I decided it was time to update our theme, so I did. What do you think?
“My throat feels scared.” – H, age 5
Conversation between H and her Aunt T:
H: My hands are cold.
T: Put them in your pockets.
H: I can’t, because my gloves are in my pockets!
This is a companion to the blog post, the Spam Eliminator Telephone System.
To set up this system, first get a raspberry pi with at least 8GB SD card, you’ll also need a monitor and a keyboard to set it up with a hardwired ethernet connection to the internet. Continue reading “Spam Eliminator Setup”
In playing with technology, I inadvertently found a system to eliminate spam phone calls.
How Spam Phone Calls are eliminated
I finished reading Michael Lewis’ book Flashboys, and it really motivated me to think about ‘fairness’. What Lewis’ book reveals is the advantage High Frequency Traders who invest BILLIONS in technology have over average investors. By investing heavily in technology these firms have been able to exploit the nanoseconds between when a stock order is placed and how it is executed. Continue reading “When nanoseconds count….”
How is the value of your VHS tape collection holding up over the last 10 years? That’s a question you may well ask about your DVD collection in a few years. With the advent of the ROKU, and services like Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime streaming, and renting movies on Amazon, we’ve entered a new world of ‘on demand movies’ and only those old trusty DVDs that you re-watch a lot (see Band of Brothers) are worth keeping. Unlike CDs, where you can hold on to them and allow others, to rip the content, DVDs are not so easy. At this moment they have value; as more people enter the movie streaming universe they will lose value.
After I nerded out and installed a Raspberry Pi with FreePBX, I’ve recently found an unexpected upside. As an iPhone user, I’ve grown used to leaving my iPhone charging away from my bedroom at night. When our parents recently had bouts in the hospital, this became problematic to have the iPhones next to us while we slept. With children in several timezones around the world, text messages can often arrive in the middle of the night, either dinging because I forgot to turn the ringer off, or lighting up the bedroom and buzzing; either way it’s a sleep killer.
Reading Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter, I was astounded at the amount of usable ‘stuff’ that leaves our recycling bins and Goodwill donations and ends up being shredded into bits (see Apple computer recycling program), or being wholesale sent to China and other developing nations where it can be disassembled into components and recycled. The concern is Continue reading “Modern Style Yard Sale: eBay”