Category Archives: Got It In The Mail

Cordless Headset for Phone, Bluetooth and Computer

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It is the nature of my job. I speak to people about the work I do for them and then I sit in front of my computer and do the work…not necessarily in that order. If you read the About Stefan Rest page, then you know I cozy up to my desk, surround sound stereo and get work done.

I have always been an electronics guy and like to have nice stuff, even when it’s nicer than what I need. Having rad electronics helps me stay motivated and makes work seem easier. Yeah, I could probably save money every year by getting by with an older computer, smaller screen or shitty speakers…but I work a lot…and that’s just no fun.

Today, I finally upgraded my home office phone system. I have been looking at expensive VOIP phone systems all over the web and also looking at plantronics headsets because I do a lot of work in front of my computer while on the phone. As far as sales guys go, I don’t really recommend a headset because you will remain less animated and that will be projected in your voice inflection. If you are the sort of sales person that paces around and talks with his hands, you can get away with a headset. For the rest of you phone jockeys, speak into the microphone on your handset and be who you want to be.

I decided to buy the Plantronics Calisto Pro Series home office phone system because it is the entire package all in one. It is a phone and a headset which means there are no worries on whether or not it will be compatible with your current phone system. It doesn’t have any type of answering system, but my VOIP service with Vonage provides voice mail for me and eventually, when Google Voice is open to the public, I will centralize all of my numbers and voice mails to one location.

Check out the features of the Calisto Pro Series hands-free home office phone:

Stay connected, wherever you work, with the Calisto Pro Series hands-free home office phone system. Its integrated multi-function Bluetooth headset offers professional sound for your home office as you remotely answer landline, VoIP and even mobile calls. Combined with a compact cordless/VoIP phone offering a built-in speakerphone, interference-free DECT 6.0 technology, and ability to download Outlook contact numbers, you’ve got powerful communication options like never before.

I had to spend an extra $30 in shipping to have it sent down to the office in Puerto Rico, but considering the access we have to quality supplies and equipment down here, that is a small price to pay. I’ll do a customer review on the Calisto Pro as soon as I receive it and plug it in.

Streaming Television and Movies via DVI to HDMI Cable

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vgi to hdmi cable converterWe don’t have cable or satellite TV down here at our house in Rincon Puerto Rico. There really isn’t a need for it, we are either working on our computers on the Internet or we are working around the house or surfing. Who has time for TV? Well, I guess we do, cause we have resorted to finding a new show every couple of months and either renting the seasonal DVD’s or watching them on Hulu, YouTube or Project TV. Yep, so we are getting our fill of non-commercial television one show at a time, but we are doing so in front of our laptops or in our offices, separately.

Last week I ordered a DVI to HDMI cable to run our 42” Phillips as a secondary monitor for my laptop and PRESTO, we are watching streaming Internet commercial free television in our living room on the couch. I have a splitter that I plug into the headphone jack on my MacBook which runs into our stereo for genre specific streaming radio and now theater sound on our computer.

This little guy cost me $6 on ebay and another $3 to ship it. So far, definately worth the $9 investment.

Postcards – Puerto Rico

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At this point, the last thing that summer and I though we needed to buy was another postcard now that we communicate with almost every friend of ours via email. Regardless, we went shopping around for christmas postcards while we were in Puerto Rico as the holiday was coming up. We also enjoy playing the tourist role while we are on holiday, so aside from the hour it took us to find a parking spot in Old San Juan, it was fun to stroll around the old cobblestone streets.

After fruitlessly looking through racks and racks of vintage postcards we decided to buy these two old postcards just because they were so rediculously out of date. They are practically vintage, but regardless, we bought them because of how funny they are.

It amazes me that with all of the history of San Juan Puerto Rico, the great food, rich culture and all the tourism, we couldn’t find any postcards we categorized as cool. Well, I guess that’s a lie, because these cards are too cool for school. Maybe “cool” is in the eye of the beholder…whomever that may be. Enjoy them if you dare.

old postcard nude puerto rican
This style will come back one day!

vintage post card puerto rico
This one really hits close to home!

We never got around to filling them out, or even putting them in the mail but now I see that sometimes one has a higher purpose in life, or in this case, these postcards had a higher purpose in their VERY LONG SHELF LIFE.