Keep our air and water clean — make them even cleaner, for everybody

Anyone living in a major US city in the 60s has at least one vivid memory of what the air was like before the Clean Air Act and other steps taken to clean our life's breath. Here are a few of mine: Flying in a small plane above Los Angeles and seeing the demarcation line … Continue reading Keep our air and water clean — make them even cleaner, for everybody

Comparison of Amazon Fire HD 10 and iPad

I'm not surprised that the Apple iPad outperforms the Amazon Fire HD 10 in virtually every respect but, for many, budget matters. In that case, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is a worthy competitor on a value basis. https://www.businessinsider.com/best-tablet-apple-ipad-vs-amazon-fire-hd-10-2018-4 We compared the iPad to Amazon's Fire HD 10 tablet — and the winner was obvious May … Continue reading Comparison of Amazon Fire HD 10 and iPad

Many things about to change with accessing the internet — WSJ summary

From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 5G, All Your Wireless Is About to Change An unprecedented number of devices are coming online soon, and our current wireless systems weren’t built to handle the volume As smartphones compete for bandwidth with everything from smart-home sensors to autonomous vehicles, we will need new wireless technologies—badly. PHOTO: MATTHEW HORWOOD/GETTY IMAGES 125 COMMENTS … Continue reading Many things about to change with accessing the internet — WSJ summary

Here’s the other easy solution for robocalls

The easy solution is not to answer any number without caller ID. If it's a friend who hasn't called you before, they'll leave a message or text you instead.  Unfortunately, the callers have the technology to choose a number that looks like local on your phone. Curiosity needs to be tamped down. Just let it … Continue reading Here’s the other easy solution for robocalls

Google is shutting down popular Google Hangouts

Google's choice of which products to continue and which to wipe out regularly puzzles me. Google Hangouts has been Google's most popular messaging service. Obviously it's not as popular as the top tier but Google finally found a product other than email that users liked. Of course they're ruining it by morphing it into something … Continue reading Google is shutting down popular Google Hangouts

Device for women’s sexual pleasure stripped of award at CES while male-focused trash was just fine thank you

Bias much? I've read several articles about this award revocation of an award and can find no legitimate justification other than misogyny. Given how women's bodies are used continually for advertising, how women are urged to do everything possible to massage their body into shape to please men, and the overwhelming presence of largely male-oriented … Continue reading Device for women’s sexual pleasure stripped of award at CES while male-focused trash was just fine thank you

Tired of robocalls? Here are the nuclear options

Now that I've (finally) given up my landline, and transferred that number to my cell, the number of robocalls and unwelcome calls has increased exponentially. If you're really serious about limiting calls you don't want, one option is to insert a request that the person confirm they're human -- that does work but also annoys … Continue reading Tired of robocalls? Here are the nuclear options