Category Archives: Tech Toys

Weird Science

I am thankful for Science, an expression of mankind’s curiosity* about the world. Our bodies. Our minds…well, everything. I am also a huge sci-fi (properly pronounced “skiffy”) fan; sci-fi is an expression of mankind’s imagination.

Here’s where imagination and curiosity have become reality:

http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/01/03/27-science-fictions-that-became-science-facts-in-2012/

It’s happened before, lots of times. The water-bed (remember those?) came from the mind/pen of Robert Heinlein as a medical device for burn patients. Our clam shell style cell phones are the direct intellectual descendants of Star Trek TOS communicators. As are the self opening doors that you can find at a supermarket or hospital–or wherever.

What are your favorite examples of sci-fi come to life?

*”Curiosity: the quiet, joyful expression of one’s ignorance.”

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Learning and Experience

I am thankful for my nephew who seems to have learned a bit of something from experience. He wasn’t cooperative regarding the limits his mother placed on his technology, so there were numerous consequences designed to help him learn.

As the sysadmin for our little network, that meant a lot of extra doing for me. I hadn’t done much of any of that kind of stuff in over a decade and a lot has evolved since then.

The flip side is that I got my fingers in that technical pie again, just a little bit, and was able to keep (almost) every one happy. I did one specific gig as a travel agent, making certain I gave my nephew a nice little guilt trip because of all the additional work he gave me to play the bad guy and all the frustration he gave his grandmother because the network mods I made to keep him honest caused other network issues that inconvenienced his grandmother (and mother for that matter). He wasn’t impressed by the inconvenience, so I talked at him about relationships and bargaining chips and the fact that his current behavior and choice patterns weren’t earning him any points with the two most important women in his life–the two that had so much control and veto power.

It took a while and I thought I saw a light bulb. Today I learned that he had worked out something with his mother about helping him maintain the boundaries she set–he’s actually been handing his electronics over to her at night! (So glad I was already sitting down…)

Maybe some seed I planted really did take root…

http://www.hark.com/clips/jhlpgybfny-he-can-be-taught#8221

Hopefully, One Step Ahead…

I am thankful for router software that allows me to establish and enforce boundaries for the family without constant, immediate supervision; some of whom require it, some not at all, and some: room for growth and the development of self discipline–ah, semi-supervised on the job training, so to speak.

While it has been a tremendous pain in the dupa, I must admit a bit of satisfaction during a “confrontation” today. Although I have been mostly hiding from humanity, with whatever kooties have been going around, the primary Time boundary pusher came into my room to ask why he couldn’t connect to the internet. Being very out of sorts and on at least two (or so) shot of “Nyquil” my response was rather…curt. “If you could be trusted to obey the tech curfew your mother set, I wouldn’t have to lock you out.” “But I have a paper to finish…” “Stinks to be you, doesn’t it?” “PLEEEAASSE!” “OK. I will set it up. It will cut off at 10PM. and there is a log running so I can tell if you even try to connect after that. Second bust: one week lock out. You’ll have to figure something else out, like actually going to school and doing your research there, downloading what you need and finishing the write up at your convenience. Please be informed that you coming up here for this, at this time of night, especially while I’m feeling SO good, is not MY convenience. Understood?” No response.

We shall see.

Med Tech

I am thankful for medical technology: specifically the toys and goodies that make life with diabetes livable. Without a gloucometer and insulin, it would be pretty short.

I am also thankful for the Veteran’s Administration, through which I receive my most excellent medical care. I hear all manner of horror stories about VA medical care–and that’s all they are to me; stories. No more believable than any other campfire tale. The care I have received has been excellent.

Your tax dollars at work, and I “Thank you. Thank you very much.”

 

Tech Toys Meets Geek Technique

I am thankful that technology has developed to the point it has. I spent several days’ worth of time over the past couple of weeks learning how to best store the family’s huge collection of movies to our new Seagate GoFlex Home™ network attached storage.

This is where my Tech Toys© meets my Geek Technique©.

Plenty of how-to’s on the net. Tried several versions and finally came up with one that works with my laptop, my mom’s Roku and my sister’s desktop. Haven’t got the Androids or the nephew’s iCrap (no I’m not a fan) yet.

The next hurdle is cranking through the library and storing it. Not looking forward to doing the VHS->dvd->nas. Plus cataloging what movies we have so we’re not duplicating them again.again.

One crisis at a time.

Now serving Crisis 14. Number 14, please!