Last week, I offered a Roadmaster hands-free car kit to the ZDNet audience member who could convince us they were the most deserving of it. This week, not only have we identified the 14th member of our deputy testing program, we've got the longest list of, uh, creatively written entries. Clearly, judging by all the entries, there are some very dangerous drivers on the road that would like ZDNet's help in saving them from themselves. So to those of you self-described hazards that didn't win the car kit, please get off the road. Here are some of the more entertaining entries:
Wes: Choose me. I have an old 1989 Saab with a stick shift, my radio is broken, and I have to juggle between my Ipod(for music), my blackberry (for email), and my cell phone to run my business. DB's note: brownie points for creating a very vivid picture.
Almus: since then my two roommates have both bought new cars with bluetooth features, and I have realized from riding with them how much safer and continent they are. DB's note: Bluetooth helps keep your poop in?
Bill: In my state, I know exactly where to leave my car if I want it stolen, never mind anything in it. If this bluetooth thing is hot, people will bust my window to get it. DB's note: I can see the film at 11 now: Find out how ZDNet's giveaway program got this man's car stolen....
GC: I would look good with a blue tooth accesory attached to my head since I'm bald, and being bald I have what little hair on my head shaved so the product in question would stand out quite well and would be a conversation piece. DB's note: Your head must be a conversation piece already since this device attaches to visor (we're assuming you knew that).
CB: When I first heard about Blue Tooth, I thought it had something to do with a type of whale..... DB's thought: People like CB=job security
Flight42: I need it because my blue parrot bit the dust. This caused me quite a severe case of rattled nerves because i had to drive down the road with one hand holding the phone and the other hand holding my cigarette. Had to steer using my knees which was OK until i came upon a curve in the road. I almost hit a woman driver who also was holding a phone to her ear with one hand and was applying eye shadow with the other hand. However she had the benefit of having breasts which she used to steer which helped in avoiding an accident. DB's note: [DB is speechless, but trying to imagine how this story would read if a woman invented it instead]
Lario: I run off the road at least twice a week using my cell phone. DB's note: Someone please take this guy's keys away.
But it was Larry who offered the most compelling story in terms of both application and understanding of the typical limitations of hands-free Bluetooth devices. Larry has had his devices run down on power, he lives in Washington where hands-free devices are required, and he showed us a passion for wanting to explain in layman's terms how well the technology works or doesn't work (a tester after our own hearts). Wrote Larry:
I am one who always reads the owner's manual cover-to-cover before I start using a new gadget. I am also known as someone who has a gift of being able to explain technical terms to non-technical people. I would be able to give a thorough review and communicate my findings clearly.
Important notice: Due to the fact that our video camera is out for repair, there will be no ZDNet Deputy Tester giveway for the week of July 16, 2007 (next week). We will resume the program on the following Monday (our camera is already on its way to us), July 23rd.