Jim’s WebLetter for 4-6-08

Hi-ya Webfriends!

Did you hear this week that our government discovered a flaw in the computing system used by the census takers and that this next census will be done by the old method of filling out paperwork … on each member of every family? A throwback to the 60’s, our own government will be knocking on your door and whipping out pencil and paper to ask how many of you are in the family. By the way, job openings are now available for 600,000 workers willing to go door-to-door. The estimated cost for the nationwide head count? More than $14 billion.

I have an idea … how about we phone in our census? Since everyone has a phone, all they need to do is set up a bank of numbers and advertise them. The incentive? You call in your head count and they send you a check … your piece of the $14 billion.

It’s another week in the continuing saga of “MS-vs-Y” and Microsoft is now considering REDUCING it’s bid amount to aquire Yahoo stating that the economy has created a shrinking profit potential for Yahoo. This after the Yahoo folks have already stated that $46 billion wasn’t enough. The dispute wages on … http://tinyurl.com/5nhh3v

How important is pizza in the US economy? You can ask the man who just sold the domain name pizza.com. Chris Clark, who purchased the name in 1994, just accepted an auction bid for $2.6 million. The BBC reports that he had been paying $20 a year in anticipation of a day like this one when the value of a domain name was worth more than what he paid for it. Pizza anyone? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7331042.stm

InfoWorld has thrown down the glove and they’re asking you to pick it up. Today we are but 58 days away from Microsoft’s end date for selling and supporting Windows XP operating system. That means you will no longer have the option of putting the system on your computers. It’s MS’s way of getting you to migrate to Vista. We all know that Vista has had problems in the past 15 months or so that it has been released. We also know that new computers purchsed now all have the problematic operating system pre-installed. And we all know that many businesses and individuals are willing to pay to keep XP in their computers. So, here’s your chance to help. Simply go to the link below and sign the “Save XP’ Petition. It’s free and no one will call you in an attempt to sell you anything. http://tinyurl.com/322zw6

Blogger for ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughs, has been doing the bench testing for the new Firefox 3 web browser and reported this week that the Beta 5, the one I told you would be the final test on the system, is faster than the last beta and that it’s faster than any of the browsers on the market. It will soon be available for release from Mozilla. I’ll keep you informed on the download date when it becomes available… http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=1648

JWL reader and friend, Pieter Jordaan, showed me a site this week which features music by artist for free. You type in the name of the artist, and FineTune will pull up and begin playing selections from that artist. If you register, you can create your own radio “station” with your selections for others to listen. Meanwhile, Finetune Desktop is the companion to your profile. With this application, you can listen to user created playlists as well as playlists dedicated to artists on your computer’s desktop. But you don’t have to register to just go online, type in your favorite artist, and begin listening. http://www.finetune.com/

And speaking of sound … there’s a new website that features all sorts of sounds for free. Sound effects, music clips, and more at Soundsnap. Choose from more than 1200 animals, 9500 music loops, and Sports, Nature … even Sci-Fi. This is one you’ll want to bookmark if you create audio or video presentations. http://www.soundsnap.com/

A local priest and a local pastor stood by the side of the road holding up a sign that said, “The End is Near! Turn yourself around now before it’s too late!” They planned to hold up the sign to each passing car.
“Leave us alone, you religious nuts!” yelled the first driver as he sped by.
From around the curve they heard a big splash.
“Do you think,” said one clergyman to the other, “we should just put up a sign that says ‘bridge out’ instead?”
(thanks, Michael)
A man asked his wife what she’d like for her birthday.
“I’d love to be six again,” she replied.
On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and off they went to a local theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park: the Death Slide, the Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear everything there was! Wow! Five hours later she staggered out of the theme park, her head reeling and her stomach upside down.
Right to a McDonald’s they went, where her husband ordered her a Big Mac along with extra fries and a refreshing chocolate shake. Then, it was off to a movie – the latest sci-fi epic, and hot dogs, popcorn, Pepsi Cola and M&Ms. What a fabulous adventure!
Finally, she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed. He leaned over and lovingly asked, “Well, dear, what was it like being six again?”
One eye opened and she said, “You idiot, I meant my dress size.”
The moral of this story is: If a woman speaks and a man is actually listening, he will still get it wrong.
(thanks, Victoria)
We used to play spin the bottle when I was a kid. A girl would spin the bottle and if it pointed to you when it stopped, the girl could either kiss you or give you a dime.
By the time I was 14, I owned my own home.
(thanks, Jake)
While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn’t want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, “Does the sun rise in the north?” When my brother explained that the sun rises in the east, and has for some time, she shook her head and said, “Oh, I don’t keep up with that stuff.”
My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car it’s designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk…
While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. “Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.
(thanks, Jeryl)
And that, my Webfriends, is this week’s look at things over the World Wide Web. Thank you for the emails with jokes and sites to see. Thank you for your time. Have a great weekend, and may God bless you and keep you safe.



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