Old Cell Phone Uses

I am now an official Android fanboi. It would be impossible to hide that fact. Granted, I have yet to root my Droid 2, but I am at least ninety something out of a possible one hundred ‘big into’ this OS. Pretty pumped I waited for Snapdragon…pretty pumped I feigned the urge to get a first generation device…pretty pumped that Apple and or AT&T are not around my neck of the woods…you name it. I’m in a good place, cellularly.

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Regardless, I am left with the problem of what to do with all of my passé phones.

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I have a stack of Verizon phones sitting around, with very little use. Zero use, in fact, unless you can count ‘looking at and laughing about how ridiculously horrid technology was two years ago’ a use, which in fact I do not. Good thing I found a site that will give you money for your mobile phone. Not just a bit, either. That is, of course, unless you are still rocking the Zach Morris phone:

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and you can sit backwards in your chair...

Damn right A.C. is going to sit backwards in his chair, Preppy.

You know what is cool about SellMyMobile? Not only will they give you money for your cell, but they are saving the environment as well. My old Blackberry may not be as worth as much as the big hitters (iPhone, iPad, Nokia N8, etc.) but it will at very least stay out of a landfill. There are some toxins in that sucker…gold too, but also toxins.

Hit that bump up there to see what I’m talking about. Worth a shot, especially if you have a sweet phone that you are looking to monetize. Reduce, Reuse, Monetize. I think.

Interesting Thing of the Day: Green Police

Attention all New Yorkers with late-model hatchbacks…

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Watch out for the Green Police!

I just read about these guys…pretty interesting. New York City has twenty officers collectively known as the Green Police. The Department of Environmental conservation has tasked the Green Police with cracking down on those who are not following the city’s environmental (read: green) regulations. The two main groups that the squad focuses on are auto emisions violators (see above) and those in the food vending business.

Auto emissions is pretty straight forward. There exists a maximum level of pollutants that a car can exhause…as set in law. If a Green Policeman pulls you over (they do have the authority, for what it is worth…different story there) with suspicion of being over the limit, they can gauge your emission level with a gauge. Over the limit? Fined. At that point, you have thirty days to reduce emissions to the acceptable level, to avoid paying the fine. This is desirable, since the fines are in the $700 range… and that covers the first time offence. If you choose not to take any action, the fine is raised to nearly double, at $1300. Sort of big time. I’m pretty sure that monetary incentive is enough to keep repeat offender incidences at a low level.

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That covers group one. The next focus is somewhat less black and white.

How do food venders fit in to the Green Police’s mission? Well, there are a gang of food vendors in NYC and a gang of Federal regulations of food-stuffs. Take seafood for instance. Shellfish harvesting is tightly regulated…food venders can be asked to provide distributor info, in order to prove the validity of their yum-o food. Fish are not exempt, either. Protected species are required to be of certain predetermined sizes, lengths, ages, etc., and are most definitely under the magnifying glass of the Green Police.

Long story short, interesting concept. I’d be pretty wary of messing with these guys…or the regulations they enforce. Or alternately, I’d get out of the fish business.