / video, and lighting. Home automation integrates these systems together, enabling them to function more efficiently, improve functionality, conserve resources and enhance your lifestyle.
That’s name of game; an enhanced lifestyle. Everyone can benefit from a better life and modern electronic systems can help provide it. In addition, as cost of resources continues to rise and price of electronics continues to fall, home automation systems will prove to be even more cost effective. The combination of modern consumer’s thirst for convenience and increasing economic advantages will propel home automation more into mainstream.
So, what are some of fun things a home automation system can do for you? Here are some common applications:
1) As you pull up driveway you press a button on your key-fob remote. The security system disarms and a path is lit from garage to kitchen. Your favorite music comes on in kitchen and family room. Five minutes after you arrive home lights in your mudroom and garage hall turn off.
2) As you leave, you arm security system into away mode using your key-fob remote. Your lights turn off throughout house, saving you from going around turning off different lights throughout home. Your blinds close. Your music turns off. If you have forced-air heat, it is set back. All from one button press.
3) Set whole house scenes for different events to include lighting, music, HVAC, and security. Example: A) An entertainment scene would have lights set to “entertain” preset, security system off, music to appropriate party play list, and HVAC set-back a few degrees to compensate for added body heat from additional people in house. B) The “Holiday” scene could run concurrently with other scenes and turn Christmas lights on and play Holiday music play list through outside speakers.