[Loadstone] Loadstone Digest, Vol 117, Issue 6

Mike Hanson brewmeister65 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 16 15:48:06 PDT 2017


My hike-related website is n longer up.  Like you, I have nothing even
close to unlimited funding.  Information is in the documentary, which
the Discovery Channel might be considering.  I have talked to Gary
Steffens and we might include something about technological changes
since 010, including the need to switch to the IPhone.  I can think of
a way to put a plug in if we do that.


Mike Hanson

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> I think I might have figured out part of the point share issue I wrote
> about in an earlier message.  I needed to turn two fingers clockwise
> to activate the picker.  I am not sure what that particular gesture is
> called.
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> Mike Hanson
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> Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:39:25 -0500
> From: Mike Hanson <brewmeister65 at gmail.com>
> To: loadstone <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
> Subject: [Loadstone] Presentation
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> I gave a presentation over the phone to the Perkins School for the
> Blind in Massachusetts today about my hike of the Appalachian Trail
> and was able to give Loadstone something of a plug.  Presentations
> might be a way I can ask for donations on Loadstone’s behalf.  Is
> there anything in particular you would like me to say?  Is there
> anything in particularly you would like me to avoid saying?
>
> One unique strength of Loadstone in my opinion is that it does not
> require a data plan.  This is important for two reasons.  First, you
> can use Loadstone where you don’t get a cell phone signal, as opposed
> to GPS apps that come standard on an IPhone in my experience.  I have
> used Loadstone when I needed to get up at night while camping.  I
> activated it and went from there.  I have also used it to mark hunting
> stands and fishing spots and other points of interest that are well
> out of cell phone coverage on my Nokia N82 and N95.  Although I don’t
> have either of these phones, I am confident that I will be able to do
> the same things with my IPhone.
>
> Second, you can use Loadstone if you don’t want a phone contract but
> want its GPS capabilities.  I don’t know why someone would have an
> IPhone just to use Loadstone but that is an option.
>
> Loadstone is the only GPS app that does not require a data plan and is
> accessible to blind users in my experience.  I have heard of blind
> people using Gaya GPS.  That program is, at best, marginally
> accessible in my opinion.
>
> Loadstone does not seem to require much more of a user than other GPS
> programs.  You need to create checkpoint lists but the tradeoff is
> often greater accuracy than you might get with, say Google or Apple
> maps in my experience.  Those programs can often leave you across a
> parking lot from your intended destination.  You can get much closer
> than that by saving a location with Loadstone.  That is well worth the
> tradeoff!
>
>
> Mike Hanson
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> Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:53:02 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Shawn Kirkpatrick <shawn at loadstone-gps.com>
> To: loadstone <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
> Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Presentation
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> I aggree, presentations are a good idea. We plan to send at least
> informational messages to as many of the blindness-related institutions as
> possible. To get an idea of the current goals of the project have a look at
> the GoFundMe video on the Loadstone website. This is a brief summary of
> what's needed at the present time.
> Is your site about your hike still up? This would be a very good testimonial
> to link to.
> Not needing a data plan is one of the top goals of Loadstone. Hear in Canada
> we pay some of the worst rates in the world for cellular data. For this
> reason my pay as you go phone plan has no data. This means I needed a GPS
> app that didn't require data while on the move. None of the other apps
> seemed to do this.
> Accuracy is also very important. Loadstone sets the phone's hardware to use
> the best accuracy it possibly can. The trade off is a slightly higher
> battery usage but for pedestrian use I think it's well worth it. I've been
> able to do a side by side comparison with Loadstone and apple maps running
> on two different phones and the difference was quite surprising, sometimes
> half a block or more. Maybe for sighted people driving this works but not so
> well for blind pedestrians.
>
> On Tue, 15 Aug 2017, Mike Hanson wrote:
>
>> I gave a presentation over the phone to the Perkins School for the
>> Blind in Massachusetts today about my hike of the Appalachian Trail
>> and was able to give Loadstone something of a plug.  Presentations
>> might be a way I can ask for donations on Loadstone’s behalf.  Is
>> there anything in particular you would like me to say?  Is there
>> anything in particularly you would like me to avoid saying?
>>
>> One unique strength of Loadstone in my opinion is that it does not
>> require a data plan.  This is important for two reasons.  First, you
>> can use Loadstone where you don’t get a cell phone signal, as opposed
>> to GPS apps that come standard on an IPhone in my experience.  I have
>> used Loadstone when I needed to get up at night while camping.  I
>> activated it and went from there.  I have also used it to mark hunting
>> stands and fishing spots and other points of interest that are well
>> out of cell phone coverage on my Nokia N82 and N95.  Although I don’t
>> have either of these phones, I am confident that I will be able to do
>> the same things with my IPhone.
>>
>> Second, you can use Loadstone if you don’t want a phone contract but
>> want its GPS capabilities.  I don’t know why someone would have an
>> IPhone just to use Loadstone but that is an option.
>>
>> Loadstone is the only GPS app that does not require a data plan and is
>> accessible to blind users in my experience.  I have heard of blind
>> people using Gaya GPS.  That program is, at best, marginally
>> accessible in my opinion.
>>
>> Loadstone does not seem to require much more of a user than other GPS
>> programs.  You need to create checkpoint lists but the tradeoff is
>> often greater accuracy than you might get with, say Google or Apple
>> maps in my experience.  Those programs can often leave you across a
>> parking lot from your intended destination.  You can get much closer
>> than that by saving a location with Loadstone.  That is well worth the
>> tradeoff!
>>
>>
>> Mike Hanson
>>
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