Set up a mobile phone hotspot

Dottotech’s video is more comprehensive and goes more slowly but for some reason WordPress won’t let me embed it. You can find that video here. A lot of people already know how to turn their mobile phones into hotspots. It means you are using your 4G network to set up your own wireless hotspot which you can connect to. I use my old Samsung Galaxy Express to be the hotspot and then connect my laptop , phone or tablet to that. It means I am running a separate sim card but for that I use prepaid and can make the data choices which suit me and my needs at the time. You may not have wifi access. Not all places can easily offer free public wifi. I live in one of those places. You also might want to do it for security reasons so that you are on a safer network. It can also be a life saver if you need wifi but have no other way of getting it . Yes, it runs up your mobile data costs and you need to be aware of that, but there are times where it becomes a good option for you . If you are unaware of the option you cannot choose it. It is simple to set up and it works well.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs 2017

Maslow's hierarchy of needs This revamped version of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has been making the rounds. I found this one on Twitter by Morten Øverbye. It’s something which has sparked some good discussion on his feed. Adding battery and wifi to the hierarchy of needs acknowledges we have become technology dependent. Does it mean we can’t be stable and secure without them? Is it a first world problem? To have battery there is a bold statement about how we have failed to address the basic requirement of a technology society. We are constantly interrupted by failing batteries, batteries which have a short life, places which don’t sell the batteries we need,waiting for the right battery to be delivered. It really is an implementation problem in our technology paradigm. As for wifi, yes, we are looking for that everywhere, but we also have mobile coverage which can alleviate the problem if we have the money to pay for it. Do we need batteries and wifi before food and water? I think not, but as someone points out , we might need our location services to find food and water. Interesting remodelled hierarchy to ponder and a sign we are changing as a society and that Maslow’s will need to be upgraded.

Don’t try this at home or anywhere else!

I love gadgets. I love looking at gadgets. I am always amazed at how inventive and creative people are and when it comes to a fancy phone you’ve invested in, it is always good to know you can do more and more with it. Then I saw the first gadget on this video and had kittens. Why would you put your smartphone in a drone and just let it fly up into the air anywhere? Over the ocean? In the mountains? Off a balcony? My brain had a million thoughts all at once. I could just see it. The drone malfunctions, there appears to be no remote, your fancy phone noses dives into oblivion. Do manufacturers see us coming? Is this drone safer than it appears? Even if you use it in a controllable, contained environment what if it did crash…and smash your phone screen? Is the screen protected in some way? I cannot understand why you’d put your expensive phone into a drone and just let it fly away. Recipe for disaster is it not? The other gadgets more than made up for it. Yes, it would be good to have lenses which improve close up photo quality, the 3D scanner was incredibly impressive, the air button was such a good idea and the wifi/bluetooth earbud charger case was a well thought out idea and I can see it being popular. Are those earbuds a health risk , though? You could read these forum posts and have your own thoughts. You could also read the really helpful article on Electricsense. I think we need experts to weigh in on this with us and give us some clear and definite information.

Electro magnetic fields

BBC Panorama is not noted for its alarmist approach so I do think we need to sit down a minute, take a break and think about what we are doing with all the technology at hand. It is very important to keep a level head and allow any evidence to be developed scientifically ,carefully and rationally. It is not as simple as getting a gadget to measure electromagnetic fields. All the evidence in the world will not change us a lot. We were warned of the dangers of TV watching and how it would affect our eyesight, stop us thinking and break down relationships. We still have TVs and we still watch them. The nakedscientists has a good forum where they discuss these sorts of issues. We are not talking a nuclear power plant. We ought to be looking at ways to improve set up and delivery of technology and managing our daily routine so that we are not constantly exposed to magnetic fields. Easier said than done in the age of technology. EM Watch has a good discussion of the topic. When it comes to health hazards you always have in the back of your mind – how much of this information is true? How much of this information has been produced to sell something? We have learned through too many advertising campaigns that we are not always getting the facts. Electric Sense gives some practical ideas of how to manage electro magnetic fields better. Wired is always better than wireless but not always practical. Getting away from technology is desirable but may not be possible if we increase wireless coverage. Putting your laptop on a solid surface and not your legs will help. It is important we look at these things properly. There do need to be solid studies. Things can be made to sound scary when infact they are not. At this stage common sense ought to prevail and looking at ways of minimising exposure should be on everyone’s cards. We won’t be giving up technology any time soon. We need to live harmoniously with it!

New Ubuntu

There is a newer version of Ubuntu coming. They appear to bring out new versions fairly regularly. Today I have made my commitment to Ubuntu. I amusing my old NEC Versa laptop which has served this family well. I can’t find out how you get system information on Ubuntu but I think this only has 256 megs of ram. This version is 8.04 and runs very smoothly. The NEC has had issues with overheating which really became a problem when I installed the new ADSL 2+ wifi fast broadband. On the right equipment it is so fantastic. So got a new laptop to replace this on for my daughter. The problem is high speed wifi puts a strain on old components. You wouldn’t run an old car at top speed. Then there is an issue with NEC Versas and flash. You can really hear this hammering away when I go on flash sites. When I put Ubuntu on it was noticeably quieter and doesn’t run as warm. For safety’s sake I have now put it on a nice glass topped desk and have secured all the ethernet cabling because me and Ubuntu are here to stay. I shall get used to it on this laptop. I had to fight Windows to get it on here,but persistence is of value. Once I am used to Ubuntu then I think I’ll be confident to load it onto a better laptop. It’s pretty easy to work with but I do need to find out how to get my system information! But that’s okay. That’s why God gave me Google.

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