Monthly Archives: June 2002

Online Holidays #2

Last week we started discussing the advantages of booking holidays and flights over the Internet and although this is one of the most helpful features of the Net for home users, one thing that remains popular is the ability to make last minute bookings online – the Internet has made it possible for users to constantly keep updated with the latest special offers and the latest last minute flights or holidays.

As we all know from the traditional high street travel agents, if a flight looks like it is going to leave with excess empty seats then the airlines will often heavily reduce the costs of flying in order to fill the plane.In fact, it is to my understanding that airlines often make a loss on these seats that is then recuperated by those that are flying business class.

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Online Holidays

In the past I have discussed shopping over the Internet in its various forms but recently after a few customers commented on booking and paying for their holidays online I realised this was an area of that I’d not yet looked in to.

Booking holidays online has always been one of the more useful things that most home users have spent time doing on the Internet and recently whilst companies such as British Airways have been reducing their flights, online flight bookings have become a lot more lucrative with companies such as Go achieving record sales.The main thing about companies such as these is that they save a great deal of money on travel agent fees and overheads as you are obliged to book the flight online via their respective websites, www.go-fly.co.uk and www.ryanair.com.

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GPS part 3

Last week I started discussing a £399 bundle deal which includes a Palm m130 PDA and a separate GPS module that plugs in to the back of the PDA to allow it to be able to act as a tracking device.Once installed this allows you to be able to tell exactly where you are at any given time and the directions that you would need to take to get to a specified destination.

So far we’ve looked at the PDA side of the deal and concluded it was more than satisfactory for the majority of users for those who need to arrange appointments, keep contact details, write simple documents, access the Internet via a mobile etc.This week I’m going to look specifically at the GPS tracking device that slots into the back of the PDA to enable it to accurately pinpoints … Read the rest

GPS part 2

In past articles I have reviewed Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) as suitable alternatives to laptops however one special offer at the Carphone Warehouse grabbed my attention recently that I thought I should mention, especially considering that last week I talked about Global Position Satellites.

Basically, for £399 you can get a PDA and a separate GPS module that plugs in to the back of the PDA in order for it to be able to act as a tracking device.Once installed this allows you to be able to tell exactly where you are at any given time and the directions that you would need to take to get to a specified destination.We’ll discuss the GPS side of things next week but in the meantime, the two units can remain separately and so can function as a completely separate PDA so I’ll review … Read the rest

GPS Systems

One of mans goals throughout the years has been determining his position in the world and that of those around him in order to explore, navigate and learn about his surroundings.Until recently this involved complicated readings using maps and compasses to gain a rough understanding of where you were in relation to your surroundings but now a system that is rapidly increasing in popularity, GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) makes this process a lot easier.

GPS came about when the US Ministry of Defence decided that they needed a more reliable way to figure out exactly where an individual man or vehicle was in the world and therefore they invested billions in a sophisticated satellite system to exactly pinpoint a position of a device on the globe.The system works using a constellation of 24 satellites and their base stations as reference points Read the rest

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