That’s it. HP support rocks

I have an iPaq h2210, which I have been very happy with. It’s out of warranty (*I assume, it’s 18 months old), and the funny rubber grips on the side just delaminated. I can get spares from the US for $12 plus $20 in shipping. I thought the shipping was a bit much so I gave HP locally a call to ask if I could buy them here.

The nice Indian man insisted on sending them to me for free. I know it’s a little thing, but I feel so loved now…

HP iPaq GPS FA256A

I picked up a HP FA256A blue tooth GPS the other day for my iPaq. The idea is that when I move to Mountain View, CA to work for Google then I’m going to need some form of satellite navigation to survive crazy American roads where they drive on the wrong side.

I’m liking the GPS. It was only $145 Australia, it’s got an eight hour lithium-ion battery, and comes with a car charger. I downloaded a free GPS test application for the iPaq (mine still runs Windows Mobile 2003), and it just worked. The only hard part was working out that it was hiding on COM port 8, not the COM port that was labelled as blue tooth in the drop down.

The graph to the left was made with some GPS code I wrote a while ago which I haven’t got around to documenting better than the README in the source code (tarball).

This graph is a dump of the drive from Andrew‘s house to mine last night. The color change indicates speed, with red being faster than blue.

I’m considering getting around to using GPS data more here. One day in my free time…