Rob, I know you're in the tech industry and think all of these gadgets are necessary. I get your viewpoiint. But my question is simple: Why do you need to use your ipod while you drive? Why not just focus on the job at hand (piloting a 2500 pound car through traffic) and play with your gadgets when you are at home?
Now that I have the front fenders, running boards, and cowl/firewall permanently installed, I can go ahead and build the doors. The hard part (fitting the floorboard to the chassis, fitting the fenders and cowl, and building the rear structure to replace the kit "sheet metal") is finished. Now I have solid reference points on which to base the doors. Now that the rear side walls of the body are in place, and the cowl has been permanently mounted, and the position of the front seat bulkhead and door posts has been established, I know exactly where my door openings are, and can proceed accordingly.
But if all those silly gadgets weren't there in the first place, we wouldn't have the problem of dimwit drivers paying more attention to their gadgets than to their driving. It's illegal to have a TV screen within the driver's view. Why isn't it illegal to have that 7 inch "infotainment" screen in the driver's view? Isn't that just as distracting (if not more so) than a TV?
I agree with Lee... all the electronic gadgets they're putting in cars now amount to more distracted drivers on the road. And let's face it, there are more than enough lousy drivers on the road already. Do we really want them to pay even less attention to what they're doing and more attention to their "synced" ipod? Seriously? The whole tech fad is getting out of hand. Lots of manufacturers load up the cars with gadgets not because we need them, but because they are selling points for tech-hungry consumers. When I went to look at the new Mustangs at my Ford dealer, what was the first thing the salesman talked about? The new IRS? The new 6-speed? The new Eco-Boost engine? The improved HP/torque numbers? No. His selling points were the pushbutton start and all the gadgets and doodads. I told him I had no interest whatsoever in the magic devices in the dash, and would probably never use any of them. He couldn't believe it. He must have thought I was Amish or something! When did we become a society that "needs" a boatload of gadgetry loaded into their cars?
I have no use for any "infotainment system" in my car. No need to link a phone to my car. No need to connect an ipod to my car. None of that nonsense. All I want is when I turn the key, the car starts, runs well, handles well, gets decent mileage, and has decent handling/acceleration. Does that make me "old fashioned?" I guess so. But all of this techno-crap they're loading onto cars these days seems awfully silly to me. I know I'm in the minority with that opinion, but whatever...
Another thing that's driving me crazy is how the quote feature here works now. You can't just quote one post, it seems like every time I quote someone, I get a whole string of quotes in my reply, whether I want them or not.
And also... why did my post about the quote feature appear in my previous post and not as a new post?
WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? WHY ARE ALL MY POSTS BEING MERGED INTO ONE?
Still have no clue. What is "Sync?" Car connected to the internet?
BTW... can anyone tell me how to get rid of the upcoming events/birthday column on the home page? Used to be I could click that on and off. I see no way now of getting rid of it.
I'm so tired of software "upgrades" that don't make things any better, just different. Every time they upgrade Photoshop or Indesign or any other graphics software (the stuff I use every day), they move stuff around for no apparent reason. A function that used to be here is now there, for no reason I can see other than software engineers changing things as a justification for keeping their jobs. The function worked perfectly well when it was here... why did they have to move it to there? Now I have to relearn where everything is, for no good reason other than change for the sake of change. I get the same feeling here with this new "upgrade." Functions that used to work well are now gone. Used to be that I could see who was in a particular forum area by scrolling to the bottom and seeing a list of who was looking at that area. Gone. Used to be I could see how many warning points a member has right under his avatar. Useful for moderators. Gone. There used to be a link at the bottom of the page to the forum rules. Gone. When I click on the Gallery link, I don't see photos, I see black boxes. Things that I knew how to do, suddenly I can't do them anymore. The site doesn't display correctly in my Firefox or Chrome (both are the latest versions). And I can't figure out how to get rid of that damn calendar/birthday column. I've had it.