Archive for Modern Technology

Electric Cars – Not A Good Idea

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, China, European Union, Germany, Health, News, Toxic Waste with tags , , , , on 04/10/2017 by floroy1942

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Electric cars are coming to the forefront of the future, and what is to become of them? They seem to be a good idea in reducing the air pollution around the world, but is it a good idea? How on earth are we supposed to provide sufficient electricity for them.

We are already overloading our power stations with all the electronic gadgets we have, so how are we supposed to provide electricity for cars by the millions. We will need to build thousands of new power stations around the world to provide the necessary power. And what of the charging stations for these cars? They would need to be built by the million so people can get where they are going.

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To me this is not the answer, for a catastrophic building programme will need to be initialised to provide all the power that is required by these machines. This will cost billions for every country if it is initiated. Mind you, we could have charging systems in our own home, but imagine what that would cost in electricity bills.

I agree that such cars would cut down the pollution of the world’s atmosphere, and we could in maybe a hundred years get the atmosphere down to what it used to be and save our world from extinction.

Without a doubt, petrol, and especially diesel cars have been polluting the atmosphere like never before in our history. Cities and towns around the world have so much pollution from these vehicles that the general public are suffering. We have to do something about it, but I am afraid the electric car is not the solution. To have everyone driving around in an electric car, van or lorry would cripple the economy of every nation on earth.

The real solution would be to modify our current engines so they don’t contaminate the atmosphere. I think more work needs to be done to make our current engines less polluting. Doing away with diesel cars would be a big step forward, and by modifying our petrol engines so they don’t pollute the atmosphere would also be a big step forward.

Roy

Killed Someone Because Of Your ‘Mobile’?

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, England, European Union, Mobile Phone, News, Police, Teens, Traffic with tags , , , , on 01/01/2017 by floroy1942
Texting While Driving - Sheer Madness!

Texting While Driving – Sheer Madness!

These days people are addicted to their mobile phones. How often do you get someone who bumps into you in a shopping centre or on the street because their whole attention is on texting on their mobile? I see it almost daily, and the majority are young people. Drivers in town or on the motorway can often be seen on their mobile while driving, and it causes many accidents and deaths because their whole attention is not on the road.

In Britain alone more than 17,000 people were taken to court last year for using their mobile while driving, and that is only a fraction of those that do it. The number of accidents, and deaths on the roads has skyrocketed since the introduction of mobile phones. So what do we do about it?

I’m of the firm opinion that legislation should be introduced that prevents the use of mobiles while driving. There have been various attempts by governments to limit this situation, notably in California USA with fines, but are they enough? The British Department for Transport is pushing for all mobiles to be blocked when a vehicles engine is switched on. I think this is a good idea which could well save many lives.

I am sure that if someone needs to make a call they should pull over and turn off the engine so the phone will work again. Once the call has been made they can continue.

There is however one problem that must be overcome, and that is the use of navigation systems that are on many mobiles. I am sure however that this problem could be solved. The most important thing is to prevent incoming calls and using the phone to make a call.

It would not be difficult with today’s technology to have a small item installed in the car that will prevent incoming and outgoing calls, text messages and data. I believe the sooner these methods are installed the better it will be for road safety. It must be law that your car or truck have one of these items installed, with very severe penalties for those who do not.

The introduction of such a device on new cars would be no problem, but those already on the road must have it installed within a certain time limit. Those who do not abide by this rule must either receive a heavy fine or have their car taken away from them.

Road deaths have increased tremendously since the introduction of the mobile phone and it is easy to say that such measures are somewhat authoritarian, but just imagine how many lives would be saved. I am sure those people who have lost family members due to such an incident would agree.

When you drive it is essential to have your full attention on the road ahead of you.

Obama Caught Out By Advanced Technology

Posted in America, Demonstration, Modern World, News, Obama, President, Summit, Terrorism, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , on 19/11/2014 by floroy1942

Its true what they say, you cannot stop the advances in technology that hit us from all sides on a daily basis. This time it seems that the President of the USA was caught out.

Air Force One

Air Force One

For decades the safety of the President has been in the hands of the Secret Service who are tasked with protecting him. But it would seem that now a new measure has been introduced thanks to advanced technology.

It concerns the safety surrounding Air Force One, the Boeing VC-25 that currently takes Obama around the world to various meetings, conferences and on diplomatic visits. Normally the aircraft always has a military escort but this is soon to be replaced.

New scientific advances have allowed the aircraft to become totally invisible, which will give the President and his entourage complete protection from terrorist attacks because you cannot shoot down what you cannot see.

The aircraft was ready for its maiden flight and an Air Force General asked Obama if he would like to fly on the test flight. Obama immediately agreed that he would and they proceeded to the airport. The following photo was taken as the President boarded the plane.

 

 

 

President Boards The New Invisible Air Force One

President Boards The New Invisible Air Force One

Roy.

Apple Fleecing Their Customers?

