Jim’s WebLetter for 2/23/08

Hi-ya Webfriends!

It’s a wet weekend here on the island, but it sure beats what we see going on up North and the Midwest on the TV. I’ll take some much-needed rain over that stuff ANYTIME.

Let me reemphasize that I decided not to go Vista when the operating system was released as Microsoft historically has difficulties with first released software. I still use XP Pro in my laptop, and Media Center in my wife’s. It’s not perfect, but at least I know how to deal with the idiosyncrasies when they do occur. So when I read about the service pack one (SP1) problems from the Vista release this week, it reinforced my decision. Microsoft stopped distributing the update on Wednesday, according to a blog post by Microsoft product manager Nick White. Seems the update causes problems in a number of computers. Vista SP1 is available to subscribers to the Microsoft Developer Network but won’t receive a formal public release until mid-March. Yea, I would hold off on that install until they work out the bugs. http://tinyurl.com/2caslu

One other thing in the net news this week, researchers have learned how to steal encrypted data from machines by freezing the chips. No kidding. The NY Times reported this week that a group at Princeton University has developed a method of extracting sensitive material from computers by using liquid nitrogen and cooling the memory chips down to about -196 degrees. They claim the memory stored in those chips will remain in tact for them to go in and copy it thereby stealing sensitive coding, including access codes, from the memory. http://tinyurl.com/386fx7 So whatever you do, don’t let someone steal your computer while it’s still running, take it to their lab, and freeze it. Right.

Week three and the battle between Microsoft and Yahoo wages on. Heard the latest? MS wants the stockholders of Yahoo to oust the guy who created Yahoo in the first place, so the sale, I mean “merge”, can go through. Poor Jerry (Yang), everyone’s picking on him. Shareholders are in a quandary. But one thing’s sure, the stock prices are not doing well and they are unhappy. Matter of fact, now the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System and General Retirement System are suing Yahoo. Seems their retirement stock could be in peril. http://tinyurl.com/3ad256

Also in my Web travels this week, I came across a science project for father and son. If you have a young one who is looking for a special school project that is sure to win him an “A”, check out the Chickensaurus Skeleton. http://tinyurl.com/ynrbtc

I wish I had a nickel for every time I have had people come up to me and ask about some gadget they’ve seen or own and expect me to know how to fix it. If you fit in either of the two aforementioned categories and are interested in a gadget and how it works, or how to fix it when it doesn’t work, visit the Gadget Guru. The Website scours the net, finding information on any electronic product or topic. Taking information from blogs, forums, reviewers, and manufacturing Web sites it provides the user with as much information as possible. http://retrevo.com/

Pet lovers, Purina ONE is challenging you to try their pet food. Register for their 30-day Challenge and get a free bag of dog or cat food. Offer available in select states (Florida is included). See their Website for details, register and watch for your coupon. http://www.purinaoneoffer.com/


My wife and I run a small restaurant where we often name our specials after our employees. Dishes like: “Chicken Mickey,” after our dishwasher who gave us the recipe, and “Rod’s Ribs,” after a waiter who had his personal style of barbecue.
One evening after rereading the menu, I broke with this tradition and changed the description of the special we had named after our chef. Despite her skills and excellent reputation, somehow I didn’t think an entree named: “Salmon Ella” would go over big with our customers.
(thanks, Margaret)
One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos and more piercings than they wanted to count.
Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern. “Dear,” said the mother diplomatically, “he doesn’t seem very nice.”
“Oh please, Mom,” replied the daughter, “if he wasn’t nice, why would he be doing 500 hours of community service?”
(thanks, Henry)
Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
(thanks, dad)
And did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocaine during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

OK, that’s enough of that stuff! And that’s gonna do it for this week, Webreaders. Thank you for your time, and for those who sent along jokes and sites to see, a special thanks. Until next weekend, keep smilin’. May God bless you and keep you safe!

C-My-Site @ http://www.JimOnline.com
See what’s happening in Fernandina Beach @ http://www.FernandinaLiving.com


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