On the technical issues.

Both the sons have Samsung 10e phones. Small is important for them: the main use is playing music and texting. They do talk, occaisionally. Gaming is not for a phone or a console, but for PCs. But one of them has been RMAed because the speaker does not work, and you can’t talk. I’m finding that some of the communication (Videoconferencing) we have does not work to the point where we have used a cellphone on speaker to talk to each other while letting the video run. Part of the geography of where casa weka is relates to an early rollout of fibreoptic internet, which means that it is fairly slow at times. Kea has found that she has been kicked off the net — just after finishing presentations, and there have been issues…

But because we did have an early rollout of fibre a tech found that we still have a POTS (ie copper telephone line) in place. This is important. Bandwidth here can mean that talking over the internet sounds like a very bad video call. And, if the power goes out (one car versus power pole will do it) then we still usually have a standard phone even though the cellphone towers and internet are down.

If you have an old fashioned copper line in place, keep it if at all possible. Yet it costs. But it provides something important, redundancy.

I’m still using analogue watches: they work, and the only real issues I have relate to low blood glucose — joys of losing weight, going low carb, and starting to reverse type II. The current systems are clunky — like many people, I carry a needleprick system and glucose monitor around. Movano are saying they can do this by radio frequency. I’ve seen people say you can monitor BP by reanalysing pulse IR data. This is a ‘watch this space’ issue, as this will be patented, and expensive — I don’t mind expensive if it is me or my family, but our government prefers cheap. But there is clearly a market.

Movano Inc., a health-focused technology company dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people affected by chronic health conditions, has raised $10M in a bridge round led by Tri-Valley Ventures. With $27M in total funding since its inception in 2018, the company is actively developing its first product – a wearable, non-invasive continuous glucose monitor (CGM) powered by Radio Frequency (RF) technology that is painless, smart and simple.

The International Diabetes Federation estimates there are 463 million people with diabetes (PWD) worldwide. Without proper care, PWD are at greater risk for heart disease, kidney failure and other serious health complications. Despite the prevalence of diabetes, only a small subset of PWD use a CGM today, primarily due to affordability.

“There’s a considerable disconnect between the demand for an inconspicuous and inexpensive glucose measurement solution and what’s on the market. Today, people with diabetes have two options to get a glucose reading – either prick their finger daily or wear an expensive, disposable patch,” said Michael Leabman, founder and CEO of Movano. “We plan to bridge this gap, so that measuring your glucose becomes as simple as glancing at your wrist, whether you’re a person with diabetes, pre-diabetes or a part of the greater wellness community. We’re going to break down the current cost, usability and accessibility barriers with CGMs so that anyone can manage their glucose levels with confidence and in a way that best suits their lifestyle.”

Movano’s novel approach to glucose monitoring is centered around its patent-pending RF solution, which can be embedded in a wearable and connected to apps and the cloud. The combination of custom-built, miniature and highly flexible sensors, smart antennas and proprietary machine learning algorithms will form a glucose monitoring system that is more affordable and smaller in size than competing CGMs.

On the cheap and free end of things, The Pinebook Pro now has two or three BSD ports, and a kit that allows you to upgrade your pinebook if you are handy. If you want a cheap phone or digital smartwatch, their infrastructure is looking promising as well. In Casa Weka we have a deal that all hardware is to last until 2021 or we will do without. There are more important things to do here. What we have is good enough, and the cheapest computer to use is the one you have and owe not a cent on.

(Which brings me to a small rant: you pay for all electronic hardware with disposable cash. You don’t take loans. Even if it is something that will earn you money. Once it is out of the box, it ain’t worth much, and it will be obsolete / non competitive within weeks. However, if you choose well, it should last you years. End small rant).

I have a minimalist set of publicity and social media outputs. In my view, Twitter and Facebook are not of any use: I’ve disabled Google Analytics on this site, and the only reason I have not disconnected WordPress is that some of the people I like to read have private blogs there. Given the current fashion for deplatforming, you have to be able to build your own notification systems if you are making a living on the internet. Roosh can show you how.

I make my living elsewhere, as does Kea: a low digital profile allows for a rich life in reality. If you can, do likewise.