IT

Digital detoxing

I continue with my digital detox. For want of a better word. By digital detox I mean:

  • Minimise exposure to EMF –
  • Turn on Wifi only when I really need to and turn it off as soon as possible
  • Use 4G on my phone as little as possible – otherwise have it on airplane mode or at worst, just to receive calls and texts
  • Work towards dumping my smartphone in the future
  • Try to stay away from WiFi – very difficult as it is everywhere (we once thought that was good)
  • Use my computer – which uses a wired connection – in preference to any wireless connection devices
  • Replace Bluetooth keyboard with a wired one – my mouse was already a wired one
  • Buy blue light blocking glasses to wear when using the PC and other devices
  • Turn off electricity as much as possible at night in the bedroom
  • Gradually move from using the services of large corporations to smaller ones that do not collect my data – often meaning paying for the services.
  • Keep location service off on my phone except when I am using it – last month I turned it on only for Grab – so my monthly report from Google as to my movements was almost blank. Progress!
  • Use social media rarely – I achieved that over a year ago, anyway
  • Try to spend more time in nature without my smartphone.
  • Find out what the governments here are planning to do with regards to 5G
  • Avoid airport full body scanners – so far so good
  • Learn more about 5G and how to shield myself from the damage of EMF

we need to dump the Smartphone

It really is soon getting time to dump the smartphone. It’s been fun. And very convenient. And we love our phones, I know. I don’t want to dump the smartphone. But there are big consequences if we don’t. So how do we do it? (And to read my free “truth” newsletter, click here.)

dump the smartphone - my first 4G phone

 

The future – if we don’t dump the smartphone

But let’s look at the future. At the endgame. If people don’t dump the smartphone, what is going to happen? But dumping it may not be enough. Furthermore, r.ejecting 5G may not be enough.

Let’s look at the worst case scenario that we can imagine at the moment. Now, I don’t know if any or all of these things are going to be imposed. However we do get hints from China and India, among other countries, that they will.

 

ebook reader

ebook reader

My venerable Asus Slider tablet died. After eight years of sterling service. For the past few years I mainly used it as an ebook reader, using the Google Play Books app. But sometimes as a multi-language dictionary and for displaying Google Photos. Asus is a great brand. The problem with it now is that the battery refuses to charge.

And anyway, is it “ebook”, “eBook”, “Ebook” or “e-book”? Or even something else? This topic is covered here. Mostly people now write “email”. “ebook” is easier to type, and will probably eventually be the standard spelling, too. This is my logic. Thus this is what I’ll use here.

So, I need an new ebook reader.

The search for a new ebook reader – the Kindle?

I like to read outside – but it is too bright generally to read a tablet screen constantly.

I thought of a dedicated ebook reader. The display is e-ink – which is suitable for reading outside. And the batteries of an ebook reader last much longer than for a tablet. The two main choices are Amazon Kindle and the Kobo.

5G is coming to Malaysia

If you look at the news at all it’s hardly a surprise that 5G is coming. The question most likely is, “When?” Much less likely is the question, “If?” or “Will scientists research it for safety before it’s introduced?”

Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief digital officer Gerard Lim said in April 2019 that will be possible for Malaysians to start using 5G by 2021 or 2022. Some areas may have it earlier.

It is time to look into this issue before it becomes too late. . This is a shorter form of what I will be writing in a report for my upcoming membership newsletter.

5G – what is it good for?

So, who would be opposed to much faster Internet? Probably no one.

5G is 20 times faster than 4G. And latency – that is, the response time – is 50 times better than 4G.

 

Printing woes

Printing woes again. When I retired from my IT job I thought printing woes were a thing of the past.

Recommendations

The full story follows, but what I would suggest is, if you rarely print, get a shop to do it. 50 sen for one page in black, or RM1 in colour in the Tesco building, Tanjung Tokong. Or in Gurney Plaza, four times that price.

If you want a printer, buy one whose service centre is nearby. Canon is near the corner of Anson Road and Macallister Road, and they are very friendly. It’s the closest to where I live. When the printer gives problems, you don’t have to go far.

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