my cell phone screen, I don't know any phone numbers, and I rely on caller ID to screen incoming calls. The cost is $199 for a black rotary phone or $299 for a red one.

-- Elaine Rundle, staff writer 

AmpliVox S450

Are you unhappy about who was elected president? The AmpliVox S450 Presidential Plus wireless lectern allows you to have your own debate. The lectern - available in a mahogany or oak cabinet - features a wireless receiver and built-in amplifier so up to two presenters can use a handheld headset or lapel mic. The system includes additional jacks for auxiliary components like CD players. Suggested retail price is $1,500.

I've always aspired to be a college professor, and this lectern can make my dream come true. If only there were a roomful of students for sale.

-- Matt Williams, assistant editor

Fallout 3

CIOs, public safety officials and technologists - especially the younger ones - play video games, right? One game stands apart from the glut of big-budget titles released in time for the holiday season: Fallout 3, an action/role-playing adventure from Bethesda Softworks set in an apocalyptic Washington, D.C.

As the main character, you emerge from the nuclear fallout shelter in which you've spent your life and are thrust into a vast, dangerous, radioactive wasteland. It promises more than 100 hours of game play in a unique blend of first-person shooter and standard role-playing game. Though you can shoot a pink teddy bear out of a bazooka, it's not for the faint of heart (or kids); there's plenty of blood and gore. Retail price is $59.99.

-- Matt Williams, assistant editor

Wireless Vehicle Detectors

Kudos to Arizona for recognizing the hazards of the speedsters and tailgaters present on our highways and doing something about it. Gov. Janet Napolitano recently announced a statewide system of red light and speed cameras both mobile and at fixed locations. The announcement came after a nine-month pilot program that was shown to reduce speeds by 9 mph, cut accidents by 63 percent and reduce injuries by 48 percent.

With a dearth of California Highway Patrol officers patrolling Highway 50 where I travel to and from work, (they're all scrambling to respond to accidents during commute hours) I would welcome fixed cameras on highway overpasses.

Wireless vehicle detectors can be easily installed on the highway and would undoubtedly change the habits of those hurried, caffeine-charged commuters in the morning. It would cut down on road rage and keep me out of trouble with the wife, who has forbid me from showing off my middle finger on the highway.

-- Jim McKay, justice and public safety editor

 

Alcohol Ignition Interlock

Several months ago, just miles from my residence, a man left a bar after a multiple-martini lunch and proceeded down a quiet neighborhood street at a clip exceeding 65 mph. Unfortunately a car with two elderly occupants got in his way. The collision killed both occupants.

Police tried to give the man a breathalyzer test, but he refused so they took him into custody and forcibly tested him for alcohol. He was measured at twice the legal limit and had been convicted previously of drunk driving. 

The alcohol ignition interlock is a breath test device linked to a vehicle's ignition system. A driver can't start the vehicle until he blows into the device. And if he's been drinking, he's stuck; the car won't start. These devices are underused, and if our drunk driver had been required to have one those, two dead residents would be alive.

-- Jim McKay, justice and public safety editor