Bracing against the wind  

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Goodbye Telcos, Hello Laundry

I just installed and configured a BroadVoice phone line. It was terribly easy, and I got a dial tone a minute after plugging everything in. And it doesn't interfere with my wireless network or anything odd like that. So now I pay $20/month for unlimited calls to the US and 21 other countries. It's the only company I know that lets me make unbilled calls to Germany, which is useful for me. I used to give Verizon $55/month for a similar service, but why pay double and not have international? I know I'm late to the game, but I ususally am.

My next big thing will be a vented extra-large washer/dryer combo by Splendide for my house. RV'ers have used them for a long time. Sadly, lazy conglomerate monopolists don't manufacuture 220 volt versions anywhere in the world, despite strong demand. (A better example of the failure of free markets might be the mattress industry). Anyhow, the old task of transferring clothes from the washer to the dryer has had it's day in the sun long enough. I mean, 2010 is only 4 years away. It's not asking that much.


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