Jim’s WebLetter for 6/21/08

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

It’s Saturday morning and I’m sitting in front of the flat screen working on ideas for video display on one of the websites I’m building. I think it’s time to take a break and dash off some thoughts and show you some sites I’ve seen this week in this edition of Jim’s WebLetter.

The hottest story this week was the release of the much touted, much tested Firefox 3.0. Once I got the chance, I downloaded and installed the software and I have to say the pages I head to load much faster than before and some of the new features like oversized back button and sleek design make this the one to beat. The Addon features are few and far between at this point, but as it’s an open source software, I am sure at this moment, hundreds of designers are building new ones to be included. As fast as pages loaded before, this browser snaps those images and text faster than lightning. While this browser is much better than the 2.0, it’s not perfect. I found, for instance, that it would crash on a page I had been working on with javascript. Seems that some forms of javascript make it unstable. When I updated the scriptand completed the page, it loaded just fine. All in all, this is the browser to use and enjoy, at least until the next one comes around. http://www.getfirefox.com

I rarely, if ever, talk about hardware products, but this week I saw a review of the new LG Decoy cellphone that is a Verizon Wireless product and I have to say I love the idea and really like the features. I was watching CNET TV (at cnet.com) and saw how this thing not only takes good pictures, has touch screen capabilities but it also comes with it’s own built-in bluetooth earbud. And for $189 (with two year commitment), that sure beats the iPhone in my book. To see the review, head over to CNET … http://tinyurl.com/47pscx

Also this week, I came across an UNBIASED, non-partisan website that simply states the facts against what the politicians have been saying during this Presidential race. The Annenberg Project is listening to everything both Barak Obama and John McCain are saying and then digging up the facts and presenting them in a way you can decide who’s telling the truth. This is especially helpful for folks like me who don’t have the time to spend looking for facts that support their statements and who don’t want to get spam emails of half truths that I have to decide are worth forwarding on or writing back to senders to tell them that it’s not true. (For the record, I don’t like getting emails that have been forwarded on by a thousand people. They are usually just rumors and I don’t want that stuff clogging up my Gmail). Check out FactCheck.org … http://factcheck.org/

Here’s something for the kids to do while on summer break … iCue is a site put together by NBC News. It features hundreds of current and historic videos. There are also games, activities and discussion forums. But the coolest thing about the site is the Cue Card. It adds note-taking tools to the videos. The cards can also be exchanged with others. Right now, iCue is featuring videos on the upcoming presidential election … but, you’ll also find other interesting news stories. It plans on rolling out more featured stories as the summer progresses. iCue isn’t just for kids, tho’ … the videos are worth the watch. http://www.icue.com/

Finally, I am a weather watcher. I watch wind charts and look for progressing weather fronts. I probably would have been a meteorologist because of my fascination with the weather. But I am also always looking for additional material. Weather Bonk is a neat site that lets me pinpoint weather as it’s happening. Do a weather search to focus in on the map and zoom in and use the additional features like cloud coverage and radar. It also provides the forecast and includes webcams that are available in that area. http://www.weatherbonk.com/

The New York Times, among other papers, has published a new Hubble photograph of distant galaxies colliding.
Of course, astronomers have had pictures of colliding galaxies for quite some time now, but with the vastly improved resolution provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, you can actually see the lawyers rushing to the scene…
(thanks, Howard … I’m tired of the attorney commercials on TV, too)
Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry.
She told him “Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE !!”
The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.
Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house.
She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.
Bob has been missing since Friday.
(thanks, Frank)
The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional. The questions are NOT that difficult.
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?
Wrong Answer.
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend…. except one. Which animal does not attend?
Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory.
Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.
4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?
Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been listening? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
(thanks, Henry)
If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours.
If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.
If it just sits in your living room,
messes up your stuff,
eats your food,
uses your telephone,
takes your money,
and never behaves as if you actually set it free in the first place,
you either married it or gave birth to it.
(thanks, Judy)
And that’s what I saw this week while on the Web. If you find something of interest you’d like to share with the others, whether it’s a website or a joke, send it on and if I use it, you’ll get the credit. Until next weekend, have a great week and, as always, may God bless you and keep you safe!

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