The Sky’s The Limit For Blind Pilot

by Kevin Burton    Last month a blind woman flew a small airplane across the country. That’s a story you want to read about, right?     OK, here it is, short version:   Kaiya Armstrong, a 22-year-old Arizona woman who can see only a few inches in front of her face, flew a two-seater Cessna …

Flip Phone Flips Out For The Last Time

by Kevin Burton    When it was time, I knew it was time. I took firm control of matters, no hesitation.    The technological advancements, the conveniences, the newly-allowed mobility, all these things and more brought me to the decision to scrap my flip phone and begin using my I-phone Thursday.     In the end, …

Rage And Despair In The Business Center

by Kevin Burton    Dear, gentle, intelligent Page 7 reader, may I ask you a question?    What would you say is the key element, all things considered, in the business center of a hotel? What makes a business center a business center?    If you were told by a hotel employee that, yes, said …

Corneas Made From Pigskin Restore Vision

by Kevin Burton    Fourteen blind people had vision restored after receiving cornea implants made from pigskin, according to published reports.    Three of those people had perfect vision after undergoing a new surgical technique developed by Swedish researchers, wrote Sarah Kuta in Smithsonian Magazine.    The cornea is the clear outer layer that protects …

How To Protect Your Personal Data

by Kevin Burton    The battle for access to your personal information is being waged daily, as you go about your business. How is the battle going?    “Just 12 percent of Americans and 9 percent of social media users report a ‘very high level of confidence’ that the government and tech companies can keep …

Personal Data Scattered To The Four Winds

by Kevin Burton    Yes, of course you’re going to do your due diligence, you’ll do what you can. But is this a lost cause already?    I’m talking about the safe keeping of your personal data, personal identifying information. The intimate details of your life.    How much of that information do you truly …

What Ever Happened To The Tambourine?

by Kevin Burton    Hey man, do you dig the tambourine?     They sure did back in the 60s.  It was everywhere!  Is there any surer stamp marking the time a record was produced, than the prominent use of tambourine?     Just for fun I grabbed one of my 60s compilation CDs, “Feelin’ Groovy” put …

Overdue Tech Upgrade Coming, But When?

by Kevin Burton    One of the truths to emerge from our family emergency April 13 was how badly I need to learn the tech language.     We got an emergency call that my mother-in-law had fallen in the parking lot of her assisted living facility and was unable to get up. We would not …

My Phone’s Not Dumb, You’re Dumb

by Kevin Burton    One last petulant blast. That’s all this is, I fear.    BBC business reporter Suzanne Bearne did a story on the return of the “dumbphone.” I hadn’t heard that anything not a smartphone is considered a dumbphone, but it doesn’t surprise me.    Neither am I surprised that flip phones like …

Drone Helps Save Life Of Swedish Man

by Kevin Burton     Health care systems worldwide use drone technology to overcome physical and other barriers in an effort to save lives.    The technology was crucial for a Swedish man late last year, as reported by the BBC.    “An autonomous drone has helped to save the life of a 71-year-old man who …