Jeremy Willden created a gadget to end the difficulty of getting his children up for school. He took his home Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) system and added paging speakers. He ran a set of the speakers into his childrens' rooms. Every school day, a cron job on the server generates a set of Asterisk Call files that trigger pre-recorded announcements at specific times. At 8 a.m. the message says, “It's 8 o'clock, time to get up.” At 8:10 the message says, “It's 8:10 and you should be eating breakfast by now.” New messages are played until it's time for the children to walk out the door. For those who don't have VoIP, Willden also developed a system that can be run on a home PC.
Silly. You forgot the high voltage neuralizer that modifies their brain patterns to be more obedient and a pre-program to instill in them a deep desire to support you in luxury in your retirement years.
Everyone I know does that with their morning wakeup call to the kids.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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