N2KView, PGNs get packetized

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

3 Responses

  1. Dymaxion says:

    This is really cool… on the other hand, in addition to loving boats, I work in computer security, and I have to say, navionics command and control via wireless really, deeply scares me. I’d love to talk to these people and make sure they do this right, because if it does make it to a standard, there’s only going to be one chance to get it right before it’s too late, and there’s an installed base out there just waiting for tragedy to strike.

  2. George says:

    Well, you almost had me until you mentioned that it was $3,000 for a bit of software. I used to do this sort of work, and that is a pretty excessive price for what looks to be a bunch of VBA ole controls. (By the way, why is the “W” upside-down and the “N” right side up on the compass control?)
    Somebody is laughing all the way to the bank. (Hint, the entire operating system that you use actually costs the computer manufacturers about $40, and it represents almost a million man hours of work.)

  3. Russ says:

    Back down on planet earth, most of us won’t spend $3K for this s/w. However, this sort of UI configuration tool would help sell a lot more DSM250 displays. It’s far superior to configuring that display with four buttons and a seemingly infinite array of nested menu’s.
    Hybrid systems, configured on one platform for use on another can capture the strengths and benefits of both. In this case the large display / keyboard / mouse and comparitive ease of use of the PC, with the comparitively lower cost and better reliability of a DSM250.
    Configure on the PC with a free program, upload the display config to the DSM250 and you’ve transformed a flexible but tedious to configure product into a highly desireable product.
    Ease of use sells products.

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