Jim’s WebLetter for 12/29/07

Jim’s WebLetter
(Now blogged at https://jimonline.wordpress.com)
Hi-ya Webfriends!

I was checking my Gmail account again this morning and noticed that the alloted space is now up to 6.1 gigs and still growing. I am loving my Gmail. Especially since I will be off the Island next week. Our son is returning from his deployment in Iraq after 15 months and we will be flying out to his stateside duty station to meet him when he gets off the plane. With that said, I will not be writing a JWL next weekend, but will continue this WebLetter on January 12th.

So, this is the week that every media organization releases it’s “best of” or “worst of” 2007. But I’m not going to do that. I prefer to look ahead to 2008 because there will be lots to report in the new year. In this edition, Walmart cuts the download, music does management-free, Netscape looses support, and wiki becomes a “how-to”. This and more await you as you scroll down … enjoy!

The old term, “if a tree falls in the woods, does anyone hear it” certainly applied last week when Walmart, in conjunction with Hewlett Packard pulled it’s movie download feature from it’s website. What, you didn’t notice? Seems that most of America didn’t. Mainly because very few people were using it. The ability to download movies to your computer and play them on demand has caught on with such companies as Amazon.com, but in a statement from HP, it seems they did not see the pay-for download feature as a viable one at this time. Where there are people paying for new and classic movies downloaded to their computer systems, the majority of the world still likes to get something for free. Imagine that. This is the same thing the record industry has been going through with music releases. Now it’s video’s turn. Get the picture? http://tinyurl.com/2d9tkk

Now online music sellers are all turning away from digital rights management and offering music for sale with the idea you likely will make copies of it for one reason or another. Amazon.com made the annoucement this week of their intent to sell songs in MP3 format from Warner Music Group without DRM attached. This trend has subscribers to music services calling those services and cancelling their subscriptions. And why not? Who wants to pay for the privilege of downloading music without DRM attached when you can get it from such services as Amazon.com for free? Just pay for the song, and it’s yours. http://tinyurl.com/2tvxcj

Also in the news this week, America Online announced that it will end technical support of Netscape Navigator as of February 1st, 2008, thus effectively killing the browser that started commercial Web browsing and the beginning of the Internet boom. It’s been 13 years since the browser debuted and was the number one most used software on the World Wide Web. Now replaced with the likes of Firefox, it’s days are coming to an end. In 1999, AOL purchased the software platform for $10 billion dollars. Seems this is another example of AOL money spent … well? http://tinyurl.com/327ug3

As the Web continues to develop, we the users, get full advantage. How about the “How-to Manual That You can Edit”? Wikihow is such as site. With submissions and edits from all over the world, you can learn how to do pretty much anything. How about “how to rescue a dog from the shelter”, or “how to buy a new computer”? On the front page this morning there was the story, complete with photo, of “how to buy a holiday home in France”. The beauty of this website lies inside all the content … a system of checks and balances via discussion boards and forums. Whether learning a new skill, looking for tips on good clean living, or just curiosity about a topic,, this place aims to deliver … http://www.wikihow.com/Main-Page

One thing about this time of year is the amount of food that is layed out before us. It started with Thanksgiving and seems to have grown to the point where we have bowls, dishes, plastic containers and various compartmentalized objects containing sweets, stuffing, meats and all sorts of things. Food is good when handled properly … in other words, all things in moderation. So, where did this all begin? Where do you go to get the facts about food and it’s history? I’m glad you asked … I discovered The Cambridge World History of Food. This is more than just content, this is a factoid of popular foods, where certain foods are grown and a host of other interesting tidbits. So, enjoy all things in moderation. http://www.cambridge.org/us/books/kiple/factoids.htm

Finally, I see that AdAware has updated it’s software package to a new version. This is one of the two leading anti-malware programs that is a must for computer users (the other one being Spybot … http://spybot.com/index2.html). To download the newest version of AdAware for your computer, just click … http://www.docsdownloads.com/download/aaw2007.exe It’s a good idea to run it weekly if you do a lot of websurfing like me.

Probably one of the funniest things that happened this Christmas was told to us by my daughter who has three kids. It seems her eldest, our grandson who’s 5, came out Christmas morning to a room filled with presents and stockings bulging with goodies only to notice that, as he put it, “Santa has been here … the cookies and milk are gone!”
A few days after Christmas, my six-year-old son and I were talking. He asked, “Mom, is there a Santa Claus?”
“Well, what do you think?” I asked him.
He replied, “Well, the Playstation that I got from you and my gift from Santa were wrapped in the same kind of wrapping paper.”
He thought for a minute and said, “I’ll tell you what … you and Dad can go on buying me presents and let’s just forget we ever had this talk!”
(thanks, Carol)
I am a bus driver for high school kids. It is Christmas time and the kids all gave me cards and presents.
Now I’m thinking, “Man, I must be a good driver and the kids even like me.”
I opened the cards when I got home. On the inside of one card it said: “Thanks for not killing us yet. We really appreciate it.”
(thanks, Sheila)
One year at Christmas, Mom went to my sister’s house for the traditional feast. Knowing how gullible my sister is, Mom decided to play a trick. She told my sister that she needed something from the store.
When my sister left, Mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed a Cornish hen, and inserted it into the turkey, then re-stuffed the turkey. She placed the bird(s) back in the oven.
When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird. With a look of total shock on her face, Mother exclaimed, “Patricia, you’ve cooked a pregnant bird!”
At the reality of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry. It took the family two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs.
(thanks, Henry)
And that’s this week’s look at Web-related stuff, JWL readers. Have a great New Year and remember I will be in Texas next weekend enjoying time with our son. Look for the next WebLetter on January 12th.

Til then, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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