+the pooks Posted June 23, 2011 Share Posted June 23, 2011 The late night ramblings of a confused technophile: Back in the good old days, life was simple - I had a Magellan Explorist 500 with rather basic maps and made paper printouts of caches I want to find. There was a road map for finding your way around in the car. I had a very basic cellphone that could make phone calls and very little else, so I bought a Palm pilot for the paperless caching and that was good... I bought a camera to take photos of all the places I see, and that was also good. Then I decided to jump on the technological bandwagon and bought a smart(ish)phone (Nokia 5800). That rendered the Palm pilot redundant for the paperless part and there was also an overlap between the GPSr and phone. It is only battery life and track logs that still gave the GPSr purpose in life. The camera had also become non-essential, as the phone has a camera that works for emergencies. On a bit of an impulse I bought a second hand Garmin Oregon. Now life is getting really complicated! The phone can do what the Oregon can and vice versa. There are various versions of routable maps and paperless caching on both units. No longer does a piece of equipment have a single pupose in life. Now what do I do? I'm getting really confused and don't know which gadgets to use! The bottom drawer is getting full of redundant equipment - gadgets, chargers and connectors. I'm a bit sentimental, so I do not throw anything away, and I feel sad when something still works but is not used. This is starting to feel wasteful. The people around me got frustrated, for during the process I forgot about the most basic form of communication - talking. I think as must get back down to basics. It seemed so much simpler then. Quote Link to comment
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