Tracking every which way, & Gizmo blows a gasket

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.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Incidentally, the Android My Tracks app gives the user extensive control over how detailed the tracks are, given decent GPS reception, but high detail does work the battery hard. Location aware apps running in the background are great, but when I’m not careful about what’s multitasking, sometimes the Incredible literally gets hot from using its battery up so fast.
    So my recent snottiness about the iPhone is just a contrarian posture; the truth is that there are a lot of interesting and able apps phones these days, with many pros and cons (and no doubt more coming).

  2. ariana says:

    paloma made panbo, yaaay! a future skipper to be sure, not like her useless mama. so sad to hear about gizmo 🙁 xoxo

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Ar! Feeling somewhat better. Just spoke with a highly regarded Volvo Penta mechanic who seemed to understand what “O” ring (like a gasket) went bad, and says he can fix it in a half day.
    Plus it’s great to see the commenting here get improvements right before our eyes, even if there have been a few glitches along the way (sorry about that, all).

  4. Ben (anonymous mode) says:

    Spot 2 did pretty well tracking today. This morning I had it on the dashboard of my truck as I made a doctor’s appointment (routine) and ran around town. About 11:30 I put it in my pocket at the Public Landing, had lunch on bench there, and went out to Gizmo. Most notable thing is that it managed to send several track points while I was in the main salon, perhaps even scrunched down by the engine. Still, though, tracking every 10 minutes is pretty crude at this scale (though it’s not bad for slow boats):

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