New Data for Old Devices

‘Tis the season for new gadgets.

Before you trash that old tablet or smartphone you might consider breathing new life into it with some free connectivity. Yes, free… as in absolutely free!

FreedomPop SIM Card
You can order a SIM card online or pick one up at Target.

FreedomPop is a mobile service provider that offers a variety of talk and data plans. Like most virtual network providers they do not own their own network (think Cricket, Boost, Consumer Cellular). Instead they resell bandwidth from other providers-in this case Sprint and AT&T.

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Spoon of the Future!

Here’s a unique product I picked up at a thrift store in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It was just too weird not to rescue and offer on eBay!

It’s the Combination thermometer & spoon!

This product is called the Thermo Spoon by Gaydell and is still sealed in the 1965 cellophane. The handle features a dial-style analog thermometer that I assume is connected to the spoon’s ladle.

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Mana in the Springtime

File this one under: Cool Motorcycles Americans Won’t Buy

A couple of years ago I took a spin on a motorcycle called an Aprilia Mana. It’s an 850cc V-twin that looks like a spiffy sort of bike- no fairings or leather tassels. Just a sit-upright standard with tons of storage and a comfortable seat.

I enjoyed the heck out of it. Brad even wrote a very favorable ride review of the Aprilia Mana. But– there’s a very big but…

It doesn’t have a shifter.

Omigod! That’s right. The Mana uses a constantly variable transmission (CVT) which in layman’s terms means “automatic.” And there’s no quicker way to emasculate the average motorcycle riding dude than to suggest he ride a motorcycle with an automatic. So this perfectly capable bike, dare I say versatile, sits in dealer showrooms across this country unwanted.

So the Mana will join the ranks of fine motorcycles, like the Honda Transalp and the Yamaha TDM 850, that have landed on our shores and promptly flopped.

But the good news is if you’re looking for a deal on a brand new motorcycle with a full warranty, you’re in luck.  Aprilia is offering 2009 Manas for damn near half the original sticker. For details visit our local Aprilia dealer: Brookside Motorcycle Company.

 

Buy a brand new motorcycle for nearly half price.

Find: Space Needle Hand Towel

I had the Space Needle on my mind last night after perusing the souvenir edition of the Seattle Times from April 1962. I dropped in on eBay to see what sort of Seattle memorabilia might be available.  Turns out ephemera from the worldly fairs actually has a category on eBay. Who knew!

Cool Stuff on eBay

Check it out- a 50 year old towel.

But not just any towel- it’s a souvenir from the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle! Very cool graphic featuring the space needle and the monorail.

This year happens to be the 50th anniversary of the “Century 21 Exposition.” Check out this classic space-age towel here…

Seattle World’s Fair Hand Towel

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What’s a TV Antenna?

I haven’t had cable in more than a decade. That fact used to make me a fringe element- but now it means I’m hip.

High Tech TV Antenna

But we knew that all along.

A recent Wall Street Journal article chronicled this rise in over-the-air viewing (link below). Web-enabled devices are changing the way TV works. And people are realizing they don’t have to pay someone to make them a slave to their boob tube.

Favorite shows can now be watched when you want to watch them. Those willing to wait a little can enjoy their favorite series en masse instead of waiting a week to see the next episode. All while pocketing the cash usually budgeted for the monthly cable bill.

Eventually the real winners in all this will be local broadcasters. Assuming there are any left. Ironic when you consider just a few years ago the Internet was predicted to bury television as we know it.

Over the years regional and local content has been virtually annihilated by the propagation of satellite and cable TV. And most locals are doing their best to use the new digital channels as mini-cable networks, or at worst weather displays. The smart stations will stop trying to mimic Oprah and leverage digital channels for targeted, local content.

Over-the-Air TV Catches Second Wind, Aided by Web