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Spoiled? Maybe. Frustrated? Definitely!

Spoiled? Maybe. Frustrated? Definitely!

My internet has been wonky for the past two weeks. That wouldn’t be a big thing except that everything I do relates either to the cloud or to cloud based systems.

I can access files just fine, because they’re stored on a local backup, but if I change anything, that change isn’t recorded. So when I’m writing I can save a manuscript to a local drive, but if I go to any other computer I can’t access it.

Trust me, all of that sucks.

My cellular and data plan saved me. At least I could get to my email on my phone. I have to say, however, that the experience of watching TV not on a 60″ screen but a 6″ screen was a trip. 🙂

Friday I was down more than I was up. Saturday I was down all day. Sunday morning same thing. It finally decided to come back up on Sunday afternoon. I got a call from my internet provider and they promised me it was all fixed. By that time I had a healthy appreciation for how much my life depends on the internet.

How about you? Would you be dead in the water without the internet?

Another Gadget to Lust Over

Another Gadget to Lust Over

This is the Somnox. It’s billed as the world’s first sleep robot. Since sleep is a big deal for me and a pain to sometimes achieve, you can bet your bippy that I’m interested.

Here’s the blurb about it:

The Sleep Robot simulates breathing rhythms. Because your breathing naturally adjusts to another breathing pattern, the Sleep Robot is able to slow down your breathing. This makes you relax, making it easier to sleep. Additionally, the Sleep Robot can function as an external point to focus your thoughts on, clearing your head of unwanted thoughts and stress. Also, sounds (such as a guided meditation or a heartbeat) are used to help you fall asleep and will turn off as soon as you are asleep.

Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Uh, no.

Y’all, the Somnox can be had for the low, low price of $599.00.

Yep, $599.00.

How can you get to sleep after paying that much for a lima bean?

Here’s the link to the website – and if you get one, please let me know how it works for you.

Spoiled? Maybe. Frustrated? Definitely!

GPS and April 6th

I ran across an article the other day that made me curious. The title of the article was GPS Flaw: Security Expert Says He Won’t Fly April 6. Consequently, I went looking for anything definitive on the web in the way of information. What I found was interesting. The same article had been reproduced hundreds, maybe thousands, of times. There wasn’t anything new, however. Nor was there any kind of verification of the article’s premise.

Trust me, it’s not the first time the internet has gone wonky over a subject.

From the original article (https://www.tomsguide.com/us/gps-mini-y2k-rsa2019,news-29583.html) about April 6, 2019:

That’s the day millions of GPS receivers will literally run out of time, rolling over their time counters back to zero, thanks to limitations in timekeeping for older GPS devices. Many navigation systems may be affected, such as on ships or older aircraft, although your smartphone will be fine. 

But because GPS satellites are also crucial to digital timekeeping used by websites, electrical grids, financial markets, data centers and computer networks, the effect of April 6 may be even more wide-ranging.

The problem seems to affect older GPS systems, especially those that have been in operation for 10-15 years.

Segue here: I know diddly about GPS systems. My only brush with GPS was on my phone when I was hopelessly lost trying to get Flash to the emergency vet at 2:00 AM. Thank God my phone could tell me not only where the clinic was, but where I was in relation to the clinic. In other words, I was so lost I was halfway to Dallas without a clue.

Here’s another site that spells the situation out a little better: https://www.gps-repeaters.com/blog/gps-week-number-rollover-april-6th-2019/

Bottom line, some GPS systems might start to behave a little oddly by jumping backward in time. If you have an older piece of hardware that hasn’t been upgraded, don’t be surprised if it starts to act weird after April 6th. I wonder if it will affect shipping – or commercial aircraft.

Spoiled? Maybe. Frustrated? Definitely!

Then and Now

The other day I noticed that a few rare AT&T picturephones, or more properly videophones, were going to be auctioned.  I had to explain to my son that once upon a time people dreamed of being able to make a phone call and actually seeing the other person. It was an amazing – and futuristic – idea. Just think, you could see the object of your call. Lots of jokes were made about seeing people in their underwear, or being afraid to answer the phone. The cost, however, was tagged at being astronomical. You would have to have a videophone unit and the person calling you would have to have one as well. They weren’t cheap.

Fast forward to today where people routinely FaceTime each other. (And in all states of undress.) We don’t need expensive videophone units – although cell phones aren’t cheap – but we don’t pay for long distance calls anymore.

We’ve absorbed a lot of the future trends we were promised almost without noticing.

Here’s an article on the videophone auction (with a cool video embedded): https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/rare-at-t-videophones-from-the-1970s-go-up-for-auction-1832968162


Lusting in My Heart

Lusting in My Heart

I’ve admitted, many times, then I’m a gadget girl. I am also a technology maven. Put the two together, and I’m in heaven. However, lots of the stuff that fascinates me is also way beyond my price range.
Case in point: the new Omron watch.
Omron makes blood pressure monitors. They’re good, too. At least, as far as I’m concerned. I use a wrist monitor of theirs that I always take to my doctor to ensure that it’s getting the same reading as their machine. It’s almost always exactly right.
Lots of wrist monitors aren’t very accurate, but the Omron is, so when I heard that they were coming out with a watch that also measured your blood pressure, I was excited. Boy, wouldn’t it be cool not to have to remove my Fitbit and just take my blood pressure on the fly?
I’ve done some research on the subject. Apple has applied for a patent, I think, that will allow their watch to calculate blood pressure based on the amount of time between when your heart beats and a pulse is registered on your wrist. It’s a slightly different way of measuring blood pressure since it doesn’t use the current technology of stopping the blood flow (which is why you have a pressure cuff). I think it sounds more than plausible.
Until then, however, Omron uses the pressure cuff technology. Their watch has a wristband that actually expands when you take your reading. It comes with two additional bands when you buy the unit, just in case you need them. It also measures steps, heart rate, and sleep.
The only problem is that it costs $499.
It’s in the same price range as an Apple Watch, so it’s not hugely expensive, but it’s primarily to take your blood pressure. I’ve looked everywhere for something like that, but I’m not prepared to spend that kind of money. I should hint to Santa Clause. Maybe Saint Patrick, the Easter Bunny, and a few others along the way. 🙂
Here’s the link to the Omron site: https://omronhealthcare.com/


Spoiled? Maybe. Frustrated? Definitely!

It’s Fixed

The very nice people at the theme developer gave me some CSS code to fix the comment box. It’s not gray now when you’re typing. Yay!