[time-nuts] Problems with Garmin - maybe we should cut them a little slack

Bill Hawkins bill at iaxs.net
Mon Jan 3 05:44:04 UTC 2011

It's a slow day at the end of too many holidays in series, counting
Pardon me for slacking off and getting way off track ...

I have asked three different map services for the location of a
and gotten three different answers within a mile of each other. So I
the restaurant and found out how to get there. All this without asking
automotive device that uses GPS technology to know where it is, but is
unable to ask for other opinions and converge on the right answer. And
certainly not to call the destination to ask for directions.

I rely on an automotive device to tell me where I am, not how to get to
some destination. Like as not, Lola (from the song "Whatever Lola wants,
Lola gets") will thread me through a series of complex turns because the
route is an inch shorter than taking the bypass.

Happy new year, and may you prepare for your trips rather than trusting
your route decisions to a device that was designed to look good in ads.
There has to be an accuracy disclaimer somewhere.

Bill Hawkins

-----Original Message-----
From: J. Forster
Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 11:00 AM

My concern is a major industrial building complex and all the visitors
that get misdirected to the wrong end of a long road every day.


And who sent this, John?

> Maybe we should cut these cartographers a little slack.  When you
> that Garmin will sell you a map update of the entire northern
> for
> eighty bucks, we perhaps shouldn't get too wadded up if they miss the
> exact
> location of my little bungalow by a couple of hundred feet.  After
> we're not talking about GPS error here, but address designation.  And
> there
> are quite a few little bungalows in all of North America...
> Bill

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