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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of one-way streets, and despite a map date that is only a few months old, the road data in the GPS device is frequently superceded by newer roads and highways.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.

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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.

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