Garmin can fuck the fuck off with a baseball bat embedded with rusty nails.
I own a Garmin GPS. One of the ones that comes with “Lifetime Maps”. The difference in price between one with lifetime updates included and one for which updates must be purchased separately is less than the very overpriced cost of a single update. So, buying one with the updates included was a no-brainer. Until today.
It’s bad enough that the stupid, elitist fuckers refuse to make an update tool for Linux, and my google-fu is incapable of finding a work-around. But I did purchase a copy of Windoze XP back in the day, and I have it installed as a second boot option so I can do the handful of things that simply won’t work on Linux.
Today I tried to update my map data for the first time in a little over a year. I booted up my slow ass XP installation, and brought up the updater program. As soon as it opened, a message popped up saying that I had to install a newer version of the update tool/app/program/whatever. The old version refused to work. So much for what should have only taken a few minutes to initiate.
I clicked on the button to install the new version. It went through the download process at a snail’s pace, and then finally started the installation. Which failed. I assumed that something got corrupted during the download, so I repeated the process. And got the exact same result. Two more times.
I finally gave up and went to the Garmin website. I figured I’d download it directly from there instead of letting the old program guide the process. As soon as I got to the download page, the fucking thing rudely informed me that my operating system is incompatible with the damn program. Vista or newer is required.
I can’t have any more of the updates that I bought and paid for, of which I’ve only gotten one. Unless I shell out a significant amount of cash to MicroShit for an abysmally horrible program that I won’t use more than a couple times per year, and probably less than a dozen times total before it, too, is deemed obsolete. At which time, it will become lather, rinse, repeat.
Garmin can lick my nasty, hairy, sweaty ass after a hard day’s work, from my taint to the top of my crack. I’ll buy a fucking holder for my phone and use its navigation feature. That option sucks, because the screen is half the size, the navigation app lacks many of the little features to which I’ve grown accustomed, and who knows how much information google will collect on me and later sell to the highest bidder or give to the NSA while I have the Location function enabled.
Wait a fucking minute! I already paid for the updates for this model when I bought it. I don’t plan to ever buy another one of their products, but I should be able to get what I paid for. I wonder how I can make this work. Torrentz+VM? Maybe. There has to be a way, and I will find it.