Tech Talk – How to find your way |

Tech Talk – How to find your way

courtesy Garmin Nuvi

Dear Ernie, Im a road warrior and the GPS navigation option in my cell phone is leading me astray. Ive been doing a little research on various GPS navigation devices and like the U 2 song: I still havent found what Im looking for. Any advice?Signed,Lost in Translation

Its easy to get lost in the woods, searching for effective GPS navigation devices. However, Garmin Nuvi is the clear beacon in the darkness. Ive looked at a lot of different navigation devices out there and the Nuvi keeps rising to the top of the heap. However, you dont necessarily have to spend more than $200 on a navigator. Consider tracking down last years top models that are on sale. Really, the maps dont change that much in 12 months. Sure the Garmin costs a bit more — $25 to $50 than TomTom or Magellan. But suck it up and go for the Garmin. According to a legion of GPS aficionados, the Garmin will last longer and is just easier to use than its counterparts. In the end its worth the extra dough.

Yeah, were all feeling the economic downturn, but there are still some bright spots here and there. Awesome free software abounds. Here are some of my favorite free desktop software applications, Web apps and projects. Take a gander at this helpful laundry list of apps: Firefox, VLC Media Player, Open Office, Picasa (organize digital photos), AutoHotKey (turn any action into a keyboard shortcut), DropBox (syncs and backs up files between computers) and FileZilla (an FTP File Transfer).

Kings Beach resident Ernie Dambach is a self-admitted computer geek who enjoys helping others navigate their way through the digital world. His computer and networking company Tahoe Tech Group serves small and medium businesses, as well as the home computer users throughout the Tahoe Truckee region. Log onto, or call (530) 550-0999.

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