Get Smart — 13 Comments

  1. you obviously need a smart kettle as well. I’m sure there is such a thing, probably controlled by Bluetooth or WiFi or some such ,like those doorbells , that as a postman scare the living shit out of me when a disembodied voice talks to me!  

    • A smart plug or smart socket and a voice controller like Alexa, Google's voice control or Siri will work fine to have the kettle boiling by just saying so from anywhere in the manor. You'll have to fill the kettle yourself however, because your phone might be able to count steps but not to make any 😉

      • Okay, so it boils the kettle.  I still have to make the tea by physically going to the kettle.  All it saves is hanging around while the water boils.  My time isn't precious, but my energy is!

  2. I am well used to disembodied voices. Herself loves to yell at me from the Attic. Easy enough to ignore.

  3. I wish I could say I was actually tempted to buy one of these things…

    …but I'm not.

    It's not the gadgets themselves that's the problem. It's the blasted carriers and their "plans"–that's the problem.

    Nice pictures by the way. Not a blur in sight.

    • The bubble picture was a thing where it took a series of very rapid images, allowing me to pick the best.  A nice one to get an "action shot".

      I' on a "pay as you go" thing.  I toss a few bob into the account and then work away until my credit expires.  As I am  on a wifi network nearly all the time [and use WhatsApp] then my calls and texts are very few.

  4. Your posts have brought home to me how crap my HTC is, though only four years old: hot spot internet barely reaches half, never mind 80Mbps. I gather you have a Huawei, may I ask what model?

    • It's a Huwwayiiaaeu Barf all right – a "P Smart 2019".  Dammit I expect some payment for that bit of advertising!

      I got it on "special offer" at €199.  Normal price €199.  I like a bargain. indecision

  5. GD, does the new phone connect via USB as a removable drive to a Windows PC without any hassle? My Samsung J3 will not have anything to do with this so I have to take out the SD card to transfer photos. Previously I had a HTC Desire (2010) and even that had no problems.

    • "to a Windows PC"?  I can't answer that but it connects to my laptop [Linux] no problem.  I just connect the cable and a screen pops up on the phone asking me whether I want to 1) Transfer photos, 2) Transfer files or 3) Charge only.  I transferred the photographs using Files, as I wanted to know where they were going to end up!

      I would imagine there would be no problems on Windoze [apart from Windoze?]

      • Thanks for the info GD, searching the net revealed the problem (they don't see it that way) is at Samsung's end. Page after page came up with queries on how to get around it and apparently some software has to be installed on the phone from Samsung but even this did not work. The settings are also different on my model than those stated anywhere on Google. I've also made sure that the cable is correct. Looks like I'm up for another new phone.

  6. My telephone also had such thingys. The levelling device was great on the new washing machine.

    Alas, no more. The telephone decided to part company with me last week, by disappearing into the canal.

    I will very soon be on a new Barf hunt,  once I am back onto solid ground.

    I am not looking forward to that task.

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