Mapping software

I bought some Garmin mapping software for my new handheld GPS today, got it installed, and tested it out at lunch. I walked over to Pentegon Row to do some reading (I started in on In Memeory Yet Green yesterday) and as I walked overthere, I used the GPS to track my position, and also to see the detailed road maps. They are great. Just like having GPS in the car, except I can carry it around with me.

The unit I have can hold 24 MB worth of maps, or so. I’ve built some collections of places I frequently travel. For instance, I can get all of metro DC, Baltimore, NYC and Rockland County on one set (within 24 MB). Also Seattle/Portland metro area and Los Angeles metro area (at least, the places in LA that I go). It’s really a cool little gadget.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.