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    Ken Reid is mad about Mad About You

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    by Published on 05-22-2015 03:39 PM
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    This is one of our most popular products... the weBoost Home 4G. It's the perfect solution to the problem of working at home or in an office with really bad cell reception, because it boosts the signal that it gets very effectively.

    You may have also seen your cell provider advertise ...
    by Published on 05-22-2015 02:27 PM
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    Our new series explores the questions that our customer service reps get every day. Some questions are really smart. Some... not so much.

    One of the most common requests for our chat operators and phone operators is to help find the right antenna for you. We do our level best to help ...
    by Published on 05-22-2015 01:58 PM
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    If you're confused about the different options out there for getting Wi-Fi throughout your home, you'll love our new video "What is a Wi-Fi Repeater." In ten minutes you'll learn how to choose between the technologies out there and get a good idea what the best choice is for you. Then, of course, it would be kind of nice if you went over to SolidSignal.com and chose from our great selection of wireless access points, routers, repeaters, and other networking equipment!
    by Published on 05-22-2015 12:34 PM
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    If you think about space, and especially if you think about science fiction written in the 20th century, sooner or later you're going to run into the work of artist John Berkey. He's done paintings for NASA, for the Star Wars films, and for dozens of book covers. His style ...
    by Published on 05-21-2015 03:22 PM
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    DIRECTV takes another big step into mobile today with the release of its Kids app for iOS. This is an app written top to bottom with kids in mind. If you're the sort of person who gives your kid your phone so they can amuse themselves, you'll especially love this app. Once you sign in, the kids can navigate around in a safe space where all the content is designed for youngsters.

    It's customizable and designed to be fun for kids. Take a look at these ...
    by Published on 05-21-2015 11:50 AM


    Our new series explores the questions that our customer service reps get every day. Some questions are really smart. Some... not so much.

    Yes.

    We add hundreds of parts every day and some of our most successful parts were added by customer request. Of course we can't add every part from every manufacturer... there are agreements to be negotiated, price issues, all sorts of fancy stuff, but if the part is available then we will happily add it and even tell you when it's available!

    If you want a part added to SolidSignal.com you can send an email to info@solidsignal.com and it will go to our crack marketing team who will get started on the process!
    by Published on 05-21-2015 11:26 AM


    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.


    For this week's Throwback Thursday, we've dusted off an old article that takes you back to the days when TV was worth watching:



    In this age where we skip as much advertising as possible, it's hard to think that there was a time when great commercials entertained us and even gave us joy. Sure, for every "Mean Joe Greene" spot there were 100 Crazy Eddie spots which, for all their nostalgia, are hardly high art.

    Those good commercials that survived, though, are really a testament to the days when live TV begged its viewers not to leave the room -- not even for a moment -- and listen carefully to the messages being offered.

    Hubspot has done a good job of assembling eight uplifting commercials, including that Mean Joe Greene spot, but that's far from the only list of great old commercials? What are the ones that made you tear up? What commercials gave you hope for a better tomorrow?

    Here's one from over 40 years ago that still brings to mind hope for a better future for us all, and the song was so good that it became a #1 single, with a few words changed of course. It was recently featured in the season finale of Mad Men.

    by Published on 05-21-2015 10:20 AM
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    So you're stuck at the airport and your phone is dead. You're so bored you turn the phone over to see what's on the back of it. It's not terribly interesting and depending on the light it may be pretty hard to read. (Believe me, it was pretty hard to take the photo above and have it be legible.)

    That stuff is there because governments all over the world ...
    by Published on 05-20-2015 12:28 PM
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    Here's a case where they really don't make them like they used to. When I was young we had an antenna rotator that cost about $100 - the equivalent of about $650 today. I don't know if that rotator's still on the roof, but if it is there's a very good chance it could be working just as well after 40 years. Folks, today's rotators are also priced at about $100 but remember the cost of a car has gone from about $4,000 to $30,000 in that time. Can you really expect a $100 rotator to be a lifelong investment?

    Personally I think that if anything under $500 lasts you five years, you win. And you should probably expect a rotator to last that long, except in cases of extreme weather or really heavy antennas. Sometimes they don't, and honestly that's just bad luck. We live in a much more disposable society today than we did in 1970 and it's hard to interest the public in something that will last 50 years when the average piece of consumer electronics hits the recycle pile after about 36 months.

    Believe me folks, I've looked, I've analyzed, I'd love to be able to offer you a $1,000 rotator with a 20-year guarantee. They don't exist, because no company wants to make them. That's not the economy we live in.
    by Published on 05-20-2015 12:13 PM
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    Our new series explores the questions that our customer service reps get every day. Some questions are really smart. Some... not so much.

    Yes that was a real question. As much as we would like to laugh though, it comes from a position of just not understanding some of the technology ...

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