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Old 04-24-2006, 12:32 PM   #1
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Default rant: car navigation units, especially the ones you mount on the dashboard

i've been seeing a lot of cars with the removable GPS units while they travel on the highway and stuff...Yes, it might not seem like a big deal but why don't you just buy a friggin map for $5? Do you honestly need to have a machine baby you by telling you where to turn? Buy a friggin map ya honky!


sorry, but, i'll never waste my money on one of those machines when I can 'think' and plan a route on a map that is just as good.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:34 PM   #2
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Big Big, do you think this was a good post?

Big Big, why do you care?
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:35 PM   #3
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MY GPS can tell me how far to each exit, and also lists what services are available at every exit.

Does your map tell you that the exit coming up in 50 miles has Mobil, Shell, and Citgo gas, but the one at 55 miles has nothing?
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:35 PM   #4
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I love my GPS. It is much better then having to stop and read a map or try and read mapquest directions while driving. Stop being a ludidite and embrace the technology that enriches our lives.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:37 PM   #5
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i would love satnav in my car. it would make me feel like i'm playing GTA:SA all the time
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:40 PM   #6
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but a map does the same thing?? tells you where exits are...etc. I don't know..maybe im more for free-thinking and problem solving rather than having a machine do it for me...

(I just threw up
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:43 PM   #7
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[BigWrecks] MEH, in my time, we didn't need to use these new fangled 'G P S units'. We had maps....and we liked it!!" [/BigWrecks]

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Old 04-24-2006, 12:45 PM   #8
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[BigWrecks] MEH, in my time, we didn't need to use these new fangled 'G P S units'. We had maps....and we liked it!!" [/BigWrecks]

i'm 19, these ARE my time
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:45 PM   #9
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A GPS is a lot more than just a map. For one thing have you ever tried to read a map while driving? Or read a map, while trying to read street signs, while driving?

I use mine as a heads up "tulip" diagram on back roads, so I know what's over the next crest (yes the maps are that detailed - usually). It's also good for giving your speed and location accurately. And it also keeps track of where you've been so that you can find good roads or locations again easily.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:45 PM   #10
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[BigWrecks] MEH, in my time, we didn't need to use these new fangled 'G P S units'. We had maps....and we liked it!!" [/BigWrecks]

Don't forget the shaking the cane in the air.

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Old 04-24-2006, 12:45 PM   #11
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Maps don't do much good when you DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE.

Unfamiliarity breeds GPS use.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:47 PM   #12
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Maps don't do much good when you DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE.

Unfamiliarity breeds GPS use.
Actually, with a good map, there should be no way to be lost.

The real problem is that people nowadays can't read a ****ing map!
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:47 PM   #13
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but a map does the same thing?? tells you where exits are...etc. I don't know..maybe im more for free-thinking and problem solving rather than having a machine do it for me...

(I just threw up
choosing the hard road doesn't make you free thinking but rather inefficient. if you have to look at your map all the time as opposed to concentrate on driving/ getting road head/ whatever. Also consider driving by a beautifull place and wanting to come back, do you whip out your cool map and try to find the spot and mark it or maybe just add it to your favorites. Also everytime you go someplace new, google it and bring directions together with your map


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Old 04-24-2006, 12:48 PM   #14
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:49 PM   #15
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Yeah, and what about cell phones? Can't you make all your calls at home?
And then there is email! Can't anyone use a stamp anymore?
And don't forget ball point pens! What was wrong with the quill and ink pot?

Sorry, just had to rant.....
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:49 PM   #16
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Actually, with a good map, there should be no way to be lost.

The real problem is that people nowadays can't read a ****ing map!
That's not the point. If you are lost, a GPS helps you get Un-Lost. And I know plenty of people who can get lost with a good map.

I personally have 2 GPS units but only use them Off-Road, Sailing, Mountain Biking or if I'm out of town in an unfamiliar area.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:49 PM   #17
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Maps don't do much good when you DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE.

Unfamiliarity breeds GPS use.
No kidding. satnav from the factory has saved my ass multiple times.

Especially in unfamiliar surroundings, when you miss your exit and have to try to figure out how to get back where you were, in f-ed up places like downtown houston.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:50 PM   #18
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When the company has you fly into a town that you had previously never even knew existed, it is a very good idea to have a map. Those GPS unit-things help a ton, as well. Take Georgetown, KY or Suwannee, GA, for example. Shoot, try West Chester, PA if you've never been here before. The navigational systems that come in some rental cars are an amazing help. I like maps, though. The end.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:50 PM   #19
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college student with no job, you betcha.

No use for a map to mark 'beautiful' places in Tampa. I suppose if I lived in Yosemite Nat'l Park where it could get use, then sure--not a bad investment indeed!
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:51 PM   #20
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big wrecks, do you still pay everything with checks?

just kidding.

i love my gps for the EASE of navigation.

it gives me a verbal warning 2 miles before a turn, 1 mile, 500 yards, etc, no way you can miss it. also someone else posted it but it has precise information on service at every exit.

also, gives me an accurate speed reading, eta, all sorts of things that a map doesn't do.

it has never let me down, i've even gone on long trips (upstate NY to maryland) and it got me right to the persons front door without even looking at a map.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:52 PM   #21
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The only time I really wish I had one is whenever I visit a city and have to find the highway. So many one ways streets, or intersections that only go North, or South....
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:52 PM   #22
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Yeah, and what about cell phones? Can't you make all your calls at home?
And then there is email! Can't anyone use a stamp anymore?
And don't forget ball point pens! What was wrong with the quill and ink pot?

Sorry, just had to rant.....
ok...?
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:54 PM   #23
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Actually, with a good map, there should be no way to be lost.

The real problem is that people nowadays can't read a ****ing map!
There is always a way to get lost, if you're not paying attention. A good, accurate, detailed map, will help you get back on track quickly, once you find enough landmarks to confirm your location.
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:55 PM   #24
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big wrecks, do you still pay everything with checks?

just kidding.
Online bill pay ftw. But sure, the unit does all kinds of fancy things like tell you your speed. I guess from a more broad sense that using a Map is probably the basic way to do it.

Also, I am not saying that I am boycotting GPS devices. when i lived in key west, we had one on all of our boats to mark spots underwater ( THAT is an appropriate use). get the address of your destination, google map it for a specific location and then plan the major route on a map and take a challenge!
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:56 PM   #25
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No kidding. satnav from the factory has saved my ass multiple times.

Especially in unfamiliar surroundings, when you miss your exit and have to try to figure out how to get back where you were, in f-ed up places like downtown houston.
Yep. When I go out of state, it's a real life saver.
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