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Mobile Phone, Modern World, News, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 10/03/2014 by floroy1942

I have always known that Apple products are ridiculously expensive, but an article I read today really brings home how much profit the company is making on its goods.

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

The example given was for the Apple iPhone 5S 16G model which gives Apple a staggering 41.4% profit on each item sold. The production cost of this phone, which is sold in the UK for £549, is a mere £129. This includes the research and development costs, marketing and distribution, and VAT.

IPhone costProduction of the other models with greater memory capacity like the 32G and 64G versions give the company even more profit. The 32G model sells for £629, an increase of £80 for the extra memory, but the production costs are only £6 more than the 16G model. The 64G phone costs consumers an extra £160, at £709 with only a difference of £12 in production costs over the 16G model.

It used to be argued that Apple products were more stable and reliable than other manufacturers, but is that still true today? For many, to go that extra mile and buy an Apple product was worth it because they were superior to other models on the market, but those days are now long gone. With stiff competition coming from companies like Samsung, it is now more a question of getting value and reliability for your hard-earned cash.  In the past this has always been a good reason to buy from Apple.

I must admit that both my wife and I have iPhones, but there is now a big question mark over whether we will buy another one. My phone has been exchanged for a new one three times because of problems, and my wife has had hers changed twice. So to be honest, reliability is not a very good reason to continue.

There is little doubt that you cannot fault Apple on their product guarantee service, for there is no haggling or being brushed off with excuses, the item is exchanged for a new one on the spot. For this I applaud the company, for there are few with such a good reputation in this area. It can be argued however, that with such a huge profit margin they can afford to do this.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

In my view, since the demise of Steve Jobs the company has gone downhill in many ways, the most important being reliability. Apple is trying to pack too much technology into their phones. These days they can do just about everything except fry an egg.

It is a fact of life that the more technical things become, the more things can go wrong. I believe manufacturers should remain aware of this. But you see, it is the march of progress, and each company must come up with new gadgets to beat the competition. When I had my 3S phone I kept it for four years without a single problem, but ever since I upgraded I get problems, hence having it changed three times under the guarantee.

Too Much Technology Can Lead To Crash And Burn!

Too Much Technology Can Lead To Crash And Burn!

There can be little doubt that feeding the gadget hungry young people of today will continue with companies like Apple, and eventually we may well be able to fry an egg with the phone, but it will all come crashing down when people realise that reliability is also important.

Roy.

The Internet Speed Farce

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Insanity, Mobile Phone, Modern World, Spain, UK with tags , , , , on 29/06/2013 by floroy1942

How fast is your internet? It came as no surprise to me that the speeds claimed by the internet companies bear no relation whatsoever to the actual. People like Vodafone, BT and all the others like to give us a rosy picture as to what speeds we can get, but thankfully, a European Commission has finally investigated these claims and are now telling us the truth: i.e. it’s a rip-off!

An Unmitigated Disaster

An Unmitigated Disaster

Here on the Costa in Spain my wife and I were assured by Vodafone that even though they advertise 30mb, where we live we would get at least 8mb with our ADSL broadband connection. So naturally you think, well, we can live we that and we signed up. More fool us! We have consistently got no more than 0.3 to 0.4mb! We have constantly complained about it but we might as well be talking to a brick wall for all the help we get. Here is a sample of recent speed test results:

TEST_DATE TIME_ZONE DOWNLOAD Mb UPLOAD Mb LATENCY MS
6/22/2013 1:11 PM GMT 0.38 0.07 39
6/22/2013 1:12 PM GMT 0.38 0.07 38
6/27/2013 7:03 PM GMT 0.26 0.07 49
6/27/2013 7:13 PM GMT 0.26 0.06 66

One of their ‘technician’s’, and I use the term loosely, told us the reason was that “our phone lines were dirty”! Those were his exact words believe it or not!

Vodafone Router - Rubbish!

Vodafone Router – Rubbish!

With the router supplied by Vodafone we are also supposed to get WiFi for the rest of the house, but do we? Do we hell! My wife sets her MacBook Air within two metres of the router and can’t get a darned signal! We complain, and once again the technician makes a house call but tells us there is nothing he can do and we need to buy a booster. So in effect we need yet another piece of equipment just to get a WiFi signal to travel six feet!

My wife found a write-up from Vodafone saying that they advertised 30mb because anyone living within 600 metres of the base station will get 30mb. Maybe, but anything over 600 metres and the speed drops like a stone.

Yes Dear, I know The Feeling!

Yes Dear, I know The Feeling!

This is just an indication of how modern companies are ducking the advertising regulations about truth in advertising. In a clothes shop, if one single item is sold with a discount of 50% they can legally put up large signs saying they give 50% discount.

The internet companies, as with all others, are also clever by using the ‘up to’ phrase that catches many people out. ‘Up to’ can mean anything from 1 byte per second ‘up to’ the figure they claim, and no-one will do anything to stop the lies.

The Commission found that across Europe, broadband speeds are on average 25% lower than those claimed by the Internet companies. That is a huge disparity in anyone’s language.

