Jim’s WebLetter for 4/19/08

Hi Webfriends!

It’s weekend #3 of April and the news is buzzing about Google’s strength on the world marketplace. Yesterday, as a result of their announcement that revenue from advertising is doing above expectation the stock went through the roof making $90 a share. Now comes news that Google this year will sell more advertising in the United Kingdom than the ITV television network, until now the largest ad seller in Britain. (NY Times http://tinyurl.com/4ht3rg) Believe me, this is the time to own Google stock. But I don’t write this weekly WebLetter to be a stock analyst … I do it to show you what I discovered this week on the World Wide Web. So, here we go …

This week, Paypal, the leading online payment provider, said it will no longer provide access to older browsers as a measure of safety. The BBC reports that Paypal wants to protect user accounts and said it was “an alarming fact that there is a significant set of users who use very old and vulnerable browsers such as Internet Explorer 4”. The latest version of Internet Explorer support EV SSL certificates (secure online web pages), while Firefox 2 supports it with an add-on but Apple’s Safari browser for Mac and PCs does not. So if you use a Mac, it’s best to upgrade your browser. For anyone using a browser that is older than a year, you need to upgrade. Internet Explorer users can get the latest version through the Tools link on the top of the browser. Firefox users will automatically receive updates (I just got one this week). http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7354539.stm Check out Paypal … https://www.paypal.com/

After acquiring Skype for billions of dollars just three years ago, it seems Ebay is thinking about selling the online communications company. The news comes despite strong first quarter figures for Skype and reports suggesting a Google buyout or alliance may be in the works. Look for the sale either at the end of the year or first of next. http://tinyurl.com/5v6pn6 Check out Skype … http://skype.com/

As online hotel and flight booking sites continue to grow, it seems Microsoft wants a piece of the action. They just bought startup Farecast Inc. for an undisclosed amount. Seems, tho’, that this deal has been in the works for some time as Farecast gave MS some of it’s technology last year for the Microsoft Travel site. Knowing that Farecast received $20 million in startup capital, and figuring on a multiple year based return, the price for the purchase had to be near a half billion anyway, don’t you think? http://tinyurl.com/69aatx Check out Farecast … http://www.farecast.com/

Changing the subject … have you used the calculator tool in Windows? I use it all the time. But it’s a simple little tool found in the Accessories category of your operating system and most people don’t even know they have it. Now, Moffsoft has released an upgrade for the calculator that adds a number of features including tape, allowing you to save, print, or clear the simulated paper history tape, color schemes to match your Windows settings, and option settings for flat buttons, always on top, tray icon, run on startup, and hiding the tape. There is an International support feature for conversion to meters, for instance. Love it … and it’s free … http://www.moffsoft.com/downloads.htm

Finally, if you crave a place where you can listen to the music YOU want to hear, instead of some crackpot program director’s idea of what you want to hear (sorry, old radio DJ days kicking in again), visit Last.fm. Recently purchased by CBS, this social Web radio site is perhaps the best free music-discovery engine around. Last.fm combines music discovery with social networking, letting you generate your own radio station based on artists, musical styles, era, instrumentation, and virtually any other criteria you can imagine. http://www.last.fm/

<== HuMoR ==>
A Somalian arrives in Minneapolis as a new immigrant to the United States. He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, ‘Thank you Mr. American for letting me in this country, giving me housing, food stamps, free medical care, and free education!’ The passerby says, ‘You are mistaken, I am Mexican.’
The man goes on and encounters another passerby. ‘Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in America!’ The person says, ‘I not American, I Vietnamese.’
The new arrival walks further, and the next person he sees he stops, shakes his hand and says, ‘Thank you for the wonderful America!’ That person puts up his hand and says, ‘I am from Middle East, I am not American!’
He finally sees a nice lady and asks, ‘Are you an American?’ She says, ‘No, I am from Africa!’ Puzzled, he as ks her, ‘Where are all the Americans?’
The African lady checks her watch and says…’Probably at work!!!!!!!
(thanks, dad)
A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop. The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the garage, ‘Hey Doc,
want to take a look at this?’
The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, ‘So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make $39,675 a year and you get the really big bucks when you and I are doing basically the same work?’
The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic… ‘Try doing it with the engine running.’
(again, thanks dad)
A property manager of single-family residence was showing a unit to prospective tenants and asking the usual questions.
“Professionally employed?” he asked.
“We’re a military family,” the wife answered.
“Oh, yes, ages nine and twelve,” she answered proudly.
“Oh, no,” she said earnestly. “They’re very well behaved.”
(thanks, Pam)
While shopping in a supermarket I heard the following over the PA system:
“A wallet containing a large sum of money was found, but it contains no ID. Will those laying claim to it please form a double line at the customer service counter?”
(thanks, Tim)
And that’s gonna do it this week, Webfriends. Thank you for your time and for those who sent jokes, your humor. Time is winding down as we near the first weekend in May and Shrimp Festival time. As it gets busier for me, I will keep the WebLetter coming. If you are in the area in two weeks, drop by Amelia Island and enjoy this year’s Festival. I’ll look for ya! Next week, I’ll give you details on what to look for when you come.

Until next week, may God bless you and keep you safe.

Jim’s WebLetter
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