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Lasers And Suchlike [Oct. 24th, 2017|10:39 am]
Tony Grist
 Young chap has been here this morning measuring the house with a clicky laser thing on behalf of the buyer's estate agents. He was late arriving because he'd been given the wrong post code and had been busily going up and down farm tracks in another part of Kent and asking directions of farmers who'd never heard of us. In the end we had to guide him in by phone. This happens a lot and is something that is unlikely to happen if and when we move to Hastings.

Talking about sat navs- which we sort of were- I see they're being withdrawn from the shops because car makers are now building them in. How fast the world is changing! No sooner do you get comfortable with a new technology that it's whisked away from under you nose.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-10-24 02:04 pm (UTC)
There's a problem with a sat nav being incorporated into one's car equipment and that is if it malfunctions you have to leave the entire car so it can be repaired. I much prefer a separate device. We'll need a new one soon as ours is old and slow and I think we're going to hurry out and get one before they become obsolete.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-24 03:18 pm (UTC)
We use a sat-nav- and if the next car has one built in I reckon we'll hold on to the old sat-nav just in case.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-10-24 03:04 pm (UTC)
I've alway preferred using my phone... It's as reliable as a "real" sat nav - and so much easier to use, at least for me personally.

(My car's from 2002 - so it has a radio and a cassette player as it's most advanced gadgets!)
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-10-24 03:09 pm (UTC)
Our car is 16 years old, so it has no fancy gadgets built in. I have, until now, resisted the lure of a sat nav, but our daughter recently recommended a free phone app that I'm now trying out. It seems to work and though we mostly still use the old fashioned road atlas, a sat nav could be a help sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-24 03:20 pm (UTC)
I got us lost a few times with my map reading....
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-10-24 03:51 pm (UTC)
I just use the free Google Maps app on the phone -the beauty is that it works as a route guide whether I'm driving or walking or taking public transport! Especially when taking buses in foreign cities, bringing a navigation aid in your pocket can be priceless...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-24 03:19 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of using a phone. Mind you mine is very basic and doesn't have much in the way of apps.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2017-10-24 03:56 pm (UTC)
I love my smartphone - and the fact that I've made it a habit to always have it on "silent" with no vibrating alerts.

The only thing I don't use it for is to tell time; I've started wearing a watch again because it always seems so rude to pull out your phone, even if only to see what time it is.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-10-24 03:12 pm (UTC)
I don't have much experience of sat-nav, preferring to get lost by my own devices. But then I don't do much non-local driving, anyway... If I was driving a lot in big towns, I suspect I would overcome my technophobia and invest in one.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-24 03:24 pm (UTC)
Ailz loves gadgets and I rather resist them- but I have to admit the sat-nav is useful.
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From: sidhe_uaine42
2017-11-06 08:01 am (UTC)
There were two "incidents" that I remember where sat-nav flunked (one I was personally involved in, the other was in the local if not national news)

The one that I was personally involved in was when I had to give a taxi driver the directions to my previous apartment because his sat-nav device was "out-of-order" (the driver was grateful that I knew how to get from my doctor's office home pretty much from memory.)

The other one was when a truck/lorry driver tried to drive his load over a pedestrian bridge, damaging the pedestals on one end and getting stuck between the northern lions and the southern lions. The Lion Bridge was built in 1898. http://www.wisn.com/article/semi-damages-historic-bridges-in-milwaukee-park/6324140 The driver blamed his sat-nav device.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-06 10:03 am (UTC)
Sat-navs have no commonsense. We live in a rural area- with lots of narrow, winding lanes that were never meant to be used by anything bigger than a cart or faster than a horse- and our sat-nav is forever sending us down them.
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