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Morning Lineup – January 14

Monday Morning – Time Out

You have to agree, the football fans who chose to spend the past couple of weekends watching the playoff games on tv have gotten about as much entertainment from them as you could hope for.  Several exciting games that all went to the final minutes of play have kept the beer and Dorito supplies depleted.  Personally, I sit them out because of the excessive "dead time" in the game and the interminable strings of commercials on the tv.

Several years ago I conducted a little experiment (more than once, by the way) and used a stopwatch to see how much time is spent in an NFL game actually playing the game.  I started the time when the ball was snapped and stopped it when the referee blew the whistle stopping the play.  How much time do you think is spent playing football?  The answer is….. between eight and nine minutes.  That's it… no more.  Nine minutes max of action.  The rest of the time is spent standing around while the tv network runs replays over and over of what you just saw, then more commercials.  I just don't have the desire to sit there for three hours to watch a strung out stream of play snippets that only amount to a few minutes of football.

Now in the manly sport of hockey, you get sixty minutes of real action.  No standing around to let the clock run down, etc.  When the clock is on, the game is on.  Yeah!!

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What do you think about this claim being tossed out by Hundai, the Korean automaker?  A few weeks ago they announced to the world that they are developing a setup in their cars that permit you to substitute your cellphone for your car keys.  They explain it better than I can, so let me quote parts of an article from Wired.com

Your smartphone has the potential to replace nearly everything else in your pockets, so why not your car keys? Hyundai is working to do just that, with an embedded NFC tag that allows you to open your car, start the engine and link up to the touchscreen with a simple swipe. The idea is simple: Nix the key fob and let your smartphone handle it all.

According to the Korean automaker, the driver can swipe their phone across an embedded NFC chip to unlock the car, and once inside, the place the phone in the center console, allowing the car to start, while an inductive charging plate keeps the juice flowing without needing to plug in. But unlocking and starting the car is only part of a wider connectivity solution for Hyundai.

Because the system can recognize different smartphones, it can customize the in-car experience to suit each driver’s seat, mirror and infotainment settings.

Once the phone is in the console, it links up with the 7-inch touchscreen mounted in the dash, and Hyundai is employing the Car Connectivity Consortium’s MirrorLink standard to automatically import contacts, navigation destinations, streaming audio and apps.

If that's raised your curiosity, read the entire ARTICLE and expand your mind.

Wouldn't it be nice if I could stand out here in the engine bay and just touch a spot on my cellphone to start up the Bunn-O-Matic?  Think how much sooner the coffee would be ready.  Well, it's not ready yet.  So I'll head over there to use those ancient switches on the machine while you get the equipment checked out.  See you back in the day room in a little while.

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Comments - Add Yours

  • mr618

    Re: Hyundai… Yup, and if you want a spare key, just go down to the hardware store and get one cut. Oh, wait, you’d have to get another $500.00 phone.
    I’ll stick with my cheap, losable, breakable, easily replaceable metal keys, thank you.

    • firegeezer

      Yes, but ….. will your hardware store key hold 3,000 of your favorite Mp3 tunes?  Huh?  Huh?