Kenn Blanchard Show 15 – Changes

Who in the world likes change?

In the 15th episode of the Kenn Blanchard Show podcast:

Ten Things about Change

Where the Moss Grows Audio book is coming
Tech talk about Cell Phones tried his hand a podcasting on soundcloud
Superstitious (cover)

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Here are ten reasons we don’t like change.

  1. It’s a perceived loss of control.
  2. We don’t like the uncertainty.
  3. We don’t like surprises really.
  4. We are creatures of habit.
  5. Sometimes its embarrassing.
  6. It looks like its going to be complicated and require more work, more something.
  7. It is going to be messy.
  8. It affects our plans; or cause a ripple effect.
  9. We are reminded of past failures.
  10. Sometimes it hurts. The danger we perceive could be real.

Remember Cellphones?

I just found my first one.

cell phone

Cell phones was the stuff of science fiction. Today you hear about 4 G phones or fourth generation all the time. What is it all about? The first generation of cell phones hit America about 1983. Before that the phone as we know it was invented as we know it about the 1970’s by a guy named Martin Cooper. The prototype handheld phone used by Dr. Cooper weighed 1.1 kg and measured 23 cm long, 13 cm deep and 4.45 cm wide. The prototype offered a talk time of just 30 minutes and took 10 hours to re-charge.

2G or second generation phones came out in the 1990’s and introduced us to the QWERTY keyboard, smartphones and a range of sizes. These ranged from phones the shape of a brick, flip phones and some of the first personal digital assistants (PDA). By 1993, Europe, was trending a lot of the phones that made their way here through movies and hip hop culture.

I remember back in my spy days we used Iridium and inmarsat phones. These giant but sexy phones used Earth-orbiting satellites to cover remote areas out of reach of wired networks or where construction of a cellular network is uneconomic. The Inmarsat satellite telephone system, originally developed in 1979 for safety of life at sea, is now also useful for areas out of reach of landline, conventional cellular, or marine VHF radio stations. In 1998 the Iridium satellite system was set up, and although the initial operating company went bankrupt due to high initial expenses, the service is available today.

3 G began the mobile broadband era where folks started using the phone for internet browsing. The main technological difference that distinguishes 3G technology from 2G technology is the use of packet switching rather than circuit switching for data transmission. Although mobile phones had long had the ability to access data networks such as the Internet, it was not until the widespread availability of good quality 3G coverage in the mid-2000s (decade) that specialized devices appeared to access the mobile internet. Our lives changed and laptops, tablets and computers had devices that allowed them to become wireless devices. We live in a world where it’s perfectly ordinary to download huge chunks of information to your phone from the Internet, to stream audio and video to people thousands of miles away, and to effortlessly, wirelessly pass large multimedia files to a co-worker. Indeed, it was 3G that made smartphones truly feasible.

4G was developed because of the demand for wireless with the promise of speed improvements up to 10-fold over existing 3G technologies. The first two commercially available technologies billed as 4G were the WiMAX standard (offered in the U.S. by Sprint) and the LTE standard, first offered in Scandinavia by TeliaSonera. Another piece of jargon, which you will see tagged onto the end of 4G is ‘LTE’. This stands for Long Term Evolution and is a type of 4G technology. Loosely speaking, 4G is around five times faster than existing 3G services. Theoretically it can provide download speeds of up to 100Mbps but you won’t achieve this in real-world use.

Unless you’ve bought an iPhone 5, a Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE or one of the other brand new 4G-capable smartphones, your existing handset won’t work on a 4G network. Today we are up to iPhone S6 and Galaxy 6 respectfully.

Most of this stuff is not even thought about when you purchase a new phone but we have come a long way and I have seen all of the changes.

Ambrose Jones

This week I was feeling Stevie Wonder’s “Superstitious” and did it as a cover song at the end of the show. Thank you so much for listening and supporting the show.


Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the force behind, founder of Blanchard.Media and the