Free GPS software for windows mobile…

I’ve used Mapopolis and Telenav over the years. I’ve been looking for a cheap alternative and have yet to find all the features that I’ve become dependent on.

First MS Live Search for Windows Mobile – This application is nice for looking up business and is nicely integrated with your WM contacts. It’s feature rich, traffic info and business categories for finding POI.




Google Maps for Windows Mobile – this product is more limited. It’s simply a navigation software. It’s missing the business lookup and the integration with WM contacts which is discouraging as I prefer the map interface more that the Live Search product. Notice the buttons on the map, very easy to take advantage of map features.


Compared to the products that I’ve used in the past they both lack important navigation features such as turn by turn voice alerts that are very nice to have.  Another complaint of both choices is that they don’t rotate with your driving. Telenav and Mapopolis always have you driving ‘up’ on your screen. On these two, when you are driving south you are going down on your screen. Can be confusing for some. When I have a lot of turns I end up actually rotating my Treo to match my direction 🙂

Both have traffic indicators which is nice as I can avoid the bad spots on the way through town on the way to the lake!

In the end, I find myself using Live Search more because of the better integration with WM and it does at least ‘beep’ when a turn is coming and also shows how far the next turn is rather that simply keeping an eye on the map.

Storms were brewing…

We got rocked pretty good tonight. We were gone this weekend and missed 2.5″ of rain. I would say we got a couple of inches again tonight. Storms always make a night interesting 🙂
Earlier in the day at the cabin a few trees fell on the shed and the neighbors yard.


Short conversation between customer and Bank of America

A conversation between a Customer and Bank of

America Bank: This is the Bank of America, can I help you?

Customer: Yes, I want to cancel my account. I don’t want to do business with you any longer.

Bank: Why?

Customer: You’re giving credit to illegal immigrants and I don’t think it’s right. I’m taking my business elsewhere.

Bank: Well, Mr. Customer, we don’t want to see you do that, but we can’t stop you. I’ll help you close the account. What is your account number?

Customer: (gives account number) Bank: For security purposes and for your protection, can you please give me the last four digits of your social security number?

Customer: No.

Bank: Mr. Customer, I need to verify your information, but in order to help you, I’ll need verification of who you are.

Customer: Why should I give you my social security number? The reason I’m closing my account is that your bank is issuing credit cards to illegal immigrants who don’t have social security numbers. You are targeting that audience and want their business. Let’s say I’m an illegal immigrant and you’ve given me a credit card. I have a question about it and call for assistance. You wouldn’t be asking me for a Social Security number, would you?

Bank: No sir, I wouldn’t.

Customer: Why not?

Bank: Because you would have pressed ‘2’ to speak in Spanish. We don’t ask for that information when calling in on the Spanish line.


It was fun while it lasted…

I’ve had this poster up in my cube for a few years. I’ve crossed off players as they’ve departed from the Wolves. Although brief, I never thought that I’d see the day where Hudson was the lone player left on the team.  Many people stopped by my cube last week as the rumors of the trade got stronger simply looking for the black X on his face.  I couldn’t do it until it was official and even then I had Brian do the honors.

I do believe that we are avoiding the inevitable, he was going to get traded at some point.  I strongly believe that he wasn’t going to opt out of his contract.  Would you walk away from $25,000,000??  Those zero’s are very nice looking :)  All of the contracts that we having incoming have one year remaining.  As long as we keep the young guys I’m OK with it.  I don’t think that our team needs to go out and get some above average free agents.  I’d like for us to grow like the Bulls have in recent years.  Once on the verge then you go out and get the big stud to get you over the top.  McHale, please don’t screw this one up!

Like Brian and Justin, I will continue my season tickets with the Wolves and watch a young pool of talent but certainly hope to see some Boston games on the tube 🙂 I’m actually considering the NBA league pass this year.

Go Boston! You’ll have a lot of fun watching “The Big Ticket” for years to come!