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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Modern Life

5G

I'm waiting on Apple incorporating 5G into its cellphones before I buy a new one (cue Jeopardy music). And I'm waiting. Apple says 'sometime in 2020'. The way that I look at it, why would I buy old tech today?

I run a definite risk writing anything about technical aspects of radio because SiGraybeard and DRJIM are experts in the field and I could be shot down in flames. Cell phones are radios. And there has been a lot of controversy surrounding 5G. Some people feel that there are glitches unaddressed or insufficiently addressed (wired). Technically it's 5G NR (5G New Radio)

Due to the demand for spectrum resources and wide frequency range of 5G technology, it is necessary to plan high, medium and low frequency bands in stages in frequency planning, gradually release frequency resources and guarantee the frequency requirements of 5G. So we're way beyond 800 MHz, I guess.

Then there is the Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, that had embedded spyware in its 5G tech. It's been banned in the US and in many western Companies. The Chinese were not amused and are still trying to get into the American market.

 Wired characterized fears that the 5G technology could cause cancer, infertility, autism, Alzheimer's, and mysterious bird deaths as a "conspiracy theory". Just because it's a conspiracy theory doesn't mean that it might not be true.

Pod Sweet Pod

Be it ever so humble...

(Yahoo News) Kay Wilson packed up her life in a hurry and moved to Los Angeles... only to find that what she paid in Pennsylvania for a nice studio apartment would only get her a 2.9-square-meter box in California.

Her new home is a capsule, inspired by the famous hotels in Japan.

Wilson arrived a month ago at UP(st)ART, a community for young people with artistic aspirations in need of an affordable place to live.

Each room contains up to six capsules, which Wilson describes as "cozy." They contain a single bed, a bar for hanging clothes, a few compartments for storing shoes and other items and an air vent.

I guess that if it's good enough for the Japanese, it should be good enough for art students in Los Angeles. No matter what, you have to admit that it's exceptionally progressive.

21 comments:

  1. Yeah, I'm with you. Waiting for new tech before dumping what I have (which works). But I do need to update my Iridium phone.

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    1. I need a new Iridium Satphone too, but I'm thinking of switching to Global Star from Iridium just because of price.

      From my way of thinking the 5G will be around for a while, so waiting to buy a cellphone with a 5G chip makes sense.

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    2. OK, LL, I can understand your need for an Iridium phone. OldNFO, why you?
      How much is service fee and the device? I frequently am out in the Nevada desert outside cell service and this might be a good alternative to HAM radio...
      Wandering Neurons

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    3. Wandering Neurons. I have cell service at my house. One mile to the west and for another 30 miles, no. And 50 miles north.

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  2. My Samsung Galaxy S5 is just about ready to roll over and die. The battery is failing, and the case has bulged and split.

    Popped right out of my OtterBox case, it did!

    Not sure what I'm going to replace it with, but I'm NOT coughing up the $1100 Verizon wants for a new top-of-the-line phone. I do NOT need a phone that does all that stuff.

    I might not even get a "smart" phone this time.....

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    1. I use enough features available that I have to swallow my pride and invest in a better quality phone.

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    2. It was really handy when I was working, and then volunteering on the Iowa, but just don't need that stuff any longer. I finally got around to cancelling my Sirius/XM radio service in my Jeep. It offers me nothing out here, and I don't want the expense.

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  3. 5G? I don't even know how to use my current cheap Criket LG very well.

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    1. You need to ask some of the ladies in your complex to come over, give you lessons and look at your etchings or whatever you want to call it.

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  4. I'm fine with my Samsung Galaxy 8 for years to come unless it gets destroyed. Then I'll think about it, but I'm not obsessed about.

    Re: Kay Wilson. Is this someone we should know? I'm missing the reference.

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    1. It was an article on Yahoo news. I don't know who Kay Wilson is but she lives in a pod. They've made their way from Japan to here. I'm not claustrophobic but I wouldn't like that sort of lifestyle.

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    2. LOL at the bug people every time.
      From the font of Gooogle:

      What is the hive mind mentality?
      a collective consciousness, analogous to the behavior of social insects, in which a group of people become aware of their commonality and think and act as a community, sharing their knowledge, thoughts, and resources: the global hive mind that has emerged with sites like Twitter and Facebook.

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    3. I know, but sometimes you do need to tap the hive mind for work.

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  5. Yahoo News? Now there's an oxymoron.

    I've heard 5G will take awhile to "Perfect". I think I'd get that iPhone 11PRO and let the technology of 5G get established. I'm still using an iPhone 7 and love it.

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  6. I guess I'm old school when it comes to cell phones. Mine doesn't do much more than take calls and I rather prefer it that way.

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    1. I would personally be content with that but there are aps and things that work ends up requiring me to have and thus the drama.

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  7. Helped out John with an iPhone 11 by way of a grad present. Seems a good phone. I've been using a Samsung 6 (used) for years, prob time to upgrade to a newer refurbed thing.

    I like to shoot my old phones while shouting "Cell Phone Jihad!" But that's just me.

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  8. My current iphone is an 8... (the closest I'll ever be to a ten)

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    1. Eventually these phones are made redundant and they won't work - and the batteries die. Never say never when it comes to tech.

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