Category Archives: Solving Problems

Reduce My Transportation Problem

I have a crazy idea. And when I say crazy, I mean that it could never happen (due to a few issues), but will make sense if it could happen. Those that know me knows that I carry a philosophy that this world is so screwed up, that if something makes sense, it will never happen. So what is this crazy idea? Well, I have to deal with public transportation, and my home bus (the bus(es) to serve the neighborhood I live in) only runs hourly. This has caused a number of problems. For example, a day before today (2016-05-27), I had a doctor’s appointment. This appointment was at 10AM, but I got to the doctor’s office at 9:10AM because if I caught a later bus, I would have been late. And me being 30 minutes or more early for appointments is a regular occurrence because the only home bus runs hourly. In addition, I have a dog, and no driver’s license because of medical issues. I will like to be able to get my dog to places other than just the neighborhood I live in, and this is not possible (currently) with public transportation. One major instance will be a veterinarian checkup that should happen every year. To walk Malak there will be a 90 minute walk, and due to the time of the year that it is possible for me to take him means very hot concrete.

So what will my solution be? Well, it will be nearly $2,000, but this will be a bike with all of the items I will need and the components that will make such an idea feasible. I never ridden a bike before, and while that is usually a childhood staple, a normal childhood is something I never had. This will obviously mean I will have to learn to ride a bike, and then there are the ankles which I have almost no mobility which I am sure will have some balance issues. So, this will raise some issues, and cause for some adjustments. In addition, this will also need to be a solution to allow me to take my dog if he needs to go somewhere, and address issues like groceries, and possible doctor appointments. Continue reading Reduce My Transportation Problem

E911! We Need Something Better

For those that live in the United States, you might have heard of E911. First, for those not in the US, 911 is the national emergency response service number. Typically, this is 112, but in the US, we like to be difficult. Now, at this time, there is E911 which goes one step beyond the older system where the telephone number and service address is collected and submitted to the operator. In the case of Cellular technology, this will typically try to pull GPS or Radiolocation information. So, E911 is good, right? It is better than standard 911, but not as good as it could or should be.

POTS Landline

POTS is Plain Ordinary Telephone Service. When you plug a telephone into the phone jack on the wall of your home, or apartment, you are likely using a POTS connection. For E911, this is good, and they work together. It would seem like the people who pushed to implement this thought of POTS and said, yes it would work. And with that regards it does.

ISP VOIP Services

If you are using a cable Internet Service, or FiOS, and have “home phone” service, then you are using VOIP. This is not as much as an issue as the phone service is built into the modem, or service line. In that regards, this only becomes an issue if you move, and the company didn’t update your service address.


Cellular services will try to give an approximation based on the distance of cellular towers with relation to the phone. More accurately will be GPS, but this only works if the device has GPS. Most smartphones do, but some basic cellular phones do not.

SIP Services

Now, this is where problems will arise. If you are using a SIP phone service, and some of you might be for cheaper international calls, then the E911 flaws become apparent. You first inform the SIP provider your service address. This is verified, and recorded for when you have to make a 911 call. If your SIP phone never leaves the home, this is OK. However, if your SIP phone goes somewhere else, then the address is no longer valid. Calling 911 will send services to the address noted unless you tell them otherwise. If you are calling 911, you are not likely going to think about telling them the address they see is not where you are at this moment. This can become a significant problem.


The solution is very simple, but would require government intervention to force companies to do things they won’t want to do. First, every physical location must have a static IPv6 address. There are enough addresses to where each person in this world can have more than a billion IPv6 addresses before there has to be concern. I am sure that every residence and business address can have a devoted address for themselves. This IPv6 address will never change, even if another provider is selected. Now, a centralized IPv6 address database can be set up. With modifications to the PSAP software, the address can be looked up based on the IPv6 address that is being transmitted. Now if someone takes their SIP or VOIP phone to another location and need to call 911, it can be done and the address is accurate.

What Needs to Be Done?Extreme Solution

I am one of those ones that the infrastructure should belong to the people. Time and Time again, ISPs, Television providers, and cellular providers has failed to make the US the US competitive when it comes to price and features. Cellular services for example is among the most expensive in the world, and out of the industrialized countries, Internet is just as insane. However, when looking at Europe, rates are usually much better for cellular communications, while Asia may provide a Gigabit Internet connection for what an average consumer may pay for the 10s of Megabytes.

