USB Problems

Micro-USB plugI have a minor issue that I’d like to get resolved. I have a cheap but very good USB GPS receiver. However, it uses a weird USB connector and the cable for said connector has developed a fault (at the strain relief point, amusingly). Can anyone advise on the type of connector it uses?

In the two lower photos the cable at the top left is the one I need a replacement of. The device at the bottom is the GPS receiver, and the cable at the top right is a normal mini-USB plug. The photo on the far right is a micro-USB connector, and it isn’t that either 🙂

The USB Cable problem The USB Cable problem

OpenStreetMap Glasgow

Get your calendars out. OpenStreetMap is having a social meetup in Glasgow – Tuesday 17th November 2009 at 7:30pm

Every three months on the third Tuesday of each month OSM is planning to have regular social meetings at 7:30pm at the Drum and Monkey

As this is the first meeting we hope to be discussing the suitability of the venue, future dates, and having a few drinks. Bring along GPS units and any other kit that may be interesting to other mappers

Central America will be there wearing a orange openstreetmap survey jacket so you can find the group

OpenStreetMap Christmas

One day to go before Christmas, and the UK government have made an astounding contribution to the OpenStreetMap project. It will shortly be announced that through collaboration with the Department for Transport, Traveline, and OpenStreetMap, most of the NaPTAN and NPTG datasets will be offered to OpenStreetMap as a one off bulk import, with the possibility of updates in the future.

This means the import of up to 350,000 geocoded public transport access points, such as bus stops, ferry terminals, trains stations, etc, along with the import of up to 50,000 geocoded place names in a hierarchical format.

Once again, a big thank you to the DfT and Traveline for this massive contribution, and to the OSM Foundation for making it all possible.

Isle of Man

It would appear that Google has decided that their map data for the Isle of Man isn’t good enough, and now allow everyone to edit it through their MapMaker system. Several things spring to mind… firstly that OpenStreetmap has great coverage of the island, and secondly, why doesn’t Google want to re-use the OSM data? It’s already freely available under Creative Commons licensing. I fail to understand their method of thinking here.


Well, not quite. I just spotted that my favourite bit of work, Anderston was featured as an image of the week on the wiki. Admittedly it was in relation to OpenStreetbugs, but it’s a bug I filed as a reminder that’s the highlight.

My claim to fame at last :-p