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You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. These are usually audio and a few are video.  In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it's become more or less often than once a month, usually a lot less often.  But now, in the Fall of 2018, I'm getting more in the mood to podcast, and you can expect new episodes at least once a month.  - Paul Levinson

The Magic of Bluetooth

Aug 4, 2007

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It was Arthur C. Clarke who sagely observed that advanced technologies often seem indistinguishable from magic - they both do things so powerfully, so easily, so seemingly without effort.  And some technologies are more powerful than others.  For me, that would be sailing through the toll lines on a crowded day at the bridge, using E-ZPass.   And logging on to the web from the beach with any little computer.  Or talking on a cell phone with Bluetooth.

The magic of Bluetooth is that you quickly feel as if you're not even talking on a cell phone, or via any device.  You're talking, and your voice is somehow magically transported.   Having a conversation via Bluetooth, I think, is the closest we have to mental telepathy.

I especially like it in my car.  My Prius is Bluetooth-enabled.  This means that as soon as I start the car, I can receive and make calls - through the car's dashboard.  True, I do have to have my cell phone in my pocket or otherwise in the car.  But, again, I'm often not even aware that there's a cell phone involved.  It feels to me, for all the world, as I'm talking to you or whomever, right through my car - even though, of course, you're nowhere near my car.

But, you know what?  You don't need a Prius or a car with built-in Bluetooth to enjoy this magic.   Your Bluetooth head-set can do the same trick - in or out of your car.  And you can get Bluetooth car installation kits.   Check out Buy.com and its comprehensive, well-organized site for all of your Bluetooth needs.  It's that easy to buy into this powerful magic.