Ralph in Nashville, Tennessee listens on WTN 99.7 asked:
Converter boxes, converting an older TV to pickup the new signals that are out. I’ve tried some boxes and they don’t work real well. Wondering if you know one that works great. Also – I have an LG Optimus G. I use Sprint. They are trying to talk me into buying a Samsung. I don’t know which is better, the LG or Samsung. Just use it for calling, the regular stuff and video feeds for my daughter.
Converter boxes are becoming rarer and rarer, most people by have moved on to newer TVs.
Generally speaking, more expensive converter boxes seem to have fewer issues, so if you can try to go for a more expensive model. Having said that, it may be time to get a new TV.
Basic TVs are getting cheaper and cheaper, and you will definitely notice an improvement in image quality with just about any model you get over an older set that can’t handle digital signals.
As for the phone, LG and Samsung both make decent phones, which is better or worse is a matter of debate, but generally speaking, if you buy similarly priced phones made by either brand, you will probably get similar quality.
In this case though, we’d tell you the opposite of what we said about the TV: if you just use your phone for calls and video, and your current one is doing a good job, who cares what Sprint says? You might as well keep the phone you’re happy with until YOU feel you need a change. Put that money towards the TV instead.
Sam in Detroit, Michigan listens on CKLW 800 AM and asked:
I went into the Wix website builder and tried to build a site and it kept driving me around in a loop. I’d like to know how to get a website setup for my business.
There are only two ways to have a website created for your business. You can either do it yourself, or you can pay someone else to do it for you. You’ve already encountered one of the do it yourself services, Wix, and found it not to be to your liking. You can look at another such service, such as Weebly or SquareSpace, but if your level of computer savvy isn’t very high and your patience has its end in sight, you might find that any do it yourself system is going to frustrate you.
Finding someone to build a website for you can be difficult, depending on what you need. The larger or more complex of a website you require, the more likely it is that you won’t be able to hire just anyone to build it.
Most web design companies ask to put a link on the home pages of their clients. If you don’t see one, that’s usually because it’s either a site that was built in-house, or it’s a big enough site that they’re not going to advertise who built it for them (if I’m a multi-million dollar company and I’m hiring a web design company, I pay them enough that I don’t have to advertise them also).
So you might want to spend some time browsing the websites of businesses similar to yours, even your local competitors. Look for a link at the bottom of the homepage that says who created or designed the website. Go visit the web developer’s site, look for a gallery of projects, and then contact them for pricing if you like what you see. By visiting businesses similar to your own, you’ll get a good idea of what features you want, or don’t want, in your eventual online presence.
By the way, some companies are finding that having a Facebook page, if all you’re looking to do is promote the company and/or events, is just as useful, and even better sometimes, than having your own dedicated website.