Saturday, June 11, 2005

Update: Satellite Decision. XM or SIRIUS?

In a word: XM. (or in 2 letters)

With a whopping 1.2 million subscribers, XM leads SIRIUS by 600%. I'm not sure that actually means anything except that XM broke into the market first. For me, NASCAR pushed XM over the edge. A channel dedicated to 24 hour NASCAR racing with a second channel dedicated to in-car audio. (Sirius will have NASCAR in 2007)

I am a Howard Stern fan, but was reminded that Opie & Anthony are on XM.

Driving from Easton to Reading every day and being in the car most of the day, satellite radio was a matter of who, not a matter of if.

-Satellite boy, out.

Review: Mapopolis for the Palm Treo 600

I have had Mapopolis for my Treo 600 for about 6 months now. I bought the software and the "mouse gps" reciever for under $200 with every map in the US. I started in a new sales territorry and would have never survived without it.

What I like:
-Low Price
-Works with my Treo 600
-Prounounces the street name (don't have to look down to make sure you are turning onto the correct street)
-Integrates with my address book to search for addresses and saved GPS coordinates
-Estimated time of arrival is *impeccable*

What I dislike:
-No 5-Way navigation support
-Have to have a lot of space on your Treo
-If you have hacks on your Treo, it will crash guaranteed
-You have to have the maps for each county loaded on the card or on the unit or you are out of luck
-Maps are hard to read
-Screen is small
-Hard to make a call while using the GPS-Interface to select destination isn't easy to use

Overall rating: 7.8 out of 10 (would be lower, but the price is right)