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Author Archives: Bill

The potential and pitfalls of the quantified self

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m very interested in the quantified self; or, more simply, gathering data about myself. I have lots of data from a couple years of wearing smartwatches—data about my heart rate, sleep patterns, walking, bike rides, general exercise, and so on. I also have electronic data from scales, blood pressure devices, DNA […]

Which smartwatch is the best one?

I’ve had quite a few folks ask me recently which smartwatch I would recommend. Since I have been wearing smartwatches for well over two years and have worn five different ones this year for at least a month each, I am a logical choice for this query.   The question is not a simple one […]

Scanadu Scout

One of the areas of Tech Everywhere that I’m interested in is personal monitoring. This area is sometimes referred to as the Quantified Self. For a few years now, through smartwatches and other devices, I have collected lots of data about myself. I’ve shown much of that data in my reviews of the Microsoft Band […]

Amazon Echo

I thought I’d take some time out between smartwatch reviews (I rather like the Basis Peak and am warming to the Apple Watch) to tell of my latest love (OK, more like infatuation), Alexa. She seems to understand whatever I ask and does her best to help me. She is constantly learning and supports me […]

Microsoft Band after 6 months

For the better part of six months, I’ve worn my Microsoft Band pretty much continuously. Except for a couple of times I forgot and left it charging, I have worn it from the first day it came out in November until a few weeks ago. Despite the extensive amount of additional information I have gathered […]

Bill doesn’t just review technology – he lives with it first

Bill doesn’t have deadlines for his reviews, so you don’t hear about his experiences until he’s lived with a gadget enough to give you information that is really useful:  

BMW i3 inspection update

I am happy to say that I am no longer a scofflaw or, worse yet, a criminal. My BMW i3 has a valid registration sticker on its license plate! As I discussed in a video blog a few weeks ago, the gasoline engine range extender prevented me from passing the emissions test necessary to get […]

It’s cool to watch technology evolve

Crowdfunding can be a great way to get the newest tech fast, but it can be frustrating as well; Bill can help:  

Bill explains Tech Everywhere

On this blog, Bill reviews cutting-edge tech he thinks is cool and fun. But that’s not the main thing he looks for in new technology, and it’s not the only reason he writes Tech Everywhere:  

Errors of emission: Bill Catchings forced to drive on the illegal edge by the BMW i3

In North Carolina, if your car can’t pass an emissions test, you can’t renew the registration on it. Shouldn’t be a problem with an electric car, right? Wrong: