Saturday, February 22, 2020

Old man embraces modern tech

Have you seen those lads out and about with a cordless white ear thingie in their ears? They are iPhone bluetooth earphones. They cost a bomb and are so easily lost. I was once brave enough to ask a lad in the early days of such earpieces, so you can hear and speak to someone on your phone with that thing in your ear. Yes, he replied. So cool, and he as young people do, was listening to music on his phone through his earpiece.

I like listening to podcasts but generally when out and about I don't. I always get my earphone cords in a tangle or manage to rip the plug out of the socket. However, I have seen people wearing non iPhone earphone pieces. It is time for me to get modern but as an older person who has spent up to $16 on cord earphones, I am not going to spend $350 on one of those white thingies but I found a single earpiece at JB HiFi for about $60.

It is large, black  and ugly but if I like the bluetooth earpiece, I will buy something better in the future. Btw, my birthday is mid October.

The lady in the earpiece has asked me in English if I would like to change the language. Just as well she speaks English and I could understand her. Foreign types may be not so lucky. She tells me if I am connected to phone 1 or phone 2, phone 2 being my tablet. She tells me how much talk time is left in my earpiece. I struggled with the earfit until I realised I had to turn the ear loop around for the other ear. We are not really compatible but by golly, she services me well (I was going to add something like 'as a good b...should', but of course you would know I was stirring and being provocative, so I shan't)

Seriously, it works really well but it is rather unattractive and not a great earfit. It was good to buy the cheap cordless earpiece and understand how they work. I tested a phone call to R and it was crystal clear. I downloaded the app but the only use of that is to find it within range by it making a noise.

I've seen very neat Android earpieces in the ears of lads. Maybe I will buy a better one down the track. R, why don't you read my blog? Just a gentle reminder to you dear reader, my birthday is mid October.

But oh, what over packaging? We are told it is to stop theft, but there is a guard at the door of JB HiFi.

A small earpiece and a small charging cord, in so much packaging.

41 comments:

  1. You embrace technology MUCH better than this old (and frequently grumpy) old lady does.
    Oh the packaging...
    Interesting to learn that R doesn't read your blog. Neither does my partner. I suppose he/they feel they know everything which is going on in our lives anyway.

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    1. EC, R did initially read my blog but had issues over how I remembered things to how he remembered them. It allows me great freedom.

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  2. I never could understand why people would want to wear things in their ears. I guess I am just a stodgy old lady.

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    1. Me too gigi. It reminds me of babies with dummies in their mouths :(

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    2. To listen to podcasts when out and about on my own, Gigi. Young people like to listen to music.

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    3. Hels, imagine on long public transport trip and being able to listen to a lecture by an art historian.

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  3. I've often wondered what those white earpieces were, thanks Andrew. I use my earphones with my tablet to listen to podcasts, videos etc.
    On yesterdays post I know the XPT service from Sydney to Brisbane and from Sydney to Canberra but was surprised to hear that it ran to Melbourne too.

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. There may well be spare carriage and engine replacements available. The trains are soon to be retired anyway.

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  4. I'm hoping they bring out hearing aids in that style. Only then will I agree to have one because it will look like I'm with it. Sorry, what did you say... ?

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    1. Tasker, I think they have already and smaller still as it is only needed for hearing. I am speaking loudly.

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  5. I listen to radio at night through an earpiece; not ideal. I recently needed to replace it, and the one I bought was dreadful; I chucked it. Maybe I need to pay more than €20.

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    1. Cro, I don't think so. If it is not music you are listening to, a €20 earpiece should be more than just good.

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  6. Adelaide is full of them. People walking down the streets with plugs in their ears, talking to whoever is on the other end and always loud enough for everyone else to hear. Years ago, something in your ear was a hearing aid because you were close to deaf and talking to yourself meant you might be a little crazy. So this is the new normal "crazy deaf people" (tongue in cheek here, don't flay me alive)
    I remember your birthday being mid October but won't send even a card, since I don't know your address apart from "somewhere in Melbourne, St Kilda area"

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    1. River, maybe eventually they will be invisible to the eye, and that will really creep us out as people apparently talk to themselves.

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  7. I embarrassed myself when the Bluetooth things first came into use here. I was one of just two shoppers in the grocery store aisle. Just as the other person approached me, he said "HI! HOW ARE YOU?!" and I answered before I realized he was on the phone.

