I have less than two months before the warranty on my Honda Accord runs out. I was hoping that the DST start/end dates change would be addressed while my car was still under warranty. When I searched on the internet, it seemed as if there would be a fix, at least for the Acura, around this time from the dealers.
However, I found a faq on the website that sells the GPS Navi update DVDs.
The answer was “The Daylight Savings schedule is stored in the navi, and cannot be changed.” The answer continues with instructions on how to change the time manually. It ends with “Then, on the new Daylight Savings scheduled dates, adjust the navi clock plus or minus one hour like the rest of the clocks in your house.”
I don’t know about them, but “the rest of the clocks” in my apartment that require manual time-changes aren’t part of systems that cost thousands of dollars.
Update 2007-10-31: This past Sunday was the day that Daylight Saving Time would have ended. I was supposed to go to the airport at 8:15am. After driving for a bit, I looked at the time to see how late I was going to be and saw that it was 7:15am! It had happened before where I ended up leaving to go somewhere an hour earlier, so I really thought that I was going to be one hour early. Then I realized that it was the day that the time was going to change under the old policy. Whew! But it’s not cool that my car’s clock is out of sync because of a law to change DST.
My heart skipped a beat or two this morning when I checked the car clock on the way to work and it said 11:30. Sure, going to work at 10:30 is late by some standards, but it feels very different to me when it gets to be 11 o’clock. Then it dawned on me that it was probably the traditional date for daylight saving time. When I manually changed the clock last month for the new DST, I didn’t disable the DST setting, so my reliable Honda went ahead and did it for me.
I searched and it seems that there is supposed to be a software patch to address this new DST date. My car is almost due for an oil change for 25K miles. Hopefully the dealer will have something by then. I know, I’m spoiled having gadgets that update their own clocks.
The Monday before the Super Bowl, a coworker asked when I would have a Wii party. I said since the Super Bowl was coming up, Sunday would be a good day. He said he didn’t care for the game. So I had the epiphany to have a Wii party in conjunction with a Super Bowl Commercials Party. That’s right. A Super Bowl party where people skip the game to watch the commercials (thanks to Tivo).
I invited a bunch of coworkers and was surprised that so many people were like me and only watched the Super Bowl for the commercials. One coworker offered to bring his Wii and second TV.
The same coworker who inspired the premise of the party also dubbed it a Wii-Wii party because there were two Wii’s. Good thing for the second Wii. Even with both systems at maximum capacity with 4 controllers each, there were still more people than controllers.
Wario Ware Smooth Moves has a multiplayer game that accommodates up to 12 people. It only uses one Wiimote that we pass off to each other. It’s kinda challenging for people who haven’t seen nor play it before. But it’s pretty cool to have a game where the whole party could get into it. It’s also a good way for people to learn everybody’s names. Since you have to pass the remote to each other, you quickly learn who’s who.
We didn’t stop to watch the commercials until maybe 3 hours into the game. There weren’t that many spectacular commercials. It seems as if CBS had trouble selling the ad spots or something.
My favorites, in no particular order:
- bunnies trying to use a (live) mouse to order (Blockbuster?) online
- garmin’s gps fights map monster. I love my GPS system so I could relate.
- rock beats paper (rock,paper,scissors game spoof)
I guess the geeky commercials were the ones I liked most.
Another thing that this party could tell the Tivo-adverse media folks is that people don’t mind watching commercials if they are entertaining. We even replayed the good ones.
My love affair/dependency with GPS navigation started way back when I used a bluetooth system that sent GPS data to my iPaq, which I connected to my car’s audio system so I can hear the directions.
Then I bought a new car that included GPS Navi. I had to pay for more than just the system because only Honda Accord models that had leather seats and sunroof would have it as an option. It also included XM Satellite radio. Although I initially didn’t want either, I have grown to love leather seating and XM, and want them in future cars. So things worked out in the end and I don’t regret the couple thousand extra I paid. I am listening to XM radio from my entertainment system as I write this entry, by the way.
There are the obvious uses for GPS navigation, like getting directions when going to a totally new place. However, I make it a habit to activate the system almost everywhere I go, including when I go to work and home. Although I know my path to work, I like to have the system ready if I encounter a detour and want to quickly reroute. The system is also great at showing me different routes that I either wouldn’t have known about or wouldn’t bother trying because it would be too much info and I’d end up getting lost. Since I have the system always ready, I can vary my route based on if the light at certain intersections are green or not, so I can turn right instead of wait for the green light to go straight, for example. Continue reading
Wow, I didn’t realize there were so many GPS satellites. They just launched the 50th satellite. Woohoo! As a GPS user, I definitely appreciate having as many satellites in the sky as possible, because it increases the chances that my receiver will find enough satellites more quickly. :thumbsup: