Jim’s WebLetter for 3/8/08

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Well, I just finished going through another round of emails that involved an “urban legend”. I’m sure you’ve read them, too. This one involved the Glade Plugin scare story of someone’s relative losing their home because one of the plugin devices melted and caught fire. Where the story sounds true, it in fact, isn’t. It is another reason why I have bookmarked a site that keeps up with all the stories floating around the Web. Snopes has been checking out and classifying these legends since 1995. Visit the site anytime you get an email of warning or something that looks a bit fishy. By the way, the Glade Plugin story is listed at #4 of the “Hottest Urban Legends” going around today, right above the latest thing about Oprah Winfrey. http://snopes.com/

Speaking of testing out stories, how about testing out the latest from Microsoft? Beta testers of Microsoft’s Office Live Workspace service could win a grand prize of $100,000, according to an announcement from the Redmond company on Tuesday. Additionally, Microsoft will provide a total of 30,000 prizes, including Xbox 360s, Samsung BlackJack II phones, Expedia travel vouchers, and 30GB Zunes. Testers can sign up for both the service and the sweepstakes on Microsoft’s Web site. http://tinyurl.com/234gjb

And while we’re on the subject of Microsoft, daylight savings time goes into effect tonight. Remember to “Spring forward” your clocks one hour (which means some people are going to be late for church!). MS has issued a notice for Vista users about their computer clocks … http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_dst

Do yourself a favor with a quick check for viruses on your computer while you’re doing other things. In less than a minute, Nanoscan can analyze all processes running on your computer and identify viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, or other malicious programs. http://www.nanoscan.com/

Here’s a cool Web app for anyone with a file that doesn’t want to open, or who wants to convert a file to another format (i.e., wmv to flv for video). Youconvertit allows you to simply put in your email address, browse for the file, and select what you want it to convert to, then lets you know once it’s complete. And yea, it’s free. http://www.youconvertit.com/ConvertFiles.aspx

A clergyman was walking down the street when he came upon a group of about a dozen boys, all between 10 and 12 years of age. The group had surrounded a dog. Concerned lest the boys were hurting the dog, he went over and asked “What are you doing with that dog?”
One of the boys replied, “This dog is just an old neighborhood stray. We all want him, but only one of us can take him home. So we’ve decided that whichever one of us can tell the biggest lie will get to keep the dog.”
Of course, the Reverend was taken aback. “You boys shouldn’t be having a contest telling lies!” he exclaimed. He then launched into a ten minute sermon against lying, beginning with, “Don’t you boys know it’s a sin to lie?” and ending with, “Why, when I was your age, I never told a lie.”
There was dead silence for about a minute. Just as the Reverend was beginning to think he’d gotten through to them, the smallest boy gave a deep sigh and said, “All right, give him the dog.”
(thanks, Tanay)
Coming home from his Little League game, Billy swung open the front door very excited. Unable to attend the game, his father immediately wanted to know what happened. “So, how did you do son?” he asked.
“You’ll never believe it!” Billy said. “I was responsible for the winning run!”
“Really? How’d you do that?”
“I dropped the ball.”
(thanks, Daryl)
Two friends, one an Optimist and the other a Pessimist could never quite agree on any topic of discussion. One day the Optimist decided he had found a good way to pull his Pessimistic friend out of his continual Pessimistic way of thinking. The Optimist owned a hunting dog that could walk on water. His plan? Take the Pessimist and the dog out duck hunting in a boat.
They got out into the middle of the lake, and the Optimist shot down a duck. The dog immediately walked out across the water, retrieved the duck, and walked back to the boat.
The Optimist looked at his Pessimistic friend and said, “What do you think about that?”
The Pessimist replied, “That dog can’t swim, can he?”
(thanks, Ralph)
Sometimes, we just need to remember what the rules of life really are;
– You only need two tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the Duct Tape.
– Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
– Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom.
– If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You get another chance.
– And finally, be really nice to your family and friends; you never know when you might need them to empty your bedpan.
(thanks, dad)
And that’s this week’s collection of things to see and do on the wonderful world wide Web. Thanks for your time. Enjoy your weekend. And as always, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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