Jim’s WebLetter for 11/3/07

Jim’s WebLetter

Hi-ya friends and fellow Webfolks!

It’s Saturday morning and time for me to write about things I discovered this week on the web. First, something new to the Webletter is location. With the avent of better online web applications, I have decided to create a blog with WordPress to capture these writings. Now you have the option … continue receiving this via email, or visit the blog. Also available is an RSS feed for those who know how to use it. That way, once a new JWL is posted, you will receive notification that it’s ready to be seen. The blog is https://jimonline.wordpress.com

And what’s “on tab” for this week’s WebLetter? The FTC, politics for the younger generation, Web apps for shutterbugs, music goes to the Web, and backing up. And pause long enough to catch the jokes as fellow JWL readers sent them along for our amusement. So let’s get clicking!

The US Federal Trade Commission issued a release late Monday night warning of a bogus email circulating. The email claims that it is from the FTC, making reference of a “complaint” filed with the FTC against whomever recieves the email. This scam includes links and an attachment that apparently will download a virus to the users machine. According to the FTC’s release, the common version of the email in circulation appears to be from the address “frauddep@ftc.gov”, and does a number of other spoofs (in the return-path and reply-to fields) to further obfuscate the email origination point. Like most scam emails of this type, you’ll be able to spot it by it’s “grammatical errors, misspellings, and incorrect syntax.” The FTC encourages you to forward the email to spam@uce.gov and delete it, but it’ll likely be just as effective to hit the “mark as spam” button and move on. The virus appears to install a “key logger” that could potentially grab passwords and account numbers.

Is our nation’s youth becoming more interested in the political process? People aged 18-29 will make up 25% of the electorate in 2008, according to the University of Maryland’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (Circle), up from 21% in 2006. As a result, the creators of Scoop08.com, which launches on Sunday, say it will be the first to harness the power of students across the US to follow the campaign. Students may account for a full third of the electorate by 2015, although not all will register to vote. What this site hopes to accomplish is to compete with the mainstream media. The plan is to use video clips, blogs and podcasts on the site, as well as more conventional reports, to draw in a younger audience. How they use web apps may demonstrate the future of political campaigning. http://www.scoop08.com/

Remember last week, I showed a site that featured photo editing? Well, this has to be one of the fastest growing apps on the Web right now. Just this week a new photo editing tool and photo manager was released. Splashup is Web-based and works in real-time, allowing you to edit many images at once. It runs in all browsers, integrates seamlessly with top photo-sharing sites, and has its own file format so you can save your work in progress. So, jump right in … http://www.splashup.com/

As trends continue, so goes the Web. Now the music industry is experiencing changes as many of it’s artists are leaving their labels and distributions to go Web only. And why not? After all, the artists are finding better deals online. People are buying their product and passing along the savings. Now websites are popping up offering a place for musicians to collaboratively make and sell music online while each getting paid a portion of the revenue. One such site, Oomix, has creative tools for both the amateur and professional musician. http://oomix.com/

OK, when you began using your first computer, what was the first thing you were taught (other than how to turn it on)? Back up, Back up, Back up. Why? Because “one day your hard drive will crash and you could loose all your data”. So how are you doing? Backing up all the stuff you do? In past issues, I’ve talked about using online storage like Mozy which offers 2 gigabytes of storage for free. Since that time, more than 80 such storage sites have popped up. Here’s one offering 6 gigabytes of storage, with easy online access and such features as sharing with others and syncing with other devices. It’s called Orbitfiles. http://www.orbitfiles.com/

On my first day at the gas station, I watched a co-worker measure the level of gasoline in the underground tanks by lowering a giant measuring stick down into them. “What would happen if I threw a lit match into the hole?” I joked.
“It would go out,” he answered very matter-of-factly.
“Really?” I asked, surprised to hear that. “Is there a safety device that would extinguish it before the fumes are ignited?”
“No,” my co-worker replied. “The force from the explosion would blow the match out.”
(thanks, Dan)
The auto auction I attended was selling cars to benefit charity. Vehicles were classified as either “Running” or “No Start.” On the block was a No Starter. It had a shattered windshield, two missing tires, a sagging front bumper, a cockeyed grille, a hood that was sprung up at an angle, and dings and dents all over the body. Before he started the bidding, the auctioneer announced the car’s year, make, and model, and then read the owner’s comments: “Please note – the radio does not work.”
(thanks, Henry)
In a Chinese school, a young pupil asked, “Master, what is fate.”
“Ah, my son, it is what has brought great nations together. It has made the world a smaller place in which to live. It has inspired men of worth to work endless hours. It will some day enable men to span the universe and light years of travel will soon become mere seconds in time.”
“And that, my master, is fate?”
“Oh, fate! I thought you said freight.”
(thanks, Frank)
One afternoon while I was visiting my library, I noticed a group of preschoolers gathered for story time. The book they were reading was There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. After the librarian finished the first page, she asked the children, “Do you think she’ll die?”
“Nope,” a little girl in the back said. “I saw this happen on ‘Fear Factor’.”
(thanks, Brianne)
That’s probably enough with the yucks, now go forth and enjoy! Have a great weekend. Until next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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