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More of It’s Like Y2K All Over Again . . .

Back in February I posted this article about the upcoming GPS Week Number Rollover Problem starting April 6, 2019. And then I kind of forget about it with the prepping for our European trip.

But now there’s been a date change.

Here’s what I wrote back in February:


It’s Like Y2K All Over Again , ,

Come April 6th, 2019, be careful where you drive. Or at least be careful where your  GPS tells you to drive. Turns out that in a retro-Y2K twist, the date stamp in the GPS will reset, and it suddenly won’t know where it, and you, are. This is because they only programmed a 10bit register to store the week, So every 1024 weeks, or about 20 years, the date rolls back to zero.

This of course, is reminiscent of the whole Y2K fiasco where to save memory space (back in the days when it was really expensive) they stored the year as two digits, i.e., 1980 was ‘80’, 1999 was’99, and of course, 2000 was ‘00’.

WHOOPS!

Newer GPS implementations use a 13bit storage area, which should last until the sun goes red giant and engulfs the planet. Hopefully that’ll be long enough.

You can read more about it here:

GPS Date Problem

Now, units produced since 2010 or so, should be using the new ICD-200/IS-GPS-200 specifications, and should be OK. I say ‘should’, because apparently some manufacturers have been somewhat lax in updating their software.

Saves a few bucks, don’t you know. So be careful out there.


But then today I got this email from Verizon.


Verizon GPS Rollover Email

Which says that the whole thing has been delayed until November 3rd. And now the problems extend to devices as recent as 2016.

Yikes!

As far as phones, luckily for Jan and I, only her Galaxy S5 is affected, and it’s just her phone here in the rig.

However, it looks like our Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will also have a problem, disappointing since we often used it to display WAZE data on long trips.

You can click here to find out if your device(s) are on the GPS Naughty List.


Thought For The Day:

Now With More Cinnamon! 

Charmin Pumpkin Spice

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Choices, Choices, Choices . . .

Jan and I spent most of the day, on and off, talking about our proposed Alaskan Cruise-Tour next September. Or maybe I should call it a Tour-Cruise, since it starts in Fairbanks and ends up on Vancouver, B.C.

We have been trying to figure out many extra days we want to spend in Fairbanks before the cruise actually starts. We kept going back and forth on whether we wanted 4, 5, or 6 extra days. So I made an executive decision that we’ll just do 7 days extra,.

We had originally planned on staying at the Pike’s Landing Lodge, but since the cruise actually starts with a 1 one night stay at Holland America’s hotel, The Westmark, we decided to just stay there the entire so we wouldn’t have to move twice.

We had already planned to get an Inside room, based on our last Holland America Alaskan cruise back in1998. We had a outside Partial Seaview room which meant we could look out and see the feet of the people walking on the Promenade Deck and the sky behind them. Plus we were almost never in the room during the day anyway.

But on this cruise we’ve got our choice of two different Inside rooms, one Regular and one Large. The only difference is the size, with the Regular one at 151 sqft and the Large at 233 sqft.

Noordam Inside Room Photo

Noordam Inside Room

And since the price increase is only $65/person, we’re going with the bigger one.

The next decision was about our meals. On our 1998 cruise, we only had two choices, Early Seating at 5:45pm and the Late Seating at 8pm, and a pre-assigned table.

But we really liked the Open Time/Open Seating for meals on our Viking Cruise. Of course, within a couple of days we had met up with a great bunch of people and ended up sitting with the same people at the same table anyway. But it was our choice of friends and our choice of table.

Cruising The Rhine Taste Of Germany Group

But now we have a 3rd choice, Open Time/Open Seating just like Viking. It’s the same menu, just in a different dining room.

So that’s what we chose.


Thought For The Day:

Coffee Does So Much For Us And Asks For Nothing in Return.

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