Monthly Archives: December 2014


Thinking About a Smartwatch

It seems these days that the tech firms are all starting to figure out how they are going to make a smart watch that connects to my phone. They assume too much. I don’t want a watch that connects to my phone. I want a watch that replaces my phone. So far I have only seen one on the market that fits that bill, the Neptune Pine. Supposedly it’s shipping in January, but it still looks too big to me. But, of course, I wouldn’t mind testing a live unit. What do I want to do with it? Everything I do with my cell phone, except drop it, lose it, and juggle it. So what should a watch that is everything do? GPS and the matching software to record my runs, as well as give me directions. Cellular Signal I don’t care if it prefers AT&T or Sprint or whomever, as long as I get signal. Bluetooth: Because I’m sure not going to talk to my wrist like Dick Tracy, at least not very often. Give me a very small bluetooth ear device and I’m good. Speakerphone?  Well maybe. It could have a speakerphone built in for those times when I need it.  But most of the time wouldn’t the bluetooth earpiece be […]


Making a Homepass out of a Cisco WAP4410n

My kids got Nintendo 3DS’s for Christmas last year.  It’s a fun little game unit.  One of the features on it is called Streetpass.  Essentially (once you turn it on) you put it in your pocket and if you pass by someone on the street with a 3DS you swap character information.  Nintendo calls them Miis.  You get to play a few mini games with the miis you collect. Other games as well use the streetpass feature to build extra playability into their games. Certain businesses around the world take part in what’s called Spotpass, (CORRECTION: This is a streetpass relay, spotpass gives you a blue light rather than green) which for my purpose is a stationary streetpass, it stores the Miis of the the last ten or so passers by and when you come along shares them with you, adding yours to the que as it does so. But I’m rural – which means aside from a trip to the not so huge city 1/2 hour north of me the chances of a street/spotpass are almost nil.  I’m not about to drive an hour round trip just to get a signal, but I do like to play with computer hardware. This presented itself to me as a mountain to climb. […]

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