Wireless Headphones – At Last!

Over the years I must have spent well over $150 on earbuds for my IPhone. They were always breaking. I admit I was hard on them: Dropping my phone which would pull the wires; getting the wires caught on door knobs or branches; wadding them up to stick in my pocket. Eventually one or both of the buds crapped out and I’d have to make a trip to K-Mart or Target to buy another cheap pair.

I’ve also spent countless minutes untangling them as got ready to run or exercise at the gym or work in the yard. What a waste of time!

I’ve thought about getting wireless headphones that run off bluetooth and had read a couple reviews of expensive ones ($80$120) and not being sure how they would work I hesitated. But a couple days ago I made an impulse buy at Costco for this Motorola set as it was only $50 and I must say I am really happy I did. I may look a bit more like a dork but really what do I care? Probably no more dorky that the earbud wires dangling from my head.

The sound is quite good (I listen to podcasts mostly, but even music isn’t bad). I thought I might have a problem of breakup if I put the IPhone in my pocket but the stream has been very consistent. Once the headset was charged and synced to my phone the first time it reconnected right away every time I turned it back on. It’s very light weight and comfortable and didn’t even bother me when I lay down on a bench to do some dumbbell work. So, unless I manage to break these which unless I run over them with my truck seems unlikely, I think I have found a gizmo that will really improve my life and end up saving money over time.

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Humboldt County Library Gets Wireless

According to Sean McLaughlin, head of Access Humboldt, the long awaited wireless network at the main branch of the Humboldt County Library will finally be unveiled on Wednedsday, June 11 at 1:00 PM. I’m not sure what has taken so long to get to this unveiling. But I suspect it had much more to do with politics and bureaucracy than any technological issue. Initial funding shouldn’t have been a problem, either as last year’s Oysters & Ale was a benefit for the project and I understand raised around $20,000 was for the project.

Congratulations to Debi Farber-Bush, Kitty Yancheff and Barbara Groom, organizers of Oysters & Ale for seeing your good work getting the intended results!

Eureka Wireless Feasibility Study Voted Down Again

After some dire budget issues traumatized the City Council the proposed feasibility study that would give Eureka a basis for making intelligent decisions on telecommunications issues was put off once again. The motion that passed indicated that the project would be re-visited in six months. As if the budget will magically get better by then. Not with this economy, and not with state budget troubles that will roll downhill to cities.

However, they did also agree that the issue could be brought up again sooner if staff could find alternate sources of funding. It’s likely that these sources will be found, and I was surprised that these alternatives were not part of tonight’s proposal. So, we’ll see.