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Publisher Comments:

There are an estimated 30 million GPS receivers (GPSrs) currently in use in the civilian market.  These receivers come in a variety of forms, from hand-held receivers, in-car systems, add-on devices for hand help computers and embedded receivers in other devices (such as watches and cell phones).  The user manuals explain the basic functions of the GPS system, but they don’ t go into any detail about the finer points of the technology, and they don’ t tell users how to modify it, tweak it, and hack it in order to become power users and get the most out of a GPS system. These documents don’ t want to reveal how to take a GPS to new levels! Hacking GPS does that and more! It offers the following coverage that no other title on the market details:

· Hardware Hacks – Secret keycodes, hidden features, building power cords and cables, hacking the battery, hacking the antenna, mounting your GPS, protecting it from impact and falls, making a screen protector, and solar powering your GPS.

· Software Hacks – Hacking the firmware, hacking into your PC Connection with a GPS, and COM or USB

· Data Hacking – Software needs – free and commercial, creating data, waypoints, screenshots, troubleshooting, and more data tricks

· Playtime – GPS Games, Hacking Geocaching, and use your GPS as a Metal Detector

· Any potentially dangerous mod (from the point of view of the device) will be clearly labeled and precautions to take listed.

· How to get a deeper understanding of how receivers work and how to get more out of them than the manufacturers want the users to!

· Hardware that the readercan build to increase the function, performance or power of their GPS.

Hacking GPS fills the void that the manuals leave by giving the GPS user the information they need in order to get the most out of their investment - by hacking the system and taking a look at all of the super cool tweaks that can be done to/with a GPS. 

 

Book News Annotation:

Like other electronic devices, Global Positioning System units embed secret information known as "easter eggs." Assuming that readers already have a GPS unit and know how to use it, a veteran GPS user/computer field author explains how to use these hidden goodies to modify built-in software, make custom cables, use alternative power sources, connect to other devices, play the sport of geocaching, and other power uses. She includes photos of hardware, a GPS primer, online resources, and a glossary.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

* Game time Readers can check out GPS games, check into hacking geocaching, and even use a GPS as a metal detector

Synopsis:

You'll get lost in this book, but nowhere else

Your GPS is a really cool toy, but what if you could make it even cooler? What if you could build and hook up data cables, modify your iPAQ cradle to take a GPS connection, tweak the firmware, hook up to your PC without expensive software, use GPS data in a hundred creative ways, even solar-power your GPS? Suppose you could beef up your "first to find" quotient when geocaching, or use your GPS as a super-accurate clock. Well, you can. Read on—your adventure is just beginning!

Here's how to soup up your GPS

Covers both Garmin and Magellan models

  1. Crack the secret codes
  2. Build auxiliary battery packs
  3. Navigate with your GPS
  4. Make power and data cables
  5. Sharpen your signal
  6. Keep firmware update
  7. Hack out a PC connectio
  8. Create and load dat
  9. Grab screenshots on the move
  10. Set up an atomic clock
  11. Customize GPS games
  12. Discover paper-free geocaching

Synopsis:

* This is the "user manual" that didn't come with any of the 30 million GPS receivers currently in use, showing readers how to modify, tweak, and hack their GPS to take it to new levels!

* Crazy-cool modifications include exploiting secret keycodes, revealing hidden features, building power cords and cables, hacking the battery and antenna, protecting a GPS from impact and falls, making a screen protector, and solar-powering a GPS

* Potential power users will take the function and performance of their GPS to a whole new level by hacking into the firmware and hacking into a PC connection with a GPS

* Fear not! Any potentially dangerous mod (to the device) is clearly labeled, with precautions listed that should be taken

* Game time! Readers can check out GPS games, check into hacking geocaching, and even use a GPS as a metal detector

About the Author

Kathie Kingsley-Hughes has authored several technical/programming books and contributes regularly to a variety of forums on GPS and other high-tech outdoor devices. A zealous hiker, backpacker, and geocacher, she is rarely seen without her GPS (and usually a digital camera, spare batteries, sleeping bag, and similar survival gear!)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Hardware Hacks.

Chapter 1: GPS Secrets.

Chapter 2: Building GPS Data Cables and Power Cords.

Chapter 3: Power Hacks.

Chapter 4: Antenna Hacks.

Chapter 5: Protecting Your GPS.

Part II: Software Hacks.

Chapter 6: Hacking the Firmware.

Chapter 7: Making Connections.

Part III: Data Hacking.

Chapter 8: GPS Data.

Chapter 9: Examining the Data.

Chapter 10: More Data Tricks.

Part IV: Playtime.

Chapter 11: Hacking Geocaching.

Chapter 12: GPS Games.

Appendix A: GPS Primer.

Appendix B:Websites/Internet Resources.

Glossary.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780764584244
Author:
Kingsley Hughes, Kat
Publisher:
Wiley
Author:
Kingsley-Hughes, Kathie
Subject:
Global positioning system
Subject:
Security
Subject:
Computer hackers
Subject:
Security - General
Subject:
General Computers
Subject:
Networking-Computer Security
Subject:
Geography Special Topics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
ExtremeTech
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
20050325
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
358
Dimensions:
9.26x7.40x.80 in. 1.17 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , * Game time Readers can check out GPS games, check into hacking geocaching, and even use a GPS as a metal detector
"Synopsis" by , You'll get lost in this book, but nowhere else

Your GPS is a really cool toy, but what if you could make it even cooler? What if you could build and hook up data cables, modify your iPAQ cradle to take a GPS connection, tweak the firmware, hook up to your PC without expensive software, use GPS data in a hundred creative ways, even solar-power your GPS? Suppose you could beef up your "first to find" quotient when geocaching, or use your GPS as a super-accurate clock. Well, you can. Read on—your adventure is just beginning!

Here's how to soup up your GPS

Covers both Garmin and Magellan models

  1. Crack the secret codes
  2. Build auxiliary battery packs
  3. Navigate with your GPS
  4. Make power and data cables
  5. Sharpen your signal
  6. Keep firmware update
  7. Hack out a PC connectio
  8. Create and load dat
  9. Grab screenshots on the move
  10. Set up an atomic clock
  11. Customize GPS games
  12. Discover paper-free geocaching

"Synopsis" by , * This is the "user manual" that didn't come with any of the 30 million GPS receivers currently in use, showing readers how to modify, tweak, and hack their GPS to take it to new levels!

* Crazy-cool modifications include exploiting secret keycodes, revealing hidden features, building power cords and cables, hacking the battery and antenna, protecting a GPS from impact and falls, making a screen protector, and solar-powering a GPS

* Potential power users will take the function and performance of their GPS to a whole new level by hacking into the firmware and hacking into a PC connection with a GPS

* Fear not! Any potentially dangerous mod (to the device) is clearly labeled, with precautions listed that should be taken

* Game time! Readers can check out GPS games, check into hacking geocaching, and even use a GPS as a metal detector

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