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    by Published on 04-18-2014 01:08 PM

    Remember those days of Monica Lewinsky and dial-up modems? The world looked awfully bright back then to people who were imagining the future. Of course, they were stuck with their VCRs and newspapers and land lines, so you have to imagine there was room for improvement.

    This article at Paleofuture talks about ten predictions that were made about our future, and some of them are really... accurate. A supercomputer in your pocket? Check. GPS? Check. Hybrid cars? You got it. Not everything on the list is as spot-on, but for people who were looking to a future they didn't understand, they got a lot of stuff right. Of course a lot of those things were in the research phase in 1996 and didn't hit the mainstream until much later, but for the most part the article doesn't miss the mark. No mention of flying cars or robot butlers or starships here.

    Sometimes it's fun to look back and think about what our lives were like back then, not so long ago but amazingly so devoid of the trappings of modern life. What would you do without your smartphone, your DVR, your Viagra? Read the article and think about that.
    by Published on 04-17-2014 07:58 AM
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    One more and we'll be a legacy... At DIRECTV's annual Revolution show, Signal Group was once again recognized as Midwest Commercial Dealer of the Year. This is a huge honor and shows that DIRECTV really appreciates innovation and hard work. Our team has worked ...
    by Published on 04-11-2014 12:51 PM
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    Netflix's recommendation engine is usually so good that we take it for granted. It watches not only what you watch, but how much of it you watch, and pays attention to your ratings too. Netflix successfully broke down the traditional genre system by creating hundreds of sub-genres like ...
    by Published on 04-09-2014 11:33 AM
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    Looking good! We've completed our 2014 overhaul and we're proud to give you a new look at the best content on the web! Our research shows that more and more of you are viewing on mobile devices or on the web so we've made it even easier for you to get the content you want!

    The redesign ...
    by Published on 04-04-2014 03:08 PM

    Oh, those kooky Japanese companies. While people in other countries may wonder why Americans have such an affinity for cinnamon and cold soda, we're left looking right back at their culinary choices with a mix of shock and disgust.

    This time we're looking at the "Gari Gari Kun" brand of flavored frozen treats, the sort of thing you'd call "popsicles" if that weren't a trademarked name. Their latest flavor, "Spaghetti Napolitana" combines the taste of fine southern Italian cuisine with a freezer and a stick.

    Before you think this is some sort of joke, check out the source article at Dramafever, a site that specializes in Asian culture. It sure seems to be a real thing, complete with "tomato jello bits." (Before you say "ew" at least stop to wonder for a second why they can use the trademarked word "Jell-o" but not "Popsicle.")

    You just have to wonder.
    by Published on 04-02-2014 01:14 PM

    And you thought we just sold stuff online? If you think Solid Signal is just a place to go for a splitter or cable, you're in for a big surprise. Signal Connect, our commercial arm, is not only the top DIRECTV dealer in the Midwest region, it's the top installer of marine satellite systems. Signal Connect creates custom packages for sports bars, hotels, apartment complexes, even small offices.

    The best part about Signal Connect is our motto: "We speak your language." It means we have experts who know your business and we are ready to take care of your particular needs. It's personalized service, it's an attitude that says, "we're ready to roll up our sleeves and get it done for you." We back that up with national service backed by billion-dollar companies like DISH, DIRECTV, KVH, Winegard and Wilson Electronics. We partner with the best in the business, and we speak their language too -- our certified techs work hard to make sure you're getting exactly what you need.

    If you've ever thought of doing a high-end home theater or commercial TV setup, if you've ever been to a hotel where the TVs still have wood paneling on the sides, if your dentist's office doesn't give you live TV while you're getting a cleaning, then you know of a need that Signal Connect can satisfy. All we're asking for is a chance... why not let us try to help!
    by Published on 03-29-2014 12:44 PM

    Big enough to serve you, small enough to care. It's kind of a cliché but in our case it's true. Solid Signal isn't the biggest retailer on the web -- our corporate office has well under 100 people in our Novi, Michigan headquarters -- but every one of our team members is hand picked for their skills. We really do take customer service seriously.

    When you deal directly with Solid Signal, you can get to know your technicians. Call a second time and you can get the same person on the phone if you want. Your chat staff is like that too. Now compare that with calling DIRECTV with their 30,000 agents. We can take care of 99% of the same things that they can, including activating your service, but we can add the personal touch.

    Every one of our technicians undergoes thorough training and we have experts on every field who are just a cubicle or a chat request away if there's a serious issue. We give our techs access to all the latest gossip AND all the latest techs, so if you've heard about it on the web we can talk to you about it. Compare that to some companies that don't even let their employees get on the internet while at work! How can they be expected to know what's going on?

    The next time you're thinking of satellite TV, commercial applications, accessories, parts or any of the thousands of products we sell, remember that it's not just the lowest price that's important. Our 100% American team is here to take care of you no matter what the problem, and we bring the personal touch. That's worth something, right?

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