“Grasshopper: Learn to Code in JavaScript” by Google’s Area 120

UPDATE 5/6/2018: After working on Grasshopper for 16 days in a row…..I GRADUATED!  Yippeee! Tired of your kids, or grand-kids, having all the fun learning how to code?  Well…..here is an app for us “old” folks.  😉 Adult learners, using the Grasshopper app on your Android or IoS phones can now learn how to code in JavaScript…..for FREE……and have FUN doing it. As soon as … Continue reading “Grasshopper: Learn to Code in JavaScript” by Google’s Area 120

Cameras on Smartphones: Photography for Everyone

Call me old fashioned, but, this is the first year that I am really enjoying using the cameras (front and back facing) on my smartphone. My new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a camera that is every bit as good as our standalone Sony camera for utility, instant, use. Caveat: I am not a professional photographer, but, as a recreational photographer, I now use the … Continue reading Cameras on Smartphones: Photography for Everyone

Crowd Mics: Audience Participation via Voice, Text, and Polling

UPDATE: May 2019 I guess they are gone.  Hmmmm, even great ideas don’t make it sometimes.  😦 In the old days, I gave a ton of speeches at conferences on video conferencing technology.  At the end of my talk, during the Q&A session, two people stood in the audience with wireless microphones that they would give to audience members who had a question. Invariably, one … Continue reading Crowd Mics: Audience Participation via Voice, Text, and Polling

Using MileIQ: The Smart Mileage Tracker

I saw an ad (I think on Facebook) for MileIQ. In that ad, MileIQ promised to make tracking personal miles vs business mile easy. Since I know a few people who travel by car for business, I thought I’d give it a try. What is MileIQ Figure 1: Trip Displayed in MileIQ MileIQ is an app for your android or IOS smartphones that automatically tracks … Continue reading Using MileIQ: The Smart Mileage Tracker

Blast From the Past: Cell Phones and Brain Cancer

This was published in early 2007 or 2006 (I moved to WordPress in Nov 2007).  Way back then, the cell phone was used mostly for talking and people were walking around with their cell phones plastered to their ear.   Times have changed:  Texting (and other Smartphone features) have made all the difference. Enjoy. — Cell Phone and Brain Cancer Theory NOVEMBER 2, 2007 My wife … Continue reading Blast From the Past: Cell Phones and Brain Cancer

Apple Watch

A few years ago, I lost my watch and searched everywhere for it.  No luck.  But, since I had a smartphone, I decided that I could live without my watch. Interestingly, at about the same time, the whole world decided that watches were passe. But as is the case in life eventually good things come back, and watches are a good thing.   Sure enough….it … Continue reading Apple Watch

Using the Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker

We have several generations of Bose speakers. Unfortunately, they are not portable and Lori wanted to bring her music with her throughout the house or yard. The Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker seems to fit the bill. Bose speakers, in general, boast great audio in small packages. For us, all of our speakers / radios / HDTV sound systems (even those 20 years + old) … Continue reading Using the Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker