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In an email just now, I wrote the following: "...the only thing better than having a GPS in your life raft is not needing it."

I was in fact talking about an actual life raft on an actual boat, which had been fitted with an actual TomTom in case of its necessity it a survival-type situation. (I will assume it was a TomTom since they use cooler data, even though I do not know for certain in the context of this conversation.) However, it struck me that this could be extrapolated into a philosophical discussion of some sort.

It could even become a pithy saying of some sort eventually, like "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" or something. Except that the term GPS is not quite common enough yet, I think. I expect it will be with time. Just like people talk about googling something, it wouldn't surprise me to hear comments like, "I GPS'd my way there."
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 19th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
The son of one of our guests on Friday night used his GPS device to locate the Lodge, he'd driven down from Fort Hood.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 19th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
My thought is that the only thing better than having a GPS is learning to read maps. Doesn't work so well in the ocean without landmarks (or would that be watermarks) though. I have to say that I find the current obsession with vehicle-mounted GPS to be nothing but a gadget-freak fad. If you're in a car, you have landmarks, and paper maps work really well.

Of course, I gave up on my PDA and went back to paper and pen too. The user interface, TCO and battery life are unbeatable.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 20th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Well I'll admit that I do love my gadgets. I'd hate to have to give up my beloved Treo! ....but I also think that reading a paper map when driving alone in a car isn't really that safe. When going somewhere new, I like having something (my treo) calculate my route and show me my location on the map.

johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 20th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Of course you shouldn't read a map while driving. Nor should you use a phone, or IMHO read a screen on the treo. There's nothing wrong with pulling to the side of the road once in a while if you need to get your bearings, though.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: February 21st, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just heard that Eddie Izzard recorded a TomTom voice option that you can download... supposed to be hilariously funny. Does TomTom on your Treo do voices?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 22nd, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
My TomTom has voices, I've selected my British male voice (and named him Percival).

That sounds fun! I'll have to look around, i've never tried downloading voices or anything.
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