[time-nuts] Problems with Garmin - maybe we should cut them alittle slack
horsts at iinet.net.au
Sat Jan 1 05:23:59 UTC 2011
Well Richard. maybe we should all go back to the horse and buggy days.
The horse even found its way bak when the driver had a skin full and
was not to sure where he lived.
Regards, Horst (e)
On 1/01/2011 16:08, Richard W. Solomon wrote:
> I add just one more comment ...
> Most of the destinations I program in, by address, work well.
> Most of the time, I get led right to the door. So why can't
> it figure out where I live ??
> Just sloppy work, pure and simple.
> 73, Dick, W1KSZ
> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Horst Schmidt<horsts at iinet.net.au>
>> Sent: Dec 31, 2010 10:04 PM
>> To: time-nuts at febo.com
>> Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Problems with Garmin - maybe we should cut them alittle slack
>> first, a happy and hopefully healthy New Year to all of you.
>> I think, some of you are going slightly overboard, in what you expect a
>> $150 Dollar car navigator should do,
>> I also don't believe some of you you realise what exactly it was
>> designed to do.
>> It is not a device to accurately shoot a missile trough somebodies
>> toilet window and hit a specified turd in the bowl.
>> It is designed to get you relatively easy and close to a specified
>> designation. preferably when used in a motor car
>> This it does perfectly well. It may be a few meters out from an exact
>> house number, but it got you there without you having
>> to look at the map, (or worse get your spouse to read the map and
>> navigate you).
>> It improves the road safety, especially at night time, when you often
>> don't see the street names and have to slow down to a crawl
>> with a lot of cars bunched up behind you.
>> The mind boggles if some of you think because the GPS is not 100%
>> accurate, The Fire brigade gets either lost, or tries to extinguish the
>> house next door to the burning one, just because the GPS is 30m out.
>> What you're actually are saying is: The Fire brigade is full of idiots.
>> To sell an item for 150 or so Bucks, on can not reasonably expect it
>> to be as perfect than another item which sells for 100 grand or more
>> and nobody
>> except a few government institutions can afford it.
>> Not every instrument is mad by Agilent for a cost which is prohibitive
>> to the normal punter.
>> Just get back down to earth, a few years ago you had to learn how to
>> read a map, or follow the often useless instructions somebody else gave you.
>> Now for hardly any money, you get to your destination with least amount
>> of effort and a lot saver than before.
>> Regards, Horst
>>> "A GPS is a precision device.
>>> A Navigator is a consumer device.
>>> To confuse the two is to fail to understand either."
>>> A navigator IS a GPS. Surveying GPSs may use carrier phase tracking or
>>> whatever to get about 2mm accuracy. Just because it is optimized for navigation
>>> of location accuracy and gets about 3m accuracy doesn't mean that a navigator
>>> isn't a GPS.
>>> Note that map accuracy has nothing to do with GPS receiver accuracy. Also
>>> some mapping data has built in errors or incorrect POIs to identify the data in
>>> case it is copied. For instance, one company's street mapping software I owned
>>> had, in the small town I live in, a POI that said: "***** Institute Of
>>> even though there has never been a school there and it was a actually closed gas
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