Preparing MicroSD Card for Use in Garmin Dakota 20 (& Other GPS Systems)

Last year I purchased a Garmin Dakota 20 GPS System to use on my Motorcycle and also for GeoCaching. I never really used it. However I have now set up setting it up properly and getting it ready for use this year.

One good point about the Dakota 20 is the fact that it has a expandable memory by the addition of a MicroSD card, which sits neatly behind the batteries. This is a bit of a no brainer really as SD Cards are so affordable now. You don’t even have to go that big as the Custom maps from Garmin are a maximum size of 4GB, an 8GB should easily do most users. One other option is that if you have a lot of custom maps you could buy bigger, store all your maps on the device then move them around into the proper directories as required as your journey progresses. (Pretty much the whole of Western Europe on a Custom Map is squeezed into 4GB).

To utilise this all you have to do is prepare the card.

(One quick tip for when you get set up, make sure you leave the WW BaseMaps Enabled, this will give you at the very least a base map whilst your detailed maps load, removing any white screens that you get as loading occurs, it is purely cosmetic, just nicer to work with!).

To do this follow these simple steps.

1. Format your MicroSD card as FAT32 (FAT MS-DOS on a Mac)
2. Rename the Card – ‘GARMIN.’
3. Create a folder named ‘Garmin’ in the root directory.
4. Any Map files with the extension ‘.img’ are placed in this directory.
5. Copy the File Structure from your Actual Garmin GPS to that of your Freshly Formatted SD Card. The folders named below are all within the ‘Garmin’ Root directory.
6. The ‘CustomMaps’ folder will contain any ‘.kmz’ files.
7. The ‘BirdsEye’ folder will house any ‘.jnx’ files.
8. The ‘GPX’ folder will be the home of waypoints and so on just as the Garmin was itself.


iPhone 5 / 5s Bear Grylls Action Case UnBoxing

I have always been a fan of the rugged style cases for my phone.  The offer great drop protection and keep the phones in immaculate condition when being used in everyday life.

Whilst out shopping I noticed a ‘Bear Grylls Action Case’ with a nice yellow reduced sticker in a local supermarket.  Reduced is always good and also it was bright orange.  Thats a good way to sell me something – make it available in funky colours.  The case was also available in a range of Camouflage colour options (wood land, DPM, and urban – there may be even more, as well as grey and plain black).

The cases are identified by a large BG logo on the bottom third which to be fair I am not convinced on.  The rest of the case definitely gets my vote on aesthetics, however the big logo is just a little too garish for me.  (Even though it bright orange.)  I mean c’mon does anyone actually want to walk about advertising Bear Grylls?

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xBox One UnBoxing

A bit late I know, but I picked up my xBox One Day One, on Day One, I was an exceptionally well behaved boy this year so I decided it would make a nice ‘me to me’ Christmas present, which to be fair it did.

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One question I do see still being asked quite a lot is, ‘which console is better?’ I think this is a question that will never have a definitive answer. There will be fanboys for MS and also those for Sony. As such views will be skewed, and opinions biased, however as gamer of well over 20 years now and the owner of both, for this generation of consoles at this stage of their life cycle, the best console is…BOTH!

Ha, I know that seems a bit of a cop out however here is my reasoning. Remember that these comments are relevant now, the very early stages of the consoles’ lives.

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Seagate Expansion HDD 3TB UnBoxing & Time Machine.

A quick unboxing gallery of a Seagate 3TB Expansion Desktop Drive (USB 3.0).

For reference the drive is a mere 36.0mm thick and cost only £80.

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As you can see from the last images I use this drive as a Time Machine. At this price it is a very affordable back up (Time Machine) solution. The speeds are good, and by that I mean I don’t notice them being slow. I can’t comment on how it operates as a daily drive however as a TM it has given me no problems, I haven’t even noticed it was there. Which makes it pretty much ideal!

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iTunes Updating Apps – Auto Update of Multiple Apps

iTunes (at the time of writing this is iTunes 11) has changed the way you update your Apps.

Previously you clicked on the Apps Tab in the left hand column then towards the bottom right of the screen the was an ‘Update All’ Button that has now gone.

You will now notice that in your apps listing the icons of apps that have an available update have a nice wee tag in their upper left corner.

So to update all of your apps in one go here’s what you do, don’t fret it is easy!

