Chapter 7

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There is social pressure on all of us to leap toward acceptance of new technologies.

My natural habit would be to let things develop for a while before adopting them. I seldom really need any technology that I don't already have. I was fine last year, I was fine ten years ago, I'm fine now. Besides, brand-new stuff never really works very well. I can afford to wait for a new approach to get good enough to actually work well before I spend my time on it.

I recently got my first personal GPS gadget, and it does truly wonderful things, but it doesn't do them very well. It has never heard of one-way streets, and despite a map date that is only a few months old, the road data in the GPS device is frequently superceded by newer roads and highways. I'm talking about Durham here; the city is developing rapidly but if a road has been there for two or three years it ought to be in the GPS's maps by now.

I presume that the situation will improve. It's nice that the GPS is so wonderful, but I got it to use it, and it should really be working better than it is.


And by the way, the user can't open it up and replace the battery, which will deteriorate into uselessness sooner or later. I'll have to throw away the whole $X00 thing because the battery ran out.

Whenever possible, I look for battery-powered items that have accessible, replaceable, nonproprietary batteries, and you should too.