Jim’s WebLetter for 3/22/08

Jim’s WebLetter

Hi-ya Webfriends!

So this weekend, I am sitting in a B&B in Beaufort, South Carolina. Friday, we explored Hunter’s Island and I took video of the lighthouse as well as the seashore. The breeze was a bit chilly, but the sun made it a spectacular day. Now it’s Saturday morning and before we head out to explore more of the area and return to Amelia Island, I am dashing out this issue of JWL for your Web surfing and amusement.

Sunday is Easter and as we do each year, there will be a Sunrise service at Peter’s Point on Amelia. The service will begin at 7:15 this year followed by breakfast and services at the church in beautiful downtown Fernandina Beach. You are invited. I have Google mapped it, based on the Ritz-Carlton location as it’s right around the corner … http://tinyurl.com/37b6kx

In the Net News this week, Verizon Wireless won almost all of the licenses on the “C block” of open-access spectrum being auctioned off by the Federal Communications Commission. Verizon bid $4.7 billion for rights to the licenses in the 22MHz block of spectrum and won in every U.S. region except Alaska. Why I am reporting this at all is because Google was expected to pick up the prize, but came in third in the bids. AT&T placed second. What comes from this will be the next version of broadcast technology … http://tinyurl.com/ytwet6

But on the heels of the access spectrum being auctioned off, comes the story that some IT guys from Intel have figured out how to transmit a Wi-Fi signal up to 60 miles. That’s 60 MILES. Not 60 feet. And they were just using materials you can buy at the store, like parabolic antennas (that’s the antenna that looks like the ones Directv and the Dish network use). Where the two points of broadcast, the sender and receiver need to “see” each other (line of sight), the fact is, these guys are proving that it can be done … http://tinyurl.com/yrsnxx

As you know, I am an avid Firefox user. For so many reasons, the browser is better than Internet Explorer. So I have been watching as the newest version of FF has been going through beta testing. To give you an idea of how careful Mozilla is being, other browsers usually get a beta test of about 6 weeks and will go through a beta “A” and beta “B” before releasing. Thus far, FF3 has had four tests and will enter into a beta “5” before it is due to be released at the end of the second quarter this year. Why all the testing? To ensure the new browser will support the new features that everyone will be clammoring for this year. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

Each year, You Tube features the best video in it’s ever growing website with it’s annual awards. And what would you think would be in the running? Maybe a clip of a popular movie or a dog on a skateboard … no, they didn’t come close. This year in the “Most Adorable” category, it was the Laughing Baby …

PC Today publishes a daily tip to improve computer performance and your Web time. Friday’s tip was, “Believe it or not, you can help improve your laptop’s battery by defragging your hard drive. In doing so, you optimize the placement of data on the drive so that it can be found more quickly. As a result, the frequency with which your hard disk spins is reduced, thereby saving power. Open the Disk Defragmenter by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories, and System Tools.” Here’s the archive of tips … http://tinyurl.com/3d7p9m

After having dug to a depth of 10 meters last year, Scottish scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.
Not to be outdone by the Scots, in the weeks that followed, English scientists dug to a depth of 20 meters, and shortly after, headlines in the English newspapers read: “English archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the Scots.”
One week later, “The Kerryman,” a southwest Irish newsletter, reported the following: “After digging as deep as 30 meters in peat bog near Tralee, self-taught archaeologist Paddy O’Droll reported that he found absolutely nothing. Paddy has therefore concluded that 300 years ago Ireland had already gone wireless.”
(thanks, Kelly)
A lady answers her front door to find a plumber standing there.
“I’m here to fix the leaky pipe.”
“I didn’t call a plumber.”
“Aren’t you Mrs. Snyder?”
“The Snyders moved out of this house over a year ago.”
“How do you like that! They call you up and tell you it’s an emergency and then they move away!”
(thanks, Mike)
Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!
Did you hear about the Texas Teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why.
Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn’t want to go on. Finally, when the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost cried when the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.”
She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on – this time on the right feet.
He then announced, “These aren’t my boots.”
She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, “Why didn’t you say so?” like she wanted to. And, once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner they got the boots off and he said, “They’re my brother’s boots. My Mom made me wear ’em.”
Now she didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, “Now, where are your mittens?” He said,
“I stuffed ’em in the toes of my boots.”
Her trial starts next month.
(thanks, John)
A blind man walks into a store with his Seeing Eye dog.
All of a sudden, he picks up the leash and begins swinging the dog over his head.
The manager runs up to the man and asks, “What are you doing?!!”
The blind man replies, “Just looking around.”
And that’s this week’s look at the Web, friends. Thank you for your time and, until next weekend …. may God continue to bless you and keep you safe.

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