OT: GPS device review

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Steve B wrote:

There's a YouTube video of four mechanics removing a VW engine, moving it four feet from the rear bumper, then putting it back, starting the car, and driving away. In one minute, eight seconds.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

You know, those pouring spouts really worked good. So was the can steel or cardboard?

Cool! If you still have it I'll double your money!
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I got one for Christmas last year. We went to Hawaii. I was reading the directions and programming in the addresses as we were flying over there. We got to Lihui at 10pm on a moonless night. I plugged it in and slapped the suction device on the windshield. It took us right to Lawai Resort, which was a bunch of lefts and rights on curvy roads. We used it for a week there, and it helped us greatly.
Back here, I use it a lot. If I was to go buy one, I'd get the one that's the next step up, only because it has a larger screen, but for the dollars, you can't go wrong for just helping you find places and navigate around. GPS purists poopoo the TomTom, but if you don't need all those bells and whistles, it's a great bare bones GPS.
I have a Garmin XL12 handheld that is the same way. Inexpensive, but bare bones. It's so good, the USAF puts one in every flight survival pack. I've left it out in the rain and snow for weeks. I've had it eight years or so, and no problems whatsoever. Seen others that cost 5X, but just had color and more bells and whistles. It all depends on your use. Same about car GPS's.
Steve
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Another good point. I was going to a place that was only a few miles from home and had a pretty good idea where it was. As I got a little closer I hit one of those torrential Florida thunderstorms. The visibility was about nil and I knew I had to make a left turn soon. Problem: Can't see the street signs. Fortunately I could see the traffic lights through the rain. My GPS not only guided me into the turn, but into the development and finally right to the right house. So I called the person I was to see and said I was in their driveway and please open the garage door.
I love it!
Charlie
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I really like that where it shows on the screen the name of the upcoming street. Nothing like driving on a busy street looking for a street sign that is either not there, or behind an elm tree, and then you either slow down and create a situation, or get into the wrong turn lane, or just drive by it. Whilst watching out for all the other maniacs trying to get where they're going, texting, yakking on the cell, watching DVD's, or doing God knows what.
Steve
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such as staring at a gps instead of one's surroundings
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Nope, it talks to me and tells me what to do. Just like my wife except it doesn't argue.
Charlie
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Then it is broken. Most of them, if you take a wrong turn will give you hell for it.
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No, this one is house broken and doesn't bite the hand that recharges its battery.
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Mine crabs for a bit, then figures out another route, as when sometimes I know that street I was told to take is very busy, or under repair, or don't want to go for some other reason.
Steve
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I can see you've never used one. It takes as long to look up and see a street name as it does to look into one's rear view mirror. Steve
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I'll ignore your assinine insult. The difference is that when you look for a street sign, you are aware of your surroundings. When you look at a gps screen, you're oblivoius to pedestrians, etc.
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Its not like watching TV. No more attention needed than looking for a street sign. At least you know where the street name will be on the screen as opposed to trying to find it on the street at some intersections. Europe is even worse for street markings, a dingy old sign on a building maybe. Like any tool, GPS can be use to help, or it can be abused.
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The difference is where your attention is focused.
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Exactly. TV is a distration, a GPS does not have to be. No more distracting than looking for a street sign. It does not make you oblivious to your surroundings unless you want to be. People get distracted by the radio, kids in the car, wife yelling, cup of coffee spilling and many other things. It is the driver, not the device at fault.
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AZ Nomad wrote:

He wasn't insulting you. He simply knows you never used one. No more attention is required than scanning the mirrors.

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Thank you for telling me what I do.
Steve
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I wasn't insulting you. I can simply see that you have never used one. No more attention is required than scanning the mirrors.
Steve (kudos to George, too)
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AZ Nomad wrote:

Why needs to stare? Thats why you develop a scan pattern that includes the mirrors. I'll take a GPS user any day compared to being in traffic with someone who slows down, speeds up, slows down and looks like they are pulling to a curb to park only to pull out again then speed up then slows down and speeds up and swerves and then slows down and looks like they are parking only to speed up and pull out and speed back up while they are trying to find "Maple Ave."
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George wrote:

Oh shit! That was you behind me!
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