[Loadstone] app installed in main memory; DB on memory card: a needed refinement

Alan loadstone-l at as2.info
Sun Dec 9 16:12:55 GMT 2007

Hello, I was looking for a simple GPS solution without the requirement 
for interactive data services (Wayfinder, whose service model raises 
cost and privacy issues.) Google led me to Loadstone and I think it will 
be a winner. (Patiently waiting for my GPS receiver as a gift.) In the 
meantime I've been playing with the software.

I have a Nokia E70, which has 64 MB of internal memory. However I do 
have a 2 GB memory card installed. I wanted wide coverage over two 
metropolitan areas, so I downloaded base data sets from the points 
exchange and used Perl scripts to slice and dice the datasets into 
smaller database files that were somewhat geometrically rational. 
(Basically, for each metro area I drew a circle around my home base and 
put all the points within this core circle into the database. Then for 
the larger concentric circle I removed all the core points and then used 
longitude and latitude to divide the "hollowed out" dataset into four 
90-degree arcs.)

Anyway, my datasets total about 26 MB. So what I'm doing is saving the 
database files to the memory card, and then I would load each file into 
memory as I needed it.

My comment is that when I choose Load Database from the file menu, since 
Loadstone application is installed to main memory, I need to select ".." 
four times, then down to main memory card, and then to the loadstone 
folder on that memory card. This simple task of loading a database from 
the memory card is very tedious.

A much-needed refinement would be to make this dialog two tabs: the 
first tab is for browsing main memory (or wherever the application is 
installed) and the second tab, accessible via right joystick, would be 
to browse the other storage device.




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