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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Nerd Alert!

My wife may argue this, but I tend to think of myself as kind of a 'low-tech' guy. I don't get all crazy about PDA's and phones and those LT. Uhura ear-peice communicator lookin' things people stick in their ears now-a-days.

My boss asked me the other day what my cell phone number was and when I told him I didn't have a cell phone, he looked at me like I had 3 heads.

That being said, the new Powerbooks that Apple unveiled today are effing sweet. And I might blow a gasket if my iPod does not come back to me from the battery replacement program soon...

Today I had to drive down to a customer site with some other folks from work and they all had their cell phones goin' while the car's dashboard displayed a GPS powered map and a pleasant female computer voice provided driving directions: "5 miles to exit".

For some reason, I kept waiting for the computer voice from Alien to start speaking. "You now... have... 5 Minutes... to Detonation..."

"But Mother, I've turned the cooling systems back on..."

Whoops! Sorry. Had an Alien moment there.

Since I'm already off on a tangent, I went to the library today to try and get Conrad's The Nostromo. They didn't have it. So I checked for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. That was not there either. What the hell? These are classic novels, are they not? My town's library kinda blows...

Back to the built in dashboard map, I asked if you could get the Star Trek computer voice downloaded as the onboard map's voice for giving directions. That would be cool.

Alas, it turns out that is not yet possible.

Well if you're car's built in dashboard map can't speak to you in the Star Trek computer voice, what the hell is the point then?


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