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The Supposed Google Pixel Smartwatch Was A No Show Today — Subpoena To Be Issued Next Week.

by Anura Guruge

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That was anticlimactic. Big Pixel 4 unveil and no Pixel smartwatch. Not to be deterred the diehards are now claiming that it is to be announced next week. Anything is possible, but this loos suspect. Today would have been the optimal time to make a big splash.

But, then again, you could argue that Google might not have wanted to watch to be overshadowed by the Pixel 4 and only get mentioned, in the media, in passing — the also ran.

Well, all we can do is wait and see. I guess they still have time. More than a month to Black Friday and Christmas is a month after that.

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My Faith In Humanity Restored! They Really Do Make A Retro Handset For Smartphones. Rejoice.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access Amazon listing. They have MORE. Rejoice.

I was ALL excited earlier this evening. I was going to INVENT this and file a patent. Damn. But, I am NOT crushed. I am delighted. My faith in humanity restored. Rejoice.

I need one of these. That is why I was going to invent it.

Well, as the 3 people in the whole wide Universe that truly know I know, I am old, getting senile and have absolutely no clue when it comes to 21st century technology. I kid you not. I have only had a smartphone for less than 2-years and I still have NO IDEA how to use it! I can’t TEXT, but that doesn’t phase me. I don’t hear it ring. 110% I have it in “Do NOT Disturb” mode. So, it never rings. That is a good thing BECAUSE I have no idea, whatsoever, as to how to answer a call IF I were to get one!

Not sure which way I would have to hold the phone!

Not funny. This is serious stuff.

So, after 40-years, when I was in my late 50s I finally worked out how to use a NORMAL telephone. I no longer get it mixed up, i.e., holding it upside down. Took me decades to finally get it right.


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A Google Pixel Smartwatch Can Change Everything, But Doesn’t Make Sense — Better To Just Buy Fitbit.

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Yes, rumors of a bona fide Google Pixel smartwatch — obviously running ‘Wear OS‘ (i.e., Android for watches) — are again on the rise. This time though they might be close to the mark. Based on a patent that Google filed, there is also an expectation that this watch might sport a ‘hidden’ camera. Yes, you can get watches with cameras now, but Google, with its Pixel phones, have shown that they know how to implement a real ‘nice’ camera. A good camera, in a watch, can be a gamechanger and get a LOT of folks into a lot of hot water! Just think of what you could take pictures or film without folks having a clue what you are doing! Frightening.

Even a semi-decent Pixel watch from Google, without a camera, would be quite an event. Cause quite the stir. Heavy Android users that want primarily a smartwatch — as opposed to a activity/health tracker à la a Garmin Fenix — would have no choice to look at it. But, then you have the Samsung watches that a pretty good on both front — ‘smart’ & fitness.

It has been widely and credibly reported that Fitbit THE COMPANY is for sale and yes, Google has been mentioned as a prospective buyer. That would make sense, BUT Fitbit does not run Wear OS. And that is Google’s dilemma. Fitbit has the hardware, experience and most importantly a huge, loyal customer base. Google has the money. They could plough large sums of money into porting Wear OS to Fitbit. To I that would be what makes most sense.

But, from what I see we will not have to wait too long. IF there is to be a Pixel watch announcement, it will be within the next few weeks. Fingers crossed.

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IBM’s Folding Smartphone Reminds Me, Vividly, Of IBM’s Ill-Fated OS/2 Operating System.

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Click to access the ‘Digital Trends’ original … Google for more.

Right now this IBM smartwatch with a foldable screen is ONLY a patent — and IBM (as you must know) files a lot of them.

Cute in concept, BUT will there be a demand for it and will it be practical. Making it even somewhat rugged and waterproof could be a challenge. Plus, why would someone want a foldable screen on their wrist when they are BOUND to be carrying around a smartphone (possibly with a folding screen). Just doesn’t look right …

It reminds me of IBM’s ill-fated OS/2 and I know most of you probably have never, ever heard of it. It was IBM’s attempt, mid-1990s, to come up with a BETTER PC operating system to displace Microsoft’s Windows. Well, we know how that went …

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS/2

Happened to see this the SAME day. Kind of said it all. Click image to access the original.

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The ‘Kinetoscope’, The First Movie Projector (Of Sorts) Was Patented This Day 120-Years Ago; August 31, 1897.

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Yes, of course, it was patented by Thomas Edison.

I hate to call it a movie projector since it didn’t do much projecting! It was a viewer device and that person watched the movie via the peephole on the top.

But, it was the start. 120-years ago — exactly. Something to think about.

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The Patent For Zeppelin Hydrogen-Based Rigid Airships Was Filed This Day 122-Years Ago; August 31, 1895 In Germany.

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The patent was filed by  hence the name.

The ‘Hindenburg‘, that famously crashed in New Jersey, in 1937 (YouTube above), was a later model Zeppelin.

The Zeppelins were essentially done by the 1940s. Shame. I would like to have seen. They, given their ginormous size, must have been a sight to behold up in the sky — floating by, not making too much noise.