If the government performed imminent domaon on the data cables for Internet services, focused on making them competent, and allow ISPs to pay a fee to provide services to consumers, then the Internet system could be hopefully improved and unified without having to worry about pleasing stockholders. In addition, telephone services can be moved to Internet Protocol, therefore making the phone system more reliable and leaner. Maybe one day, we could replace the outdated RJ11, and Coaxial with a national communication standard of RJ45.

Final Thoughts

Rolling out a national IPv6 static address system throughout every address in the United States will mean that the national government can manage this database, and can provide accurate and more reliable address mechanism for everyone if they need to contact Emergency services.

It saddens me to say this will likely never happen. I do not see the federal government do what needs to be done to make it happen. And the ISP will never do this as it would require effort for less profit on their part. And one may not think of this as a big deal until you call 911, and they send that ambulance to save you from a heart attack or stroke to some other place.

Net Neutrality

A controversial issue in today’s life within the United States is Net Neutrality. As of now, Internet Service Providers are classified as an Information Service, and therefore not bound by Common Carrier Laws. Common Carrier is when a service provider is not allowed to discriminate on the resources used through their lines. In example, an electricity provider is not allowed to prevent solar energy from being served on their lines (if this was possible). A more realistic example is that a telephone service provider is not allowed to prevent a call within the +1 country code to be prevented.

Under current laws, the ISP (Internet Service Provider) is allowed to block or throttle your connection to services that you paid for with or without a rationale of why. In the United States, most people have one or if they are really lucky – 2 broadband providers that is not a cellular connection. This is typically a competition of Cable TV providers such as Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, and Fiber Optic which is usually set up by telephone service providers, and Google. Now, if you want to watch a video on Netflix, and the ISP wants to throttle or block your connection to Netflix, they are allowed to do this without reason. Your option is to go to another provider, but if they are the only broadband service, you have been basically held hostage. Continue reading Net Neutrality

Why no DECT?

People often complain about lack of cellular reception in their home. And to solve this problem, companies either rented, sold, or allow a customer to use a special device that provides a micro-cellular system in the home which then uses the customer’s Internet connection. Another option is Wifi Calling. However, these both have problems, and I think there is a better solution.


Micro-cell plugs into the home’s Internet connection, and allows a limited number of devices that works on the same network to connect to the micro-cell, and then use the customer’s Internet connection. There are a few problems. First, one either has to pay for it, or threaten to fight the carrier because they can’t receive reception in their home. So, if you get a micro-cell, there are typically restrictions on what phones can use it. Therefore, the micro-cell might help your account, but even if someone else with the same carrier was to need a cellular connection, they are likely not able to access your micro-cell.

Wifi Calling

Republic Wireless does this in the most seamless method. All of their devices support Wifi Calling, and this is typically by modifying the OS. However, there are only a few devices to support this. Then there is T-Mobile which offers Wifi Calling on their modified Android Devices. Not all of them supports it, and while the iPhone 6+ supports Wifi Calling without any special modifications, it is up to the carrier to support it. There was UMA, but with only T-Mobile supporting UMA (and not on current devices), it never gained wide acceptance. UMA will use wifi to make the call, and there was nothing special that had to be done.

My Solution

So, what would I suggest? How about Eco-DECT. Eco DECT is a means in using the DECT system with a electrically sustainable approach. DECT is Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology. It uses the 1.9Ghz bands which are not crowded with things such as microwaves, or wifi signals. A DECT Access Point can plug into a phone jack or a Network connection. And with support from a carrier and obviously with new phones to provide support – this could allow the problem to be solved. And with DECT, many new cordless phone access points will simply interconnect with the phone. It is just simply treated as a cordless phone. This could also mean that the phone could have a “home” phone number, and a “cellular” phone number. This could also allow people with those $400+ smart phones to simply have something that will work.

This is better than Micro-Cell as Micro-Cell is designed to be restrictive. DECT is not. This is better than Wifi Calling as there is no need for carrier support. In addition, the phone can connect to an Access Point at home, and then one at work when they get to work. While I personally think that UMA (if done correctly) is better, this is not going to happen (at least in North America).

How to Make it Happen?