    And Andrew, when the heck is your birthday anyaway?? lol

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    1. Jenny, I've done the same. Replied to someone who was answering their phone via an earpiece. They don't seem notice, fortunately. Thanks for asking. That would be the very mid of October.

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    2. "very mid" Born at the stroke of midnight when the 15th becomes the 16th?

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  8. I have no desire to purchase such an ear piece or any other similar to it.

    I can see no point in the usage of then when you're out and about in the public arena. If one wants to distance one's self from the public ...just don't go out! It's all a bit rude...and more, to me. I feel similar about people talking on a mobile phone when out and about shopping etc.

    There is a time and a place for almost everything....Bloody ridiculous! Call me old-fashioned, if you like. I don't care. It upsets me not;

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    1. Lee, I don't like to be too distant, and I only ever have one earpiece in. Out for a walk. On public transport. Very useful to listen to podcasts.

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    2. I would think it would be much more comfortable to listen to podcasts at home.

      But what would I know?

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    3. Lee, I don't think most are distancing themselves from the public, they are instead keeping in touch 24/7 via ear pieces rather than actual phones. Which is still just as sad. When do they take time off to rest?

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    4. Lee, at home I am either on the net, my phone, watching tv, listening to the radio or reading, or doing domestic duties. When I lie on my bed in the afternoon with my tablet, the earpiece is great, as against the corded earpieces.

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  9. If you want good sound in my book you have to pay for it.
    I have iPhone or iPad earpods with cord, great sound. Samsung ones are not the right sound for me. Yes, I would by those bluetooth ones if necessary..

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    1. Margaret, interesting given you are a Samsung phone person. My former earbuds cost $14 and I thought the sound quality was good. I like the sound quality of the supplied Samsung earbuds which I was using up till now.

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    2. I've had earbuds for my Walkman and now my mp3 player which is oddly still called a Walkman. The Toshiba buds that came with the Toshiba Walkman were fabulous until borrowed by a child and broken, then replaced with JVC, excellent sound and my current Sony mp3 which is probably 14 years old has Sennheiser earbuds, transferred from the Toshiba Walkman after the JVC buds got lost and the Walkman went to Walkman heaven. I think the quality of earbuds sound also depends on the quality of sound built into the appliance they are plugged in to. Of course that doesn't matter with Bluetooth which isn't plugged into anything but your ear.

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  10. Go techno grandpa!

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    1. Diane, I'll wear young men calling me daddy.

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  11. I've been using a blue tooth (android) earpiece for years. Not to brag or anything. A necessity as many of my friends live in Ontario 3600K away and we like to converse at length on catch up preset times.

    Also Daughter and I spend literally hours on the phone, accomplishing tasks while discussing politics and fixes for the universe.

    Walking around while talking is a great hobby and can baffle those who observe and may send for the white coat brigade.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. What a thoroughly modern Millie you are. I hate talking on the phone. I am a text and email person but at times I do have to speak on the eau de cologne.

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  12. Omg! The day you catch me walking around looking like I'm talking to myself is never going to happen! I deeply resent my mobile most of the time 😉

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  13. John has all the blue tooth functionality through his hearing aids!! He can speak on his phone, listen to his music in the gym, watch stuff on his laptop, all through his aids. Whereas I have to plug in a headset to listen to my laptop!

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    1. P.S. I am thinking about buying those wireless ear thingies, but balked at the price. I also hate using the wired ear things as they never fit my ears properly and also get tangled in the wire.
      I want them so people don't talk to me while I'm on our shuttle bus!

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    2. Jackie, yes I have heard that about hearing aids. How good are they. You need to be careful as if wired ear buds don't normally fit you well, will bluetooth ones fit? Try as I did with a cheapie first.

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    3. I think I will check out a cheap pair!

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  14. I don't like ear things at all except ear rings !

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  15. I've been using an earbud for some time. Mostly because I all but hanged myself with the cords. I love them. I get mine through Amazon.com at a price of about twenty bucks. I now have two so one is always charged and ready to go.

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    1. Not so cheap here in Australia.

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  16. I have lost or damaged so many small headphones, I've never been tempted. Also, for the cost, the audio quality isn't that great. A few months ago, I used some of my frequent flyer points to buy a nice pair of headphones. They're big enough to avoid losing, and they deliver great quality. Maybe not as handy as the small ones, but excellent quality, even if I do look a little bit like Cliff Richard in Wired For Sound

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    1. I so wish I did not remember Cliff Richard and Wired for Sound.

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