Saturday, October 3, 2015

Gadget Goodies 35 - The Zen of Things Gone

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As we've talked about various aspects of downsizing, we've looked at various reasons why downsizing is a good idea. Reiterating those might be a good way to start, then move on to some final thoughts.

Our illustration is a pile of recycled cellphones.  If we think of our own use of electronics, it might surprise us to discover how much our electronics usage compares to that.  And we're not talking about what we throw out.  In some ways, modern marketing has turned first world countries into nations of hoarders.  The result is a combination spare units, broken devices, extra batteries, a few parts, maybe some cases we can no longer use, etc.  You get the picture.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gadget Goodies 34 - You Got What?

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photo by Jeremy Keith, from Flickr
OK.  Monday's post on the Bill's Musings blog didn't end up being as promised. We barely got started, thanks to a very interesting topic. When we left off, last time, we mentioned a spiritual side to handling our tech lives. Indeed, life itself. The spiritual side, no matter what we take it to be or how we allow it into our lives, will always have an effect.

For those who don't read our other blog, I'm an evangelical Christian.  Monday, we discussed Ephesians 5:1 and, in particular, the phrase "followers of God" as a continuation of a thought started in "Gadget Goodies 33", here.. If you missed last Monday's post and want to read it,  it's here: Followers of God.  It's worth reading. And for further background there's our latest LifeNote, here: Full or Hungry?.  But what we share today goes beyond any particular philosophical, religious, or spiritual view.  Take a look.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Gadget Goodies 33 -- Use What for What?

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I've been having fun, in a lot of directions.  As a result, I never noticed that 8 months have gone by since our last Gadget Goodies post. At that point, I was going to sell the Nexus 7 and stick with my Z Ultra. I've done that.  I also got into the whole smart watch thing, decided the Pebble didn't cut it, and discovered that AndroidWear was too distracting at all the wrong times.  I had returned the Pebble and was going to sell the LG watch.  That hasn't happened, yet.

Things have gotten interesting since then.  And that's where this becomes a combination of tech and the practical.  We'll explain the illustration shortly.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Gadget Goodies 32 - Rolling (Partly) in Non-tech

As I said, last time, switching to low tech has had its surprises.  Some good, some not so good.  The basic premise of the plan is valid.  But there have been some quirks in the implementation.

That's a picture of the Nexus 7, to the right.  Besides the size and quality, one of the reasons I chose it instead of something else was the fact that it was already being upgraded to Android 5.0. When it arrived, I quickly got it out of the box and plugged it in to charge.  Once it had spent some time charging, I turned it on.  That's where I got my first surprise -- actually several surprises.  Mostly good.