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How to install maps on a Garmin Edge 705 March 24, 2010

Filed under: Bikes,Garmin Edge — Rupert Bates @ 8:49 pm

I recently bought a Garmin Edge 705 bicycle GPS and the documentation is, how can I put this, terse? So I thought I’d document what I found out as I went along.

To add a new map to your Garmin Edge 705 using Windows (assumes you have a .img file)

  1. Get a Micro SD card and insert it into your Garmin Edge. Apparently the unit used to only support cards up to 2 gigabytes, but I think I also saw that this limitation is now fixed. I’d check for yourself though
  2. Connect your unit to your computer using the USB cable supplied, make sure it shows up as a drive in Windows Explorer. You should see one drive for the main unit and another for the SD card
  3. Create a new folder in the root of the SD card and call it Garmin
  4. Copy your map (.img) file into the Garmin folder you have just created, I’m not sure whether the map needs a particular name, mine is called gmapsupp.img
  5. Now disconnect your unit and switch it on, it should be using the new map. You can check by pushing the menu button on your unit, then going to ‘Settings’ then ‘Map’ and you should see the name of the map you have just installed at the bottom of the screen
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Where do websites go when they die? February 8, 2008

Filed under: Bikes,Web — Rupert Bates @ 11:03 am

Or more accurately when the people that create and maintain them die. I was thinking about this this morning when I read about of the sad death of Sheldon Brown. Sheldon Brown was what you might call a ‘bicycle evangelist’ from Massachusetts, and his site is a treasure trove of information for the cycle enthusiast or just for someone trying to carry out routine maintenance. I often find myself there when I need to work out how to, for instance, use a cone wrench correctly.

And this is the real point of this post, what now happens to this site which is a sizable and valuable body of work? Before the world wide web this content might have ended up in a book, the ultimate redundant data repository, thousands perhaps millions of extremely durable, geographically dispersed copies. Even when a book goes out of print there will be copies around in specialist libraries for hundreds perhaps thousands of years, but with a website if you switch of the server, or delete the files that’s it. Gone.

I hope this doesn’t happen to Sheldon Brown’s site, as it is an impressive and fitting legacy.