Jim’s WebLetter for 10/27/07

Jim’s WebLetter

Hi-ya friends and netneighbors!

We’re back from a week in the mountains watching the leaves change from their greens into shades of gold, red and orange. It was peaceful and quiet out in the country. We were up in Tennessee and a couple of miles outside Sevierville. On the property was a fishing pond and plenty of room to roam. The local dog, Daisy, kept up with our outdoor activities and it was a great time to just eat, sleep, fish and paint. As nice as it was, it’s always great to be back home. So now, back in the computer chair, I have several things to show you in this week’s WebLetter.

The month of October is about gone and that means we begin looking toward the holidays and in particular, Christmas. Yes, today marks just 58 more shopping days. And what’s the number one thing that most Americans want this year? According to a survey from the Associated Press, it’s a computer. It passed “peace and happiness” for the first time. The Consumer Electronics Association says that sales are projected to be up 7% in this quarter over the last quarter of 2006. Here’s the rest of the story … http://tinyurl.com/3yqabm

Also in the news, the US Senate on Thursday night approved a seven-year extension of a moratorium on state and local taxes on Internet access. Just one or two other things to hammer out and it’s almost ready for the President to sign. Next week marks the deadline. http://www.miamiherald.com/business/technology/story/284881.html

Something else in the news this week is the story of a company that has figured out how to use the flow of clean water running through pipes to your home as a source to generate electricity. Rentricity pushes the water through it’s small generator system which turns a turbine, and the turbine produces electricity. The water subsequently comes out of your faucet. Dubbed as a “pint sized hydro-electricity plant”, this may become the cheap and efficient way to create power in the future. Here’s the story from News.comhttp://tinyurl.com/258j52

As the world of photo editing continues, it seems all the software manufacturers are creating overpriced, bloated software that if becoming more of a hassle to purchase, load and use. Because of that, I have tried countless online web app style programs that will do the trick of sizing, red-eye reduction, framing and otherwise, caring for photos. Here’s one that comes in three flavors. It’s called flauntR. This tool, or sets of tools, is modeled after the person who wants a choice with what to do with their photos. Highly sophisticated but fast loading, they offer a choice between PhotoEditr, PhotoStylr, and PhotoProfilr which will take care of just about every photo need you will have. Sign up for free and try them out. http://flauntr.com/

As many of your know, I have been a fan of Firefox for some time. It’s more stable and secure than Internet Explorer. But it’s not the only browser I use. Lately, I am finding myself using Opera more and more as I like the tabbing effect it provides, as well as the fact that it loads super fast. Now Opera has released another feature that will likely turn the heads of smart phone users. Opera Link can connect mobile and desktop web browsers. That’s right, you can access your desktop browser’s bookmarks with a smart phone. http://www.opera.com

While it’s true that no one really knows how long he is going to live, there are variables that often determine a life expectancy. Those variables have been placed into 34 steps in the Life Expectancy Calculator. Try it out and see what it says about you. It may be a wakeup call, or just a bit of fun. http://www.peterussell.com/Odds/RealAge.php

Once upon a time long, long ago there was a season when neither the Packers nor the Vikings made the post season playoffs. It seemed so unusual that the management of both teams got together and decided that there should be some sort of competition between the two teams, because of their great rivalry. So, they decided on a week long ice fishing competition. The team that catches the most fish at the end of the week wins.
So on a cold northern Wisconsin lake they began their contest.
The first day after 8 hours of fishing the Vikings had caught 100 fish and the Packers had 0. At the end of the 2nd day the Vikings had caught 200 fish and the Packers 0.
That evening the Packers coach got his team together and said, “I suspect some kind of cheating is taking place.” So the next morning he dressed one of his players in purple and gold and sent him over to the Viking camp to act as a spy. At the end of the day he came back to report to the coach. The coach asked “Well, how about it, are they cheating?”
“They sure are!” the player reported, “They’re cutting holes in the ice.”
(thanks, Chet)
— Dog Breeds (That Didn’t Make It)
Deerhound + Terrier = Derriere, a dog that’s true to the end
Spitz + Chow Chow = Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws up a lot
Great Pyrenees + Dachshund = Pyradachs, a puzzling breed
Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso = Peekasso, an abstract dog
Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel = Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as a whistle
Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever = Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists
Newfoundland + Basset Hound = Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors
Bloodhound + Labrador = Blabador, a dog that barks incessantly
Malamute + Pointer = Moot Point, owned by…oh, well, it doesn’t matter anyway
Collie + Malamute = Commute, a dog that travels to work with you
Bloodhound + Borzoi = Bloody Bore, a dog that’s not much fun
Pointer + Setter = Poinsetter, a traditional Christmas pet
Collie + Lhasa Apso = Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport
(thanks, Carol)
Heating water for pasta, I kept checking to see if it had begun to boil. My 13-year-old son shook his head. “Stop doing that, Mom. It’s like that saying: ‘A watched website never loads.'”
(thanks, Janice)
And that’s this week’s download, JWL readers. Thanks for your time and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Til the next, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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