Corsair2 (corsair2) wrote,
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John Dvorak must Die

Add John C. Dvorak to my "ass-hole" list.

There was a time when John Dvorak, commentator for PC Magazine, used to write insightful, journalistic pieces about important stuff in the computer industry--like Microsoft taking over the world and what-not. Recently, however, this once-technology pundit, -soothsayer, and -all-around maven has become a dinosaur--a crochety, crusty curmudgeon who, like most has-beens who haven't had anything important to say about ther beat they cover for a long, long time, does nothing these days but bitch, bitch, bitch. Some of his ramblings are funny; most, however, just make him sound like the technological equivalent of Andy Rooney.

But he had to go and attack one of my very favorite pieces of electronics, and for that, he must die.

In this column, he bashes my favorite technology in the whole wide world--the GPS receiver.

GPS receivers are becoming lower-priced options in most cars, and standard in some higher-end vehicles. I myself have a portable Garmin 2610 that I switch back and forth between Elwood and Lorelei. I find it tremendously useful, not because it keeps me from getting lost everywhere I go--which sometimes I do--but sometimes, a GPS receiver is just as useful for telling you when you're going to get somewhere as it is for telling you where someplace is.

For example, I know where my house is. But when I'm far away from it, it's nice to punch the waypoint for home and know that I'll be there within five minutes of the time the GPS says I'm going to be there. That, to me, is more than just pretty neat. It also keeps me from sailing past my exit on the Turnpike, as I tend to get road hypnosis from time-to-time, or get involved in talking with a passenger, and while I am paying attention to driving safely, I don't always focus on when my next exit is.

I have Attention Deficiet Disorder, and have for a long time. And for me, the GPS receiver is the ultimate "Are we there yet?" meter; not just for my destination, but also for the next exit/turn. It helps me maintain my focus behind the wheel/handlebars and be a safer driver, I think.

Sure I could read a map. I've navigated with maps plenty during my life, all over the country. Sure I could stop and ask for directions--as long as I don't have to do so in a bad neighborhood. However, I find a GPS receiver so much more convenient, not to mention safe. I've been using one on road trips since 1998, and I'll never ever ever go back to using paper maps ever again.

I'll go out on a limb and say this: people (including some of my own friends) who cast aspersions upon me for my alleged "addiction" to GPS have never driven long distances with one. Because I assure you, once you do, you'll never want to go back to being without one. I'm sure that is the reason why so many people are buying cars with GPS receivers integrated into them, and Garmin and Tom Tom are now advertising these miraculous little boxes on TV.

So Fuck Dvorak, that ass-hole.
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