One of our favorite things to grow in our garden are green bell peppers. We eat them in almost anything we make and love being able to go to the back yard and grab a couple at any point. And they taste so much better than what you buy in the store.
First of all, the law is NOT new. It has been on the books for several years. All the House Bill 673 did was change some wording redefining what was covered by the law, redefined the fine/points structure and explain what exactly “hands free” means.
Here is a basic run down of what is allowed and what is not.
- Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device (for example, an iPod).
- Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data while holding your device.
- Reaching for a device if it means you’re no longer in a seated, driving position or properly restrained by a seat belt.
- Watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of your vehicle (i.e., your mapping app or GPS screen).
- Recording a video.
- Speaking or texting while using hands-free technology.
- Using a GPS system or mapping app.
- Using radios, CB radios, CB radio hybrids, commercial two-way radios, subscription-based emergency communication devices, prescribed medical devices, amateur or ham radios and “in-vehicle security, navigation or remote diagnostics” systems.
There are circumstances where you can handle an electronic device while driving:
- Reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, a crime or delinquent act or a hazardous road condition.
- You can also use your hands if you’re lawfully parked (not at a stoplight – “lawfully” means off or beside the road in an area open to parking).
Some people are exempt from the hands-free requirement if they’re performing official duties: police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, ambulance drivers, other first responders and utility employees or contractors responding to a utility emergency.
Don’t be an idiot. Just stop. If you think the termination/cancellation of Rosanne Barr’s show has anything to do with the Constitutional right of free speech you are an idiot. Simple as that. Go read. Go study. When you have some sense, come back and talk to me. Until then, get off my lawn.
As many of you know, I recently purchased an Apple Macbook Pro. It is a beast of a machine and I really do love working on it. The Retina display is incredible, using the trackpad has completely replaced my mouse (don’t even have on on the desk now). Multiple desktops and screens and it basically just has me in AWE.
One of the downsides to the machine is the lack of standard USB A connection ports. Everything is USB-C. Well I have several external hard drives, an external monitor, my headphones and several SD cards that need to be read periodically.
I purchased an external hub that provides me with standard USB-A connections, MicroSD and Standard SD card reader, Thunderbolt 3 connection as well as an HDMI for my external monitor. It works GREAT! Connects all my equipment and works fine. Only it doesn’t.
When I connect it to my Macbook PRO, I lose all network connectivity. The radio still connects to the WIFI but there is no traffic to and from the computer and the network. Disconnect the hub and poof! Interwebz go whoosh.
Researching the issue provided Apple’s response which was basically, don’t buy their equipment, buy Apple’s equipment (and an exponentially higher price) and the problem goes away. Yeah how to win me over as an Apple user. Assholes.
More research provided a simple fix for literally less than a penny. It works. It is hideous. And it pisses me off to no end. See the video below.
Tin foil wrapped on the dongle lead shields it. Simple as that. This really does piss me off.