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Sites of the Week: March 10, 2013

“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.


Opening Themes

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!”


Sites of the Week: July 14, 2012

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  

Abraham Lincoln


Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations. 



One of the sites cited (say that fast 5 times) in the April 14 “Sites of the Week” was World Meeting Planner which is designed to make scheduling meetings with international business partners easier by allowing you to select your meeting date and the locations of attendees and then displays the local times. HowToCallAbroad.com could be considered a companion site because it clearly and simply provides information on how to place international phone calls. Telephone country codes and international area codes are displayed by country, with additional information such as city and cellular codes, calling tips and an FAQ page. Of course, this site could appeal to everyone who has family or friends in other countries.

Last Pass


I’ve written several times about the security risks associated with weak passwords. Perhaps as great is risk is using the same password for multiple sites. But how can you remember multiple, strong passwords. LastPass may be the answer. LastPass offers both free and premium versions. The premium version is $12/mo. Check out the list of features and a comparison chart here.


Vacations To Go


If you enjoy cruises or have always want to go on an ocean or river cruise but haven’t, this site may be for you. For almost 30 years, Vacations To Go has worked with the best tour operators in the world to offer up to 75% discounts on cruises and up to 50% discounts on hotels and resorts.


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”