I'm baaaaaack with another list of fabulous products/services/gadgets/wizbangs to make my life (and I hope yours) easier. Without further ado, let's get started.
1. Now that I'm a Kindle owner, I really wish there were one universal format for ereaders. So when I get a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble or Amazon or that cute little indy shop down the road, I'd like to know that I could stock up on reading material. Imagine if music or movies all had proprietary formatting. Are you likely to want to have a different CD player for each of the major studios?
2. Also, now that I own a Kindle I have a newfound conflict when it's time to purchase books. Paper or digital? I would love it if the publishers allowed you to download the electronic version of the book for free or 99 cents when buying the paper copy.
3. I wish there was a little clock in the corner of the TV that would count down commercials so you knew whether or not you had time to go to the bathroom/make a sandwich before your show came back on. I KNOW a lot of you have DVR and so this problem fixes itself, but some of us are still living in the dark ages and would like the counter.
4. Frequently these days I wander through the store looking for *something* and I can't find it. I know they have it, just don't know in which of their 47 aisles it can be located. On these occasions, I'd love to whip out my phone and text "straws" or "face paint" to the store and have someone text me back with the location. I know a lot of you have smart phones and there's probably an app for that...but I still think having texting capabilities is pretty advanced.
5. QR codes are awesome. If you don't know what I'm talking about they are those black and white squares with blotches and squiggles inside. If you take a picture with your Smart Phone, you are automatically redirected to a website. (Google image) I have a couple new applications
6. During a recent car buying trip, our salesman had to keep digging out a piece of paper out of his pocket to tell us what the prices of the cars were. The dealership REALLY ought to invest in QR codes for each car. Most put their inventory online anyway, right? By putting a QR sticker on each car, salesmen could pull up the information on their phones. It would also be helpful if people shopped on Sundays to avoid the salesmen, but still wanted more information on the car.
7. When I first started going to the gym a year or so ago, there was a lot of equipment there that I found intimidating as hell. I wish the gym would have posted a video on their website on how to use each piece of equipment. Once I learned about QR codes, though I thought it would be cool if they would put a QR sticker on each machine so if you're not sure, you could whip out your phone and be patched through to a video demo.
8. I'd like to see you sign up for the Well I Never Blogfest. On December 1st just complete the prompt: Well, I never....make it a confessional, make it over the top crazy, make it a soapbox about something you just don't understand. You making it will make my day!