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Yes, you're missing something. Most of the USB-cable only handhelds, like the Garmin eTrex series require a driver to work on a computer. Currently, the USB device drivers don't exist for the Mac. The ones that do have drivers are the GPS hockey pucks, and can't be used without the computer as a general rule. When the OP said he wanted a handheld, I am guessing he wants one that can be used with or without a computer.
That is why I recommended he get a handheld unit, like the Garmin GPSMap 76CX, which has a serial port NMEA0183 interface as well as a USB interface. While using a USB-to-Serial cable is a bit kludgy, at least I know it will work.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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