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iTunes adieu…

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…is officially no more,  having been  killed off  when Apple debuted its new operating system.  iPhones were updated to this change months ago,  moving your purchased music library to the Apple Music app and downgrading iTunes to just the store for purchasing and downloading albums and singles.  But,  still,  the final,  crushing blow to 99-cent songs and pre-streaming days falls heavy on the nostalgic,  mixtape-loving heart.  I can not claim to be affected,  because when I drive,  that’s all I do — no radio, no phone, no nothing.   Still,  my heart goes out to those who lovingly developed a playlist for every mood and occasion.

 

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January 7, 2020 at 1:36 pm

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Tech deaths 2019…

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Here is a useful,  and rather interesting,  list of  big tech stuff which was summarily killed off this year.   In full disclosure,  I was never remotely tempted to try a single piece of it.   I regard most tech stuff with great suspicion because it is so intrusive,  fails at protecting my privacy, and lies frequently.  Other than that,  it’s just great.

 

 

 

 

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December 31, 2019 at 1:49 pm

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Naughty, not nice…

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Even little kids are tech-savvy these days.   I wonder what punishment  these two  received for their Christmas larceny?

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December 26, 2019 at 10:33 pm

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Losing landlines…

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The loss of the land line telephone isn’t often mentioned.   I grew up in the country with an eight-party line,  which meant if someone was using the phone,  you had to politely ask to use the line.  Mostly the other customers were polite about it,  but occasionally someone at the liquor joint had a few too many to be cordial.  It was what it was.

I still have a landline  because I  live in the middle of the woods in a slight depression and cell phone reception is spotty to non-existent.   Most of my family and friends have only cell phones.   When the power goes out I can simply pick up my landline and use it,  while they check the battery level in their cells.   And my landline works when a cell tower craters.   Yes,  I do have a cell phone,  but it does not live in my pocket.  I have never connected it to the internet because I use it for calls and text,  nothing more.  That makes me rather a Luddite dinosaur,  I suppose, but if someone manages to steal my phone they will get nothing else.

This article  points out how different the world has become with the death of landlines and why it matters.   Read it and consider your own family situation.   You have to work at staying connected in more personal ways.

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December 13, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Is Michio Kaku right?

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The theoretical physicist one sees on nearly every science show may have changed  his views  on UFOs.   Should we?

I’ve always regarded UFOs as real but unexplained.   I’ve had a handful of experiences with odd lights in the sky, but I felt there was a rational explanation for them,  especially a large airplane flying high in the night sky which made no noise and its lights suddenly disappeared.   It has become increasingly harder to figure out the objects airborne military gun cameras keep capturing.

What say you?

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September 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Waveflyer…

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Jet skis are fun to ride,  although I’ve never been partial to riding pillion on them.  Now there’s a  new type  that rides above the water on a hydrofoil propulsion system.   I am not a great fan of lithium-ion batteries anywhere,  but I imagine the ride would be smoother and more efficient,  and the automatic stabilization would be a godsend to the unathletic.

 

 

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August 8, 2019 at 2:53 pm

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Not Spot…

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That is to say  this isn’t  Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot,  but a very large competitor model from HyQReal which just pulled a three-ton airplane over thirty feet.   Be nice to your robots  — someday they may be smarter than you are.

 

 

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May 26, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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