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I sometimes step away from my keyboard (most days, in fact) wondering what the world will present in the coming day. Yesterday was an interesting July day! First, the US beat England in Woman’s World Cup Soccer. I was, when I watched the ending of the game, holding my breath! But, to beat England on the day, the Declaration of Independence was signed (July 2nd) was something I will remember forever! I love watching soccer; world cup soccer has always been picking another team and rooting. But with the US women’s team, I have had a US team to root for. Normally in the Men’s world cup, we are out so quickly that I end up rooting for Germany (I have a lot of German friends). *sips tea!

One of the things that I like to have is emergency power. I’ve played with several types of power production systems; I have one that works with flowing water. I have one that is wind driven. I also have portal solar arrays. All of them produce enough energy to power a single, or two or three devices. When you are out and about, sometimes, you run out of power! The interesting solar arrays that are available now are getting smaller and smaller.  I am impressed by how much power (up t 2 amps). They often have two, or three USB connections so you can charge up to three devices. I would be careful with more than two devices, and I would only do that if I had a battery connected to the solar array. You want to discharge a battery, not the second device!

Evolution and revolution are the words often used with technology. In the growing world of power use, it is important to remember that using renewable energy where possible is always good.

(Solar Arrays even work in cloudy situations, not as high).

I remember the days before car phones. I started using a car phone in the mid-’90s when I was driving every day. I realized that if I was watching the road, I couldn’t watch my phone. If I was watching my phone, I wasn’t watching the road. So I got a hands free phone. I suspect my concentration of phone and road was not optimal for either, but better than a phone stuck to my ear.

Ah, technology – how you change the world!

  • Have you ever owned a car phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you have a hands free system (car phone) today?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did you get a hands free system in the 1990s?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did you get a car phone or hands free phone after 1999 but before 2009?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Did you get your first hands free phone after 2010?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. On a trip 6 years ago, I was driving a car and talking on the phone. The result was a car catatroff. I have a hands-free system but after that I do not speak on the phone when I drive.Football matches do not look.

  2. Q: Have you ever owned a car phone?
    Yes (3 votes) – 25%
    No (9 votes) – 75%
    Q: Do you have a hands free system (car phone) today?
    Yes (4 votes) – 33%
    No (8 votes) – 67%
    Q: Did you get a hands free system in the 1990s?
    No (9 votes) – 100%
    Q: Did you get a car phone or hands free phone after 1999 but before 2009?
    Yes (4 votes) – 36%
    No (7 votes) – 64%
    Q: Did you get your first hands free phone after 2010?
    Yes (3 votes) – 30%
    No (7 votes) – 70%

  3. I love watching cricket and the World Cup is going on in England. We are in top two position right now (Australia and India), Yes the technology is changing fast. Now we can become friends without even knowing each other!

  4. Did not watch the soccer game but heard about it. That is great! I remember my first hands free phone, I called my Dad and tried explaining to him I was talking to him in my car. He was so impressed.

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