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Monday, May 9, 2011

Can You Trust Your GPS?


Recently I experienced a technological fright fest. Leaving our condo, my friend and I each engaged our GPSs. Since we were in the same car, we planned on going to the same destination. We hit the main highway and his GPS said, “turn right” and mine said, “turn left”. Since he was driving, we turned right. My GPS said, ‘take a U turn at the first opportunity”. It proceeded to get worse.

Enduring the conflicting driving instructions for a few minutes, the technologically distrustful wives entered the fray with the suggestion we look at a map, imagine that? A paper map is hardly a substitute for a technologically superior GPS or the savvy user thereof. Then, the technologically distrustful, wives suggested looking at the road signs. Gasp, that is for the gadget challenged unwashed masses use, not for the scientifically superior gadget freaks.

If you are married you are able to predict the next sentence. While protecting our GPSs from the wrath of wives, we actually listened to their advice and ended up safely at our destination, in spite of our dueling GPSs.

As much as I love tech, there are times where common sense must prevail. I know, I know, heresy at best and treachery at worse.   I, a committed gadget freak, must admit that sometimes my GPS is wrong and my wife is right. Go Figure!

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