Broadband Speed Comparison

Broadband Speed Comparison

Those of us who are still relying on copper communication cables are fairing the worst, with just 63.3% of households getting anywhere near the advertised speed, and then probably only when you live across the street from the base station. Unfortunately, here on the Costa they have never heard of fibre optic cables and are still living in the stone age when it comes to modern technology. Most of the phone lines are owned by Telefonica who have a virtual monopoly in Spain, and to date they feel absolutely no compunction to update the systems. Hell’s bells, they have faster internet speeds in places like Ecuador, Bolivia  and Puerto Rico than they do here in Spain and that is mostly Telefonica there also.

It is interesting to note that the EU wants to get all households on speeds of at least 30Mbps by the end of 2013 and half on 100Mbps by 2020. Well all I can say is, so far as Spain is concerned – Good Luck with that! Dominic Baliszewski, from website broadbandchoices is quoted as saying, “Fast broadband is no longer a luxury and is now just as essential as a reliable electricity supply….”. I wish he would tell that to the internet companies, and in particular Vodafone Spain.

Francisco Román Riechmann, President of Vodafone Spain - Git yer finger out matey!

Francisco Román Riechmann, President of Vodafone Spain – Git yer finger out matey!

I am well aware that in the north of Europe, Vodafone is a valued company that provides a reasonable service to all its customers, but the hierarchy really need to get a grip of the useless, incompetent, and lazy individuals who work for their Spanish company, for they are an unmitigated disaster in every sense of the word.

They Can't Even Maintain 3G or WiFi For The Damned Phone

They Can’t Even Maintain 3G or WiFi For The Damned Phone

They cannot even maintain a reasonable phone WiFi service, including 3G, which goes off at the drop of a hat. We regularly have no signal for the mobile phone when we are out which can cause extreme aggravation and stress. Yesterday my wife was at the post office in Marbella to pick up some money and had stored the necessary number, required to pick up the money, on her phone. There we stood at the counter with the form filled in and guess what? No WiFi or 3G signal on the bloody phone. We were forced to leave the post office and go across the road to a cafe and use their WiFi to get a signal – in the middle of Marbella! Then we could go back in and join the queue again! The sheer incompetence of Vodafone Spain just cannot be adequately described.

Idyllic Really, Well It Would Be If They Provided Reasonable Internet Speeds!

Idyllic Really, Well It Would Be If They Provided Reasonable Internet Speeds!

Unfortunately for us here on the Costa, where we are there is no alternative company because they are the only one that serves our area, with the exception of the many WiFi companies that abound here for the holiday makers and who’s speeds are even worse. I guess we must hope that somehow the European Commission can find a way to shake the cobwebs out of this country and get it moving forward into  modern times. Mind you, I’m not holding my breath!

Roy.

Going Green – The Way Back

Posted in Atlantic, Britain, England, Environment, Europe, Illegal Dumping, Insanity, Modern World, Oceans, Old Age Pensioner, Pacific, Plastic, Plastic Rubbish, Senior Citizen, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 25/07/2011 by floroy1942

 It is a fact that many people think the older generations did nothing to look after the planet on which we live because we were not ‘eco’ friendly. I am here to tell those people how wrong they are. I received a very interesting e-mail from my brother over the weekend all about being ‘green’.

It is a fact that we seniors did not have separate waste bins for plastic, glass etc and we did not run our cars on biofuels, but did that make us less ‘eco’ friendly? I think not as the following will amply demonstrate.

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. 

The Weekly Shopping

The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.  Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

The Glass Milk Bottle-Reusable

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.

But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Stairs - Remember Them?

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind.  We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Just One Per Home

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. 

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. 

Why Not Old Newspaper?

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. 
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Free Water For Anyone Thirsty And No Plastic

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. 
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. 

The Modern Mixer - Is It Really Essential?

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then? ”

(My sincere thanks to the anonymous writer of this piece)

So you see, things were in many ways much better then than they are now. Consequently, I don’t think members of today’s generation have the right to say us old folks are to blame for today’s eco-problems, because actually, they have done it to themselves.

Admittedly, it was not because we thought about the environment as such, but more the fact that we just did not have all the things people have today. Technology has taken huge strides since the 40’s and 50’s, and we have to look there, and at ourselves, for the problems with our environment today. Many of the technological advances that have been made serve only to make us more lazy and increase the level of unemployment, so is that a good thing, do we really need these things?

Our Planets Floating Garbage Islands

There are many we could well do without, like escalators and powered grass mowers just to use two examples from the above piece. We could perhaps reduce the amount of plastic each of us uses in our daily lives, like supermarket carrier bags, plastic cups and bottles. After all, what is wrong with paper bags and glass bottles  that can be reused?

So you see, the current generation is more to blame for the state of our world than the old folks. Next time you buy an electric apparatus take a moment to think; Do I really need this?

It would seem the only way forward for us to be totally in tune with our world, is to take a few steps back and live like we used to.

Roy.

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