On 12/11/2015 12:11 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It's not a question of "think" but, rather, *observing*!
I can put the headphones on and within *seconds* encounter
one of these dropouts. They will persist for an hour or
more -- until I get tired of having my listening interrupted,
thusly. I.e., the batteries are fully charged and I'm within
*feet* of the "base".
OTOH, I can take my phone around the neighborhood and not experience
any dropouts, "fuzz outs", etc.
If I were to purchase a new cordless headphone, I'd select with
very different criteria (the ones I have were purchased long ago
with an emphasis on convenience and comfort instead of concern
for the hostility of my current office environment). But, I'd
rather have *no* headphones -- which I can do during "early"
work hours (e.g., before ~10PM).
I'm working with a firm to modify a COTS BT (stereo) headset to
incorporate a microphone to interface with my automation system
(I present a spatialized audio interface to the user so a BT
*earpiece* is not as effective as a stereo headset -- but, headsets
don't tend to have microphones, very long running times *or* custom
firmware). When this is available, I can use it in lieu of a
COTS solution and have access to *everything* in the home (TV,
telephone, automation system, etc.) instead of just the "stereo".
It also lets the house know where I am physically located so
it can interpret my commands/request in an appropriate context.
E.g., if I'm in the living room, audio from the TV would be
routed to the headset, not the "stereo" that would be used if
I happened to be in the office. Commanding "louder" would mean
the TV's volume should be increased, not the stereo's -- without
my having to qualify that command: "TV louder" vs. "stereo louder".
On 12/11/2015 9:20 AM, email@example.com wrote:
It's an old headphone -- FM. It's silly to replace it, now, as
my new design will do so much more than anything I can ever
I can't fault SWMBO for wanting to sleep at NIGHT! :>
And, as I said, I'd much rather listen to music *without* headphones
or earbuds -- even my new design! That's the reason I've put so many
"network speakers" around the house -- so I can listen to music
(or TV or phone or... ) without having something on my head and
regardless of my location in the house (or yard).
Hearing aids are very programmable. They can turn up any sound tone and
turn down others. My first set had great wifi and would work to hear
the tv, which is what I connected it to, in just about every room of my
house before it lost the wifi signal. The hearing aids themselves
weren't the best match for my hearing loss, so the Dr ended up
suggesting a different set of hearing aids. It has wifi too, but it's
cumbersome and doesn't work that great. The aids themselves are a much
better solution to my need, tho. I quit trying to use the wifi a long
time ago on these.
I use my RF headset at night too. I really prefer it even though the
entertainment center audio is available around most of the house if I
switch over to it. I can also switch those (4) remote amps to local
sources. They all have some way to play MP3s and video from the server
There is about a mile of Cat5, 4 wire shielded audio cable and coax in
The one redeeming value of the sat boxes Dish has is the RF out ports.
There are 4 "channels" on my internal cable network that can select
each tuner and I have RF remotes to run 2 of them. I also have an
agile modulator on the PC and the RF from my ReplayTV on that cable.
They are on unused UHF channels so my broadcast antenna amp is there
The only reason I am not a TV station (from the antenna) is the amp on
that is "one way".
I did test it.
Being retired lets you do what you want, when you want and tv is a part
of that doing what you want. We enjoy watching TV and playing with our
Besides all the things I've mentioned, I have one passion I take great
interest in. I sponsor needy teens on My home reservation, I'm a member
of Sicangu Oyate The Rosebud Reservation. I make regular trips back
home and bring several teens back to So. Cal. And give them a taste of
the world outside and give them the opportunity to see what the rest of
the world is like.
Great! I have a friend who "raises" guide dogs to take some of the
cost/space pressure off the organizations that do so. It's a different
sort of "pet" interface as they need to be taught to be "responsible"
and not just "playful" or "casually obedient" (if a guide dog screws up,
a life can be at risk)
Another friend reads stories to young hospitalized children. I don't
think I'd have the stomach for that, given some of their maladies.
Another tutors young kids (though without regard for "means" -- so, it's
just as likely that he's saving their well-off parents monies that they
can then spend on other frivolities).
I'd have loved to learn to ride a unicycle -- but, suspect my body
can no longer tolerate the abuse that would come from the "learning".
I'm retired too.
I was a hard-working SOB my entire life-- started working real part-time
jobs around age 14, put myself through college and grad school, worked
about 10 years for big companies then went out on my own and ran a
lucrative consulting practice for 35 years.
Traveled regionally and nationally, some international, with 10-12-14
hour days the norm- and too many consult all day/travel all night weeks-
with maybe Sundays "off."
So I gotta tell ya', I'm damn tired and my head still spins when I lay
down at night. I love nothing better than a mindless veg-out in front of
the TV-- or waste time posting on usenet ;-)
The lion may be King of the Jungle, but airdrop him into Antarctica and
he’s just a penguin’s bitch.
I spend my work time seated with my mind doing all of the "work". So,
for me, vegging-out entails engaging my body and distracting my mind.
As I have a lot of flexibility in how I spend my time, I arrange to have
some suitable "activity" in each day that allows me to get things done
while also giving me a mental diversion and some physical exertion.
E.g., an hour walk. Juicing lemons/limes/oranges. Painting the roof.
Weeding the yard. Washing a car. Changing oil, filters, brakes. Baking.
Shampooing carpets (I don't vacuum! :> ). Volunteering. Defrosting freezer
chest. Cleaning refrigerator interior. Sorting cables. Shredding
documents. Framing paintings. Cleaning/smoking/packaging meats. Felling
trees. Sharpening tools. etc.
The idea of sitting -- motionless, unthinking -- in front of the Idiot Box
has no appeal to me.
I dread the prospect of retirement as that will come when I no longer have
the skills/abilities to continue with my primary passion -- my *work*!
There are far too many interesting ideas to pursue while I have the skills
to pursue them!
I spend a LOT of time reading (and writing) -- but primarily technical
issues. My eyes tire pretty quickly so I don't do much "recreational"
reading -- about 500pp/week.
I spent a lot of years doing a lot of traveling so now see it mainly
as an inconvenience. I wouldn't mind *being* other places... just not
*going* to them! And, there needs to be some compelling reason to
be/go there; I have no desire to go sit on a beach (been there, done that)
or "sightsee" (ick), etc.
The places I'd like to go tend to either now be in locations that
aren't particularly safe/convenient *or* would not support the sorts
of activities that I'd like to engage while there (e.g., I'd like
to *climb* The Great Pyramid, not just "look up at it")
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