First, there needs to be a better way to interconnect a phone and access point. I only had one DECT Phone, and that access point came with a phone. I never bought another phone, but there should be a software/hardware button kind of like WPS for routers. Obviously there has to be DECT Radios in the phone. Cellular phones do not have DECT Radios, and more likely to support 2 cellular carriers rather than having DECT capabilities. Also, there has to be a server like GUI for the Access Point to set up rules. An example might be when this handset (cell phone) is not connected to the Access Point, send calls to this phone number. I learned from personal experience that having a phone with 2 lines and both lines ringing at the same time is not good for the user nor phone.

However, again – I feel that DECT (along with the Plain Ordinary Telephone System) should be treated as legacy. However, it is the carriers and developers that make this a viable option. While I feel that the Google Android OS is a very good one, and has been my choice of mobile OS since the HTC G2/Magic (second Android phone built), there are things that could be left to be desired. One is UMA support. A software developer has provided a solution that must be integrated into the phone’s ROM, but it would make more sense if this was just a part of the OS. The customer’s SIM card can hold the UMA option, and obviously – UMA has to be supported on the carrier end. At least with DECT, there is no demand to have support from the carrier, although it does mean two telephone numbers.

Let’s Demand RJ45

For those that know me will know that I hate legacy and obsolesce. The reason of why has became even more apparent a couple of days ago when I wanted to have my Coaxial Line with Verizon FiOS converted to RJ45 so I didn’t have to rely on their Actiontec (or as I call Craptiontec) modem/router. The ONT box is bolted and without the tools, I would not be able to run the RJ45 cable to a new router. Now, Verizon suggested that I can find someone local that would charge less than their $91 (first 30 minutes).

So, for those that are trying to follow, it would cost me money to not have to rely on the inferior router that is provided to me that I can’t even have full access to. Oh, by the way – Verizon does not offer a modem only box. Continue reading Let’s Demand RJ45


You buy a car from Ford, Chevy, or whoever you will be seen in. You then drive down the road, and suddenly your car stops – refusing to move forward. You take it to a mechanic, and you tell you was about to park your car in the garage next to your other car. The mechanic sets the vehicle down from the lift, and says there’s nothing wrong with your car. The company’s DRM has prevented you from parking in the garage. You can only park it on the street or in a driveway. Here’s another idea, your car’s radio refuses to allow you to listen to 100.7 even if you have perfect clarity of signal. Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Well, unfortunately – most of our digital content (especially videos are like this).

Now, we won’t accept it for tangible items, but we seem to be so willing to accept it from digital goods until it interferes with what we want to do, and therefore have no idea what is wrong. Media companies are blaming digital formats and saying because they can be infinitely copied – they are costing the industries millions of dollars. I am not going to go into it of how I feel that media companies as a whole have been ripping off and punishing their consumers and fans – this is about how to fix the DRM problem so that any reasonable person/company can accept it.

Now, I am not completely against DRM. There is some use for it if used reasonably, and responsibly. If I rent a digital video, I shouldn’t be able to copy that video. Simply put, I don’t own the rights to that video, and to copy it is illegal. This won’t stop unethical people, so for that – DRM has a value. With this in mind, I can understand DRM on physical discs as well. Maybe we should also do the same with CDs (if anyone still buys them). Rather than renting physical discs on games, let’s rent digital versions that can self destruct if it finds out it has expired. There, DRM the way it should work.

Now as for purchased content, DRM should not exist. Digital content should be in file formats that can be device agnostic. But won’t that be contributing to the problem? This is where my solution will come in. The idea will be a Digital Ownership Code. This will be a code that will be placed in the file where it can be found by proper authorities, and this code will identify the purchaser, the seller, and a transaction record. Now, there is a unique fingerprint for any purchased video, audio, e-book, or game. Now, authorities can review piracy sites and services for such files, and be able to identify the real owner. The owner can then be able to be pursued if they have been doing so with intent.

So, what about when someone buys a CD or DVD. You said protections can come on those. For those, a special code will be offered to allow for acquiring the digital file for free. Now, if I buy a season of Game of Thrones for example on DVD, then HBO will provide a code for me to download it. I will then log into the service they will use, and download that file which will have the Digital Ownership Code. I can then store the electronic version in a central location to watch from any of my devices streaming from the central location.

We can design programs to submit Digital Ownership Codes with various unique identifiers. This will allow the industry to identify possible piracy and contact authorities of the country for first sale for any piracy laws. Again, this won’t address previous items, but if every digital file that has value to be pirated can be given a unique code that allows for the tracking of pirates, then we can make the use of DRM in a manner where it makes sense.