Jim’s WebLetter for 3/1/08

Jim’s WebLetter
(Now blogged at https://jimonline.wordpress.com)

Hi-ya friends and neighbors! It’s the first day of March, and as we rip off another page from the calendar, it’s time for the weekly Web review from my vantage point. And speaking of Vantage Point, have you seen the movie starring such notables as Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker and Sigourney Weaver? I give it a “two eyeballs open” rating as there is no “lull” in this action packed, best car chase scene I’ve ever seen thriller (yea, maybe even better than Bourne Ultimatum). The premise is you see 23 minutes of a scene from different perspectives. It’s well directed, the actors play believable roles, and the whole thing keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are, however, two times in the movie that the language could have been changed and it wouldn’t have hurt the story. I still don’t understand why writers have the need to put words like that into actors mouths. It’s not necessary. But it’s rated PG-13, and a very good story, none the less. http://www.vantagepoint-movie.com

Well, if you were one to finally decide to invest in Microsoft’s Vista for your computer, you should know MS has just slashed the price. The suggested price for Vista Ultimate drops to $219 from $299, while Home Premium falls to $129, from $159. If you have already made your purchase, take the receipt back and get them to give you some money back. Folks like Staples are known for rebating customers for things like this. Call me old fashioned, I still get all the work out of my XP Pro and Media Center systems that I need.

And speaking of systems in need, MAC users should be aware of a system error that leaves passwords on the memory sticks long after they are needed. In other words, someone can hack into your MAC and gain entrance into your private accounts (like bank, credit card, anything you have passwords for). The fix? Uh, they’re working on it …

Well, Web friends, today is the day we all bid an internet icon a fond goodbye as this marks the day Netscape Navigator goes into obscurity. Now owned by AOL, the pioneer of Web travels will no longer be supported. I remember my first download of the browser and how I thought this was the wave of the future. It was more solid state than Internet Explorer (still is) and it was the single most used browser on the net. Now, it’s all but forgotten. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7270583.stm

How many of you have used the Ask.com search engine recently? Yea, that’s what I thought. Now comes the story that they’re looking to drop the Teoma search device and employ Google as their backbone. So, what’s the point in using Ask, if Google is all you need? http://www.techcrunch.com

Here’s a neat little Web App for folks to take notes on those little sticky notepads. I am a yellow sticky user, too, but all that is coming to an end with the new site called Jjot. Simply, you use it for jotting down notes. Use it to take down class or meeting notes, reminders, or Internet research. You can access your notes from any computer and easily share and email notes to other people. http://jjot.com/

Finally, here’s an online game that will be a real “kick” to soccer players worldwide (sorry, that’s footballers in the EU). 3-D Soccer has come to the web. This is much more fun than any sport game I’ve played thus far. Create your own team, play solitaire or with other teams. The quality of the graphics is the best yet. http://www.powerchallenge.com/

A Southwest flight was delayed at the gate after everyone had boarded.
The flight attendant said over the intercom, “We’re sorry for the delay. The machine that normally rips the handles off your luggage is broken, so we’re having to do it by hand. We should be finished and on our way shortly.”
(thanks, Jerry)
Joe heard a rumor that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all walked on water on their 21st birthdays.

So, on his 21st birthday, Joe and his good friend Brian headed out to the lake. “If they did it, I can too!” he insisted. When Joe and Brian arrived at the lake, they rented a boat and began paddling. When the got to the middle of the lake, Joe stepped off of the side of the boat … and almost drowned.

Furious and somewhat ashamed, he and Brian headed for home. When Joe arrived back at the family farm, he asked his grandmother for an explanation. “Grandma, why can I not walk on water like my father, and his father, and his father before him?”
The feeble old grandmother took Joe by the hands, looked into his eyes, and explained, “That’s because your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were born in January … you were born in July, dear.”
(thanks, Betty)
A lion woke up one morning feeling really rowdy and mean. He went out and cornered a small monkey and roared, “Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?”
The trembling monkey says, “You are, mighty lion!
Later, the lion confronts an ox and fiercely bellows, “Who is the mightiest of all jungle animals?”
The terrified ox stammers, “Oh great lion, you are the mightiest animal in the jungle!”
On a roll now, the lion swaggers up to an elephant and roars, “Who is mightiest of all jungle animals?”
Fast as lightning, the elephant snatches up the lion with his trunk, slams him against a tree half a dozen times leaving the lion feeling like it’d been run over by a safari wagon. The elephant then stomps on the lion till it looks like a corn tortilla and ambles away.
The lion lets out a moan of pain, lifts his head weakly and hollers after the elephant, “Just because you don’t know the answer, you don’t have to get so upset about it!”
(thanks, dad)
A man walks into a fish and chip shop with a fish under his arm.
“Do you have any fishcakes?” he asks.
“Yes, of course,” says the fish shop owner.
“Great,” replies the man, nodding at the fish under his arm, “It’s his birthday.”
(thanks again, dad)
And that’s another week of the Web, JWL readers. Thank you for your time. Have a great weekend and til next, may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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