Driving automobiles

Re: Gadget Guru or Gadget Goofball?

On Oct 11, 12:58 am, Scott in SoCal <scottenazt…@yahoo.com> wrote:

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> This little tome is an amazing read. A self-proclaimed "Gadget Guru"
> can’t figure out how to set the routing preferences on his GPS
> navigation system (which was obviously set to the "minimize freeways"
> setting). This genius also thinks that the black dots on his
> windshield are going to interfere with his satellite reception. Funny,
> I have a Sirius receiver in my house, and while the antenna is within
> a few feet of window it has no direct view of the sky. And yet somehow
> I still get EXCELLENT reception through stucco walls and a concrete
> tile roof.

> But maybe he does have a point: it’s pretty obvious that the new
> technology that is becoming available on today’s new cars is FAR too
> complex for some people to handle. "Gadget Gurus" like this guy would
> probably be better off buying the base model instead of one loaded
> with gadgets.

> http://www.gadgetguru.com/avalon.htm
> —
> Mrs. Troller Teaches Physics:http://slothkills.blip.tv/file/399265/

Sounds like evidence that technology is breeding idiots faster than
rabbits.  One man’s gadget is another man’s (perceived) necessity…or
in S&DDAM’s case, another man’s distraction.

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides,
flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to
another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we
sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of
Allegiance?"  – Jay Leno

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3 Responses to “Re: Gadget Guru or Gadget Goofball?”

  1. admin says:

    On Oct 11, 9:14 pm, Scott in SoCal <scottenazt…@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > MLOM <gr…@netzero.net> said in rec.autos.driving:

    > >Sounds like evidence that technology is breeding idiots faster than
    > >rabbits.

    > I think it’s just that once a person passes a certain age, it becomes
    > harder for them to learn new technology skills. My father, for
    > example, is an engineer, but he won’t use a personal computer to save
    > his life. :)
    > —
    > MFFYCam Videos Galore:http://www.geocities.com/mffycam/http://slothkills.blip.tv/

    Depends on the gadget or possibly the age.  I’m in my 40s and will
    tinker with about any tech toy except an iPod (for now, anyway).  Got
    into the digital camera gig at 39 and videos this year.  My dad is 74
    and stays updated in PC tech, sometimes with some assistance with my
    30-something brother.  Judging from my dad’s track record and trends
    (which are more the exception than the rule) I’d guess he’ll pass 100
    long before getting into geezer/Weller mode.

  2. admin says:

     Scott in SoCal:

    > This little tome is an amazing read. A self-proclaimed "Gadget Guru"
    > can’t figure out how to set the routing preferences on his GPS
    > navigation system (which was obviously set to the "minimize freeways"
    > setting). This genius also thinks that the black dots on his
    > windshield are going to interfere with his satellite reception. Funny,

    Who mounts their sat radio antenna inside the car? Mine is attached by a
    magnet to the trunk lid on my car.

    > I have a Sirius receiver in my house, and while the antenna is within
    > a few feet of window it has no direct view of the sky. And yet somehow
    > I still get EXCELLENT reception through stucco walls and a concrete
    > tile roof.

    Sirius has ground based repeaters in the major cities.

    > But maybe he does have a point: it’s pretty obvious that the new
    > technology that is becoming available on today’s new cars is FAR too
    > complex for some people to handle.

    So they bug their 3-year-old to explain it to them.

    > "Gadget Gurus" like this guy would
    > probably be better off buying the base model instead of one loaded
    > with gadgets.

    Yep.

    http://tinyurl.com/ytrebv

  3. admin says:

    On Oct 12, 7:18 pm, necromancer

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    <55_sux@worldofnecromancer_nospam_noway.org> wrote:
    >  Scott in SoCal:

    > > This little tome is an amazing read. A self-proclaimed "Gadget Guru"
    > > can’t figure out how to set the routing preferences on his GPS
    > > navigation system (which was obviously set to the "minimize freeways"
    > > setting). This genius also thinks that the black dots on his
    > > windshield are going to interfere with his satellite reception. Funny,

    > Who mounts their sat radio antenna inside the car? Mine is attached by a
    > magnet to the trunk lid on my car.

    > > I have a Sirius receiver in my house, and while the antenna is within
    > > a few feet of window it has no direct view of the sky. And yet somehow
    > > I still get EXCELLENT reception through stucco walls and a concrete
    > > tile roof.

    > Sirius has ground based repeaters in the major cities.

    > > But maybe he does have a point: it’s pretty obvious that the new
    > > technology that is becoming available on today’s new cars is FAR too
    > > complex for some people to handle.

    > So they bug their 3-year-old to explain it to them.

    > > "Gadget Gurus" like this guy would
    > > probably be better off buying the base model instead of one loaded
    > > with gadgets.

    > Yep.

    > http://tinyurl.com/ytrebv

    Judging by that review, and all the crap that’s shoved into vehicles
    these days, it appears that the design specs were written by Stephen
    King.