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July 31, 2008 Posted by | Social Events | Leave a comment

BlueAnt Supertooth3 Bluetooth Handsfree Review

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For those of you who don’t like Bluetooth headsets hanging in your ear while driving, BlueAnt presents the Supertooth3.  It features a built-in speaker that communicates with you through voice prompts, easy installation, and incorporates 6 languages.

Read on to find out how it performed.

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July 25, 2008 Posted by | Bluetooth, Reviews | 1 Comment

The More Things Change…

The antiwar movement. Gas crisis. Inflation. Environmentalism. The Green Movement. Middle East conflict. Exploration of alternative fuel sources. Conservation. Recycling.

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We are reliving the 70’s.  Earth tones are in.  Small cars are in – where did the Yugo go?  The antiwar movement is heating and there’s no end in sight.  Gone are the failed electric cars, in their place are hybrids. 

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Prices are rising quickly.  Better smile while you can.

July 24, 2008 Posted by | Opinions | 2 Comments

Red Light Camera Protection For You

In Chicago and many other big cities red light cameras are set up to capture the license plates of drivers who go through red lights.  Fines are often $100 or more and can add up.  PhotoBlocker.com has a solution.

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According to them, “A majority of red light & speed cameras utilize a strong flash to photograph the license plate on your car. Once sprayed onto your license plate, the PhotoBlockerTM special formula works to create a high gloss that reflects the flash back to the camera. This overexposes the image of your license, rendering the picture unreadable. Ultimately, with PhotoBlockerTM your license becomes invisible to traffic cameras, yet stays completely legible to the naked eye.”

It’s not cheap.  I paid $43.99 shipped.  I suppose it’s cheaper than paying a fine, however.  I’ve been caught once and fear I may have accidentally gone through a red light yesterday.  So in that sense maybe it’s not so expensive.  I would guess it’s just a gloss polyurethane spray you can buy for $3 at the hardware store, but I’ll try this stuff.  According to the website, one can will spray four license plates.

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I don’t really know how to test it.  Should I spray it then go through some red lights and see what happens?  The website has some news stories from various media outlets detailing how well it works.  I was impressed with the videos.

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They also claim the following:

• 500,000 CANS IN 23 COUNTRIES!
• OVER 1 MILLION PLATES PROTECTED!
• OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN FINES AVOIDED!
• REFLECTS traffic camera flash, helping to prevent a costly ticket!
• FAST spray-on formula!
• INVISIBLE to the naked eye!
• EXCLUSIVE formula! Good for up to FOUR plates!
• BEST alternative for when you can’t use an anti-camera license plate cover!
• ONE TIME application is good for life!
• 100% Legal to buy and sell!
• Get a can before you get a ticket!

 

I guess I’ll see how it works over time.  If I don’t get any fines perhaps this will have paid for itself.  Either way I’d just like a little peace of mind.  I don’t want the city taking food away from my kids.  Have anyone else used this product or  something similar?  I was thinking about getting a license plate clear cover to protect against cameras but they are illegal in Illinois.

Check them out at PhotoBlocker.com

July 17, 2008 Posted by | Opinions | Leave a comment

Find Your Age by Eating Out

YOUR AGE BY EATING OUT

Don’t tell me your age; you probably would tell a falsehood anyway-but
your waiter may know!


YOUR AGE BY DINER & RESTAURANT MATH


This is pretty neat


DON’T CHEAT
BY SCROLLING DOWN FIRST!
It takes less than a minute. Work this out as you read .
Be sure you don’t read the bottom until you’ve worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it’s fun.
1. First of all, pick the number of t imes a week that you would like to
go out to eat. (more than once but less than 10)
2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)
3. Add 5
4. Multiply it by 50
5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1758…
If you haven’t, add 1757.
6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.
You should have a three digit number
The first digit of this was your original number. (I .e., How many times you want to go out to restaurants in a week.)
The next two numbers are
YOUR AGE ! —— (Oh YES, it is!)

THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2008) IT WILL EVER WORK,

SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS

July 16, 2008 Posted by | Humor | Leave a comment

BlueAnt Z9i Bluetooth Headset Review

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Let me cut to the chase:  This is the best headset I ever used.  If you want to read on to see why, feel free, or you can stop now and just buy one.

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July 13, 2008 Posted by | Bluetooth, Headsets, Reviews | Leave a comment

Comcast Faces The Music

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Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, violated fed guidelines when it blocked and degraded web traffic by blocking peer to peer (file sharing) traffic, which it called “reasonable network management.”

Consumer rights groups fought this big brother approach to managing the internet, and the FCC investigated them and found that they viloated FCC Principles.

Kevin Martin of the FCC said, “The commission has adopted a set of principles that protects consumers’ access to the internet,” he told the Associated Press on Thursday night. “We found that Comcast’s actions in this instance violated our principles.”

Comcast faced further public outrage after it admitted to paying people off the street to sit at a public hearing at Harvard, while members of the public were prevented from attending. 

This decision should serve as a warning to other internet providers, and will hopefully prevent them from meddling in internet traffic.

Thanks to Wired for the story.

July 11, 2008 Posted by | internet, Televsion/Cable/Satellite | Leave a comment

Do All mp3 Players Sound Alike?

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Recently I read a review of an mp3 player where the author purposely chose not to discuss sound quality because, in the author’s words, “The chosen player has a great deal to do with how you access your music, but very little to do with how it sounds…”  That got me thinking.  Do all mp3 players sound alike?  They are all digital, so it’s the same 1’s and 0’s playing the music, so how can there be a difference in sound quality?  

I have tested some mp3 players myself and have noticed drastic differences.  I have trouble believing that mp3 players don’t influence sound quality that much.  They have different components, circuitry, software and build tolerances, so how can there not be a difference?  I agree that other factors have an influence on sound quality, namely the quality of the music and headphones.  But if you test mp3 players using the same playlist and headphones, I believe you will hear differences.  This logic works with surround sound receivers, cell phones and recording equipment as well.  But that’s just my opinion.  Let’s explore a little further.

The Big Question

Do all mp3 players sound alike, or are there true, measurable differences that even the average user can appreciate? If a reviewer made a mix tape of high quality music and tested it with the same good headphones on several players, would they not notice a difference?  Read on to see what I have discovered.

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July 2, 2008 Posted by | Mp3, Opinions | 3 Comments

Just Say "Yes" to Telemarketers

This hilarious video teaches you how to deal with telemarketers in an unconventional, but simple way.

 

This video was courtesy of our friends at The Consumerist.

July 1, 2008 Posted by | video | Leave a comment

Chrysler to Offer WiFi in 2009 Vehicles

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Gina Hughes, the Techie Diva has just posted a great story about Chrysler.

Safety advocates be damned!  Chrysler is adding a new in-dash system called UConnect to all it’s 2009 models.  This will bring Bluetooth, iPod integration, satellite TV and a mobile hotspot to your vehicle.

Passengers will be able to connect laptops, handhelds and even the web-connected Nintendo Wii.  Chrysler is the leading seller of minivans, and I’m sure parents will really appreciate all this multimedia goodness.  Keeping those little ones contented is far better than listening to, “Are we there yet?” over and over.

As of yet there is no mention of pricing, but expect to pay an annual or monthly fee.

Safety advocates will be up in arms.  California has just started their new handsfree phone law, but there are no laws against playing Wii in the car.  Expect other car companies to eagerly wait in the wings to see what the backlash will bring.  I predict some law will be passed barring drivers from surfing the web, but adding multimedia capabilities to automobiles will only get more popular.

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Automobiles, WiFi | Leave a comment