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The Patent For Levi’s Jeans With Copper Rivets Was Granted This Day 144 Years Ago; May 20, 1873.

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U.S Patent 139,121 to Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss. Click here for the Wikipedia entry.

Davis was the tailor, Strauss the merchant who sold cloth — including denim. It was Davis who came up with the idea of using rivets as reinforcement.

Pretty amazing. Spare a thought. 144 years ago.

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The ‘Slinky’ Should Belong To The U.S. Government & It Should Recoup The Billions That Have Been Defrauded!

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From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access Wikipedia entry.

I, a few weeks ago, happened to be reading about the invention of the Slinky and was staggered to discover that the original spring that provided the inspiration had been manufactured for the U.S. Navy and that Richard T. James, the inventor, had seen it ‘Slink’ for the first time, at his Navy OFFICE — and that he had taken that government property spring HOME to experiment.

This was 1943. I have NOT checked the details BUT I have a very strong hunch that as a Government scientist/engineer he probably had signed some kind of intellectual property (IP) contract with the government. Basically it would have covered confidentiality and that ANY inventions made at any time, during once employment, BELONGED to the employer. In 1974 I had to sign such a contract with IBM. Basically ANYTHING I came up in terms of IP while I worked for IBM belonged to IBM — or at least I had to given them first option to evaluate whether they wanted it or not. IF I had done what R. T. James did, IBM (albeit more savvy in such matters than the U.S. Government) would have come after me with all guns blazing and as many would know, IBM employed a veritable army of high power IP lawyer.

From what I can see this was not right. I have NOT read anywhere that he sought Government approval to ‘steal’ this invention. I would even content that he misappropriated government property when he took the first spring home!

So how come the Government hasn’t done anything? Yes, maybe the statute of limitation is long gone. But there has got to be SOMETHING that can be done. This, to me, seems wrong. All the profits should BELONG to the U.S. Government — and they could sure do with it.

So a head’s up.

Emergency, SOS, Condom Delivery — BIGGEST Market For (Amazon) Drone Delivery: Mark My Word. THE NEXT BIG THING.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access 'Business Week' article about drone delivery.

Click to access ‘Business Week’ article about drone delivery.

Think about it.

My all time favorite word
(same as that of Thomas J. Watson, Sr.):


What is the one thing that a man will pay and arm and a leg for instant gratification …

Immediate access to a condom in a pinch.


No, I am not here talking from experience. Never had to. I have THE gift of the gab!

[Durex is British and I have a lovely Durex-related story. Not about condoms per se
but about the ‘London Rubber Company’ that makes Durex.
I knew the wife of a ‘London Rubber Company’
Board Member

BUT had no idea that they made Durex! I thought they made tires.
She used to ask me to take my pants down! Honest.
She was a private, high end physiotherapist
(who did it for the fun)
and I, with private insurance, was prone to
groin strains from too much cricket. HONEST.] 

Though it has NOT made me rich I am good at coming up with BIG ideas way, way ahead of their time.

I did, while working for IBM (U.K.), invent (to my now DREAD), the every so annoying ‘serial number’ based software validation method!

Yes, that was me in 1978 — 3 years ahead of the PC.

Here is the PROOF. It is all there … in print and at the U.S. Patents office.

Two other BIG ideas way ahead of their time … though they are now everyday items:

1/ Atomic clock-based wristwatches — way back in 1976 (yes, while at IBM).

2/ Computerized Scrabble — in 1978 for my Master’s dissertation, BUT I was foiled BECAUSE we didn’t have GOOD computer-based dictionaries.


Mark my word.

Amazon or somebody else will make BILLIONS
with Drone delivered condoms — ordered from
an APP that automatically provides the GPS coordinates.

It is beautiful. It can be delivered to a parked car or a boat.


They can have premium pricing.

$35 more if you want it in the next 15 minutes.

You can even air drop it.


Yes, I know ….

I have been told it all my life …

What can I say.

It is the cross that I carry, lightly.

Romney’s Failed Election Day ‘Orca’ App: The Conspiracy Theory!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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>> Forget Voter Fraud; Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid Of Electronic Voting Machine Fraud! — Nov. 4, 2012.

Click to read the full article in ‘Politico’. Do Google for more, much more.

In the above cited post I presented my credentials as to my expertise in most things computer related.

I won’t divulge much, but let me just let you ponder on one key thing. These days WHO do you think is always BEHIND any mobile App.?

If you don’t know, let me help you out. With most of today’s apps. there are invariably one or more ‘Indians’ writing the code. Indians now dominate the software development field. Period.

Well we know how the Indians [i.e., Asians] voted.

Compromising an App is a piece of cake. It is so easy it is laughable. Much of it has to do with ‘Web service‘ and I have even written a book about it. All you have to do is to put in a call to a Web service and then manipulate that Web service on election day. Bingo. Cannot be detected.

I laughed so much. Oh, dear. This is not your father’s software.