High Tech Down Below – Bikini Trimmers Enter the 21st Century

While we cover many facets of high tech here at Tech Kultura, we have been focused on the more obvious gadgets that tend to attract the attention of men – cars, hi-fi equipment, computers, and the like.  Not to say women aren’t interested in these things as well, but our readership probably trends at least 80% male.  So this one is for the ladies!  Although men can use these products too, our discussion today is focused on a product marketed primarily towards women – the bikini trimmer.

Sarzana, Italy - September 28, 2013: commemorative and historical fest of the Napoleonic Wars which is celebrated every two years in the medieval town of Sarzana, Liguria Italy. It is called Sarzana Napoleon festival

Maybe don’t use one of these bayonets…

Pubic hair grooming in some form or fashion has probably been around since humans developed the ability to create a reasonably sharp flint blade.  I’m not going to bother to research this, but it seems like something that the Egyptians would have done, either pre- or post-mummification.  Although that guess is probably heavily colored by the image of Liz Taylor that just popped into my head.  Either way, I’m thinking Marcus Antonius probably didn’t have to delve through a heavy jungle to find his treasure, nam sayin?

But I digress.  Even though most modern hair removal didn’t start happening until the flapper era of the 1920s as a gimmick by the razor companies to sell more product, and pubic hair didn’t become a focus until the bikini hit it big in the 60s, the basic technology has remained the same for the last hundred years or so: the same basic razor men use to shave their face.  There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but in this whiz bang era it just seems a bit barbaric to scrape a piece of metal on a stick along one’s nether regions.  Fortunately, capitalism has provided us with a number of high tech solutions in the form of electric bikini trimmers.

While the principle of sharp metal meets hair at skin level hasn’t changed, the mechanism for doing so has been vastly improved.  The best bikini trimmers now have adjustable length skin guards to provide a variety of hair lengths down to bare skin.  They also have smaller and purpose-shaped heads to allow ladies to navigate their delicate bits without inflicting damage.  There are even foil shavers designed for the bikini area that provide the same benefits as facial shavers but provide a lighter touch for that more sensitive skin.  And the better ones are waterproof & battery powered so they can be used in the shower, same as the manky old razor too many women use today.  Although they are an order of magnitude or two more expensive than a cheapo disposable, these high-tech bikini trimmers can actually save money in the long run, between the cost of replace razors or razor heads and shaving cream, not to mention the pain & suffering inflicted by the inevitable nicks and cuts.

So long story short, if you are using a manual razor to trim up the nethers (bikini trim, landing strip, full monty, whatever crazy shape you do) you owe it to yourself  to check out a modern electric bikini trimmer and level up to the 21st century hair removal.  Your bits will thank you!


Should You Talk to an Insurance Company After an Injury?

Head on car/truck collision

The answer is no

Many times when you are involved in a multi-car automobile accident, the other party’s insurance company will contact you in order to ask for your statement or medical records to help “settle your claim”.  Is it wise to talk to their insurance adjuster about your case?  If you have already hired a Riverside personal injury attorney, you should direct any questions about your case to your attorney.  Your personal injury lawyer will know how to handle their questions and tell you just what you should say to them (which is very often nothing at all).

Even if you haven’t already hired a lawyer to handle your personal injury claims, you don’t have to talk to any insurance adjuster who calls you.  Your only obligation is to report to your own insurance company that an accident has occurred and that there is damage to your car and/or injuries to you and your passengers.  You don’t have to discuss whose fault it was, or exactly what happened.  They will be able to start working on your claim with just the basic facts, and a copy of any police report that was created at the scene of the accident.  Telling the insurance company anything else can be used against you, especially if you are still in a state of shock and confusion following the crash.  It is always best to wait until you are calm and collected to talk to anyone from an insurance company.  And in many cases, it is best to speak with a personal injury attorney before you talk to the insurance company if you have suffered any injuries from the accident that will require medical treatment.

Remember, anything you tell an insurance company can be twisted and used by them to try to deny your claim.  Insurance adjusters are not working for you, they are working to save the company money.  If you have any doubts about whether your claim might be paid, check with an accident attorney first.  You might just save yourself a lot of time and money!

Legal Issues in the Tech Industry

The tech industry faces many unique legal challenges these days. New laws regarding the internet and intellectual property are being passed at an alarming rate, and it is difficult to keep track of all the changes. Here is a summary of recent laws and legal cases that affect many tech companies:

  • Patent law – an increasing number of frivolous patents are being awarded for obvious “innovations” in the tech industry. In particular, many software patents cover things as simple and obvious as making a clickable link on a website, making a purchase on an online store, or making an in-app purchase via a smartphone. Several companies have been started solely to hold these patents and sue legitimate businesses that use the patented features. But it’s not just these so-called “patent trolls” who misuse patents. Even the largest tech companies in the world have sued each other for violating their patents. For example, shortly before Facebook went public, Yahoo sued over patent violations in a move that was widely seen as a shakedown to get some pre-IPO stock.
  • Copyright law – currently the DMCA is prevailing law governing online copyright practices. One of the most important features of the DMCA is its “safe harbor” provision that protects service providers from liability from material posted by their users. Recently proposed legislation such as SOPA has threatened that protection, leading to concerns that sites such as Reddit would have criminal liability for content that their millions of users post.
  • Immigration law – while this may not seem like an obvious concern of tech firms, many software companies such as Microsoft rely on foreign workers who come to the USA via an H1B visa, which is provided for workers whose skills are in high demand. The number of H1B visas issued every year has been a topic of debate between the companies who hire these workers and politicians who wish to limit the number of immigrants coming to the country.