Sunday, May 06, 2007

Botched technology: Hertz Neverlost

One of the most disrespectful things a computer can do is to forget information that the human operator has entered.

When Hertz Neverlost first appeared the fact it worked at all was amazing. Today I have a much faster, more capable and considerably cheaper device at home.

To see how clueless the Neverlost designers were do as I just did in the airport. I put the key in the ignition, program my destination into neverlost then start the car. At this point neverlost reboots and forgets the address I just entered.

There is no excuse for this, none. There is no reason for the device to lose its memory in the few seconds it takes to start the car.

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