I recently picked up a USB "charge anywhere" kit for the iPAQ; it's got a mains adapter with multiple plugs for UK/US/etc with a single little USB socket, and a USB charger lead. It also came with a car ligher adapter which gives a nice regulated 5v to a USB socket. I've already got a USB charger lead for my phone, and I just built one for my bluetooth GPS and it really cuts down on the number of chargers and leads to lug around when travelling. I wonder how long it will be before cars come with little USB sockets to charge and power goodies instead of ligher sockets? Of course all these gadgets violate the USB spec which says that you should only get 100mA unless you've negotiated with the hub for more (500mA). I guess adding the components to regulate and switch power to USB sockets isn't worth the expense or space to most designers, so all those USB lights and fans will probably keep working.
TomTom Navigator vs Mapopolis
I've been using TomTom Navigator 3 with a bluetooth GPS receiver around Scotland and it's been doing a pretty impressive job. Except it once wanted to take me off a motorway by using the private service exits for a service station. And today it sent us the wrong way up a wrong way street. Travelling to the US next week but couldn't get the TomTom add-on maps in the UK, so I ended up buying Mapopolis for about $99 that I could download online, and as well as the US maps downloaded Scotland too for comparison. Mapopolis isn't as polished a product as TomTom by far but it's technically more superiour - it knows the names of the roads and attempts to speak them
TomTom: After 300 yards turn right
Mapopolis: In 300 yards turn right into Cathedral Street. Cathedral Street is next on your right
If you want to drive and not look down, Mapopolis wins as it tells you exit numbers, road names, and so on. But for clarity TomTom wins as they supply really high quality audio for the small selection of possible words; Mapopolis has a primitive speech engine. Anyway I'm going to be driving in Boston with Mapopolis so it'll be interesting to see how it deals with all the buildings and new road layouts. I suspect i'll get used to it telling me to "turn around when possible".