innocent_lex: (happy)
The last time I bought a car stereo I was 19. Being slightly older than that now, I have decided I need a new car stereo. Not that I still have the old stereo, or even the old car, but I have what came with this current car when I got it 11 years ago. It has a tape deck. I've gone 11 years without a CD player in the car, and I've managed by having those little tape adapter thingies that has a cable on it and you plug it into whichever output you want (used to be CD player; currently is ipod).

So today, I stopped off at the car stereo place and asked them to explain what they had. I'm now (almost) the proud owner of a new car stereo that comes with ipod interface, CD player, bluetooth for the phone, bluetooth to play music, and will connect into the remote switchy things on the steering wheel that I use so much. They fit it on Sunday. What stunned me the most was that when we tested the bluetooth to see if my phone was compatible, it took about 15 seconds then I was listening to Lady Gaga on the speakers in the store. Considering how stunned I was, it's clear how behind the times I really am on this kind of tech.

Anyhoo, it's getting fitted on Sunday.

Also, have finally bitten the bullet and ordered a satnav. It's a little one, so I can use it when walking about too and not just in the car. There was a very good offer from one of the tech websites I subscribe to, and having looked at a couple of reviews I think this'll do me just fine.

I'd been looking at getting a new car but I really can't justify it (or afford it), so the new plan is for me to get a few things for the current car to make it better. Stereo - check; hands-free phone kit - check; satnav - check; something to give me a heated seat - not yet check but am looking; chauffeur - I wish. So that's car stuff almost done for a while.
innocent_lex: (thinky face)
For me it's John Lewis, which is a UK department store. I know where to go for most things in my local store, I know what I want and whether they'll have it, I know what to look out for in terms of bargains, I often wander in just to gaze at things that I want but know I can't justify buying for months (if ever), and I like that when people offer to help me they do actually help.

When I first thought about this, my thinking automatically went to the supermarket. But actually my local supermarkets are constantly moving things around and frequently stop stocking things that I want to buy, so I can't say I know it very well at all.
innocent_lex: (happy)
Just had a notification that my copy of Win7 is on its way, along with a 4Gb SD card to sit in the SD slot of my wee laptop so that it can use it as extra memory. Marvellous. And also? It's been sent via something that isn't Royal Mail so it has a chance of actually getting here this century.

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