“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and turns into a racket.”
Eric Hoffer, American moral and social philosopher (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983)
Factoid: More than 41% of births were to unwed mothers compared to 33% a decade earlier.
2013 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States
Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.
I’m not ready to give up my landline, but I was tired of paying $55/month to CenturyLink. My nephew, Jacob, told me about Ooma which is a VoIP service. You can purchase the Ooma box at many locations for $150 or less. Set-up is easy and takes just minutes. We are able to use all of our existing phones and voice quality is excellent. Ooma offers both basic and premium service plans. The basis plan is FREE. You pay only applicable taxes and fees (typically $3 – $5/month). The premium plan is $100 annually or $9.99/month and offers all of the features we had with the phone company plus a few extras such as the option to simultaneously ring your mobile phone and home phone. You can also receive e-mail messages with an mp3 file attachment of voice messages. We’ve had our home phone number for years so we chose to keep it. Porting it to Ooma was free and took less than a week. You can try Ooma risk-free. The Ooma box has a 30-day return policy and Ooma offers a 60-day free trial of their premium service.
This site features three ingenious products:
Stick-N-Find: This small disc with an adhesive backing is a Bluetooth tracker with a range of about 100 feet. It uses a standard watch battery that is good for roughly 1 year. The product enables you to track valuable items such as luggage, smart keys or tablets using your Android or iPhone. Another nice feature is Virtual Leash. If an item with a sticker moves away more than the specified distance from your phone, an alarm will sound to alert you. A pair of these trackers runs $49.99, but I wish I had one on my car’s smart key before I lost it and learned that a replacement was $400.
BluTracker: This is a small Bluetooth GPS locator able to track an outdoor location within less than 10 ft. With a range of over ½ mile, it is ideal for locating lost pets. The BluTracker costs $69.99 and includes a USB charger. The battery lasts for over 2 months in between charges.
MeterPlug: This device resembles a 3-prong plug adaptor. It plugs in between any appliance and the outlet. It measures your consumption and sends that information to your Android or iPhone where the app displays your real electricity costs for your location. Both live and historical data is displayed. You can program it to turn off an appliance at a specified time or when you leave, and turn back on when you return. You can also manually turn on or off any appliance connected to MeterPlug within a 100 ft. range. Although this is a cool idea and it might be worthwhile to determine whether that space heater is worthwhile, the $50 price seems hard to justify. USA, UK and European plugs are available.
This fun, nostalgic site features the opening theme songs from hundreds of TV shows. Songs are organized alphabetically and by decade making it easy to replay a piece of your childhood.
Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”