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Garmin nuvi 215 GPS receiver/device

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I had trouble operating my BlackBerry 9000 GPS while on the go in a recent West Coast of India trip. This was something that guided me through every nook and corner during my East Coast of India trip in January earlier this year so I wanted to get a proper GPS device.

1. To solve this, I spoke to Airtel who said they had stopped providing GPS services. They had a service called Wayfinder which was their tip-up with and that used to provide the GPS navigational service for Airtel customers. This was stopped by them for unknown reasons.

2. Another pain point was that my direct subscription with for my BlackBerry 9000 for 1-year had ceased in Feb 2010 and themselves stopped supplying the maps for the BlackBerry 9000 device for some strange reason which no one in their customer support was able to answer to.

3. Also, my concern was that even the basic Google Maps through the device in-built GPS receiver was not working so we had to manually find our way through a lot of places we covered during this West Coast trip.

This was the problem statement: A need for a reliable all time multi purpose GPS device which is rock solid without bothering about other TPP (third party providers) such as Airtel or suddenly deciding to stop operating GPS/mapping services for their own whims and fancies and letting customers suffer as a result without so much as a proper notification of the service being stopped.

Solution: Who else to goto than to GARMIN – the world’s best maker of GPS navigational equipment. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Naveen Athresh

June 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

Bought my Hercules MTB Thriller Plus bicycle!

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My Hercules MTB Thriller Plus with V-brakes!

My Hercules MTB Thriller Plus with V-brakes!

I went to the erstwhile Raja cycle Mart at KR Market yesterday evening and bought my second MTB in 15 years! My first Hercules MTB – a Black – was bought in 1994 and I absolutely adored it and used it for almost 3 full years – cycling daily. I find myself much more comfortable on a bicycle than in my old Honda City – it’s a feeling of being with nature and supporting the ‘Going Green’ mantra. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

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Holidaying at the beach/iPhone GPS in action

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At one of the beaches at the Bay of Bengal - Sept 2008

At one of the beaches at the Bay of Bengal - Sept 2008

I just felt I needed a badly needed break so I decided to travel to Chennai (for the beach) last weekend. The iPhone was really in action on Chennai roads with it guiding me all along in my taxi and the GPS worked great as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 14, 2008 at 10:53 am

My YouTube posted video on the Bangalore volvo service

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This single video has received more than 10000 hits in less than 1 year alone on YouTube and tops the charts on a search for videos for the keywords “Bangalore Volvo service”! Read the rest of this entry »

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August 5, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Impact of commuting on productivity – travelonomics!

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I travel 75 kms to work daily. This also involves something like 2 hours one-way travel in a crowded unplanned urban expansion prone city such as Bangalore. The former metric does not sound like much to anyone living outside India (say the United States, Europe, Australia etc.) but the latter figure when correlated to the former does sound alarming. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Another delay in the Devanahalli International airport opening!

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It looks like even without a formal Government, the administration in Karnataka is equally laggard when it comes to taking quick decisions.

This airport project has again been delayed by another 1-month (the earlier date given was end of March 2008). Moreover, there has been enough hue and cry on whether to keep the HAL airport catering to needs of domestic travel since the Devanahalli International airport is not yet well connected from the city center with the typical delays that are entrenced in any Indian social sector project. Read the rest of this entry »

Some macro economic predictions for 2008

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Here’s a caveat: I fully understand economic predictions are foolhardy and its a bunch of crap since it is not something that can be predicted. Famous investors such as billionnaire Warren Buffett etc. also share the same viewpoints about economic predictions not being practical due to the changing dynamics of economies worldwide!

I still choose to defy this and some of my predictions for 2008 are as follows. Do not worry – I will not try to state the obvious and this is a result of some tad bit of analytical analysis thrown in for it to have some meaning. Read the rest of this entry »