Monday, July 28, 2008

Lost Garmin Mapsource CD

If you're like me, it's tough to keep track of your software CDs. This habit gave me grief recently when I could not find my Garmin Mapsource CD. Mind you this was not the full version of MapSource, it was simply the light version that allows you to download/upload information to/from your GPS.

Well here's a trick. You can use a Mapsource 'update' file to do a full install of MapSource. (Just like using a windows XP upgrade disk to do a full install of XP)

1)Go to, support, updates and downloads, mapping software, and download the Mapsource Update
~Now if you try to simply run the downloaded file, you will get an error about not having the previous version installed. No worries...
2)Change the file extension of the downloaded file to .zip and extract to a folder.
3)Run setup.exe to install MapSource
4)Manually install at least one mapset. (see my post FREE Garmin Maps)

Mind you this is only recommended if you rightfully deserve to use this product. (ie. by purchasing a Garmin device)


Free Garmin GPS maps

Ibycus USA
Ibycus USA has generously donated a bunch of his time to producing FREE GPS maps that cover streets, water, and other data for most if not all of the US.
Currently you have to download the complete install package of almost a 1gig. But it's worth it. The installer will verify that all is well with the mapsets and then import them into Mapsource (Garmin's Map Installation Utility)

If you can, please donate to support his efforts. Thanks Dale!!


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories - "Peggy," A Light Emitting Pegboard Display

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories - "Peggy," A Light Emitting Pegboard Display
Remember those "Light-Bright" days?? Well, don't hold back from the chance to re-live them, geek-style that is. These guys have created a $80 kit that will allow you to create a 12" by 15" sign of LEDs. They've even choosen to use a controller chip that is 'hackable'. That is, they have published the code that would allow you to re-flash the chip to do different things. And if you're REALLY geeky, you can even utilize the 'extra/spare' I/O points of the ROM for any number of things. Wish I had the bucks to try it out.... one day...


Download Adobe Reader 9.0 without the extras

If you're like me, you don't care for all the extra apps that often come with basic 'free' software. Such as Yahoo toolbar with Java, or Adobe AIR with the Reader download.

The good thing is that many times the vendor creates versions that only have one application for enterprise use.

Adobe does this, however, it's not publicized. You just have to poke around on their FTP site to find it.

I'll save you the trouble with this one.

For Adobe Reader 9.0 only..
Download: AdbeRdr90_en_US_Std.exe

Hope this helps!!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Magnetic guitar cables prevent pops, jack damage | Digital Noise: Music & Tech - CNET

Magnetic guitar cables prevent pops, jack damage | Digital Noise: Music & Tech - CNET

Being a musician and sound tech myself, I was intrigued by this creative solution to a very old problem. My one concern is how would it work if I DO put the cord through my strap??

Not bad for $20 bucks.


Tuesday, July 01, 2008

IE7 Kiosk mode

So my daughter loves to play this great educational website If you have young ones I highly recommend it as a fun, learning to read, website.

Anyways I digress... so here's the trick. She still sorta clicks wildly so I created a shortcut on my desktop that will start IE7 in kiosk mode at

'right-click' and drag the existing IE shortcut on my start menu onto my desktop. Right click and ADD "-k" (no quotes) after the existing path. The full path looks like this ""C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -k"

Naturally you could set to any web address, and it does not prevent users from using Alt-F4 to close the browser.

If you're looking for more 'secure' kiosk options I highly recommend a product called KioWare as a software solution that will allow you to lock down and secure a PC for a 'web kiosk' type installation.



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