Sometimes just let your memories go. Special Edition.Praha: 2017-01-20 22:31
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September of 2015, the Mitac Mio 169 is officially pronounced dead.

Torn charger cable, hacked device to conveniently use a second battery for extra offline portability - finally they completely gave up after many years of parking. The exact date of the purchase already fades into the volatile mist of the past, but around 2005: therefore had a respectable 10 years of service in its memory.

This device was my second portable gadget besides the simpleton mobile phones, and after a HP iPAQ H1910 (image). iPAQ wasn't a remarkable favourite to be honest, or had been overused: it couldn't ever offer that much extra services, what one might expect from a mobile device - minimal network services by then, small storage, limited applications, etc. One word for all, it wasn't too smart.

Then arrived Mitac. Which also had its annoyances. Since it had a touchscreen, having the buttons (not customizable) and the joystick was a more than unthoughtful design: they should have added a few inches larger screen. It was useless for everyday use too, besides the phone in the pocket it wasn't comfortable or elegant.

On the other hand where it excelled, was the external GPS receiver and the navigation.

I'm following the latest news of the car industry, for example the automatic parking: a pretty, elegant business lady in her thirties steps out of the car, and while she's laying back on the posh leather couch on the 21st floor with a hot vanilla-latte, after based on priorities she checked her make-up, the car navigates into the garage and parks down by itself. Accelerating world.

I myself could also support the Viewpoint convenience A: with the car navigation you can plan&travel without stopping, the digital cameras satisfy more than general expectations without the chemistry in the darkroom, and also the steamed vegetables after 5 minutes in the microwave oven will make the side-dishes healthier without any drag.

Still, Viewpoint B also has agreeable reasons: people have been able to travel for centuries with paper maps, historical photos have been shot with analogue cameras, also the campfire was well enough for a mammoth roast with coriander.

The resultate of automation diminishes and ceases the motive of human learning, the already acquired knowledge and skills due to the lack of practicing will be lost.

If we take futuristic trends into account, then all cars of the future will be self propelled - self flying - (will you have to obtain a driving licence, or anyone can just sit in?). Until then, automation should occur only after the happiness of manual learning. So far none of my cars had a parking radar, but I support the idea: when you physically cannot see the car in narrow places, then along with the use of the eyes and the feeling of distance why should a beeping radar not make the life easier?

But the automated parking - either completely into a garage, or simply a parallel parking at the roadside - won't motivate the driver to learn and be able to harmonize the instinctive psychomotor functions of the eyes and the limbs, along with the ability to sense the dimensions and movement of the car.
The external GPS receiver was a more than winner idea, since approximately until the early 2010s while the GPS in mobile phones just stumbled, the Mitac already outpaced them by two laps. Also had an external magnetic GPS antenna onto the roof, but it wasn't ever needed.

It was a good one. Along with an iGO 6 (on a 1GByte SD card!) and a car, it offered great fun - for instance the currently unavailable Great European Tour and other navigational memories were connected to this Mitac Mio 169.

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