OK, my cheeky tabloid headline was more provocative than I expected!

This locked down approach is indeed the historic norm, but today it is not
industry-wide, and it is changing fast.  Another example of disruptive
technologies reshaping an industry, and the industry trying to (or trying
not to) adapt..  <insert lengthy discussion about industry "standards">
For my part, I am far more fascinated than I am angry, its interesting, and
a moment in time in an industry.

Will check Furuno later, (might have been ICOM), I did this quickly and did
not save what I found.   Navico I already posted - needs a cable, software,
PC, and Garmin looks like it needs a chartplotter.

Compared to my '80s B&G hunter stuff, my Raymarine i70 multifunction
instrument is amazing.   I'm starting to realize though, that it
is simply a dumbed-down ruggedized ipod touch with a senior-friendly user
interface that can run only one app.   Forever.   ;-)    Ooops, provocative

All playfulness and side debates aside, if the new normal is that software
updates are part of ownership, hardware ownership should not come with
undisclosed hidden costs.


Message: 2
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:05:37 -0500
From: Frederick G Street <f...@postaudio.net>
To: cnc-list@cnc-list.com
Subject: Re: Stus-List Raymarine exits the instrument, vhf and
        autopilot business!
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Dave and all: what ?announcement? is this, exactly?  I still get
dealer-only emails from Raymarine, and I haven?t received any announcements
like the one you reference.  And as Graham mentioned, Raymarine is NOT the
only one who uses their MFDs to update other system software.  Simrad, B&G
and others do exactly the same thing.

Can anyone on the list with a Garmin autopilot update its software with an
SD card, without having a Garmin MFD on the network?  How about upgrading
your Furuno instruments?

Getting angry about this doesn?t make much sense to me.  It?s industry-wide.

Fred Street -- Minneapolis
S/V Oceanis (1979 C&C Landfall 38) -- Bayfield, WI

> On Sep 20, 2016, at 12:44 AM, RANDY via CnC-List <cnc-list@cnc-list.com>
> Given Raymarine's announcement, maybe I made a lucky choice. :)

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