Jim’s WebLetter for 1/19/08

Jim’s WebLetter
(Now blogged at https://jimonline.wordpress.com)
Hi-ya friends and neighbors of the net!

We’re waking up to a rainy day on the island today as the weather system is stretched from Texas all the way up to Virginia. It’s not like we don’t need the rain, but today our son is traveling from Texas on leave for a month after returning from the Iraq deployment and he’s driving through rain that seems to be moving along with him. We’re looking for his arrival sometime this morning.

Lots happening in the news this week as the Federal Communications Commission has issued a statement saying they will be testing internet devices over the airwaves. This signals an effort by the Commission to ensure that the sale of airwaves won’t interfere with existing broadcasters. The finding is due to be released in June. http://www.miamiherald.com/business/technology/story/384724.html

Also this week a report on the number of Chinese now on the web has increased to an estimated 210 million. It is expected that by the end of the year, there will be more Chinese on the web than Americans. All this in light of the fact that the single most used language on the web in the next 4 years will be Mandarin Chinese, surpassing English and Spanish. Here’s the story … http://www.miamiherald.com/business/technology/story/385173.html

As a result of high gas prices, automakers have been scrambling to improve their models to provide better gas mileage or alternative fuel-power. The new model for the US has been released this week in several cities across America. Although it’s been popular in Europe for several years, auto makers have been slow to accept the concept until recently. Now, evidences of the Smart Car are showing up here in the states. Have you heard of it? This little compact car looks tiny, but has all the features of a larger vehicle. And best of all, the gas mileage has a rating of 40 city and 45 highway. And the cost? The Smart Fortwo Pure (hard top) will start at $11,590, the Smart Fortwo Passion Coupe (convertible) will start at $13,590 and the Smart Fortwo Passion Cabriolet will start at $16,590. Here’s the site … http://www.smartusa.com/

Trekkies have something to cheer about this week as Joost, the Internet TV system, has just placed ALL the original series online for their (and your) viewing pleasure. Joost has been busy, since it’s release late last year, adding content to it’s database including releases from Paramount Pictures, National Geographic “Wild”, and NBC programming including the best of Late Night with David Letterman. http://www.joost.com/

With the trend in paying bills online becoming the norm, the question now becomes, “How do I control all my payments in one place?” After all, who wants to visit 6 or 8 different websites to make payments? And banking institutions are beginning to charge for using their Web banking features (the nerve!). I have been using MyCheckFree.com, but even they can’t offer all my accounts in one place. That’s when I discovered a new place online called Billeo. Download their free software, set up your accounts, make purchases and manage passwords all in one place. When you install Billeo, you get Bill Pay Assistant, Shopping Assistant, and Password Assistant. Each feature makes transactions easier and safer to deal with. PC Magazine gives them the thumbs up. Before deciding to download and use Billeo, take the tour … http://www.billeo.com/taketour.jsp

Finally, another “reminder list” on the web. But this is a little easier to use than what I’ve seen before. HiveMinder is basically an interactive to-do list. The “brain dump” feature allows you to quickly start your list, then slap on a tag like “personal” or “business” to keep things organized. The biggest advantage of this online to-do list, is you can easily coordinate and communicate with the rest of your hive, like co-workers or family. http://hiveminder.com/splash/

Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. “In the last 15 races, I’ve won 8 of them!”
Another horse breaks in, “Well in the last 27 races, I’ve won 19!!”
“Oh that’s good, but in the last 36 races, I’ve won 28!”, says another, flicking his tail.
At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening. “I don’t mean to boast,” says the greyhound, “but in my last 90 races, I’ve won 88 of them!”
The horses are clearly amazed. “Wow!” says one, after a hushed silence. “A talking dog.”
(thanks, dad)
When I was on duty in the maternity ward, one of my patients was a woman who was having her first child. Because of her medical situation, she had to undergo a cesarean procedure. After the operation, I handed her the newborn child and declared, “Congratulations! You have a healthy baby boy.”
Still a little groggy from the anesthesia, she responded, “That’s great. What’s his name?”
(thanks, Wendy)
Before our division was deployed, we had to repaint our Humvees from their normal “olive drab” to a “sand” color.
The result was a pinkish hue … and then the jokes began.
One guy renamed us the Pink Panzer Division, but the best was the bumper sticker that said: “Ask me about Mary Kay.”
(thanks, Robert)
A New York boy was being led through the swamps of Louisiana by his cousin.
“Is it true that an alligator won’t attack you if you carry a flashlight?”
The cousin smirked and replied, “Depends on how fast ya carry the flashlight.”
(thanks, Herman)
And that’s the week’s glimpse through the computer screen, JWL readers. Thanks for your time. If you know someone who’d like to receive this each week, have them stop by my website and register, or my blog and sign up for the RSS feed. Til next weekend, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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