Hello everyone! I know it’s very late and that it’s actually Friday but here’s the Tech Thursday edition of the JCast MiniCast. This week we look at a human microchip, a Chinese counterfeit handheld gaming system called the Droid X360 and a way to install Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion on as many Mac devices as you want without having to purchase a separate download for each one. As always I will post the links to the entire stories at the end of the post. I have also made the executive decision to provide the MiniCast to you by using the normal player only. It will still be added to SoundCloud but since the MiniCast can be produced with good quality under 10mb’s I am able to use the normal player. This also adds them to my RSS podcast feed for those who have subscribed to it. As for the main episodes, those will continue to be powered by SoundCloud and embedded into each post using their player for excellent quality. Enjoy this weeks MiniCast and it was recorded with a new mic. It sounds clear but since it’s so late I had to speak a bit lower than usual because my family is asleep. Thanks again and keep listening folks!
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By Ricardo — 6 years agoAlmost every day of my life has been good. Sure I’ve had some off days like everyone else but rarely have I had a bad day. Well, two days ago I had a bad day. It wasn’t just a bad day, it was a very bad day. So let’s go back a few days prior. On Tuesday I came home from Midland where I had been in training since Monday for work. I had taken my wife’s TomTom GPS to get there and back and if any of you have a GPS then you know there is something that pops up asking if you need to be at your destination by a certain time. Well, I decided to hit “no”. I wasn’t in a hurry and I knew the highway wasn’t far so I attached the GPS to the windshield and took off. I passed by familiar landmarks and started thinking about how long it was going to take for me to get home. I turned on the radio and drove on. After a few turns I began to notice that I was no where near the highway. Each turn and curve in the road led me deeper and deeper into the land of no where. I passed a few cities that time forgot and when I finally reached the highway the ramp was closed. I continued on and after hitting another closed ramp I finally hit the highway. It took about three hours to get home but it was all worth it when I finally saw my family.
Wednesday was a good day but the night was a bit different. I laid down around 11:30 p.m. after finishing up some homework. Lola, my eight month old daughter, was fussy and fighting her sleep. My wife and I let her cry it out. When I finally crashed it was probably 12:30 a.m. or 1. I had to be up early for work so I set my alarm for 4 a.m. or so I thought. When my alarm went off it was actually 3 a.m. I tried to go back to sleep but it didn’t happen. I got up, picked out my clothes and got ready. I took my time since I had to be in at six. That day I had to appear in court for a 9-1-1 call I took a while ago. Court is never fun. It takes forever and the majority of the time you don’t have to take the stand. You end up sitting there for a while and they let you go. If you’re not working that day, you can come out with a couple hours of overtime pay. It’s that easy! So when I finally left for work it was around 5 a.m. I turned the outside light on and walked outside. I stopped for a moment as I noticed that the dome light was on in my car. It looked as though my wife’s GPS was gone. I walked towards my car and the door was open. I looked inside and it was gone. My glove compartment had been emptied and the contents were thrown everywhere. My wallet was still in the console, thank god, and nothing was taken from it. I had to call for a police report since the GPS had been stolen and my bad day had begun.
My work day, however, was good but I had been called to be at court around 12:45 p.m. I had been told things were going fast and they would need me to take the stand around that time. I arrived and prepared. Court dragged on and around 2:30 p.m. I was brought down to a conference room across from the courtroom. There I sat with another witness until 4:30 p.m. At that time the other witness was brought in to testify. I was told that they were trying to get to me and to hang on. I was fine with it. I had no where else to be so I continued to read on my iPhone. Around 5:30 p.m. I got up to check and see if they had forgotten me. I looked into the first part of the courtroom and I could hear people talking so I went back to sit and wait. At about ten to six I got up again and checked. This time I went all the way into the courtroom only to find an empty room. Everyone had left for the day. I was pissed that I had been forgotten and not only were the rooms vacant but security was also gone. It wasn’t enough that someone had stolen my wife’s GPS from car, and it wasn’t enough that I had to tell ZPD that the one time I forget to lock my doors, is the one time it gets burglarized. Why is that bad you ask? Well for the sweet irony that I am a 911 dispatcher who tells people every day to lock their doors when they’re burglarized and I forget to do it myself. EGG ON MY FACE!
In the end I’m still a bit bitter about the whole day but everyone has to have at least one bad day right? It’s the bad days that help us appreciate the good ones. Yeah…I’ll stick to that train of thought for a while. I’ll try and look on the bright side but for the person who stole from my car? You’ll be caught soon enough. Had I caught you doing it, you would be walking funny because you would be missing a leg. Actually since you stole from me you would be missing your hands. That’s how it was done back in the day right? So…if you live in the Zeeland, MI area and you know someone who recently came across a TomTom GPS XL 340.s and no packaging, please turn them in. It might just be the one that was stolen from me. There won’t be a reward but if you count partaking in a thrashing as a reward then you’ll be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Yeah, I’m not bitter at all. I’m also not a violent person so have fun with the GPS. I’m glad that bad day is over and today was an excellent day! If anyone wants to know how that day felt you can view the video below. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 4 years ago
Welcome back to a brand new episode of Within the Trenches! It has been about a month since episode 70. I have been busy like you wouldn’t believe but in no way am I letting this show go. I’m working harder than ever to bring you awesome content including more dispatch stories/highlights and continuing education. I could say everything here but it is all explained in this new episode so check it out and share and comment!
As always you can email the show with questions and if you want to be a guest at email@example.com.Post Views: 82
By Ricardo — 1 year ago
Welcome back to another great episode of Within the Trenches, a podcast based on the experience of being a 9-1-1 dispatcher. In this episode I go solo and update everyone on major happenings with the podcast, the #IAM911 movement, Project #IAM911 and the recent announcement on my collaboration with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED.) I also share an audio #IAM911 story from Donita, a 9-1-1 professional, as well as a video I put together as a glimpse into the stories that make up the movement.
This is an episode you don’t want to miss. There is an important message about the Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship that will be pushed out soon for the IAED’s 2017 Navigator conference so make sure to listen in. Make sure to check out the links below and as always if you have any questions or you want to be a guest on the show send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode topics –
- Recent conference attendance
- Adam Timm – The Healthy Dispatcher class
- #IAM911 movement update
- Project #IAM911 update
- IAED collaboration update
- An #IAM911 audio story by Donita
- The #IAM911 Movement – Video in audio form
- And more
An #IAM911 audio story by Donita, a 9-1-1 professional
The #IAM911 Movement – Created by Ricardo Martinez II, Host and Creator of Within the Trenches and Founder of the #IAM911 MovementPost Views: 119