New Technology- From Little Ole Ocala, FL

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Mortgage and Lending with First Choice Mortgage
On a recent trip we took, my parents offered us the use of their newest technology gadget. I must admit, I'm not the Treckie of today that most around me are. I think tivo is one of the neatest things out but I don't have the desire to learn how to use it. Mainly because we really dont watch that much tv unless its game day. Anyway, the gadget is a GPS device that gives you turn by turn directions, along with nearby food, lodging, fuel, attractions, etc. We have had navigation systems in vehicles before, but I was very skeptical because the ones I have used would always seem to get you close, then send you in circles. The one we borrowed was a Mio, but they have Tom-Tom, Magellan, and a few others. We had absolutely no problems with it at all. It even warned us in advance of turns coming up, exits, which lane to be in, and much more. Like I said, being behind the times with most technology, when we arrived at our destination with family and friends, everyone of them already had one! There are apparently about 5 different name brands, but the common theme was you can't be with out one. For those of you that are technologically challenged like myself, they are very easy to use. If youre not already using one, check them out. Plus they are alot less bulky than an atlas and much easier to read while driving. So for me growing up in a small town like Ocala, FL, it is a must for places like Atlanta and Orlando. Maybe by next season Ill be ready to learn about tivo!

Comments (8)

Jeff Kessler
Austin Homes, Realtors www.OwnAustin.com - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

My friend just got one in his new Lexus.  It is pretty cool.  Just press a button and speak the type of Restaurant you like and it gives you options.  Then say call and it will, pretty cool.

J.

 

Oct 22, 2007 02:56 AM
Tom Engelhardt
First Choice Mortgage - Ocala, FL

Jeff-Wow! Havent seen one you can talk too yet. That is really cool! This one did talk too you though. It just amazes me to think the gadgets our kids will have.

Oct 22, 2007 03:07 AM
"JT" Prevatte
Former Agent - Fayetteville, NC
I have a Lowrance IWay250 and love it....also my Treo has google maps...makes me wonder how I got around before I had it.
Oct 22, 2007 03:15 AM
Tom Engelhardt
First Choice Mortgage - Ocala, FL
Jeffery-Hopefully google maps is more accurate than mapquest. I have been misled many times by them.
Oct 22, 2007 03:50 AM
Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
AHWD
personally, i prefer my map - but I did at one time teach geography, so the whole GPS thing is just another piece of expensive fluff to deaden our minds to me -
Oct 22, 2007 05:01 AM
Sandy Bacon
MacDoc Realty - Fredericksburg, VA
I love my navigation system and I don't know how I would make it without one!  My husband says that I have no sense of direction (perfect for a Realtor,huh?).  It is cool bcause you can plug in all of the addresses that you plan to show and it will map the most effecive way to show them.  Saves me lots of time because I am not constantly back-tracking.
Oct 22, 2007 06:38 AM
Stacy Magid
Century 21 New Millennium - Woodbridge, VA
We have the Garmin and absolutely love it.  Actually my husband originally bought it for our boat since we got the Marine/Auto package.  I just need to get the latest update since our maps are about 2 years old and new strees are popping up everyday. 
Oct 22, 2007 07:00 AM
Tom Engelhardt
First Choice Mortgage - Ocala, FL

Bill & Barbara-I can see your point after watching some of the kids today count back change. Technology ruins some of them

Sandy-I never thought to use it like that! Great idea

Stacy-Yeah, I was wondering how often you should upgrade. I guess every 2 years would be good. For example, they have recently renamed/renumbered the exits to us from I75. That could definitely cause some problems.

Oct 22, 2007 07:33 AM