1.  Below you will see the new look ‘Update’ Flag on the relevant icons.

2.  You will see the new ‘Updates’ Tab at the top.  Click it!

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All Apps that have an available update will now be shown…

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3. Click ‘Update All Apps.’

That’s it your done and on the way to be fully updated again!

Dakar – Initial Plans – Strike Whilst the Iron is hot.


The 2014 Dakar is now starting Day 3 and if you haven’t been following there is still loads of time to catch up. Eurosport UK is showing daily updates at 2230 and 0000 with the show being repeated throughout the day across the Eurosport channels.

Anyway this is one of the most awesome Rallies in the world. It is exciting to watch and with bikes, quads, cars and trucks there is something for everyone.

I have decided I want to complete the Dakar, a huge task I know, so I am going to start by saying I want to enter the Dakar!

Obviously this is not a case of I want to enter the Dakar tomorrow. However it is definitely part of the plan.

So here is the thing, if you want to be involved I will be needing Sponsors, teamsters, mechanics and everything to make ‘Team TBNI’ successful. A huge ask I know but if you are interested in being part of the first internet based Dakar Team get in touch.

Oh and BMW, KTM, RED BULL or MONSTER if you are watching I want you!

Ten Second Game Review : Battlefield 4


With the release of the next gen consoles so close together the fight was on for who would take the first person shooter title. And to be fair whoever takes this title will probably make more money in a weekend than you or I will make in 10 life times.

So it’s definitely worth playing for.

The contenders being,
1. Call of Duty : Ghosts
2. Battlefield 4

If you look back a wee touch you will see what I have to say on Ghosts in my other 10 second review. (I suppose I really should include Killzone as a further Contender. Personally it isn’t for me though).

So here it is my ten second review. As the norm in this situation this only refers to my experiences with the single player campaign. As far as the multiplayer goes it is very much a similar story to that of FIFA v Pro Evo. Everyone has their preference and all the writing, reasoning or arguing in the world will never change that.

As far as Battlefield 4 goes the story is decent, not gripping but decent. Who the hell Jun Jie is I have no idea and I doubt I ever will. Character development is there and attempted but Hannah, for example, is far too hard to warm to yet all the rest of squad are quickly kissing her ass. Irish is likeable but too much of a pain in the ass to be truly liked and you (me) doesn’t even mutter when spoken too. Come on Sergeant, don’t be rude!

Graphics are as you would expect, great. He old blip, rip or glitch appears but that is forgive able in this early stage of this generations cycle. Sound is great, animations are quality and the details on the guns is as far as I am concerned best in class.

Gameplay is average. The missions, in fact the whole game, is relatively short, although there are three different endings which adds to the ‘lastability.’ The game being short (about 5 hours) I don’t necessarily see as a bad thing. Think bad to the days of Golden Axe and Streets of rage. You could sit down and have a complete play through. That option still exists with Battlefield. And of course let’s be honest. The majority of players are getting this for multiplayer. Single player campaigns are now unfortunately considered a bit of an afterthought.

One afternoon and you could rip through this and have some fun doing so.

But there are some bad points. Some parts of the game especially in the latter (two) missions are ridiculously frustrating. You will just die from an explosion and hell knows from where. Restart and boom, same explosion and same untimely death. By the 10th death incident this Ground hog day is unbearable.

Then take the crashing. On my first run through I was about 60% through the game when it crashed, corrupting the save and meaning a complete fresh start. Heartbreaking. I have no problems with repeat play throughs but it should be because I want too. Not because the game just shit itself. I was lucky and in my next play through it crashed another 4 times but the game saves were not corrupted and each time I only had to retrace a few steps.

However it is unforgivable for games to be so buggy that they are crashing systems and corrupting saves at this stage of the gaming calendar. Maybe in 1979 it would have been more acceptable but come on DICE these are the basics.

All in all Battlefield 4 is a decent game that can easily be picked up and enjoyed. It’s doing nothing ground breaking on the single player FPS campaign stage but it is still holding its own. Iron out the bugs, remove the ridiculous frustrations and you be edging towards a winner.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

The results are awesome, here is just a brief clip of what those wee chimps had to say…

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

If we look back at 2012 this is what the interesting visitors stat was…

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

So all I have to say is a massive, ‘Thank you!‘ to everyone who popped into my little corner of the web in 2013, and to further stay that you are all very welcome back in 2014, and and bring your mates too, this is an open house!

View the full report here…

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